Round Table Q&A: Telecom Design for Hyperscale Data Centers

TEECOM engineers participated in a round table Q&A addressing the complexity of telecom design for hyperscale data centers. Participants Alex Cardiasmenos, PE, RCDD, CDT, DCDC – Associate Principal Casey Wittkop, PE, RCDD – Principal Consultant Darrel Scobie, PRINCE2, BICSI Technician, CDCDP – Associate Principal John Pedro, RCDD, CDT – Principal Consultant Mike Candler, DCDC, CDT, RCDD, … Read more

The Three C’s for Cost Savings in Data Center Design and Construction

We’ve watched data center projects become fragmented into separate technology system packages that are designed by different designers and then installed by different contractors. This can result in system clashes, construction coordination issues, and commissioning issues that impact the project schedule and budget. Collaboration, convergence, and construction administration are the three C’s to keep data center … Read more

The Data Center Plenum Cabling Paradox

For commercial buildings, the decision to use plenum cable materials is driven by the mechanical HVAC design, the architectural design, and construction costs. Per the National Electrical Code (NEC®), the exposed data cabling installed in “other space used for environmental air” must be plenum rated (e.g. OFNP, CL2P, CMP)1. One example is the space between the … Read more

Data Center Design: Weaving the Fabric Network

Data center telecom design has moved away from traditional spanning tree networks (depicted below), which can choke the allocation of bandwidth, to fabric networks, which can provide multiple data paths. Fabric network design has had a significant impact on the cabling that runs from the top-of-rack switches in each server cabinet to the meet-me-rooms for off-site … Read more

To the Meet-Me Room and Back: The Most Important Room in Your Data Center

First, let’s answer your question: What is a meet-me room? And why do we call it something that sounds like a commercial office space where your boss is likely to deliver unwelcome news? The “me” suggests you’re meeting an actual person for an intense discussion about why the monthly forecast is falling behind the required revenue stream. In … Read more