Data Center Planning and Pre-Design Consulting Services


Network downtime means lost revenue and lost jobs

Imagine a scenario where you are coming under fire because your data center project is over budget and months late. Even worse, your management team pushed you to accept the architects idea of your computer room that today wont even deliver the most basic needs - enough space, adequate physical security & fire protection, ample power, and sufficient cooling.

Now picture a different scenario. But this time, you have earned the respect and appreciation of your company by having properly planned, designed, and delivered an always available data center project.

Within scope. On time. And, within budget.

What makes the difference in these two scenarios? With ASPIRE TECH, when your management team came to you expecting you to provide the new data centers power and cooling requirements, you had a data center design expert you turned to - an expert who had your best interests in mind. An expert who understood the obstacles in providing constant network availability, translated how future IT services impacted the critical load, and conceptualized how the resulting supporting infrastructure impacted the budget.

ASPIRE TECH Data Center Planning & Pre-Design services serve as the initial phase in the progression of the data center project process and data center lifecycle. This approach leverages the first four phases of the ASPIRE TECH Data Center project process for successful planning leading into cohesive design services which support client requirements.

The ASPIRE TECH capabilities provided for a Data Center Planning & Pre-Design typically include the following tasks:

  • Key Design Criteria (KDC) Development: Establish Load, Availability, and Deployment Density Design Criteria.
  • Site SurveysSurvey the Existing Conditions to Establish Facility Constraints.
  • Assessment Services Establish Recommendations for Upgrade and/or Improvement.
  • Conceptual Design with CFD Modeling Establish a Visual Representation of the Recommendations and Verify Design Considerations using CFD Models.

Good Data Center Plan Pays for Itself

We know it's your job to deliver on management's expectations of always available network services. Further, we know that you can't accomplish that without a room and supporting infrastructure equal to the task. ASPIRE TECHs data center planning, pre-design, and consulting services ensure your company gets the always available data center it requires from the start.

  • Clear project cost guidance as it relates to the overall availability expectation.
  • Accurate existing equipment & conceptual IT services critical load profiling.
  • Expert understanding of data center design standard, and not-so-standard, practices.

A good plan is the key to delivering a successful project. And a good project manager prevents as many things from going wrong as possible by using that plan.

Cost Versus Availability

Everyone wants a 7x24x365 environment. However, the impact of delivering that kind of performance is far-reaching. Availability is more than the reliability of components used and the redundancy by which they are configured. Systems must be concurrently maintainable as well. This means that as absolutely necessary periodic maintenance is performed, systems must be able to be completely brought off-line without impacting the load.

Not surprisingly, the greater the availability expectation, the greater the cost.

ASPIRE TECH helps you:

  • Determine the availability that is appropriate.
  • Estimate potential costs at that risk level.

Accurate Critical Load Profiling

Most architects and consulting engineers rely on their IT staff to provide space as well as equipment load requirements to determine the required facility infrastructure. ASPIRE TECH translates IT equipment details directly into power, cooling, and space requirements for the facility. We have found that equipment nameplate or manufacturer specifications are insufficient in many cases and we have compiled our own techniques for such purposes. ASPIRE TECH differentiates its approach to Data Center Planning & Pre-Design by having facility engineers and IT engineers working hand in hand to develop IT power, cooling, and space requirements.

Additionally, ASPIRE TECH has the project experience necessary to provide accurate load profiles and their facility infrastructure impact from conceptual IT initiatives and services without detailed equipment lists. This includes the impact due to technology refresh initiatives such as blade server deployment, equipment compaction, and more.

Standard and Not-so-Standard Practices

ASPIRE TECH has developed a detailed set of design standards by which your data center availability can be accurately predicted. We understand the obstacles facing uninterrupted data center operations. And we know how to design and implement the solutions to mitigate them. (Many architects and consulting engineers are not fully aware of the latest high density cooling trends and techniques, and the impact they have on facility infrastructure.)

Save Money, Save Time... Save Your Data Center

ASPIRE TECH is uniquely qualified to help businesses assess their data center and support infrastructure risks, provide recommendations for improvement and offer accurate project cost estimating and guidance throughout implementation. Please contact us and tell us about your project. Give us the opportunity and well provide you with the justification you need to convince your management to take the next step.


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