This article is the second in a series of Data Centre Best Practice articles provided by Future-tech Ltd.
In this article we seek to highlight the starting points for any data centre project and lay down the basics for success in both the Build and Use phases.
General Planning and Design Best Practices
Before commencing any data centre project it is vital that the purpose of the data centre is fully understood in terms of supporting the business and mitigating any potential operational risks faced by the business. The purpose of any data centre is to accommodate the IT equipment supporting business services and to maintain the level of service availability suitable for that business.
Not all businesses will require high availability or fault tolerant services so the additional cost of obtaining these will be a waste. Conversely a data centre that cannot support the business expectations or mitigate potential risks to achieve the appropriate level of business continuity is ultimately not fit for purpose. It is apparent that this step is missed in many data centre projects with decisions being made about a particular data centre design or solution without fully understanding the implications of that design or the potential business impact it may have.
It is vital to ensure that IT and Facilities infrastructure is appropriate for the specific business risk profile rather than a generic level of resilience. For this to happen it is essential that an integrated IT and Facilities culture within the business is in place from the outset and that decision are made jointly.
Following this it is key to ensuring that business expectations in terms of risk and expected mitigations are properly translated into the site infrastructure and operational platforms.