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Many Enterprise Data Centers have chosen a hybrid approach where they are locating their servers in a facility run by others and operating a smaller onsite data center for their on-premises needs. This Data Center trend is expected to continue for the foreseeable future. The need for good Colocation Facility Design and Onsite Data Center renovation is a challenge many companies have and will face. See our Server Room page for more info for onsite Data Centers.
DVL offers solutions that enable our Colocation and Enterprise Customers to achieve high efficiency and reliability. Our Data Center engineers have experience in every type of system and can offer pros and cons to help you deliver a state-of-the-art data center. Our product partners of Vertiv, Starline, Systecon, and others help us deliver the best cooling and power systems for Data Centers.
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The primary goal for any colocation and enterprise company is to provide cost effective wholesale data center space to their customers that:
The following are guidelines that define best practices and design guidelines in Colocation and Enterprise Data Center Design:
The best cooling system will depend on the size, load density, and scalability requirement. Most colocation sites operate at 5KW/rack, but the trend is to support HPC (High Performance Computing) with upwards of 30kW/rack and more. DVL, with our brands of Liebert by Vertiv and Systecon, can design cooling systems to accommodate the desired loads. Your DVL Data Center Engineer can assist with evaluation and selection of the right system for you. Here are some typical systems that are used in Colocation Data Centers.
The power systems must be designed to provide maximum reliability and concurrent serviceability. The ideal data center power design will include electrical feeds from two separate substations, back up diesel generators, redundant UPS systems and redundant power distribution systems, down to the server power supply. Your DVL Data Center Engineer can guide you through the selection process to make sure the system is properly designed and sized for on operations day one, and can be expanded as your load grows.
A unique way to provide redundant power at a reduced cost is to implement a Catcher Bus System that allows a redundant UPS to be shared as the back up for either your primary or secondary power source.
Battery Selection – There are three basic types of batteries used today. Lithium Ion is rapidly becoming the standard and best choice for longer life and lower life cycle costs. Battery Monitoring Systems from Alber provide individual battery monitoring to prevent a power failure due to the loss of a single battery.
VRLA – Valve regulated lead acid batteries
Rendering of Traditional PDU with whips vs. Busway
The Vertiv VR Equipment Rack supports a wide variety of equipment including servers, storage, switches, routers, PDUs, UPSs, console port servers, and KVM switches. The Vertiv VR is delivered ready for high density environments to serve your mission critical needs — even as they evolve and change. This rack gives you the flexibility you need with easy installation. Various rack heights and widths are available.
Containment – Whether you use hot aisle or cold aisle containment, both are extremely important to optimize cooling efficiency in the data center. DVL will review your applications and recommend the best solutions.
Today's data center cannot be managed in a siloed manner. Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) is very popular today, but its function and definition vary by user. DVL can help you with a comprehensive monitoring software solution, that collects all the data you need to run your critical infrastructure efficiently, and delivers a real-time, integrated view of the entire IT facility and its subsequent assets. Discover how you can make the most out of our innovative monitoring software solutions and expert advice, to gain visibility and management of your data center, from the core to the edge of your network
Wireless Monitoring – In order to save time and money, many data centers are considering wireless monitoring for the temperature and power in their racks. Learn more about our Packet Power Products.
In order to protect your investment, please review our DVL Service program which can include Total Site Management, Power and HVAC Services. We make sure that the systems you purchase stay in top operating condition through the life of your Data Center.