– Michael Petrino, vice president at PTS Data Center Solutions (www.PTSdcs.com), says:
How can you ensure a smooth process?
- Architect: many jurisdictions require an architect be involved as the design authority as you have life safety considerations. So, a firm with data center experience is a positive attribute that can be augmented with a data center consultant.
- Engineering: (mechanical, electrical, structural) all of these trades will be required and their knowledge of how these different systems work together is imperative.
- Move consultant: the task of moving your critical IT infrastructure should not be left to your local office moving company. This is an important detailed task which involves building rack elevations, labeling devices, labeling cables, unracking, packing and moving properly in bins, followed by unpacking and installation at the new location.
- Process: stick to the design process, by skipping steps we often find that the result is change orders and schedule delays.
- Design team: it is important to have the design team involved in the construction process to offer continuity and consistent results.
- Contractors: clients are often initially please with the low bid price but that can quickly change to displeasure in the long term when the contractor produce poor quality work due to inexperience. It is imperative to select contractors that have familiarity working in data center environments.
This is an excellent opportunity to make policy changes as you improve your data center. Things such as limiting access, improving security, and physically separating the production environment form test or development equipment. Improve the organization of the environment and take steps to get the unnecessary storage out of the data center.
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