Data centres can sometimes be referred to as server rooms. They are frequently built into large office blocks and organisations to house a variety of computer systems and numerous hardware components.

In most cases, a typical commercial data centre installation will be designed to hold specific equipment that adds significant value to the organisation. These will help with everyday productivity, efficiency and speed throughout the building.

Every data centre will include the following items. Some larger installations that require more complex planning may even include further technical aspects to help meet additional requirements.

Back Up Power Supplies

The number one concern for any business owner, no matter how large the organisation, is data safety and recovery when any form of outage occurs. However, there are situations that simply cannot be helped and power supplies can become affected.

For example, during severe weather conditions such as electrical storms. These cases, a back up power supply may be installed to ensure that any server or database remains in tact, without damaging or losing any data.

In the event of a serious power outage, a back supply will kick in, usually to give the database technician enough time to access the server room and provide a repair or temporary solution.

Data Communications Connectors

In order for each component to communicate, they need to be correctly connected. Database communications connectors provide the required connection to a range of components such as PC’s, additional databases, networks and more.

Aisle Containment Systems

Aisle containment can be separated into two common categories. These are hot aisle and cold aisle. These health and safety features are installed to ensure that the database is secure and remains efficient. They recycle both the hot and cold air that is generated as the database is operating, using it to help the centre perform better and remain at the best operating temperature.

Containment systems will usually include a form of fire suppression to maintain safety to the building and to help prevent any further areas of the data centre becoming damaged.

Security Measures

CCTV is a key design aspect for many database installations. The centre themselves can be accessed by any user, unless a specific user access code or swipe card is provided and installed.

To prevent rogue technicians gaining and selling important information, CCTV systems are installed to ensure that any thief can be easily identified in the event of data theft.

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