Using Load Bank Solutions to Optimize Data Center Commissioning

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Today’s data center demands have grown from just standard server deployments. With virtualization, and greater data needs, high-density data center deployments are becoming the norm. This is where the need to understand electrical and mechanical infrastructure performance, as well as isolating and correcting environment issues becomes important. The idea here is to accelerate commissioning and reduce the overall data center commissioning costs. Most of all, this allows the data center administrator to stay proactive in a production environment.

In working with high-density data center environments, deployment complexity can become an issue. Server thermal output, hot-aisle/cold aisle rack positioning and complex cooling mechanisms increase the difficulty of data center planning. It’s in these cases where using the right load-bank solution can really help. When working with a data center design, load bank testing validates room design, equipment placement and effectiveness of cooling-system and power-distribution infrastructure. Furthermore, load bank testing is vital in the following areas as well:
• Documenting thermal and electrical load requirements
• Ensuring accuracy of budgetary data
• Simplifying compliance with regulatory requirements
• Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification.

Whenever there is a design in place for a data center build, it’s always important to take a proactive rather than a reactive approach to commissioning. Download this whitepaper to gain a better understanding of how a comprehensive commissioning plan is vital during the early stages of a data center design and construction. Click here to download this white paper from Comrent on how load bank testing can help create operational success and reduce post-production data center issues.

About the Author

Bill Kleyman is a veteran, enthusiastic technologist with experience in data center design, management and deployment. His architecture work includes virtualization and cloud deployments as well as business network design and implementation. Currently, Bill works as the National Director of Strategy and Innovation at MTM Technologies, a Stamford, CT based consulting firm.

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