Metal Data Center Building
Strong Building Systems sells high-quality commercial steel data center buildings that are quick and easy to build when they arrive at your build location. Our data center buildings are made from high-quality, 55% recycled steel and come with everything required to custom build your structure.
What is a Data Center Building?
A data center building is a dedicated space that is used to house computer systems and their components. This can include telecommunications and storage systems. Because IT operations are crucial for most businesses to ensure their smooth running, a data center building typically includes backup components and infrastructures necessary for power supply, data communication, and various security needs. Data centers are great for many people, including:
- Entrepreneurs who want to rent out cloud computing/storage/CRMS
- Large companies who have substantial data needs
- Companies who require a closed system for data storage
There is no quick or easy formula to consider when you figure out what size your data center should be. Instead, there are certain things you need to consider when determining what size is right for your business. First, consider your companies needs. If you are a telecommunications company, you will be vastly different from one who is web hosting. Another factor is the potential for growth you see in your business. While you do not want a lot of dead space in your data center, you also do not want to have to ultimately relocate, when your business needs more space.
When designing your data center, there are a few things you want to consider. The most important is location. Your data center needs TWO power companies and TWO fiber optic lines to run without downtime. The next thing is the dimensions that you are going to build. Once you draw out your dimensions, place your windows and your doors. Consider the height of the machinery going to be moving in and out of the warehouse when you are planning your doors. Another consideration is going to be the clearance height in your building. Typical clearance height is 10 feet, which can accommodate most applications. However, some data centers require a clearance of up to 30 feet to allow for extensive shelving systems, heavy construction vehicles, and tractor-trailers.
All data centers are somewhat similar to each other because they all contain the same sorts of materials within them. The standard core components of a data center include routers, switches, firewalls, storage systems, servers, and application delivery controllers. These items can be purchased in their standard dimensions, or they can be custom made to fit your needs.
There are nine must-haves for your data center to ensure that it will run smoothly.
- Environmental controls: A standard and predictable environment is the cornerstone of a quality data center. While you need to keep things cool and maintain the right humidity, you also must consider fire suppression, airflow, and power distribution.
- Security: The physical security of your data center is essential to keeping your servers, applications, and data safe.
- Accountability: Most IT people are professional and trustworthy; however, it is crucial to keep a log to track the interactions that people have with your data center. Data centers need to be able to log every person who accesses the location, ideally through badge access.
- Policies: Policies are essential in every aspect of a business, but especially in your data center. You want to have procedures for data retention, new system installation, and removing old equipment.
- Redundancy: Redundancy is the presence of back up components that can be used in the place of the primary element if something were to happen to it. Ensure that your redundant components are also tested and kept in good working order.
- Monitoring: Proactive monitoring of your systems is essential to ensure that they are being kept healthy. In addition, you want to monitor the bandwidth, energy, storage, physical rack space, and anything else that is considered a commodity in your data center.
- Scalability: You know what your company needs today to accomplish their tasks. Consider what you might need in a week, a month, or a year. Being ready for your next stage of growth will mean you are not losing money while you upgrade.
- Organization: An organized system will be easy to troubleshoot, support, and repair than a system that is difficult to understand. Use cables that are an appropriate length and run them through cabling guides instead of hanging haphazardly all over the place.
- Documentation: Documenting your system is essential, so other people can understand it if, for some reason, you ever were not there to explain it. It is not enough to sketch a diagram of your switch layout. You want a detailed explanation of the entire data center warehouse.
5 Signs Your Company Needs a Data Center
Your company is starting to grow quickly. When you have just a few employees managing your company’s IT and computers, it is not much of a task. But as your company grows and you have more employees, even the smallest change to your software becomes a hassle to implement. Having a server dedicated to upgrading your systems will reduce your downtime.
3 Tips to Optimize Your Data Center Like Google
Google’s data centers are twice as energy-efficient as other data centers. They are also able to deliver seven times as much computing power. This makes them the company that everyone wants to mimic when creating their own data center warehouses. There are steps you can take to optimize your data center in a way like Google.
Step One: Improve Cooling and Other Data Center Environmental Variables
Data center environments are notoriously hard to control. Hot and cold spots create energy drains and poor airflow. Consider rack placement, server density, flooring, and aisle control to improve cooling and reduce operational costs.
Step Two: Optimize Power Usage
While moving your data center somewhere that draws power from a green source, such as Iceland, is one option, other options do not require moving your entire warehouse. Some of these options include examining your existing environment and inspecting lost power areas. Notice how much wattage your servers are taking when they are idle and take steps to reduce the output.
Step Three: Use Custom Servers
A custom server will allow you to make sure that you have precisely what you require to meet your needs. When you purchase premade servers, they can be too big or too small, resulting in wasted space. To optimize your data center warehouse completely, you want to ensure that you are utilizing every aspect of your space in the most beneficial way.