Server room design services must involve choosing the proper location and server room infrastructure elements, which can be a long and tedious task that challenges even the most experienced resellers, systems integrators and service providers. Some of the most important considerations need to be made before the first server is ordered or the first piece of cable is laid. Check out this design services tutorial and get some advice from people who have done it, successfully, before.
Customers sometimes may not realize that different locations offer different, specific challenges to operating and maintaining a server room. VARs can act as trusted advisers to educate customers about the potential pitfalls that may be waiting. By educating the customer about the potential problems that lay ahead, VARs will be less likely to clash with the company over certain issues. For example, a customer may ask why an entire floor needs to be rewired to accommodate a data center in an older building. Having this knowledge at your disposal will help mitigate any future confrontation and make the project go more smoothly.
Rules for designing the urban data center
Not all server room design happens on a sprawling campus outside of a major city. VARs need to be prepared to redesign, build and support server rooms that exist in urban environments too. That's a different set of challenges for a VAR that will need to be explained to the customer before the build even begins to take place.
Server room planning: Location, space, setup and environmental considerations
Before planning or redesigning a server room, VARs need to take into account the different aspects that will all be competing for space: hardware, components and interconnects. By laying the proper foundation, on-going maintenance will be less difficult than it otherwise might be.
Things to consider when planning a data center move to an older building
Planning a server room move can be an exhausting task full of heating, cooling and security considerations -- just to name a few. It's important to know what you and your customer are getting yourselves into. Expect a challenge in completing this project, but make it run more smoothly by getting the advice of someone who has already been there.