What does one want to see in a data center layout?
When one sees a geographical map of a city, one is interested in the streets, the buildings, the parks, commercial establishments, houses etc. Similarly when a data center operator sees a data center layout he/she is interested in the aisles: 1) Cold aisle – the cool air is blown to the racks from this aisle 2) Rack aisle – a row where racks are placed 3) hot aisle – aisle on the back side of rack where the hot air comes out. In addition to the aisles there are a number of other equipment that are seen in the data centers such as 1) Precision Air Conditioners (PACs) 2) Power Distribution Units ( PDUs) 3) Panels. By looking at a data center layout diagram one must know the current state of the layout – where each asset is, how much is utilized?
Hence broadly the requirements for data center layout are:
1) To depict the aisles – hot, cold and rack aisles
2) To show the equipment on the floor – PDUs, Panels,, PACs
3) To show walls separating adjacent rooms
4) To show entry/exit doors
5) To be able to add/move/delete assets such as Racks, PDUs, Panels, sensors.
Implementation methodology & technology choice