Data centers are nexuses of growth and technological advancement. They help store information, facilitate the privacy of clients and customers, and track changes within a company’s landscape.
Given their importance, we must ask ourselves the reasons why people customize their data centers. There are quite a few reasons; we’ll explore five of them below.
Geography Is Important
Where you place your data center can determine so much about its functionality. Depending on where you are, geopolitical events and natural disasters will be more or less common. Where you place your center could impact its functionality. For instance, you may choose a seismic electronic equipment rack in a place like California with many seismic events. Not customizing racks to accommodate the possibility of an earthquake in places where earthquakes are common would be a disaster. Customizing your center according to geographical needs is necessary if you want your data center to stay safe.
Because Blueprints Are Everything
There’s nothing worse than setting up a data center and not having enough room for your servers or equipment. This is one of the reasons people customize their centers: they need to be able to fit all their equipment into the space allotted. Without customizing it the way they need to, the equipment may not fit, or there may even be too much space. Worse, there may not be enough room for growth in the future. This is why the walls and configuration of your data center have to be customized based on your needs and not on a preplanned organizational schema that you didn’t create yourself.
Electrical System Design
Every data center needs a proper electrical distribution system. Since the equipment is unique to each center’s hardware, customize the cables and the generator to distribute power evenly throughout the data center. Depending on the blueprint of the center and the amount of voltage each piece of hardware uses, you might need cables and power generators to handle greater power output. It’s all dependent on your needs, which is why it’s important to customize around that.
To Stay Up to Date
Data centers are not static. Each of them holds different information and performs different tasks.
Sometimes technology needs to be updated. When you customize your center, you can determine what type of technology to embrace and which outdated technology to discard. This is one of the most important reasons people customize data centers: they become living, thriving systems customized to your needs.
For Future Growth
We alluded to this in the previous section, but your data center should be open to growth and technological advancement. A static data center that doesn’t have any room for growth—metaphorically and physically—will be outdated relatively quickly. Customization is important to leave room for it to expand its capabilities.
In short, there are many reasons why you might want to customize your data center. Ultimately, it’s a matter of making sure your data center is capable of handling its technological load, expansive growth, and unexpected turns of events.