Synopses & Reviews
- 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.
Enterprise Data Center Design and Methodology is the practical, start-to-finish guide to data center design and retrofitting. It introduces a scalable, modular methodology for designing data centers of any size and capability, and breakthrough techniques for accurate capacity planning. Sun Enterprise Architect Rob Snevely offers realistic solutions for every facet of planning and implementation, including site selection, network connectivity and infrastructure, environmental considerations, building codes, construction, and hazard avoidance.
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.
Table of Contents
Sun BluePrints Program. Who Should Use This Book. Before You Read This Book. How This Book Is Organized. Ordering Sun Documents. Accessing Sun Documentation Online. Typographic Conventions. Shell Prompts in Command Examples.
1. Data Center Design Philosophy.
Look Forward by Looking Back. A Modern Pantheon. Fundamentals of the Philosophy. Top Ten Data Center Design Guidelines.
2. Data Center Design Criteria.
Scope, Budget, and Criteria. System Availability Profiles. Insurance and Local Building Codes. Determining the Viability of the Project.
3. Designing a Data Center.
Design Process. Data Center Structural Layout. Data Center Support Systems. Physical and Logical Security. System Monitoring. Remote Systems Management. Planning for Possible Expansion.
4. Determining Data Center Capacities.
Data Center Capacities. Purpose of Rack Location Units. Data Center Evolution. Determining Criteria for RLUs. Creating RLU Definitions. Using RLUs to Determine In-Feed Capacities. Planning for Equipment Layout.
5. Site Selection.
Geographic Location. Data Center Site Selection. General Site Considerations.
6. Implementing a Raised Floor.
Anatomy of a Raised Floor. Floor Load Capacity. Air Flow and Pressure. Fire Rating. Local Building Code.
7. Power Distribution.
Power Distribution System Design. Grounding and Bonding. Signal Reference Grid. Input Power Quality. Wiring and Cabling. Electromagnetic Compatibility. Electrostatic Discharge. Site Power Analyses.
8. HVAC and Other Environmental Controls.
Reasons for Environmental Control. Temperature Requirements. Relative Humidity. Electrostatic Discharge. Air Conditioning Systems. Humidification Systems. Monitoring Temperature and RH Levels. Mechanical Support Systems. Air Distribution.
9. Network Cabling Infrastructure1.
Creating a Network Cabling Infrastructure. Points of Distribution. Cable Connectors. Avoiding Spaghetti. Labeling and Color Coding. Verification.
10. Shipping, Receiving, and Staging.
Loading Dock. Staging Area. Storage.
11. Avoiding Hazards.
Types of Hazards. Personnel Health and Safety. Fire. Flooding. Earthquakes. Miscellaneous Disasters. Security Problems. Noise Problems.
12. Environmental Contaminants.
Contaminant Types and Sources. Effects of Contaminants. Avoiding Contamination.
13. Codes and Construction.
Codes. Construction Criteria. Pre-Hardware Installation Checklist.
Appendix A. Managing System Configurations.
Abstract. Introduction. In the Beginning…. Cabling. System Installation. Solaris JumpStart Software. Source Control on the Solaris JumpStart Server. Packages. Software Patches. Firmware and Storage Patches. Storage Area Networks. List of Things to Remember. Conclusions.
Appendix B. Bibliography and References.
Books. Publications. Organizations. Software. Quote Acknowledgments.