Data Center Ecosystem

Nov 22 2010   11:51AM GMT

Raised floors – to slab or not to slab

Carrie Higbie Carrie Higbie Profile: Carrie Higbie

With some data centers moving away from raised floors, one may ask – is the raised floor dead?  The real answer lies in the room itself.  If there is room for a raised floor many data centers still opt for this technology.  The raised floor provides options for power, cooling, cabling and chilled water pipes.  Putting all supporting systems overhead can be difficult in some data centers.  With all of the marketing information out there, one thing is sure, it is pretty impossible to add a raised floor back to a data center.  Newer raised floors and accessories provide lots of new options.  Whichever way you go, be sure to look at your options.  You also want to be sure that whoever is doing your design and layout is smart enough to design the correct pathway and space systems.  If designed correctly, they don’t cause an issue with cooling.  The problems in data centers today is that many grew out of need rather than planning and the resultant mess is, well problematic to say the least.  Remember, the more you cut out of a data center, the more you decrease your options in the future.

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