Businesses often run into problems when their IT infrastructure outgrows the area it’s housed in. In this guest post, writer Gloria Philips offers some advice for companies to design server rooms with space to grow.
Data centers and computer rooms are important to the vast majority of companies – if IT equipment does not function correctly, then often the company cannot function correctly.
Many organizations turn to professional services to design and build those server rooms to ensure that their computing equipment and servers are housed safely and securely. However, it’s equally important that organizations leave space for growth within their server room design so business can continue to expand.
If you’re considering a new server room design and build, or want to move your servers to a different location, then consider these four ways to ensure you leave space for growth:
- Space – Ensure the space you choose can be secured and monitored easily. It should be in an area that is free of foot traffic and is unlikely to be affected by debris or dust. Avoid unpacking boxes or packages in the server room — that can create dust and could become a fire risk. To allow for future growth, make sure there’s room for extra rack space, equipment, cable management ladders and so on.
- Cooling – A scalable cooling system is the ideal way to make sure your server room is equipped for the future. You should be able to gain easy access to your cooling system so that more capacity can be added as it’s required. It’s best to opt for the most efficient cooling system you can find, even if it’s more expensive, as increased efficiency will help you save money as your business grows.
- Bandwidth – Make sure your server room allows for as many options as possible for telecom service providers. In general, your service will be cheaper if there are more providers available. Bear in mind that as your company grows, your bandwidth will need to increase.
- Power – Depending on how fast you expect your business to grow, you should allow for your power usage to increase by up to 60% in the next few years. When creating a server room, include more power outlets than you currently need. Consider the mains power supply to your building and invest in Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPS) and backup generators to avoid downtime due to lost power.
- Cables – Once your server room is installed, take your cable management into careful consideration. Make sure that cables are well organized from the outset so that your whole server room doesn’t have to be rearranged each time you expand. Label all your cables and equipment so that if there is a problem it’s easy to find the equipment or cable that’s causing the glitch.