Designing Data Centers Across the Globe
Our mission critical experts deliver network architecture for data centers at all scales, all over the world, guided by client requirements and decades of field testing. We are also experts in security consulting and DAS design.
TEECOM’s data center client portfolio is extensive, including work with Equinix, PeopleSoft (now Oracle), and Symantec. We are currently providing IT consulting and security and telecom design engineering for a number of highly confidential hyperscale clients at more than 30 project locations worldwide. Each project campus has between three and twelve 30+mw data center facilities, housing tens of thousands of servers. We have provided design and engineering on more than 20,000,000 sf.
- Data Centers
- Hyperscale Data Centers
- Emergency Response Centers
Our team provides custom design at a rapid pace, backed by detailed engineering documentation. This high-quality documentation speeds interdisciplinary, cross-team understanding of project requirements. We design multi-tiered pathways and prepare cabling construction documents for a robust fabric network, as well as provide technology consulting for the administrative centers included in many of these data centers.
We have a unique ability to translate network diagrams into high-quality cabling construction documents, including cable schedules, routing diagrams, rack elevations, and pathway coordination. We bring a detailed understanding of building code on a comprehensive regional basis, and we align client requirements with local building code regulations. We help clients develop new or updated technology standards.
TEECOM delivers multiple benefits to our clients through converged network design. Significant cost savings on labor and materials result from the use of less cabling, cable tray, and space. Migrating different technology systems onto a common infrastructure reduces maintenance and monitoring requirements, thereby lowering operating costs. Systems like energy management, building management, power management, lighting control, CCTV, access control, alarm monitoring, and data center infrastructure management can be converged into an overall integrated control and monitoring system using various standard industry protocols and networking technologies that provide the optimal balance between cost, cybersecurity, and future flexibility.
Over the past five years, Owners of hyperscale data centers have raised their security standards as they become more aware of the potential risks. Shockingly, multi-million-dollar facilities have been demolished two weeks after completion due to devices being found inside the walls. Security breaches can result in exposure of proprietary, classified, or personal information, as well as causing critical disruptions in the flow of information. One minute of downtime can translate into serious harm for a business or government entity, costing millions to billions of dollars, or costing lives. Keep reading
Data center owners know the importance of in-building wireless systems. Emergency responder radio coverage systems (ERRCS) support two-way radios for security staff outside and inside the building. Cellular distributed antenna systems (DAS) enable technicians to use their cell phones in a data hall, a penthouse, or the mechanical spaces where they need to diagnose equipment. Often, data centers’ remote location makes robust cellular DAS design even more critical, as there may be no cell coverage in the area. Keep reading
Nearly 100 percent of the fiber-optic cable we see in a data center consists of pre-terminated trunk assemblies. The data center, especially a hyperscale data center, is an ideal environment for this type of cable. We see cable trunk quantities in the 1,000s and fiber strands in the 100,000s. That is a lot of connectors to install at each end of every cable. The pre-terminated assemblies have the advantage of reducing the on-site labor cost and improving the quality and consistency of the connector polish. Keep reading
How do you approach the technology design of a hyperscale data center differently than a corporate data center?
Alex Cardiasmenos (AC): The size, quantity, and complexity of pathways is one major difference between hyperscale and corporate data centers. The sheer size of hyperscale data centers necessitates large quantities of cable trays, conduits, and vaults, oftentimes an order of magnitude greater than their corporate counterparts. Most hyperscale data centers are Class 4 data centers, meaning they are fault tolerant and have 2(N+1) redundancy. Keep reading