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Enterprise Data Center Design and Methodology by Rob Snevely

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Construction Criteria

A data center requires more precise control over temperature, relative humidity, airflow, electrical capacity and reliability, and contaminants than a typical office environment, and these criteria must be considered throughout the design and construction process. Construction projects are expensive and the construction of controlled data center areas is more expensive than most projects. Despite the pressure of deadlines and to keep within budget, it is important to avoid cutting corners or settling for inferior workmanship even if it will meet code.

A key point here is to design toward your criteria (RLUs, power, HVAC, etc.) for the data center. If your budget will not allow you to implement the results of this design, ...

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