Originally posted to Data Center Frontier by Rich Miller.

ALLEN, Texas –  The location of loading docks and staging rooms may seem like an esoteric element of data center design. Unless you’re rolling a rack filled with a ton of expensive server and storage equipment.

In that scenario, said Chris Crosby, the number of turns and ramps and the length of corridors matters a lot.

“We’re very intentional about equipment flow, and and how people use a building,” said Crosby, the CEO of Compass Datacenters. That’s why the loading dock is directly across from the server staging room, which is adjacent to a ramp providing direct access to the data hall.

As he walks the halls of a Tierpoint data center in the Dallas suburbs, Crosby says these details are the fruit of the Compass team’s years of experience building data centers for the world’s largest companies.

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