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Build the Best Data Center Facility for Your Business by Douglas Alger

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Separation of Power and Data

No matter where you choose to route structured data cabling and electrical conduits in your Data Center, provide physical separation between the two. Electrical wiring can generate enough electromagnetic interference (EMI) to distort the information transmitted along nearby data cabling. Mixing power and data in a common bundle or within a single raceway can also be problematic if either infrastructure needs servicing. A vendor working on one faces the risk of disturbing or damaging the other.

Exactly how much separation to have between data cabling and electrical conduits, or between data cabling and any power source for that matter, is a gray area. No firm industry standards exist, although many cabling vendors ...

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