Data Center Design
There was a time when designing a data center meant answering “Yes” to three questions:
- Is it big enough to hold all the gear we’re likely to need?
- Is external security good enough?
- Have we made sure there’s enough power, and enough cooling capacity?
Those days are gone. Good data center design today demands much more than that. Here are what OFFSITE sees as the key issues (though the three above are all still there, and still important).
Compliance and Standards
The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) sets accounting standards, and AICPA’s SOC standards control the financial accounting standards for service companies. OFFSITE is compliant with AICPA SOC2, which demands:
- Security. Full logical and physical protection against unauthorized access.
- Availability. Meeting contractual commitments for system availability.
- Processing Integrity. Complete, timely, accurate and authorized processing.
- Confidentiality. Speaks for itself – if anyone other than you wants your data, they won’t get it from OFFSITE.
- Privacy. In all matters to do with personal information, OFFSITE meets the strict requirements of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (CICA).
OFFSITE’s commitments to our customers include a promise that their mission critical devices are installed and connected in an organized and documented fashion. Key infrastructure elements to make that happen are:
- Cabling and cable management
- Racks and cabinets
Maximum channel performance comes from cable and connectivity designed from the start to work together. Scalable infrastructure demands:
- Rack and cabinet design that incorporates higher minimum weights, adjustable rails and wider vertical managers
- Ability to work with copper and fiber media
- Integrated airflow management, with hot/cold aisle containment available if requested
- Cable support good enough to ensure no accidental disconnects, and labels that note what devices they connect, if required. No more wondering “where does this cable go?” or risking downtime by unplugging and finding out!
Modular design makes for faster deployment
In a business where our customers’ needs change as fast as technology develops, there simply isn’t time for lengthy deployment. The key must be that equipment design allows for the fastest possible changes, upgrades, moves and swaps.
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