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Enterprise Data Center Design and Methodology by Rob Snevely

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Data Center Structural Layout

The data center must be designed to accommodate diverse hardware designs and requirements, and possibly equipment from different manufacturers. Determining RLUs is the best way to decide how the space will be filled with equipment, and with this information, where the equipment will be placed. The following general guidelines should be used in planning the initial layout of the room, keeping future planning in mind.

Note

Though the plans for the data center do not include the storage and server equipment it will contain, it is necessary to know what the equipment will be to make many of the design decisions for the data center.

Structural Considerations

There are any number of structural issues to consider when ...

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