Designing a data centre can be difficult - few people ever get to do this because for most organizations it's a once in 10 years requirement. In the past, when every server room, computer room or data center was unique, this was a difficult proposition. You needed to have or have access to a wide range of skills, not just around the IT requirement but a full multi-disciplinary spectrum including engineering (power, cooling, civil), project management, and of course financial skills. It's quite likely that the one-time engineered facility designed and built for your needs shared some characteristics with other facilities, but was essentially unique, a one-time engineered facility with all the unique problems, costs and delays that come with it.
' With 'Datacenter 2.0' came standardisation, repeatability and the associated savings in time, cost and complexity. Datapod pioneered the manufactured approach for scalable modular data centers and the benefits are easy to see, and easy to realize. In this post I'll explain the simple steps you need to take in order to configure a system that meets your needs and how to progress this through to design stage and budget costing.