- 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 0.3 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,391,411 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover
- 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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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.
My only complaint was the overall appearance of the book and diagrams. Given the relatively high cost of this book, I would have preferred to have seen a little more production effort.
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. While these are of more concern to facilities managers IT needs to be aware of their impact. It also discusses availability profiles, which does directly concern IT. Chapter 3 is also of direct interest to IT because it discusses physical and logical Security, facilities system monitoring and planning for expansion. In fact, this chapter is where IT and facilities professionals intersect.
Chapters 4 through 8 are of more interest to facilities professionals because the topics cover details such as physical capacities and resources, site selection and construction details, implementing raised floors, power distribution and HVAC. Despite the slant towards facilities, reading through these chapters will give IT data center managers insights into the challenges faced by facilities, and will offer a lot of information that can be used to develop safety plans and general housekeeping procedures.
The next chapters (9 through 12) are of interest to both IT and facilities, and cover network cabling infrastructure, shipping, receiving, and staging, hazards and environmental contaminants, codes and construction. These are areas in which IT and facilities need to closely collaborate.
This is the first book that covers data center facilities in a manner that IT professionals will find readable and understandable. It usually takes years of experience and reading facilities-focused materials of which only a fraction is applicable to gain the knowledge that the author provides.
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.
You should be aware that this book is written for someone who is going to build out a data center facility from the ground up. I didn't think it was intended for the average data center person who rents floor space from a collocation provider and doesn't have a lot of control over the actual facilites themselves.
Not very many companies in this business can afford to build their own data centers and most, even the big companies, still rent space from a provider. Just keep that in mind when considering this book.
There is some good information in this book but in my opinion it isn't worth the money it cost to purchase it. Purchse at your own risk.