A modern data center still shares many aspects with ancient architecture, structurally and in service. The form literally follows the function. The purpose of both the Pantheon and a data center is to provide services. To provide services, its requirements for continual functioning must be met. This is the design team's primary concern. The design of the data center must revolve around the care and feeding of the service providing equipment.
These functional requirements of the data center are:
A place to locate computer, storage, and networking devices safely and securely
To provide the power needed to maintain these devices
To provide a temperature-controlled environment within the parameters needed to run these devices
To provide ...