Experienced Advisory Services:

  • Budget / Cost Analysis
  • Critical Site Evaluation & Selection Tools
  • Infrastructure Documentation Services
  • Site Assessment For Upgrading An Existing Site
  • Disaster Recovery

Complete Advisory Services Through Installation

Prodacom Group’s expert IT infrastructure consultants and advisors specialize in strategic planning, site management and installation to meet all your needs. Whether you are designing a new data center, expanding your current facility or need to upgrade your current infrastructure, we are your premier choice.

We understand that your needs are constantly changing. So, we focus on making the most of your IT infrastructure investment now as well as into the future. Our consultants can answer all your questions while guiding you through the process from concept, to design, and installation. Our consultants have a vast amount of experience working with a wide range of industries, and educational institutions. We will work closely with you and your current staff to advise you on all possible options to help you select the ones that meet your current and future needs.

A Dedicated & Experienced Project Manager

Even if you don’t have a clear picture of you IT infrastructure needs our team of engineers and designers can help you understand your options to develop an effective plan. We will work closely with you to throughout the design process to ensure that all your needs are understood and addressed. Our consulting team and engineers will also communicate with your IT staff to learn any specific requirements they think are pertinent.

Your dedicated project manager will work closely with you to serve as a direct line of communication throughout the installation process. Their expertise will help you understand all facets of the process as well as answer any questions you might have.

Data Center Selection Design & Development Considerations

Data center construction continues to increase to keep up with the evolving landscape of modern day business. Sometimes of the complexity of data center construction is related to the growth and capacity of a specific industry.

At Prodacom Group our IT infrastructure engineers and design partners can help walk you through all the important phases of choosing and designing a site.

Site selection is of course very important. There are a several key factors that go into the site evaluation process which can affect the bottom line cost as well as other costs associated with power and the cost of establishing reliable network connectivity.

Environmental concerns, potential natural disasters and extreme weather are just some of the physical factors to consider. You also want to think about closeness of transportation and housing for your current and future employees.

Power Needs To Be Closely Considered

Power costs can vary from one location to the next and is generally one of the more influential expenditures involved in operating a data center. It needs to be factored into the amount of computing capacity your company requires as well as the amount of data being stored. These factors will determine the server rack densities and how much power will be needed to operate the facility.

Typically, the closer a prospective data center location is to nearby high-voltage lines the more affordable your power costs might be. This can also significantly reduce upfront costs associated with running power to and into your facility.

Data Network Availability Is Critical

When considering a site, you need to also take note of the current availability of data-fiber networks. You will need to evaluate the baseline connectivity requirements as a starting point when considering data performance evaluation.

Just like power supplies the cost for fiber network connectivity can vary greatly depending on existing infrastructure and available local suppliers. You might also have preferred fiber providers which may influence desired locations and the site selection process.

Effective Long-Term Planning Including Data Security

Prodacom Group’s IT infrastructure assessment service is designed to do more than inform you of your possible options. Afterward our infrastructure advisors will work with your current IT staff to identify next steps for building a smarter and more secure infrastructure that will also prove effective in the long term.

Data Center Site Assessment

After assessing your IT infrastructure needs and identifying areas of potential risk, we can perform a physical site assessment. The process includes answering a variety of crucial questions. The overarching goal is to determine the availability to support a robust, modular, flexible, and intuitive data center.

  • Is the site easily accessible?

  • Is there any existing structures or infrastructure?

  • Is it capable of hosting a server environment?

  • Is it capable of supporting the key design strategies that meet your predetermined needs?

Critical Location Factors

Just like in the real estate industry location is a factor. When it comes data center design ease of accessibility and relative location to the company’s other server environment is a factor.

Multiple lines of access can help maintain progress in the event of a blockage.
Ideally, you want your data center site to be accessible through multiple routes. A site with limited access could affect equipment delivery. Even once the project has been completed limited access could also hamper response time for emergency service vehicles to respond to an incident.

General location is also an important factor. Locating a data center near a large population center may be helpful for attracting and maintaining employees. In the event of a future problem being close to a city also reduces response time during an emergency.

Accessibility Considerations

  • Is there a major road or highway nearby?

  • Is there more than one easy way to access the site?

  • Could railroad lines or a major traffic accident or other incident block access to the site?

Does The Structure Have Sufficient Cooling Capacity?

As a general rule of thumb, Data Centers generate significantly more heat than a standard office space. To assess the cooling capacity of the site, we will need to account for some of the following factors:

If the current site lacks sufficient cooling infrastructure can it be upgraded to meet your Data Center’s needs?

Is there enough room and structural support on the site to accommodate necessary air chillers, and condenser units, or the potential need for cooling towers?

Will the building’s existing air ducting need to be significantly upgraded to accommodate these needs?

Is Existing Structured Cabling Present?

With some buildings structured cabling already exists in some form. Yet depending on the age of the building it might be inadequate or need to be completely replaced. Even if it is sufficient, in quality, you will still need to determine if enough connections exist to support your Data Center.

It’s also worth keeping in might that some types of cabling media can be affected by distance. It’s wise to measure how far the cables will need to travel through the building as well as within the intended data center. While doing this it’s also wise to watch for redundancy to eliminate any chances of a single point failure.

Comprehensive Assessments For An Existing Structure

With larger projects, expansions, or major upgrade projects we might also recommend an IT Infrastructure assessment. This is designed to help fully assess your current needs as well as future potential for system expansion. It also helps to identify potential security risks. Once it has been fully collated we will present the information to you to provide you with a clear understanding of all the factors involved.

The assessment may include information such as:

  • Site selection factors and data center strategy

  • IT lifecycle strategy

  • Continuity planning with disaster recovery options

  • Virtual CTO Services

  • Current architecture and of your IT infrastructure

Important Insights For Evaluating Existing Infrastructure

Some companies prefer to alter an existing structure rather than build their data center from the ground up. In a case like this it is very important to assess the IT infrastructure that’s already there. Can it accommodate your current and future needs, or will it require a major upgrade? To adequately answer these concerns, we’ll need to look at a variety of factors including power systems, cooling systems, and structured cabling, as described in the sections that follow.

Disaster Recovery In The Case Of An Incident

In today’s fast-paced and highly integrated world data is more valuable than gold. If there is a problem in the future such as a software crash, earthquake, or fire location can be a factor in recovering, backing up or protecting data.

Is the new data center site close enough to any of your other server environments to minimize network latency?

When necessary can your employees and IT staff travel from one site to another in a reasonable amount of time?

At the same time will the data center and other satellite locations far enough apart that a single natural disaster won’t affect them both?

It’s also worth considering backup storage. If your company backs up information from the new data center and stores the data tapes off-site, how close will this facility be? The farther your Data Center is from an off-site storage facility, the longer it will take to retrieve and restore the data during the disaster recovery process.

Power Availability

The availability of power is going to be a factor whether you are dealing with a new construction data center or a wholesale upgrade of an existing site. This assessment includes looking at the electrical infrastructure as well as standby systems by addressing the following questions:

If it’s a preexisting site, does it have enough electrical circuits to support your Data Center’s needs?
If not, does the site have enough physical capacity to add more?

Do the power lines come into the building from more than one location?

Will the site need to be modified significantly to accommodate battery backup systems as well as a standby generator?

If the site already has standby systems, are they of sufficient capacity to support your Data Center?

If the site doesn’t have them, does it at least have the physical space for them to be installed?

Power redundancy is also a factor with electrical infrastructure, which will need to be taken into account in the site assessment process.

Take Obstacles Into Account

Once you have taken into account the major features of the structure like power, cooling, and existing cabling there may still be some minor features that can affect the design and installation process. Problems with features like this can complicate the installation process or potentially make a location unsuitable for hosting a Data Center.
While assessing the building it’s a good idea to keep note of

Clearance Issues To Watch For

There are some key questions to ask when surveying a potential building or when performing the site assessment.Does the intended location for the data center have sufficient floor space?
Are the doorways and hallways wide enough as well as tall enough to accommodate equipment?

Weight Limitations

Some pallets of equipment and data center components are very heavy. The last thing you want is for something to crash through a floor. It is especially important if you are thinking about placing the server environment on an upper level instead of on the ground floor.

Freight Elevators

If your data center isn’t going to be located on the ground floor, then a quality freight elevator will be necessary. The freight elevator must be a minimum of 8 feet high 4 feet wide to accommodate all the important servers and equipment. Its weight-bearing capacity is also a major factor. Some of the heavier system components and equipment pallets can weigh as much as 1500 pounds.

Not having a quality freight elevator in the structure might require large equipment to be raised by hand. Accidents that occur during a manual lift can damage more than the device it can also lead to serious physical injury to personnel.

Other Key Systems In The Building

When considering a potential sites existing infrastructure, you should also look closely at how other key systems are configured. In an ideal scenario you want to see power lines and existing data cabling, to be spread out, while also entering the building from different locations. Physical separation helps protect infrastructure systems from being damaged by a single event.

Are The Ceilings High Enough?

Typically, a data center requires a minimum of roughly 13 feet from the ceiling to the floor. This span allows for a raised floor for easy access to the server cabinets. At the same time, the minimum amount of space between the cabinet and the room’s ceiling needs to abide by local fire codes.

If the room has a standard drop ceiling it needs to allow for enough space to accommodate cabling as well as ducting for necessary cooling system.

Take into account the footprint of the data center and access to things like storage room, and other accessways for transporting equipment. All doorways and corridors need to be at least 8 feet high 4 feet wide to allow your tallest server cabinets and widest pallets of supplies to be transported through the building as well as into server environment.

Loading Dock Location Can Be A Factor

Moving heavy equipment, and pallets of components can be challenging. The greater the distance is from the loading dock to the data center the more vulnerable it could be to damage. A loading dock that is close to the data center reduces the chance of equipment damage. A level floor between the two points is also very helpful for reducing the chances of equipment being shaken.

Other Problem Areas

Having an experienced advisory team like Prodacom Group helps to quickly identify a building’s strength and weaknesses. Determining whether a structure has sufficient infrastructure or tangible features might not always be noticeable. Our experts can give you an unbiased and educated opinion to help save you time and money.

This can include things like the structural location of columns and stairwells as well as plumbing that can lead to other data center complications. Other factors like the location of a cafeteria or other potential fire hazards can also be a factor to consider for safely storing data.

Infrastructure Documentation Services Are Critical!

Infrastructure documentation is very important for successful operation and maintenance of your data center facility. There are several factors that go into the document. Having it professionally organized will help your IT staff to be able to use it efficiently. The complexity of the documentation might vary depending on the scale of your data center.

In the case of a small network with one switch and a single firewall with modest single wireless access, won’t require much documentation. It might even be possible to document everything in a single diagram.

In the case of a large network data center, significant documentation might be needed to let your IT staff and IT director to efficiently support it. There are different layers of documentation that might be required

What Makes Structured Cabling So Important?

After the assessment Prodacom Group’s infrastructure specialists can get started with planning and installing all your cabling and equipment while limiting or preventing any disruptions in your daily operations. We provide quality, and reliability, regardless of the size of your project.

Data Center Consulting And Assessment Services

Prodacom Group’s Advisory and consulting services embrace a complete lifecycle approach to managing your data center needs. We take into account all the critical aspects like power and cooling as well as other important factors that will go into smooth operation.

Data Center Design Services

Prodacom Group’s Advisory and consulting services embrace a complete lifecycle approach to managing your data center needs. We take into account all the critical aspects like power and cooling as well as other important factors that will go into smooth operation.

Site Assessment

Our expert IT infrastructure engineers can perform on-site data center evaluations to help determine the current performance and design of your facility.

Power And Cooling Assessment

Prodacom Group can help ensure the reliability and potentially extend the service life of your system by inspecting your data center’s power and cooling systems.

Prodacom Group’s comprehensive data center consulting, design, and installation services also include:

  • Programming And Needs Assessments
  • Site Selection And Analysis
  • Cost Estimating And Budget Analysis
  • Equipment Hardware Layout
  • Architectural Space Planning
  • Site Assessments Engineering:
  • CFD Modeling
  • Construction Coordinating
  • On-Site Project Management
  • Site Supervision
  • Electrical
  • Mechanical
  • Communications
  • Fire Protection
  • Energy-Efficient Data Center Planning
  • Point-of-failure Evaluation
  • Hot And Cold Topology
  • Energy Efficiency And System Sustainability
  • Air Conditioning Systems
  • Chilled Water Systems
  • In-row Cooling Systems
  • Preventive Maintenance
  • Electrical Systems
  • UPS Battery
  • Standby Generator
  • DC Power
  • Standby Power Systems
  • Power Monitoring
  • Power Distribution Systems Maintenance
  • Communications Infrastructure

Racks, Trays, And Cabinets

Prodacom Group’s consulting team understands the special requirements of a wide range of facilities. We can help you clearly define your goals to help you meet your needs now and into the future.

Engineering & Design Of All Sizes

We have extensive experience working with small and large facilities and a wide range of industry needs. Expertise in computer room power and cooling as well as extensive experience in implementing best practices in data center energy efficiency.

Detailed Project Management

Our team members hold degrees in electrical engineering, electronics, and other professional certifications.

Reduce Downtime & Prevent Problems With An Experienced Data Center Assessment

Data centers and information infrastructure is constantly evolving. An experienced assessment can help catch seemingly minor problems before they exacerbate into a potentially larger problem.

Downtime during changes and system upgrades can significantly interrupt your operations and increase costs. Yet even the most robust technology is only as good as the infrastructure that supplies!

Prodacom Group’s data center engineers can perform an on-site data center assessment to accurately determine your current performance as well as help you to design of a new or expanded facility. The process includes conducting a Single-Point-of-Failure (SPOF) analysis to help identify issues that may result in possible system interruptions and offer solutions to rectify the issue.

In some of these cases the assessment can also help in identifying and resolving electrical issues within the facility. This might include factoring in the age or your facility, harmonics, poor design installation practices, improper wiring between or within systems, or improper grounding.