Integrated Infrastructure: A New Approach
In Part 1 of “Adding New Physical Infrastructure” I reviewed three typical approaches taken by managers of small and mid-sized data centers to add new physical infrastructure: (1) build-it-yourself using in-house resources to design and integrate all elements of the infrastructure, (2) rely on a single supplier for design and integration, or (3) entrust multiple best-of-breed vendors to get it done.
We have a different take. As discussed in Part 1, you are likely to face significant risks and expense as you attempt to manage a wide range of technical details, complex project management issues, and multiple vendor relationships. Leveraging physical infrastructure expertise and partnerships with best of breed power and cooling suppliers, Panduit offers an Integrated Infrastructure approach that combines the benefits of both the single-source and best-of-breed approaches with the ease of managing a single supplier.
Much like a single-source, the Integrated Infrastructure approach saves time and leverages supplier expertise that you may not have available. Panduit, as the single point of contact, is responsible for the detailed integration of the power, cooling, racks, cabling, connectivity, containment, cable pathways and grounding. In addition, you are spared the difficult task of coordinating multiple vendors reducing the design and specification time by as much as 20% and eliminating the risk that the disparate components parts won’t work well together.
Every data center manager has specific capacity and reliability requirements. While best-of-breed supplier’s systems are reliable and meet specifications, optimum data center performance will not be achieved if they are not properly integrated into the overall physical infrastructure design. Panduit partners with best-of-breed cooling and power suppliers, Stulz and Power Distribution Inc. (PDI), to deliver a physical infrastructure solution that meets your specific capacity and performance requirements. This approach results in higher utilization of available power and cooling resources, reduced operational costs and deferred investment.
How the Approach Works
Rather than trying to fit the individual performance specifications of the power and cooling components into the application, Panduit first conducts an initial assessment to identify unique needs or constraints.
After understanding the unique requirements, logical network design, overall infrastructure and business objectives, Panduit along with their partners, develop a detailed design and specification. As experts in each of the critical elements of the data center environment they understand the complexities and critical interdependencies of infrastructure, cooling and power systems provide a solution that will deliver the required level of performance and efficiency.
Led by Panduit and its partners, a dedicated project management team works with mechanical, electrical and plumbing partners to deliver the physical infrastructure on time and installed correctly.
Which approach to integrated infrastructure do you take? What was your experience? We would be interested to know!