Why systems planning is the Achilles' heel of the data center

A Guide to Systems Planning for Data Center Management


System planning is the Achilles’ heel of a data center physical infrastructure project. The physical infrastructure layer, though its management poses a challenge, performs a crucial function—it  houses, powers, cools, and protects the data center's computing and network functions.

However, planning mistakes can magnify and propagate through later deployment phases resulting in delays, cost overruns, wasted time, and ultimately a compromised system.  

In this paper, you will learn how to eliminate system planning problems with an orderly sequence of tasks that progressively transform and refine information from initial concept to final data center design. Read on now to view this planning sequence optimized for systems management of your data center's physical infrastructure layer. 


Neil Rasmussen Chief Technical Officer, APC (American Power Conversion Corporation) Neil Rasmussen is the Chief Technical Officer of APC. He establishes the technology direction for the world’s largest R&D budget devoted to power, cooling, and rack infrastructure for critical networks. Neil is currently leading the effort at APC to develop high-efficiency, modular, scalable data center infrastructure solutions and is the principal architect of the APC InfraStruXure system.
Suzanne Niles Senior Research Analyst with the Data Center Science Center, APC (American Power Conversion Corporation) Suzanne Niles is a Senior Research Analyst with the APC Data Center Science Center, where she develops white papers and presentations on technical and strategic topics that support the APC mission. She studied mathematics at Wellesley College before receiving her Bachelor’s degree in computer science from MIT, with a thesis on handwritten character recognition.
Schneider Electric
04 Feb 2009
03 Feb 2009
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