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Enterprise Data Center Design and Methodology by Rob Snevely

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Floor Load Capacity

One of the most important issues to be concerned with in the early stages of the data center design is weight. It is important to know how much load will be placed on the raised floor so that a support grid and tiles with an adequate load rating can be ordered. Careful planning at this stage is critical. You want to plan for the weight you'll place on the floor today, and the weight you'll place on the floor in the future. Remember: Once you install the raised floor, it's going to stay there. Changing out a raised floor in an online data center is a monstrous and costly job. Plan for a raised floor stretcher system and tiles with higher than necessary load ratings.

If you know exactly what equipment you'll be putting on the ...

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