IT Infrastructure Design
the Technology Infrastructure in your building be obsolete before you move in?
Our services focus
on Project Management and Design of Facility requirements for Technology
Infrastructure, IT and Network Systems, Communications rooms, Labs, Data
and Network centers, including PBX, Telecommunications, Voice and Data
Systems, Cabling and IT Infrastructure, providing complete Technology
Project Planning & Vendor Management. Our goal is to design an adaptable
physical infrastructure maximizing the effective space utilization of
all of your Technology areas within the facility to accommodate today's
ever changing needs and demands for future expansion or reconfiguration
of your facilities using sound IT Infrastructure Design & Planning principles.
A well designed
backbone communications infrastructure will provide the appropriate telecommunications
pathways and spaces (cable service entrance facilities, technology (telecommunications)
rooms, and horizontal and vertical physical cable distribution pathways),
as well as the cables used to by the building’s systems, to allow for
easy changes and provide for growth utilizing the existing Infrastructure
as the underlying resource for any required modifications.
We Design the layout and manage
the installation of all of your critical technology spaces within the facility,
from outside plant to carrier entrance facilities, to the Main Distribution
Frame (MDF) and Intermediate Distribution Frame (IDF) rooms, network & server
rooms, technical labs & the Cable Plant that ties it all together. Technology
Infrastructure services include design and value engineering of these critical
requirements; telecommunications cabling, IDF, MDF, MC, MCC, BDF, space planning,
Riser pathway, BDF/IDF, Space layout, project management, facility planning,
Equipment racks, telecommunication room, server room layout and requirements.
Typical Communications Room
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We plan for the installation
of cabinets, cables, shelving, cable management as well as monitor, maintain
and coordinate service for HVAC in technology areas, security systems & all
IT cabling and racking systems, evaluate and provide requirements for power
& environmental needs, UPS & Generator systems when the project calls for them.
The Project Manager will coordinate customer installations and work with Telco
service providers, equipment vendors and other departments to insure a smooth
transition and cutover to the new site.
With the transition from an industrial society to that of the Information Age,
virtually every business today depends upon the flow of information, both within
the corporation and in communications with it customers & vendors. It is with
realization, and comments from people like Allen Greenspan, who stated that,
“technology is providing significant gains in employee and corporate productivity”
that more and more firms, are investing in the technology that will improve
communications & productivity within the corporation. All of these changes are
putting even greater demands upon the Information Technology organizations within
the company. They have also led to a change in the design and construction of
new office buildings and campus facilities.
Space considerations are always
a concern during the design process. Whether designing space for personnel or
equipment, it's always prudent build in an appropriate growth factor.
Since computer room space is expensive, consider using taller racks and cabinets
to make the most of your available space.
When planning for the installation
of racks and cabling for your communications infrastructure, it is extremely
important to have a well designed layout for centrally locating the intra-building
cable plant for the facility. Make sure that all of your communications
cabling is coming into the main communications rooms, properly terminated, grounded
and has appropriate protection from lighting and power spikes.
If you do use larger racks, remember
to ask yourself the following questions:
Do taller racks in my computer
room interfere with overhead fire protection?
Do they add safety concerns for
our staff & technicians installing & patching equipment?
Do I have enough electrical
density to support my increased capacity?
Is their sufficient air flow to
cool the equipment room in its proposed configuration?
To take the full advantage
of rack space, many computer manufacturers are producing rack-mountable servers,
which take up only 1 rack unit (known as "1 U" in the industry) or roughly
2 inches on a vertical measurement.
Typically, one of the afterthoughts
in the design process for office space is where the Phone Company should install
its main service. Service Provider demands have changed dramatically over the
past decade. Previously, a service provider would install your phone service
in some out-of-the-way corner or closet. Today, extra equipment may have to
be installed by the service providers (e.g., Bell Atlantic, WorldCom, Sprint,
etc) which may require certain environmental conditions. We plan for these
spaces upfront, and work with the Carriers to ensure the facilities meets the
requirements of the local operating company providing communications circuits.
Power and Cabling Requirements
power issues can be sophisticated and daunting, but with the proper planning,
these challenges can be overcome. The current state of the IT industry
could conceivably drive the power requirements for a data center up to 150 watts/SF
and, occasionally, beyond.
Power and signal grounding is
increasingly important in today's computing environment. As your dependency
on computers increases, proper grounding and power conditioning become even
more critical to maintaining a suitable environment for your network and communications
design plan specify what type of power is needed for each area, technology room,
where the power is to be landed and how many circuits each of the equipment
racks will need based upon planned installation and future projections.
The following is a list of items to consider
in your design:
With IT professionals taking
greater advantage of smaller footprint devices, and stacking this equipment
tighter and higher in racks, new problems arise. Electrical density becomes
the issue at hand. Is there enough electrical capacity in your facility to
handle this type of growth?
Contributing to the increase
in electrical density is the explosion of devices with dual and triple power
supplies to provide system redundancy. To truly take advantage of this capability,
consider providing these systems with diverse power feeds in the form of multiple
power distribution units.
Power and signal grounding
is increasingly important in today's computing environment. As your dependency
on computers increases, proper grounding and power conditioning is a must.
Minute power fluctuations can easily damage equipment, resulting in data loss
and down time.
Most businesses now have a
PC on every desk. You should also consider requirements for copiers, workgroup
printers, network scanners and fax machines. Up-front power planning can save
you the headache of adding additional electrical circuits in the future.
The voice and data cabling for
a new facility may appear simple at first glance. However, there are a few issues
that, when addressed early in the design process keeps the "gotcha" factor to
Over the past 10 years, Cat
5 UTP (Category 5 Unshielded Twisted Pair) cable was sufficient for most network
requirements. Recently, Cat 5e and Cat 6 cabling has become a standard requirement
for most high-speed networks. Your network design-with future bandwidth projections-will
determine how best to address which cable type to use.
To prevent new technology space
from becoming a sea of spaghetti, cable management is a must. Establishing
the correct ratio of cable management components to cable plant capacity is
critical to ensuring the long-term life span of the cable plant. You may also
wish to consider such features as self-healing/reusable harnesses and cable
management databases to reduce your future costs as your cabling needs grow.
Should we install Fiber to the desktop? When & where?
Accommodating growth in your
office space can be tricky. It's less expensive to plan for growth and install
a little extra voice and data cabling during construction. But if you need
to add more wire at a later date, a properly planned and documented cable
plant will help installers put your wire in quicker and easier.
Will you need a Wireless amplifier
for cell phones within the facility, should you deploy wireless voice network
within the facility, are you ready for 3G wireless? As you consider
the security issues tied to today's Wireless Infrastructure you may not be
ready to deploy today's wireless solutions, but you should consider adding
additional network drops throughout the building for local antenna's which
could be added to the network at a later date.
The voice and data cabling for
a new facility may appear simple at first glance. However, there are a few Transition
Issues in Relocating systems to a new facility involve greater challenges than
in years past. The biggest issues include:
Coordination of high-speed bandwidth
circuits is a critical item for any project; long lead times and problems
with circuits have caused many relocation projects to be delayed because the
carrier did not have service to the new site on-time. Service from multiple
service providers is not only a long lead concern, but adds significant co-ordination
requirements between the vendors. These requirements often extend out 4 to
6 months for new entrance facilities and high speed data services depending
upon the levels of service required, and you must factor in the infrastructure
that may (or may not) be in place within the facility, the business park,
and the individual provider's service area. Requirements for multiple
points of entry add even more complications for mission critical facilities
and the selection of optimal site location for these services.
Computer network address changes
at many layers will often create difficulties that carry significant cost
potentials. Do we have sufficient IP addresses to set up a new branch office?
How will the address scheme fit into the overall corporate addressing plan?
Pre-testing with spare network
equipment or is always recommended prior to site turn-up to insure that connective
is in place and operation as planned. Can you imagine moving to the
new office, Monday morning comes & no one can log onto the network, or client
can't call into the site because phone system isn't working.
The physical movement of equipment
requires significant planning to ensure that the new site is sized and equipped
with racks to accommodate the equipment. The layout for the rooms and
the power and environmental requirements for the technology infrastructure
needs to be well designed to ensure system and services can be installed as
With the recognition that today’s
businesses view communications as a mission critical resource, an ever increasing
focus is being placed upon Design and Implementing the IT Infrastructure which
is the backbone of all communications. Just as with many things in life, the
IT Infrastructure is only as strong and reliable as its weakest link. This has
led to the development of a relatively new area, Technology Construction Management,
(TCM) which is a practice that marries Facilities and building components with
technology infrastructure. Today more and more IT Infrastructure Design Consultants
& Engineers are being added to the construction teams as part of the design
& build process.
TCM to work, we need to get involved in the design-build process, as early as
possible. Leading technology companies are finding that they need to get
the IT Infrastructure Design Consultants & Project Managers in as a consultant
to the Facilities Project Manager or as one of the other subs under the general
contractor. The marrying of Facilities and technologies is more critical
than ever based on the importance from the business prospective of the role
that technology plays both internal to the organization and as these companies
make themselves available, via the Internet to the outside world.
The value an Infrastructure Design Consultant can add to the Facility is enormous
in time & cost savings over the life of the building. The correct IT infrastructure
can provide the foundation for scalable network and information technology solutions
and transitions for companies that require sophisticated, quality-driven technology
and technology-focused services. Designing the correct Technology Infrastructure
into the initial building design can save thousands of dollars in later modifications,
and avoid significant cost and disruption for these areas to be retrofitted
and modified later to provide the critical Infrastructure changes that should
have been in the base building design.
Incorporating the right technology
into the design of a new or existing facility is every bit as critical as attention
to electricity, heating, plumbing, and air conditioning. Technology systems
are critical to the health and success of a business or institution. Ignoring
this crucial component at the design level can create disasters for everyone
involved: from the construction phase to the occupancy and maintenance of a
building. On the other hand, incorporating the right technology into the design
of a new or existing facility can create flexible, user-friendly environments
and save money in the future.
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