IT Infrastructure Design

At Verse Technology we work with our client’s executive team determining your business’s data objectives and availability requirements. We follow with a thorough survey of the existing systems and facilities.

We then work with the IT staff and the facility staff to identify and quantify the infrastructure /data center design project needs and combine them with our understanding of the trends and migrations strategies required to adapt to future changes. Finally, we develop a conceptual design from which we develop construction budgets and schedules.

Cloud computing and virtualization are forcing dramatic changes in the way data centers must be
designed and run, from the servers , storage and  to the network infrastructure.

Most companies have just scratched the surface of this transformation. To help IT managers get a handle on the key aspects to consider, Verse Technology details the most important attributes of any good data center;

High-Availability

All data center designs are judged by their ability to provide continuous operations for the network services they support. Data center availability is affected by both planned (scheduled maintenance) and unplanned (failures) events. To maximize availability, the impact from each of these must be minimized and/or eliminated.

All data centers must be maintained on a regular basis. In most data center designs, scheduled maintenance is a planned event requiring network downtime. For this reason, general maintenance is often forgone, leaving long-term availability to chance. In robust data center designs, concurrently maintainable systems are implemented to avoid interruption to normal data center operations.

To mitigate unplanned outages, both redundancy and fault-tolerance must be incorporated into the data center design. High-availability is accomplished by providing redundancy for all, major and minor, systems, thereby eliminating single points of failure. Additionally, the data center
design must offer predictable uptime by incorporating fault-tolerance against hard failures. (A hard failure is a failure in which the component must be replaced to return to an operational steady state.)

A data center achieves high-availability by implementing a fully redundant, fault-tolerant,
and concurrently maintainable IT and support infrastructure architecture in which all possible hard failures are predictable and deterministic.

 

Flexibility

A data center must support fast, seamless, growth, and deployment of new services without a major overhaul of its infrastructure and without a major disruption to its operation.

A data center designed for flexibility can adapt to changing business conditions and thereby
the demands put upon its function. The use of modular systems within the data centers design, where the characteristics of the modules are known and the steps to add more modules are simple, is an excellent method for achieving flexibility.

Another key component in achieving flexibility is scalability. Scalability is the design concept of proactively planning for changing requirements. A data center that is scalable has the capacity to sustain rapid growth in performance, the number of devices that it can host, and the quality of services offered. Again, the use of modular systems is an excellent strategy to address growth without major disruptions.

A data center achieves flexibility by implementing a modular IT and support infrastructure architecture allowing it to adapt quickly to unanticipated growth.

Simplicity

Like many old adages, the one about, ‘keeping it simple,’ is true, especially for data centers. The
major benefits of simplifying within a data center design are – reduced change of failures due to human error (the most common cause of down time every year) – reduced cost for implementation -and easier systems monitoring, manageability, and maintainability.