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Enterprise Data Center Design and Methodology Paperback – February 7, 2002

ISBN-13: 978-0130473936 ISBN-10: 0130473936 Edition: 1st
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  • A practical guide that provides a scalable, modular methodology for designing data centers of any size and capability
  • Includes design techniques for accurate planning based on data center capacities
  • Covers all aspects of data center design from site selection to network connectivity

Enterprise Data Center Design and Methodology is a practical guide to designing a data center from inception through construction. The fundamental design principles take a simple, flexible, and modular approach based on accurate, real-world requirements and capacities. This approach contradicts the conventional (but totally inadequate) method of using square footage to determine basic capacities like power and cooling requirements.

In addition to providing sound design advice, this BluePrint provides information about a wide range of topics including capacity sizing, site selection, data center environmental considerations, network infrastructures, building code and construction considerations, and hazard avoidance. If you are building a new data center, are retrofitting an existing one, or are working in a data center and simply want a better understanding of these complex environments, you will find this book to be a valuable resource.

About the Author

Rob Snevely is an Enterprise Architect at Sun Microsystems, working in the Quality Engineering and Deployment organization. He has over 14 years' experience working with large-scale UNIX systems in data center environments and is responsible for data center architecture for all of the Enterprise Technology Centers at Sun. Since coming to work for Sun in 1990 as a system administrator, he has been involved with network and system performance and large scale system engineering. His liberal arts background in theatre, art history, and fashion design augment his practical and pragmatic methods for designing data centers.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 1 edition (February 7, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0130473936
  • ISBN-13: 978-0130473936
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #942,162 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Linda Zarate on March 19, 2002
Format: Paperback
There is a large gap between IT data center operations and facilities management professionals. This book bridges that gap, at least on the IT side, by clearly explaining the issues and factors that need to be addressed for effective management of a data center that complies with local codes and regulations. Most IT professionals are unaware of the regulatory requirements with which a data center must comply - unless they've been shut down by a city inspector at which point the concept of reliability, availability and support becomes moot. This book provides a good education about this obscure topic, as well as everything else that a data center operations manager should know in order to do his or her job. This doesn't shift responsibilities away from facilities managers, but does give IT and facilities common ground and a shared understanding of each domains roles and responsibilities. Here's an example of why this is necessary: systems that need to be brought into production usually require platforms, storage and network connections. These consume power, environmental system capacity and require space, all of which are finite and all of which are governed by building, fire and safety codes. Many organizations order equipment first, then notify facilities, when the right way is to jointly plan and manage data center growth. This book provides the basis for doing this, and if followed by both IT and facilities, will ensure smooth and uninterrupted operations and proactive physical capacity management.
The book starts with data center design philosophy, giving the top ten design guidelines. This is followed with detailed design criteria that covers project issues, insurance and local building codes.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. Osborn on July 28, 2005
Format: Paperback
I am working on relocating a Data Center to a new building as part of a manufacturing environment. This book provided some valuable background information for selling why I needed things that aren't available in normal office environments. I was dealing with maintenance staff that has no experience with Data Centers and every penny I needed to spend on the increased power, HVAC and security requirements for the facility were a hard sell. This book helped me communicate those needs in a way they understood.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Shopper123456 on March 16, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book seems to be really informative so far. We're in the midst of designing a 700 square foot data center and there are a lot of great tips and tricks we never would have thought of in there.

My only complaint so far is the quality of the pictures. They're all black and white, which is fine, but they look like they've been photocopied about 20 times before they made it to the book. Very poor quality there for the price.
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By E. F. Dahl on November 2, 2009
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This volume provides a good review of the factors that must be considerd when planning construction or major upgrades for corporate data centers. Checklists and project plan outlines can be readily developed with reference to this material. One potentially useful construct, the "Rack Location Unit", is nominated as a focus for planning that would avoid some fallacies that might be created if structuring plans simplistically by server tally, square-foot measurements, or the like.

On balance, though, the volume comes up short on usable guidance beyond the superficial. It would have been far more valuable if it had included specimens of RLU-based planning - especially a framework for going about populating the RLU model in actual practice, and demonstrating how it might be applied to track power, heat, etc, particularly in ongoing management of the post-construction data center.

Although repetitious at times, the text was readable and reasonably organized. For a survey of issues to be considered, this is quite good; for depth of treatment or unexpected insights, it disappoints.
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