Data Specialties Inc. once again participated in the Data Center World Global Conference for 2017 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The theme this year was Data, Automation and Scale: Building and Managing the Data Center of the Future.
What is a data center Tier?
The Telecommunications Industry Association, in 2005, published the Telecommunications Infrastructure Standard for Data Centers (ANSI/TIA-942) and since then has been amended in 2008 and again in 2010, giving Data Centers 4 Tiers. Tier 1 being the most basic and Tier 4 being the most redundant, complex and expensive.
Here is a basic breakdown of the Tiers:
Tier 1 = Non-redundant capacity (single uplink & Servers)
Tier 2 = Tier 1 + Redundant site infrastructure
Tier 3 = Tier 1 + Tier 2 + Dual-powered equipment & multiple uplinks
Tier 4 = Tier 1 + Tier 2 + Tier 3 + all components are fully fault-tolerant including uplinks, storage, chillers, HVAC systems, severs and everything is dual-powered.
What does this really mean? A lot of it has to do with negating downtown and creating redundancy, reliability and maintainability.
Tier 1: trying to ensure 99.671% availability.
Tier 2: trying to ensure 99.741% availability.
Tier 3: trying to ensure 99.982% availability.
Tier 4: trying to ensure 99.995% availability.
These percentages do not seem like a big difference but you must consider that there are 525,600 minutes in a year so acceptable downtime translates into:
Tier 1 allows for 1729 minutes of downtime.
Tier 2 allows for 1361 minutes of downtime.
Tier 3 allows for 94 minutes of downtime.
Tier 4 allows for 26 minutes of downtime.
The official certifying body is the Uptime Institute found here: www.uptimeinstitute.com Hopefully this clarifies the difference in Data center tiers for your new or upgraded data center. If you have more specific questions feel free to email them to email@example.com.
A company’s data center is the lifeblood of its operations. Data Specialties Inc. recognizes that the information stored and continuously passing through the data center represents our clients’ most valuable commodity.
Our data center security systems help protect the data from intrusion or theft. Data Specialties Inc. incorporates proven and reliable structural components into our clients’ data centers. The benefits of our designs and the reliability of our security and fire protection systems depend on quick human responses.
Here are 3 questions our clients have about protecting their data center and the security required for their data center:
Data Center Security Services:
o Card access
o Entry control
o Glass break
o Motion detection
In any mission-critical facility, the electrical system is the most important component in ensuring reliable, uninterrupted operations. Data Specialties provides power systems of all types from basic to complex. Data Specialties starts by determining the available power capacity and compare that to our client’s current and projected needs.
Data Specialties continuously study advances in technology and techniques, and are confident in advising our clients about the most reliable and cost- effective system configurations.
Here are 3 questions our clients have about electrical systems:
1. What options do I have for bringing alternate voltages to the rack?
2. Is it worth running my UPS in eco mode?
3. What is the most cost-effective way to feed dual power supplies?
o Energy storage systems
o EPO systems
o General lighting systems
o Grounding systems
o Power distribution systems
o Power cabling
o Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) systems
Often overshadowed by the electrical and mechanical details of the project is the importance of the data center shell itself. The design of the facility blends the functional requirements of the data center program with the spatial, structural, and aesthetic requirements of the end-user.
In looking at the data center itself, Data Specialties Inc. focuses on a scalable, modular platform that will support the future of the facility. Data Specialties also drive the requirements for spaces that support the way your company operates, including electrical and mechanical areas, storage spaces, labs, NOCs, staging areas, meeting areas, offices, and break rooms.
Here are 3 questions our clients have about creating their data center spaces:
1. What is the optimal data center layout to improve the efficiency of our workflow?
2. What kind of options do we have for hardening our facility?
3. How do we take into account future expansions or growth?
o Access floor
o Building shell
o Core and shell
o Modular architectures
o MEP support spaces
o Space planning