At the beginning stages of designing and building a data center, it may seem like the only goal is to get it finished, up, and running. However, what you must
remember is that building the data center is only the beginning. Before you can actually turn the systems on and integrate them into your company, you need to test every component and put all of it through the data center commissioning process.
“The commissioning process is a test drive or full testing of the facility,” says Darin Stahl, principal consulting analyst at Info-Tech Research Group. “It’s the opportunity to validate the design, systems, and integrity of the room.” In other words, it’s perhaps the most important part of building a data center and ensures that it will be reliable for years to come. To help you through the process, here are a few tips that should make your data center commissioning run more smoothly.