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Enterprise Data Center Design and Methodology

Book Description

  • A practical guide that provides a scalable, modular methodology for designing data centers of any size and capability

  • Includes design techniques for accurate planning based on data center capacities

  • Covers all aspects of data center design from site selection to network connectivity

  • Enterprise Data Center Design and Methodology is a practical guide to designing a data center from inception through construction. The fundamental design principles take a simple, flexible, and modular approach based on accurate, real-world requirements and capacities. This approach contradicts the conventional (but totally inadequate) method of using square footage to determine basic capacities like power and cooling requirements.

    In addition to providing sound design advice, this BluePrint provides information about a wide range of topics including capacity sizing, site selection, data center environmental considerations, network infrastructures, building code and construction considerations, and hazard avoidance. If you are building a new data center, are retrofitting an existing one, or are working in a data center and simply want a better understanding of these complex environments, you will find this book to be a valuable resource.

    Table of Contents

    1. Copyright
    2. Acknowledgments
    3. Figures
    4. Tables
    5. Preface
    6. Data Center Design Philosophy
      1. Look Forward by Looking Back
      2. A Modern Pantheon
      3. Fundamentals of the Philosophy
      4. Top Ten Data Center Design Guidelines
    7. Data Center Design Criteria
      1. Scope, Budget, and Criteria
      2. System Availability Profiles
      3. Insurance and Local Building Codes
      4. Determining the Viability of the Project
    8. Designing a Data Center
      1. Design Process
      2. Data Center Structural Layout
      3. Data Center Support Systems
      4. Physical and Logical Security
      5. System Monitoring
      6. Remote Systems Management
      7. Planning for Possible Expansion
    9. Determining Data Center Capacities
      1. Data Center Capacities
      2. Purpose of Rack Location Units
      3. Data Center Evolution
      4. Determining Criteria for RLUs
      5. Creating RLU Definitions
      6. Using RLUs to Determine In-Feed Capacities
      7. Planning for Equipment Layout
    10. Site Selection
      1. Geographic Location
      2. Data Center Site Selection
      3. General Site Considerations
    11. Implementing a Raised Floor
      1. Anatomy of a Raised Floor
      2. Floor Load Capacity
      3. Air Flow and Pressure
      4. Fire Rating
      5. Local Building Code
    12. Power Distribution
      1. Power Distribution System Design
      2. Grounding and Bonding
      3. Signal Reference Grid
      4. Input Power Quality
      5. Wiring and Cabling
      6. Electromagnetic Compatibility
      7. Electrostatic Discharge
      8. Site Power Analyses
    13. HVAC and Other Environmental Controls
      1. Reasons for Environmental Control
      2. Temperature Requirements
      3. Relative Humidity
      4. Electrostatic Discharge
      5. Air Conditioning Systems
      6. Humidification Systems
      7. Monitoring Temperature and RH Levels
      8. Mechanical Support Systems
      9. Air Distribution
    14. Network Cabling Infrastructure
      1. Creating a Network Cabling Infrastructure
      2. Points of Distribution
      3. Cable Connectors
      4. Avoiding Spaghetti
      5. Labeling and Color Coding
      6. Verification
    15. Shipping, Receiving, and Staging
      1. Loading Dock
      2. Staging Area
      3. Storage
    16. Avoiding Hazards
      1. Types of Hazards
      2. Personnel Health and Safety
      3. Fire
      4. Flooding
      5. Earthquakes
      6. Miscellaneous Disasters
      7. Security Problems
      8. Noise Problems
    17. Environmental Contaminants
      1. Contaminant Types and Sources
      2. Effects of Contaminants
      3. Avoiding Contamination
    18. Codes and Construction
      1. Codes
      2. Construction Criteria
      3. Pre-Hardware Installation Checklist
    19. Managing System Configurations
      1. Abstract
      2. Introduction
      3. In the Beginning…
      4. Cabling
      5. System Installation
      6. Solaris JumpStart Software
      7. Source Control on the Solaris JumpStart Server
      8. Packages
      9. Software Patches
      10. Firmware and Storage Patches
      11. Storage Area Networks
      12. List of Things to Remember
      13. Conclusions
    20. Bibliography and References
    21. Glossary
    22. Index