Data center design is the process of modeling and designing a data center's IT resources, architectural layout and entire infrastructure. It enables the logical conception of a data center prior to development or implementation in an organization or IT environment.
Although data center is a broad term that includes various processes and techniques, a data center design may be in the form of documents, modeled diagram systems or a combination of both.
Data center design serves as they key design phase of data center development, where system architects create a documented and diagrammatic, logical view of a data center. It is typically an extensive process that covers all of a data center's essential computational and non-computational parameters. The computing aspect of data center design may incorporate any of the following:
*Number and type of required servers
*Network layout and equipment
*Enterprise resource planning (ERP), customer relationship management (CRM), data center management or any other required software
Similarly, data center design's non-computing aspect includes but is not limited to the following:
*Physical facility that houses all equipment
*Data center power, cooling and ventilation systems
*Physical data center security, disaster recovery and business continuity planning.