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Running head: WELL-DESIGNED DATA CENTERS 1 The Importance of Well-Designed Data Centers Liberty University
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THE IMPORTANCE OF WELL-DESIGNED DATA CENTERS 2 INTRODUCTION Data is at the heart of every business, therefore the design that goes into creating the data center that will house this data is one that should be done with many considerations in mind. The loss of data in any situation can prove to be detrimental to a business, so making fail safe measures is an absolute must when housing company data or providing data storage as a service to other companies. Reliable access to data is also a major factor in the design of a data center due to the fact that poorly designed systems can lead to data being inaccessible or poorly reached by the user who needs to gain access. The data center design should always ensure that the data being accessed is done so on an on-demand basis with accuracy and efficiency. These factors will be discussed in length throughout this paper as well as features to maintain a well-run data center, the need to maintain the hardware/software of a datacenter, the protection of the data itself, and the security measures required to protect vital information and data center infrastructure from being compromised by a malicious attack. DESIGNING AND MAINTAINING DATA CENTERS When designing a data center, it should be done with the goal of creating an easily maintainable and scalable infrastructure that also provides data integrity and efficient storage and retrieval practices. The modern data center has changed from the original design and thus should be modeled in a way to handle the demands of big data as well as the utilization of cloud computing. The most efficient data center design is one that is agile, easily maintained, and reduces the financial overhead of the center itself. The use of intelligent and scalable platforms allows organizations to reduce the costs of infrastructure as well as reduce the energy utilization (Kleyman, 2016). Power and cooling efficiencies are a major factor in a well-designed data center due to the fact that the servers are running around the clock consistently pulling power and
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THE IMPORTANCE OF WELL-DESIGNED DATA CENTERS 3 heating up. The traditional method of using constant speed pumps and fans in cooling plants can be replaced with variable frequency motors that provide cooling on demand to better fit the needs of the center and reduce energy costs (Kleyman, 2016). To address cooling more directly, hot or cold aisle containment efficiencies can be put in place. Cold aisle containment has doors at the end of the aisle to prevent the air from leaking out and to maintain a controlled temperature.
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