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Do Industry Standards Hold Back Data Centre Innovation?

Upgrading legacy data centres to handle ever-increasing social media, mobile, big data and Cloud workloads requires significant investment. Yet over 70% of managers are being asked to deliver future-ready infrastructure with reduced budgets. But what if you could square the circle: optimise your centre’s design beyond industry standards by incorporating the latest innovations, while achieving a significant increase in efficiency and still maintaining the required availability.

This brief provides an overview of industry standards relevant to data centre design and discusses their importance and impact on data centre innovation. It argues that although current data centre design, build and operating standards represent a solid foundation, organisations need to go beyond these standards in order to deliver a cost-efficient data centre design. 

In reality, enterprises often sacrifice data centre efficiency to follow industry standards to the letter, resulting in significantly higher data centre building and operating costs. By optimising their data centre design beyond the industry standard and incorporating the latest innovations, they can significantly increase their efficiency and still achieve 8*9 (99.999999%) statistical availability. A study by Interxion shows that for a 1,000 sq m data centre, an optimised data centre design, over and above industry standards, could save €3.3 million in construction and replacement capital expenses and 245,000 per year in energy costs.

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