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Enterprise Data Center Design and Methodology by Rob Snevely

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Planning for Possible Expansion

In general, the next generation of hardware will take up less room for the same and larger computational and storage capacities. Therefore, more capacity can be put into an existing space. However, since computing needs rise faster than computing power, don't expect the space needs of the data center to shrink.

Most data centers have been able to continue within the same area without having to take up more real estate. However, power and cooling requirements increase. Even if you have the physical space to expand, you might not be able to accommodate the additional power or cooling requirements of expansion. Also, sometimes a direct addition to an operational data center is an even a tougher design and construction ...

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