A data center is a facility used to house computer systems and associated components, such as telecommunications and storage systems. It generally includes redundant or backup power supplies, redundant data communications connections, environmental controls (e.g., air conditioning, fire suppression) and security devices. A data center can occupy one room of a building, one or more floors, or an entire building.

Cabling Requirements of a Data Centre

  • Complete platform of Infrastructure systems
  • Redundancy - built into the design
  • Main distribution and zone distribution copper cabling shall be a minimum of class Ea (class E in European standard).
  • Main distribution and zone distribution fibre cabling shall be a minimum of Om4 & OM3, Class OF-300
  • Fibre connectivity: ENI - LC/APC (sm), LC/PC (mm)
  • No fibre or copper field terminated patchcords
  • TIA 942 - Telecommunications Infrastructure Standard for Data Centres

  • Primarily a telecom infrastructure standard, but about half of the content deals with facility requirements.
  • Provides a flexible and manageable structured cabling system using standard media.
  • Builds on existing standards, when applicable
  • Guidelines on a wide range of subjects useful to someone designing or managing a data centre.
  • An official tiering standard for determining the quality of a centre.
  • A way to objectively compare one centre with another.
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