Tips on data center organizing

Started by SEOTechniques, Sep 09, 2022, 12:03 AM

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Greetings, forum members! I have some IT experience and a non-traditional workspace that could serve as a suitable mini data center. My goal is to create a space that can accommodate those without highly demanding web projects. Throughout this project, I will share its stages, challenges, and welcome any advice you may have. An accompanying image will be provided at a later date.

To begin, the following steps will be taken:
1. Renovation of the workspace
2. Implementation of ventilation, electrical equipment, and fire protection
3. Installation of humidity and temperature sensors
4. Set up of rack equipment
5. Establishment of internet connectivity
6. Commencement of work

My aim is to use this space for my own equipment and gradually build my client base. I am also considering the financial and business aspects of this venture.

What are your thoughts on my plan? Any advice or dissuasion?


I'll disregard the fact that the power source is not guaranteed and customers may experience extended periods without service, potentially lasting several days. The same goes for internet connectivity - it's a given.

Regarding ventilation, it's imperative to install sizable chillers, requiring ample space for installation. Inadequate cooling could potentially result in equipment failure or fire hazards. Therefore, redundancy measures, such as full duplication and a winter package, should be implemented. It might even be wise to invest in a diesel engine to provide backup power on dark winter evenings.

Furthermore, we need to consider the cost of securing sufficient optic cables. Gigabit is unlikely to suffice, so we may need to purchase dozens of fibers or invest in a dwdm solution, especially if we prioritize areas with high traffic.


Regarding the concept of an ideal data center, conducting basic calculations is crucial. Start-up costs and fixed/variable expenses must be considered to inform decision making. In some cases, it may prove more cost-effective to build a custom data center. For instance, the establishment of a two-line megawatt power supply with backup diesel generators from decommissioned steamers could not only power critical servers, but also heat the building during blackouts.

If a commercial data center can offer a similar model (and many can), collaboration between the center and corporate client could be long-lasting. However, the profit margin for this type of service is unlikely to be significant, as most commercial data centers can provide comparable solutions.


When setting up the data center, considerations such as server clustering, load balancing, and fault tolerance are critical to ensure high availability and fault tolerance.

Organizing data within the center involves implementing strategies for data storage, such as using scalable and redundant storage solutions like RAID arrays or distributed file systems. Data organization also includes designing efficient database schemas, indexing strategies, and data partitioning to optimize data retrieval performance.

Security measures, including access control, encryption, and intrusion detection systems, play a crucial role in protecting sensitive data within the data center. Regular backups and disaster recovery plans are essential components of data organization to ensure data integrity and availability.

Furthermore, documentation of the data center setup, including network diagrams, equipment inventory, and configurations, is vital for effective maintenance, troubleshooting, and expansion. Implementing monitoring and alerting systems helps track the performance and health of the data center infrastructure.


Organize your data center efficiently with these tips. Optimize layout, manage cables, label equipment, and implement cooling solutions for enhanced functionality, reliability, and streamlined operations in your data infrastructure.