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THE MANUAL OF MANAGED COLOCATION


BOOM!!!! Just when you thought digital transformation was the most disruptive force hitting your business landscape like a storm, the global pandemic has arrived and with it the need to radically and fundamentally change the way operation of your business.

Operational resilience and business efficiency took center stage. Organizations have strived to optimize operations, streamline costs, and achieve the agility needed to sustain revenue and bottom line growth.

Complex, cost-prohibitive data centers characterized by oversized physical configurations, operational inefficiencies, and siled management may have gotten you this far, but they won’t get you any further.

In this new normal where digital-driven hyper-efficiency is the name of the game, the data center just isn’t what it used to be. The data center rules as we knew them should be rewritten.

At CapitaLand India, Data Center Group, our top priority is to build and operate data centers that will stand the test of time and deliver seamless, scalable and sustainable services to our hyperscale and enterprise customers.

From the customer’s perspective, here are some key parameters that should be considered when selecting the right managed colocation and data center partner.

LOCATION :

Acquiring a suitable plot of land is the first and most important step for a data center operator, as it puts us on the path to providing world-class services to our customers. Location is a key factor as large scale data centers are built in the Data Center Corridor and Selective Availability Zones. All of our DC Land plots are chosen after careful deliberation and with utmost care keeping in mind the business requirements of our esteemed clients.

Benefits of choosing the right location:

• Availability of power at the data center site for current needs and future expansion

• High capacity and power sanctioned substation

• Fiber rich zone with the availability of multiple service providers entering the premises from a minimum of 4 different paths

• No historic natural disasters like floods

• Study of seismic ratings and guarantee that the DC building is resistant to earthquakes

• Detailed study on soil and air quality

• Accessibility to data center site: proximity to national highways, railways, airports and so resources can reach in time even in case of unforeseen calamities

• External Factors: Location should be away from political, government and defense establishments to avoid possibility of air/water/land attack in case of war, also check Flightpath details

• The DC site should be away from chemical plants and other known community hazards

Data Center Equipment Selection and Guidelines

∙ Newer technologies with an ecological footprint in the selection of mechanical, electrical and cooling equipment

∙ ASHRAE Data Center Guidelines with Data Center Telecom Cabling, BICSI and TIA 942 standards

∙Flexible rack power density to meet future power and cooling requirements.

∙ Prioritize electrical design, inverter, fire protection, structural design and reliability engineering.

Ensure electrical and mechanical loading is optimized

∙ Placement of UPS PDUs in CRAC/PAHU Gallery configurations (N+N)

∙ Placement of a redundant LV panel in the respective floors of the server rooms with a dry-type distribution transformer.

∙ Placement of transformers and its distribution panels near the chillers, i.e. on the terrace

∙ Free air side cooling for inverter and battery room (enthalpy sensors)

∙Separate cooling circuit for fresh air with positive pressure requirement

∙ Hot/cold aisle containment for data center for improved power and cooling requirements.

∙ Supply of hot aisle and cold aisle temperature sensors with logic connection to CRAC/PAHU and BMS units.

  • PUE (energy use efficiency) highly dependent on environmental conditions. However, the DC service provider can optimize PUE by reducing electromechanical losses by placing electrical equipment close to the IT load and selecting the right set of equipment with the highest efficiencies. IT power measured at the UPS level/PDU level or at the rack level.

∙Check Built-in Design Flexibility – The data center design, campus layout, floor layout, cross-section layout, and rack layout should be designed in an optimized manner to meet all workloads and should have built-in flexibility to serve new cutting-edge applications and associated workloads. Data center racks should be modular to meet minimum to maximum power density

∙Increased security – Security is paramount when it comes to managing data. It is equipped with better software-level controls and allows administrators to tightly control accessibility. In data centers, seven levels of physical security, visitor management, facility resource movement as well as CCTV monitoring, there are various other security controls at all levels.

∙ Facility operations and planned maintenance The facility should perform routine weekly maintenance of its data center. Standard operating procedures do their best to notify customers in advance whenever such maintenance is scheduled through notifications.

∙Environmental sustainability and green data center- Next-generation data center helps your business reduce its carbon footprint and contain energy costs that threaten to eat into your budget

  • The data center should provide solar power panels in the available open space to support partial non-critical IT workloads.
  • Faucet hybrid green energy for DC systems

oUse of low carbon building material

  • The data center project must have at least one environment gold/platinum standards
  • Other stages like rainwater recycling/harvesting are used for the use of the installation.

Cost reduction – Ultimately, the combination of these benefits can result in lower total costs, without sacrificing performance or reliability in any way.

A next-generation data center requires a change in the physical and operational aspects of the data center as well as in the organizational culture. “Our state-of-the-art data center facilities, designed by Hyperscale, will enable customers to derive greater value while delivering business results.” quoted Prasad Tilve, Head of Strategy and Business Development, CapitaLand India, Data Center Group.

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