Data Center Designing
A data center is a building, dedicated space within a building, or a group of buildings used to house computer systems and associated components, such as telecommunications and storage systems. Since IT operations are crucial for business continuity, it generally includes redundant or backup components and infrastructure for power supply, data communication connections, environmental controls (e.g. air conditioning, fire suppression) and various security devices. A large data center is an industrial-scale operation using as much electricity as a small town.
We at DSI Solutions Dubai understand that Data Center is critical to every aspect of a company’s operations because it is the place where all the information technology and network resides. Basically, it is the “Backbone” of any business. A data center has to offer a secure environment that minimizes the chances of a security breach so it becomes essential that the design and implementation al of its elements – power, cooling, security, fire protection, structured cabling and physical housing, be deployed as an integrated, logical system that guarantees visibility and multiple service contact among all of its elements.
Our well trained and expert team at DSI Solutions Dubai specialize in planning, designing, engineering, constructing, monitoring and maintaining data centers thus assuring the integrity and functionality of its hosted computer environment.
Designing a Data Center is a critical task that requires a lot of time, effort, expense & a team of Certified and trained Professionals. When done properly, a data center facility can house servers and other IT equipment for decades into the future. Whether planning out a modest facility for a specific company, or a massive, million-plus square foot facility for cloud technologies, doing everything properly is critical. We provide installation services if needed to make sure everything fits & performs effectively.
Room for Expansion
Many businesses create a data center design that meets their current needs, but don’t invest in the future. Our team of experts at DSI Solutions takes into consideration the following points when looking at the needs your company will have down the road; Floor Space, Power & Cooling Requirements, Server Space. As long as there is an adequate amount of sufficiently cooled air flow available, any existing data center enclosure can be retrofitted with air flow control & containment components that will expand.
Dynamic infrastructure provides the ability to intelligently, automatically and securely move workloads within a data center anytime, anywhere, for migrations, provisioning, to enhance performance or building co-location facilities. It also facilitates routine maintenance on physical or virtual systems while minimizing interruption. A related concept is Composable infrastructure, which allows for the dynamic reconfiguration of the available resources to suit needs, only when needed.
Optimize Data Center Cooling
One of the most important things taken into consideration while designing a data center is to keep the operating equipment at appropriate temperatures. Most popular types of cooling systems available are Traditional Air Conditioning, Water Cooling Units, Outdoor Air cooling, and Localized Cooling. Cooling has always been a critical component of the data center environment. Computer systems generate waste in the form of heat, and like all waste, that heat must be removed for the systems to function properly.
Identify and eliminate
Hotspots in data centers are not caused by inadequate cooling capacity, but rather by insufficient airflow — chiller air does not reach the IT equipment without receiving sufficient cooling. By bringing cooling systems closer to the heat load and preventing chilled air from mixing with hot exhaust air, organizations can address airflow issues. The name implies in-row cooling units are placed directly within a row of racks and cabinets. The cooling units may be suspended from the ceiling, placed on top of a cabinet, or mounted on the floor. Best-in-class in-row cooling systems are housed in enclosures with similar dimensions to a data center cabinet. In-row cooling systems create a shorter airflow path than CRAC/CRAH units, so the chilled air reaches the IT equipment more quickly. Virtually all of the cooling capacity is used to dissipate heat.
It is common for data center cooling units to operate there to use direct expansion (DX) air conditioning systems, which use a refrigerant directly to cool the air coming into the unit. However, as data center power densities continue to rise, many data centers are changing their cooling methods to use water. In particular, this is true for agencies that are consuming large amounts of data in addition to processing and other workloads that require GPU acceleration. In comparison to air, water has almost four times as much thermal capacity as it does, making it a useful cooling medium. An average data center chills water to 59 degrees Fahrenheit using a DX unit before pumping it into a CRAH. The chilled water coils of the CRAH are used to draw warm air into the IT environment. Through the pumping of the water back through the chiller, heat can be dissipated.
Observe and manage
There are several factors that determine the ideal cooling system for a data center, including its size, location, the type of equipment, and the power density. Moreover, changing equipment requirements and moving racks and cabinets constantly change cooling requirements. It has been a necessity for computer to manage the heat loads in data centers for centuries. It has changed in recent years to provide operators with tools to effectively cool equipment while reducing energy consumption. Managed data center heat loads is as old as computing technology. What’s changed in recent years are the tools operators have at their disposal to effectively cool equipment while reining in energy costs. Companies that are looking to optimize their data centers would be wise to investigate in-row and adiabatic cooling, aisle containment.
A smart airflow plan can reduce cooling expenses by as much as 40%. Our team at DSI Solutions suggests multiple steps in planning out airflow strategies such as Main Intake & Exhaust, Server Rack Airflow, and Segmented Aisles. When optimizing your data center for efficiency, one important factor to consider is the proper management of air. The mixing of cold and hot air should be prevented in order to improve overall efficiency. This can be done through various airflow management solutions, customized for your data center’s needs. airflow dynamics can be improved through a few simple efforts. These airflow management improvements can decrease server inlet temperatures while increasing the computer room AC return air temperature, leading to a higher Delta T and greater cooling efficiency. It is important to determine and understand your options when it comes to airflow management, as well as best practices to improve overall energy efficiency. we can help review your options and find the best solution for your data center.
Physical access is usually restricted. Layered security often starts with fencing, bollards and mantraps. Video surveillance and permanent security guards are almost always present if the data center is large or contains sensitive information. Fingerprint recognition mantraps is starting to be commonplace. Investing in enclosed server racks also helps in long term data center physical security. These server racks help to prevent both theft and potential damage, as they are typically lockable. Data center managers can control who truly has access to the servers. To design and execute a secure data center, the standards established for this type of facility must be observed, mainly those set out in the EN 50600 standard, which, for the first time, establishes a set of design standards that guarantee the “availability, security and energy efficiency during the entire useful life of the data center”, including energy-saving potentials. This standard defines the construction of data center buildings as well as aspects related to security & administration.
Without a good wiring plan in place, a data center can become a huge mess very quickly. Using horizontal or vertical cable managers can help tremendously with this. Next, the cables must be run neatly to where they are going. This typically means running them either under the flooring or in the ceiling, depending on the data center design. In all of these areas, our trained team at DSI Solutions Dubai makes sure to properly label the cables on both ends for easier troubleshooting. Aside from the aesthetic satisfaction from looking at an organized data center cabling system, planning out cabling infrastructures saves people’s time, money, and many other resources. Disorganized cabling installations only result in unnecessary headaches for data center owners and operators for using up time and resources to mitigate problems that never would have happened had they given enough attention to cabling management. Proper cable management is not an option. It is a must. It is mission-critical.
The Design Engineers at DSI Solutions Dubai evaluate the following criteria to ensure that the client gets the safest and best functional data center.
DSI Solutions Dubai has certified professionals on board which help businesses assess their data center and support infrastructure risks, provide recommendations for improvement and offer accurate project cost estimating and guidance throughout implementation. Our extensive services are available in Dubai, Sharjah and Ajman.