Check this <a href=”http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2008/05/30/apc-launches-data-center-planning-tools/”>cool APC Site</a> it has several tools to help you set up a data center. <a href=”http://www.rsft.com/ptool.html”>This site </a> and <a href=”http://h20219.www2.hp.com/eNewsletter/cache/601720-0-0-240-135.html”>this one</a> have addition insight.
I found this <a href=”http://docs.sun.com/source/805-5863-13/index.html”>Data Center Site Planning Guide</a> from Sun really interesting and complete.
I would also recommend to visit <a href=”http://searchdatacenter.techtarget.com/”>SearchDataCenter.com</a>
Please consider all aspects of lower energy cost – “greening” of Data Center. There are many options — virtualization, turning-off monitors, Lights off computing, MAID (massive array of Idle Disk) technology, modular HVAC, etc. You may check out Information Week magazine (Nov 17, 2008) edition. It has some general common sense approach articles.
The less carbon footprint the better.
These are the technical aspects of Data Ctr Design/Management. From a career standpoint, standing philisophies will change in a heartbeat, so just be able to understand the concepts. The career will be more of how you approach these designs and operations than the guts of the technologies. Not all end users can handle a “perfect data center” or even know how to use or maintain one. Your job will be to advise and guide them to a real solution.
For getting into this business, I’d recommend you either go into an IT Consulting practice or MEP Firm as a Data Center concentration/career. From there, the best lessons are learned in the field, mainly as examples of what not to do. I have found in-fighting in many firms regarding best practices – which means you have ripe opportunities to make your mark, especially in the smaller firms.
Any one can design a new data center. It’s the good ones that can help a company make the most of what they have or can get.