Data Center Design: To Raise the Floor or Not?

Data Center Design: To Raise the Floor or Not?

A raised floor in Sri Lanka (as in most countries) is almost considered a norm in Data Centers and Server Rooms. This is so true that we’ve run into scenarios where clients have been told by their landlords (the over bearing ones that poke into everything a tenant does in their space) that if they are having a Server Room, then they need to have a raised floor. Before you go out and spend anywhere between LKR 1,500/- to LKR 4,500/- per Square Foot for a Standard 300mm – 450mm raised floor that can accomodate a point load between 800lbs and 1500lbs ask yourself: DO I NEED A RAISED FLOOR? Traditionally, Raised Floors are versatile structures that allow for neater Cable Management, better Airflow Management and an added layer of safety against possible Water Damage. Now however, we find that Raised Floors over time are negating their own advantages, where bunches of cables are impeding Airflow, and older raised floors are starting to let air leak out, causing inefficiency in Cooling Design, and general safety hazards. Today’s Data Center Owner/Operators have plenty of options to proceed without installing a raised floor, allowing them to save on the CapEx, and also in the future OpEx involved in cleaning, maintenance, and inspections. In terms of Cable Management overhead Busbar Trunking for Power, and Cable Raceways for Copper/Fiber Data Cables are possible. For Cooling: In Row units, and even In/Above Rack units are now available bringing the source of cold air even closer to the rack. These new cooling technologies together with Hot/Cold Aisle Containment are allowing Server Rooms and Data Centers...
Sri Lanka’s first TIA-942 certified Data Center Design Consultant and Internal Auditor

Sri Lanka’s first TIA-942 certified Data Center Design Consultant and Internal Auditor

The Telecommunications Industry Association’s (TIA) TIA-942 Telecommunications Infrastructure Standard for Data Centers is the first standard to specifically address data center infrastructure. It covers the Telecommunications, Electrical, Architectural, and Mechanical (TEAM) Infrastructure of a Data Center. Tharindu Meepegama, Founder of IDawnTechnologies is the first Sri Lankan to achieve the TIA-942 Data Center Design Consultant and Internal Auditor certification. Commenting on his achievement, Meepegama had this to say, “Before this, there was no benchmark to verify the capability of designers and auditors for a data center. Customers have been left to their own assessment to determine the capability of the designers and auditors. Now, the data center industry can use the CTDC and CTIA as references to validate the designers and auditors they work with and/or the data center professionals they employ.” The article “Sri Lanka’s first TIA-942 certified Data Center Design Consultant and Internal Auditor” was first published on October 8, 2014 by The Island...