Designing Your Server Room for Speed and Flexibility

Posted by Gaw Technology on 6/4/2014 to Data Center Topics

Are you a business owner designing your own server room? You'll have a number of challenges before you, but you can organize them by starting off with a checklist. On top of that list should be the need for speed! Once you've already set up the space with computer cabinets and wall racks to maximize your space, you'll need to focus on the functionality of the room. Make sure to take a look at your budget and determine what you can afford and then what you absolutely need to invest in. Here are some things that you should consider:

Don't cut costs when choosing speed – You should always invest in connection speed so, if you can budget for it, go as fast as possible. When businesses try to save on cabling in a server room, they soon regret the decision, as it leads to fewer capabilities and less productivity. You should also make sure that all cabling is up to fire code – ensuring the safety of yourself and your colleagues should be a number one priority, no matter what the price.

Have cabling installed by a professional – When looking for someone to install your cables, choose a company that will certify and provide a warranty for their work. By hiring professionals, you will ultimately be saving money if there is a problem. Many cabling plants can be guaranteed for five to ten years, but make sure that they are capable of gigabit speeds. You should also have nothing less than category 6 cabling in your server room.

Keep cable pathways under the floor – If possible, choose a room with raised floors to provide adequate space for cables. If the cables run under the floor, it is less likely they will get into a tangled mess that not even the most seasoned puzzle solver could untangle. If cables are tangled and there is a problem with one of the servers, it could be near impossible to troubleshoot.

Consider using fiber optic cables – Even though they may be a little more expensive, the capacity of fiber is much greater than that of copper. You will be saving money down the line if you decide to go with all fiber runs from the start, as you won't have to install it little by little. Fiber transmits data much faster over long distances than copper and is smaller in diameter. Fiber optics is not affected by RFI or EMI, so if you have an electronic device that is near one of your computer cabinets, there will not be any disruption of these signals.


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