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        White Paper #160
        Specification of Modular Data Center Architecture

        There is a growing consensus that conventional legacy data center design will be superseded by modular scalable data center designs. Reduced total cost of ownership, increased flexibility, reduced deployment time, and improved efficiency are all claimed benefits of modular scalable designs. Yet the term modular”, when and where modularity is appropriate, and how to specify modularity are all poorly defined. This paper creates a framework for modular data center architecture and describes the various ways that modularity can be implemented for data center power, cooling, and space infrastructure and explains when the different approaches are appropriate and effective. Read White Paper #160
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        White Paper #116
        Standardization and Modularity in Data Center Physical Infrastructure

        Failure to adopt modular standardization as a design strategy for data center physical infrastructure (DCPI) is costly on all fronts: unnecessary expense, avoidable downtime, and lost business opportunity. Standardization and its close relative, modularity, create wide-ranging benefits in DCPI that streamline and simplify every process from initial planning to daily operation, with significant positive effects on all three major components of DCPI business value – availability, agility, and total cost of ownership. Read White Paper #116
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        White Paper #122
        Guidelines for Specification of Data Center Criticality / Tier Level

        A framework for benchmarking a future data center’s operational performance is essential for effective planning and decision making. Currently available criticality or tier methods do not provide defensible specifications for validating data center performance. An appropriate specification for data center criticality should provide unambiguous defensible language for the design and installation of a data center. This paper analyzes and compares existing tier methods, describes how to choose a criticality level, and proposes a defensible data center criticality specification. Maintaining a data center’s criticality is also discussed. Read White Paper #122

      • This blog discusses the recent shift towards a lifecycle approach to data centers and how to determine the best design based your specific needs. Data Center Lifecycle Principles: Part 1 of 2 – Design for Change

      • A key principle in the lifecycle approach to data centers is to design facilities with change in mind. But don’t wait until problems occur to initiate change – follow another key principle: continuous improvement. Data Center Lifecycle Principles: Part 2 of 2 – Continuous Improvement

      • This blog post discusses the risk considerations of a data center design/build strategy. Accounting for Risk in Your Data Center Design/Build Strategy

      • More attention is now being given to the lifecycle of a data center, and the breadth of consulting skills needed to optimize data center infrastructure and operations over time. Read this blog post to learn more. The Data Center Services Lifecycle: Go Beyond Design/Build

      • Many data center projects take a narrow design/build approach that doesn't consider factors like comprehensive site selection, contractor standards, or maintenance issues. In this blog post, a former chief information officer outlines some lessons learned about data center design. Data Center Design: Imparting Lessons Learned
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      • The Value of Data Center Life Cycle Services

        The role of data centers in business has never been more critical. Services are key to designing, starting up, and operating a data center at peak performance while assuring availability. Schneider Electric is here to help with our data center life cycle services offer organized under one Schneider Electric umbrella.