Data center management
Demand for new energy-efficient, reliable data centers is extremely strong. Ten years ago a data center with 5MW of IT load was considered large. Today, 30MW of IT load is commonplace. All over the world, speed of realisation is a critical driver - and one of the main differences between data centers and other types of critical infrastructure construction.
Data centers have their origins in commercial office buildings, whose tenants had space set aside for data rooms. As the size and power demands increased, old warehouses were converted to house the servers – these were the first data centers. Today, due to their size and complexity, purpose-built facilities are constructed. A new ecosystem of contractors and consultants has emerged along with the market, bringing commercial procurement, engineering and management practices with them. The successful contractors are adapting to the new industrial-like environment.
Conventional procurement strategies in the commercial market often focused on reducing upfront capital expenditure. Savings in capital expenditure often come at the expense of time, operational expenditure and risk. Through our long-term involvement in the industrial market, Siemens has experience with alternative, indirect procurement strategies. These strategies simultaneously provide lower capital and operational expenditure, improve the speed to market and reduce risk.
Construction risk is a significant concern for data center owners and the wider ecosystem. If not properly managed, equipment delivered to site needs rework, this causes significant variation and delay. Management and technical time is spent on finding out who is at fault and who is going to pay.
In the industrial construction environment, these risks are better understood and handled by employing a balance of plant contractor, whose role is to ensure interface engineering between different systems and vendors is managed and resolved before equipment is delivered to site. This means minimal onsite rework is required; variations and time delays can be significantly reduced. It creates a positive environment whereby the onsite focus is on solving problems and achieving critical milestones rather than determining blame.
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Our experience makes the difference – and it continues to grow. Mastering today’s data center challenges is one thing, but to stay ahead of the competition, you need a reliable partner with a comprehensive portfolio and the ingenuity to make real, what truly matters.
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Whether you are an expanding co-location solution provider, a new start up or part of the wider ecosystem, Siemens has the expertise available locally in Australia and New Zealand to reduce your risks and realisation time. The drivers below are some of the most important for data center owners.