Data Center Design – Architecture and Renovations


Renovation of Data Center buildings

Since, 2004, or the past 15 years, Serbin Studio has been re-designing Data center buildings in Arizona.   As computer storage and computing continues to grow due to new technologies, buildings are requiring more data storage.  Since 2004, data hungry companies have been adding to the required storage on the web, such as Facebook (2004), Netflix (1997), Wikipedia (2001),  Amazon Cloud Computing (2005), Apple / Iphone (2007), Black Friday web (2005), Youtube (2005) etc.  During the life of these buildings within existing colocation (cloud) facilities,  tenants move in and out of leases.  This creates opportunities for data centers to refresh and update their systems to meet current demands and upgrade to new equipment for better efficiency.  Prem Data Centers also need to be refreshed or expanded to meet current and future needs as companies grow or change.

Colocation Data Center or Cloud computing“Multi-tenant environment that is contained within a building outside of a company’s facility.  It can house all the companies data or be a backup facility for disaster recovery.  The data hall environment can be maintained by the tenant (triple net lease) or all operation of the systems (ie. power distribution, mechanical cooling etc.) can be maintained by the Colocation Facility.  Cloud computing allows a company to minimize infrastructure of onsite while having a backup to their data in a maintained secure environment”

On Prem Data Center “Refers to private data centers that companies house in their own facilities and maintain themselves.  Benefit to onsite is ultra controlled environment with minimal latency.  It is measured in Mbps or Megabytes per seconds.

LatencyDelay of transfer of a packet of data from one designated point to another.    This can be affected by number of router hops.  Since data centers can be physically located anywhere in the world, a customer may want to consider the geographic location of their data to minimize delays.

In Colocation facilities, when tenants move in/out, the new tenants needs are unique and the Data Halls are updated internally.  Improvements to Data Center facilities don’t just stop at at the Data Hall.   Common meeting spaces such as Lobby’s, customer lounges, conference rooms, common hallways, restrooms etc. need refresh as well. Exterior of buildings also require updates to be competitive with new facilities.

Raw space within Data Center building prior to remodel

Raw space within Data Center building prior to remodel

Data Hall remodel prior to Colocation tenants moving into space

Data Hall remodel prior to Colocation tenants moving into space

 

Data Center restroom prior to remodel. Circa 1980's design

Data Center restroom prior to remodel. Circa 1980’s design

Restroom remodel in progress prior to completion. Terrazzo flooring, ceramic tile full height walls, solid surface counter with undermount sink etc.

Restroom remodel in progress prior to completion. Terrazzo flooring, ceramic tile full height walls, solid surface counter with undermount sink etc.

 

Installation of new mechanical systems can upgrade the cooling capacity of the Data Hall.  New power distribution systems and lighting systems can provide additional power and improve building efficiency.

Two types of Architects are required for a successful Data Hall environment.

Data Center Network Architect“Design and support in the network planning, network architecture design, hardware and software, transmission and signaling links and protocols for a complete computer network.  They evaluate new products and perform network problem resolution.  Develop technical standards …… etc.”

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Data Center Building Architect“Design of building systems to support the Data Hall environment including a safe and secure invironment with adequate power and cooling required within the space to support server equipment.   Buildings are designed to structurally support the equipment as electrical equipment can be quite heavy.  Architects specialize in the design of support spaces (ie. lobby, offices, conference rooms, restrooms, customer lounge etc.) to provide a comfortable working environment.”

Serbin Studio specilizes in Data Center Building Architecture.  We have put together a highly experience team of architect, Mechanical, plumbing , Electrical Engineer and structural engineers and other necessary design support to ensure quality, efficient and timely designs.   Projects can be design-bid-build and design-build.   The design team can handle all aspects of renovations to existing Data Center facilities and New builds.  From small power upgrades to a rack, building cooling upgrades, Common space remodels, to conceptual space planning, our team is ready to handle any task.  Since 2004, we have facilitated over 300+ projects ranging from several thousand dollar upgrades to multi million dollar upgrades to existing facilities.

 

 

Jeff Serbin

Jeff Serbin

Jeff Serbin is Vice President of Serbin Studio. His responsibilities include architectural design and project management. He coordinates the work of consultants and design team members, and is involved in design from concept through construction.

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