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Data Center Engineering, Design & Build

Build New / Upgrade / Migrate Existing Data Center

Engineering backed by wealth of experience; Designing backed by futuristic and creative mindset!
We build new data center and upgrade or migrate existing data center. Data Center Engineering and Data Center Design is more than just an art, it is a regressive engineering process. It is a process in which business needs are transformed into application requirements and such requirements are correlated with ICT measures and such measures then imported into the data center environment and infrastructure, translating into parameters such as kw and square footage and then conceptually layered, detailed designed, precisely quantified and specified into an implementable optimum data center site and infrastructure!

Capacity, Size & Load Engineering

Calculating load, measuring current and future sizes, and planning capacity on power, cooling, server area vs facilities and total allocated space, racks, etc. while keeping in mind feasibility of modularity and space adjustment as well as parallel capacity and redundancy upgrades are amongst the initial steps taken in precise and well planned data center infrastructure engineering and design.

Conceptual Design

Once the engineering team renders the initial schemes and parameters required for the design stage to commence, designers develop Data Center Conceptual Design alternatives, portraying sizes, quantities, layouts and values, exhibiting the high-level view of the site and facilities for review, analysis, further development and optimization of the data center.

Detialed Design

Conceptual design is only the beginning for RackAfrica data center engineering and design process, the "core" of the value and effort lays in detailed design drawing and documentations that are developed as a complete design kit, providing detailed and specified sizes, measurements, layouts and parameters for every single component be it electrical, mechanical, civil, security, cabling, etc. This effort is essential for professional implementation of data centers, because it provides complete guidelines and reference points for contractors to follow precisely without having to use their intuitions on-site without having the big picture and engineering parameters properly evaluated and referenced. This is the main cause of project delays, mishaps and in many cases failures. Hence having proper Data Center Detailed Design drawings and documentation is essential for the building and contracting phase of any project.

Specification Development

To ensure the quality of build and eventual operation, it is not enough to only have design drawings, rather complete set of carefully chosen Data Center Specifications for the active as well as passive component in the data center which match perfectly the design goals and parameters and must be developed and quantified within the data center engineering & design development process.

End-to-End Data Center Crash Test

Elite 3rd party, vendor independent data center testing & data center commissioning units that mobilize and camp on data center site, running rigorous test scripts, using sophisticated equipment and tools, that test and commission every component of the data center with absolute know-how of exact approach to commission a site which is fault-tolerant, fail-safe and reliable for live operation.
Experts will run through the design criteria of the data center and based on this create sophisticated test scripts which will ensure that the final operations of the data center facilities is meeting the business objectives of the design. Full loading on gradual applied load-incline methods will be applied to the data center and every aspect ranging from performance to redundancy will be undergoing rigorous tests. A site is not operational or at least not availability-safe unless it passes through our testing and commissioning processes and receives full acceptance on individual functioning systems as well as the fully integrated site test results. The following are the RackAfrica’s testing and commissioning process methods:

Individual System Functional Site Test

Functional site test to 2N, N+1 one leg at a time, fault disturbance and monitoring for a period trending, switchboard site point-to-point, main, sub, busbars measurement, SI, protection relay, ACB direct acting, earth loop impedance, PDU testing and verification, load testing, noise test, UPS, earthing grids, signal reference grid, visual inspections, etc.

Fully Integrated Level-5 Test & Commissioning

Fully integrated functional tests will be used to prove the functionality of the data center against its design parameters. The service will stress test the data center environment and full functional tests scripts will be used to ensure that the redundancy and capacity is meeting the design specs and business needs.

Individual System Site Acceptance Test

Mains supply resilience, PQM, UPS on DC heater load, ATS operations, generators synchronization test, alarms activation, smoke detection simulation, gas activation in stages, room integrity testing, and other such integral testing components must all pass successfully to complete a full site acceptance test.

Testing & Commissioning Report

Providing full detailed test scripts, commissioning guides, reports of all conducted testing and commissioning, O&M checks, performance benchmarking, competency report, error reports, critical malfunction reports, design vs buildup misalignment reports and such related report documentation are necessary to effectively record and conclude all testing activities.