The data center health check and risk assessment service aims to determine the current state of the data center’s implementation and the criteria that may impact performance and availability. Customers acquire assessment services to:
Positioning of racks and equipment is a significant factor in creating a well-balanced data center environment in terms of cooling and power. This part of the survey aimed at reviewing the physical infrastructure built up in terms of location/positioning of racks and main systems, including the location of systems within the allocated racks. Areas to be examined include, but are not limited to:
The power layout evaluation aims to evaluate the current and future power requirements and their actual implementation.
Areas to be examined include, but are not limited to:
Electro Magnetic Fields (EMF)
Electromagnetic fields pose a potential health hazard for humans. Still, it could disturb the performance of networks and ICT systems to the point of total breakdown. The evaluation of actual EMF in the full frequency spectrum carried out using specialized test equipment. During the assessment, low-frequency EMF (up to 2000Hz) in 3-D vector readings are taken in areas of concern and compared to international norms and standards for both human health and safety and ICT equipment.
Measurements are taken on low-frequency EMF within the data center, especially in areas where power distribution is present such as PDU, high ampere power cables, isolation transformers, etc., that might pose an EMF risk. General scanning and measurements are taken to identify potential areas of concern.
Under this section, we evaluate the data center conditions in terms of cooling infrastructure and setup. We also review the general safety measures and assess whether adequate measures are taken to monitor the private suite. Areas for examination include, but are not limited to:
Measurements are taken in various parts of the data center for temperature and humidity. We also review the airflow/pressure out of the raised floor to determine its effectiveness.
Efficiency and Optimization
Data centers can use 100 to 200 times the energy as typical office spaces. These are prime targets for energy-efficient design initiatives that can save money and reduce electricity usage due to their high-power consumption. The vital existence of data center loads, on the other hand, elevates specific design requirements.
The most important factors are reliability and high-power density capability, which are much more important than performance. Short design cycles often leave little time to thoroughly evaluate efficient design opportunities or consider the first cost versus life cycle cost issues. It can result in designs that are simply scaled-up versions of traditional office space approaches or designs that reuse techniques and requirements that have previously performed “well enough” without regard for energy efficiency. Customers are advised of practical and realistic alternatives to data center design and operating procedures and energy efficiency retrofit opportunities based on standards and best practices.
Maintenance & Monitoring
This section evaluates the data center monitoring infrastructure as well as maintenance procedures. Areas for examination include: