How to execute a data design and build project 10 Best Practices

How to execute a data design and build project

10 Best Practices

The best approach to disaster prevention is to adopt best practices from the very start in your design & build projects.Many organisations have limited and over committed resources . Planning and executing a complex design project adds a considerable risk to an ongoing shortage in staff utilisation ,efficiency and production . Improperly planned and poorly designed data centres can have a profound impact on the business and results in significant lost revenue. The key to any successful project will be to understand your business and IT needs , plan and engage proper competencies, methodology and expertise to execute such a complex task.

Design the Data centre with flexibility and saleability in mind.

Companies that consider flexibility and saleability as the building blocks of their new design are starting the project off on the right foot . There are many parallel best practices between establishing effective design concepts and keeping the plan efficient and executable. The following top 10 tips are recommended to any organisation looking to execute a data design and build project .

  1. Understand your application ,storage and network requirements . Perform a complete discovery and needs analysis that maps business needs to IT resources.
  2. Understand your data centre tier requirements. The first step for any organisation in designing a data centre is to determine the level of redundancy resiliency and criticality it needs.
  3. Develop your phased master plan . The design should be deployed in phases and it should work closely with facilities to ensure proper sizing of the critical infrastructure components.
  4. Prepare blocking diagrams for all current functional areas. Apply these calculation plans to the new design to achieve the best location for the data centre and support team.
  5. Develop a facility plan for the new data centre identifying the location of the equipment within the facility. This plan includes processors, disk , tape, network gear, power distribution, precision cooling,fire detection,suppression systems raised floor system,under floor preparation and cable distribution trays.
  6. Prepare cabinet standards and plan placement for IT equipment and distribution of cabinets / racks : Prepare cabling requirements for server distribution and develop workstation faceplate and cabling standards. Taking the time at the outset is critical to helping avoid and overcome the unpredictable mishaps that are likely to crop up later in the process.
  7. Design and lay out the main distribution frame. Prepare horizontal cabling testing and documentation standards. Research and validate your plans with proven data centre best practice standards ( EIA 942) as your guide to ensure success.
  8. Consider partnering with a technology services organisation to minimise business impacts. Data centre managers and IT staff do not need to go it alone . Look into partners to help support and streamline the process,but make sure you choose a company experienced in design planning and executing complex engagements.Look for a company with proven methods and practices that are focused specifically on data centre design projects. Any partner should specifically specialise in complex project management and be able to oversee all aspects of a design from assessment to specification and construction coordination and management.
  9. Provide on site monitoring reference points for early warning and facilities trend analysis. Document and track facilities ,hardware ,software,and network resources. Understand and document your systems interfaces, and don’t forget any applications and services.
  10. Begin with an end state design in mind . Many athletes use visualisation techniques to prepare for major events . For instance golfers think about where they want the ball to land before they swing. In data centre, knowing their tier class,redundancy needs and resiliency for all your devices and technology is critical to making the design phase a success. Committing a mental picture to paper is a recommended step as well.

An organisation should not expect that a data centre design project will be easy and seamless, but following these ten best practices will certainly set the design team on the right path.
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