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:
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.
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.
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.