Five Important Things to Consider When Planning Your Server Room
on 26/08/2017

It is where your internal equipment meets your connectivity to the external world. Where the cables connecting safety equipment, security equipment, wireless, conference, telephones, printers, servers, and PC all come together. You may call it your equipment room, server room, network room, data room, a telecommunications room, or – when following the BISCI guidelines – your telecommunications space. No matter what you call it, your room deserves significant attention and planning. Data centre design services can help, so consider getting their services.

A well-planned telecommunication area can provide the following benefits to your company:

1. a dedicated area for your data and voice equipment
2. sufficient and efficient workspace for troubleshooting and for completing changes, adds, or moves
3. adequate temperature and space for supporting equipment over its lifespan
4. easy to adapt for future requirements and growth
5. additional security layer for mission-critical equipment

The location and quantity of server/telecommunication rooms that are required by a business will depend on the quantity and type of equipment that is being supported and installed, the number of floors, and size of the building. The area’s size is based on floor space and function.

Cable Management and Termination

Equipment rooms need to be planned and laid out in a way that both meets current needs and where future requirements can be a logical extension of your original room plan. The bigger the installation is, the more critical it is to manage cables in a clean and efficient manager. To provide efficiency with changes, adds, and moves, horizontal ethernet cables should terminate on patch panels.

Enclosures, Cabinets, and Racks

Would you like your server room to be a big mess or neat and organised? If you prefer the latter then you will need to have a well-thought-out plan for housing cable and equipment.

When planning your equipment mounting solutions, take into consideration the quantity and size of any servers, air flow, switches, panel patches, and any equipment supporting those items like power strips, monitors, keyboards, and uninterruptible power supply (UPS).

Lighting and Power Considerations

When it comes to planning the power of your new equipment rooms, there are many standards involved. Here are a few important things that you should consider:

  • Data and telecommunications rooms need to have their own dedicated power panel.
  • It is recommended that you have two dedicated AC duplex outlets at a minimum, with each on its own branch circuit. Amperage and Voltage of the outlets will be based on the requirements of the equipment manufacturer.
  • When installing separate quadruplex or duplex outlets, they should be laced a maximum of 6 feet apart.
  • Never control the power outlets using a wall switch inside your data room. The problem is if someone sees a switch and thinks it’s in the wrong position, they could end up shutting down the entire network!

Due to the critical nature of any telecommunication area, it is strongly recommended that you have backup power available in case there is a power failure. It is an absolute must to have an uninterruptable power supply (UPS). To determine the size of UPS you need, you first need to know how power is used by the equipment it supports.

Temperature Control

It is critically important to control the humidity and temperature for your data network and phone equipment. If network equipment overheats it might only need to have a simple reset process performed. On the other hand, it could completely stop working, or if the equipment gets too hot, it could cause a fire.

Check the requirements of the manufacturer for humidity and temperature and come up with a plan for keeping your room within these specifications. A lot of your planning would be determined by the size of your room, and also your equipment’s heat output.

Access

A majority of people, when thinking about keeping their digital assets protected, only consider outside threats like viruses and malware. However, anyone who walks into your building can be a potential threat for your network. That is why it is critical, at a bare minimum, for your network room to have a door that remains locked, and is only accessible to those who need to use it.