Data Center Needs

Data centers are the vital backbone of many industries. A data center can serve many purposes, from hosting services to simply storing the information your company needs to do business. Your data center needs to be properly configured and set up to ensure it provides the level of service and security you need to keep systems running, platforms online, and information accessible to those who need it. Here is a brief overview of what is needed in a data center.

Data Center System Needs

There are standards in data centers to avoid both security and performance issues. The equipment you need includes the following systems.

  • Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing: Commonly abbreviated to MEP, this system regulates important variables such as cooling, ventilation, cabling, electrical needs, airflow, and so on. A lack of these factors (such as ventilation) can lead to system failure and expensive repair or equipment replacement needs.
  • Power Needs: A data center doesn’t take time off, and systems have to be up and running at all times. For this, uninterruptible power supplies are essential as they protect from outages and electrical issues such as power surges. Measuring factors such as power usage effectiveness or PUE can tell you how stable your systems are and how efficient your monthly power use is.
  • Location: A factor to consider if you are in the planning phases of opening a data center is location. Closeness to the local power grid can be highly beneficial and reduce the chances of outside power problems or concerns. Also, data centers should have multiple points of connection to the local power grid, and closeness to it helps facilitate this configuration.
  • Safety and Emergency Response: You also have to be prepared for emergencies. Backup generators and flywheels can help in case of power outages, and fire suppression systems can help if a fire should break out. Environmental controls also help you precisely manage the interior condition of your data center.
  • Security: Security systems are essential for your data center. Cybersecurity is vital and includes firewalls, monitoring systems, vulnerability testing, backups, DDoS mitigation tools, network security, protection from outside access, and virus protection. Traditional security is also required, such as gated entry, guards, video monitoring, access badges, area access control, and NOC staff.

Final Thoughts

A data center is more than just the equipment it houses. You can have the best and newest computer hardware, but you need a safe location to store it. A well-run and managed data center can keep your equipment and the information it contains safe.