ITE have constructed a number of data centres, some of which can be viewed in the case studies. These are often constructed in converted warehouses, sometimes with the addition of mezzanine platform to increase the floor area. Alternatively, a number of floors of office space can be modified to produce a large data centre facility.
The aim of designing a data centre is to avoid any single point of failure. This is achieved with multiple feeds to computer racks and built-in redundancy in the overall design. A basic n+1 system will ensure that any malfunction of a single piece of equipment will not cause detrimental effects to the running of the data / e-commerce site.
We have constructed some data centres in phases, starting with a tier 1 or 2 system which includes generators, ups and cooling. The data centre capacity and/or resilience can be upgraded to a tier 3 or 4 system at a later stage if required, but this can be done more economically if this is concidered at the design stage. Further information is available from the Uptime Institute white paper 'Tier classifications define site infrastructure performance'.
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