Enterprises that are building or refreshing their data centers must first estimate the facility requirements to determine a high level budget. Although requirements gathering can often be a time consuming task, it is crucial in determining estimations for the present and future data center and is helpful in making decisions related to data center facility management.

This At-a-Glance research note will aid in navigating Info-Tech research on the following aspects of facility requirements planning for the data center:

  • Estimating power requirements.
  • Estimating cooling requirements.
  • Estimating standby power requirements.
  • Fire protection requirements.
  • Data center sizing.
  • Data center and support room layout and design.

Refer to Info-Tech research when estimating data center facility requirements to aid in determining a high level budget during the build versus buy decision.

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Published: August 13, 2009
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    Larry Maggiotto | 04-27-2010

    What is meant by "structured" and "unstructured data"?

    • Bd93a6862d4cad3b593d8f42f6d242ef comment
      Info-Tech Research Group | 10-21-2011

      Thanks Larry. Structured data can be defined as data that is used in everyday business that has predefined rules, format, length, etc. Structured data is associated with applications and/or processes. For example, it may be data used for business reporting.
      Unstructured data can take the form of videos, objects in documents, audio files as well as documents in Word, spreadsheets, and emails. This data is not structured with any rules or predefined format and is not easily predicted. Unstructured data can be associated with Users.


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