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Enterprise Data Center Design and Methodology by Rob Snevely

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Data Center Support Systems

A data center must provide certain services:

  • Locations on the floor that can support the weight of the racks

  • Power to run the racks

  • Cooling to keep the racks from overheating

  • Connectivity to make the devices in the racks available to users

  • Planned redundancies

If any one of these services fail, the system will not run effectively, or at all. These support systems are how a data center supplies its intended services. They are also interdependent. If you can't place the server in the data center, it won't run. If you can't get enough power to run the server, it won't run. If you can't cool the server, it won't run for long, a few minutes at best. If you can't connect the server to the people who need to use it, what good ...

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