When building a data center for your organization, it’s always important to keep a few key things in mind. For starters, remember that not all businesses are created equally – the type of data center that works perfectly for one company may be woefully inadequate for the next. If you want to make sure that you’re spending your company’s money both appropriately and responsibly when building a data center, you’ll want to learn both what to do and what not to do at all costs.
Do: Develop a Plan Before You Start
Even though the core components of one data center may appear close to the next, the way they’re used will be incredibly different depending on the circumstances. As a result, it’s always important to develop a detailed plan for your data center before you begin in earnest. Make sure that you know the budget that you’re working with, the scope of the project you’re undertaking and the schedule that it will be completed under.
Do: Train Your Staff
People tend to be so focused on the actual mechanics of building a data center that they don’t worry nearly enough about incorporating that new resource into their business. One of the most important steps that you can take to help things run smoothly involves making sure that all of your staff members are appropriately trained as your system goes live. This will decrease the amount of time that it will take to make necessary repairs and will also increase their overall comfort level when operating all the new equipment. If you rely too much on emergency staff for these purposes, you’re only setting yourself up for disaster.
Don’t: Have Hands-Off Management
Once your data center is completed, the process of “building” it does not end. Engineers should be walking the floor of the data center each and every day to make sure that all equipment is functioning properly. Wherever possible, you should also try to install sensors on certain key items to help automated much of this process. Failure to do so will result in small problems that grow into massive (and expensive) ones before your very eyes.