As Part 1 discussed, utilizing data center infrastructure design best practices as listed below can raise efficiency, increase functionality, allow for growth, and minimize downtime. Part 2 will cover two more data center design best practices.


Prepare for Future Growth & Emerging Technologies


Network speed and bandwidth requirements are constantly increasing, and this trend is unlikely to change. 1GBaseT or even 10GBaseT are commonly deployed at workstations, which places higher requirements on data centers to support increased bandwidth. The emergence and increasing adoption of 40G and 100G have forced the use of MTP connectors for fiber optic cables, which are very different from traditional fiber optic termination practices and often need pre-terminated components.


Although these network speeds require fiber optics, copper cables are still very common and remain the mainstay of data center design. Therefore, it is strongly recommended to use a hybrid infrastructure consisting of copper and optical cables, but the design should be based not only on the current needs of the network but also on the future needs and the ability of the system to adopt emerging technologies. A properly designed system must be modular and capable of easily accommodating additional cables, multiple types of media, and different types of connections/terminations.


Solid Organization & Proper Documentation


To keep pace with the development of new technologies for data centers, cabling infrastructure will be required to evolve accordingly. This is especially the case if future growth was not fully considered in the initial design.


One method for mitigating the impact of changes is the implementation and adherence to the labeling scheme. This works together with managing the change process for additions, connections, and equipment upgrades. A solid organization and structure for MACs will help maintain control and functionality.


If proper cable management isn’t built into the initial infrastructure and management practices are not implemented or followed, the cabling can rapidly become disorganized, messy, and even hazardous to employees. Datacenter cleanup will be required to establish a solid organization, which typically results in downtime and significant expense.


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