Following codes and standards when it comes to data center design is basic practice, whether we’re talking about national codes (such as NFPA), local codes or performance standards like ANSI/TIA-942-B. There are also many other types of guidelines to consider (LEED, ENERGY STAR, etc.).
Some data centers also have their own set of internal guidelines to follow, created to reduce costs, support growth and the increasing demand for data center services, save energy and ensure uptime. These guidelines can include things like:
Internal guidelines often spell out rules for data center product and process standardization. By streamlining the solutions used in your data center, you can:
Standardization can be especially helpful in multi-tenant data centers, where the potential for several different types of products to be deployed is high.
The Positive Impact of Data Center Standardization
One of our customers has seen first-hand the positive impact of data center standardization. Working with ViaWest for years, we’ve helped the multi-tenant data center provider standardize its cabinet designs for faster deployment and easier maintenance. Part of their standardization process involved asking them for their ideas, and taking time to understand the challenges they faced when deploying cabinets for their own customers.
In these discussions, we learned that, as cabinets arrived onsite, ViaWest staff members were having to make adjustments to each one before it could be deployed, taking up valuable time and increasing labor costs. As ViaWest brought potential customers through data center spaces, it also wanted to showcase consistent, well-designed enclosures.
As a result of the feedback they shared, we were able to adapt the cabinets to meet their needs. Six standard cabinet configurations, including three frame sizes, were defined. Single unique part numbers were assigned to each configured cabinet. The configured cabinets – including rail type-positions, PDU mounting, cable access position, cable management, doors and side panel configurations – are ready for deployment when they arrive onsite. Belden manages ViaWest’s inventory and replenishes stock when needed. Belden ships cabinets when requested, deducting costs from a blanket PO.
The fully configured, assembled cabinets are faster and cheaper to deploy, and helped ViaWest achieve standardization across all its locations. This makes service easier, and meets the company’s goal of offering one common look when potential customers enter the space.
Getting the Solutions You Need
Belden offers the engineering support, knowledge and resources to make your data center and LAN deployments successful – whether you require a custom solution or need to talk about standardizing. We follow a three-step process to make sure we truly understand what you need:
Learn more about Belden’s enterprise solutions and three-step process for success.
In his role, Wayne Anderson develops and implements product solutions for enterprise strategic accounts in the Belden portfolio on a national and global scale. He focuses on developing and nurturing business relationships with customers by providing uncompromised service, technical product assistance and product development to help them meet their needs and exceed their expectations.