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Professional Planning as a Key to the Ideal Data Center

Data centers and the entire IT infrastructure are the core of modern companies. At the same time, the expectations of data centers and server rooms increase more and more. Whether a major corporation or a small business with only a few servers - technological top performance is required 24/7 on 365 days of the year. In order for the IT and TC to work properly, it is not enough to have products of the best quality. It is also not enough to exchange existing units with more efficient units. On top of all this, the professional, individual and structured planning for your IT plays an important role.

Through very detailed analyses of your individual situation, efficient solutions can be found. And we can provide you with solutions from the construction of new data centers to expanding existing ones. We are also a specialist contact person for moving and relocation data centers. The most important part, the planning, is done in consultation with you, where we are able to factor in all your personal requirements and wishes.

"If you want an efficient and economically sustainable data center, it is most important to consider all the relevant parameters"

"Every data center has a different basic structure. If you want an efficient and economically sustainable data center, it is most important to consider all the relevant parameters", explains Ralf Siefen, manager of the DC-Datacenter-Group GmbH. Hence, the design of an applicable IT concept is a new challenge to the planners every single time. No matter if a conventional expansion or a modular room-in-room system needs to be put into practice - it has to be designed for a certain budget depending on requirements and other factors. And because of our experience and foresight, we construct scaleable data centers that meet current and future demands.

"An efficient and secure data center is a crucial competitive factor - today more than ever", says Ralf Siefen and adds that, next to the company's individual demands, the statutory security standards need to be taken into account, which are regulated by provisions like Basel II or KonTraG and which provide the main premise of data center planning." In order to meet not only the legal but also the company's individual requirements, a detailed analysis of the current state is needed. It gathers data of the technological infrastructure and of the hardware and software components, ascertains realization possibilities, and identifies potential deficits.

"The overall efficiency of the IT is crucial for every data center planning."

Since we work conscious of costs and on the basis of a solid calculation, words like energy efficiency, cooling optimization, adjusted consolidation, intelligent monitoring and physical security concepts are very important. In compliance with the costumer, we develop a goal out of the individual demands on the parameters, which has to be realized by modular system solutions. Ralf Siefen clarifies: "The overall efficiency of the IT is crucial for every data center planning. A scaleable alignment is just as relevant as well coordinated energy, cooling and security components in accordance with the structure of the building and its geometry". The intention of data center planning is using modular structures in order to close the interfaces between the different parameters like IT infrastructure, security technology, fire detection and access control. As a consequence, IT infrastructures can be adjusted to future progression in a flexible way and to a reasonable price. "IT on demand is the key. It means that we plan with provision, where the systems are implemented as needed and are always expandable through a modular setup", stresses Siefen.

A redundant planning is essential for an effective project realization regarding optimized DC infrastructures and high-performance capacities. It can prevent unnecessary energy consumption and thereby also increased operational costs. "Redundancies in the power and cooling supply are just as important in modern data centers as dual supplies and constant maintenance of the systems", says the IT specialist. The recommended room temperature inside of a data center lies between 22° and 25°C, with a relative humidity of 30 to 50%. To prevent impairment of the IT components, the operation temperature has to be kept steady. 

"Cooling is an important aspect in this context. That's why we look at your individual situation and decide between the different systems as needed."

Hence, increasing amounts of heat loss through augmented integration of processors or servers require innovative cooling solutions. "Cooling is an important aspect in this context. That's why we look at your individual situation and decide between the different systems as needed. There are important factors to look at, like the location inside the building, the height of the ceilings or a proper air flow through double floors or cold/warm aisle containment. In any case, we rely on competent and high-quality suppliers, which are the brand leaders of their branch of industry. 

"This is how we can offer a data center aligned to the overall ideal concept", explains Siefen. In order to compensate for the heat loss of the inserted IT and TC by proper cooling, air-water-heat exchangers, which are installed decentralized on the rack and cool as needed, are more and more suitable. Like the cooling, the power supply with a two-phase and three-phase feed is part of redundant channels of supply. "It is always crucial to make sure that all components work well together and are constructed in a modular way. Only thus we can achieve highest planning security next to flexible scalability", says Siefen about the meaning of well structured DC planning. For more than 16 years, Ralf Siefen has been planning data centers as partial or turnkey ready solutions. Over 2,000 small-scale and large-scale projects have been realized nationally and internationally.

"A data center is the key element of every company. Therefore, the planning should be done with diligence, foresight, and professional know-how"

"The numerous impressions and experiences with different mentalities showed me that individual planning is a decisive criterion for the realization of data centers. A data center is the key element of every company. Therefore, the planning should be done with diligence, foresight, and professional know-how", Siefens sums up the main aspects of planning. Whether it is for 1m² or more than 2,000m². Each data center needs to be planned based on the highest quality standards and realized with well-matched system solutions.

Each data center planning must be realized on the highest quality standards and with system solutions that are well matched. "Especially planning measures on already existing data centers because of expansions are a challenge and similar to a surgery on an open heart", describes Siefen. But here we can also draw on experience and competence to find customized solutions. "It is important that the data center is defined by a flexible and modular structure that can react to individual components and changes", stresses Siefen conclusively. The planning process of a data center is such a component that decides on an economic and efficient solution. Only with the right planning, which understands the data center as a flexible system made of different components that are geared to each other, IT infrastructures are optimized, operational cost minimized and efficiencies enhanced. Siefen gives an outlook to upcoming developments in the planning area: "The aspect of energy efficiency is going to be even more intensely in the focus of DC planning. We will be looking for innovative developments that can primarily improve the heat loss problems through modern technology. But in order to reach the goal of reducing costs, the cooperation between the CD specialist, IT sector and facility manager must be sustainable."

 
 

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