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Data Center Design

Definition - What does Data Center Design mean?

Data center design is the process of modeling and designing a data center's IT resources, architectural layout and entire infrastructure. It enables the logical conception of a data center prior to development or implementation in an organization or IT environment.

Although data center is a broad term that includes various processes and techniques, a data center design may be in the form of documents, modeled diagram systems or a combination of both.

Techopedia explains Data Center Design

Data center design serves as they key design phase of data center development, where system architects create a documented and diagrammatic, logical view of a data center. It is typically an extensive process that covers all of a data center's essential computational and non-computational parameters. The computing aspect of data center design may incorporate any of the following:
  • Number and type of required servers
  • Network layout and equipment
  • Enterprise resource planning (ERP), customer relationship management (CRM), data center management or any other required software
Similarly, data center design's non-computing aspect includes but is not limited to the following:
  • Physical facility that houses all equipment
  • Data center power, cooling and ventilation systems
  • Physical data center security, disaster recovery and business continuity planning.

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