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infrastrucure management Perfect communication between all components in a fire safety system is essential for the effectiveness of the complete system. High noise levels during the extinguishing process may disturb HDD operation. Beyond the fire extinguishing system Of course data centres need to be protected but they also need to offer a business the flexibility of scale to grow as needed. They must accommodate a rapidly growing volume of data traffic while ensuring systems do not overheat. They are such an integral part of many businesses and organisations today that they affect both how they operate and how they grow. For companies that provide hosting services, the amount of data storage and power demand can vary widely from moment to moment and a larger number of people may have authorised access to the building. This model demands good DCIM system to maintain the integrity of operations. Balancing the need to offer varied services while optimising IT performance takes particular expertise and understanding of all aspects of processes and data management. For an operation to remain competitive, integrated data centre solutions need to maximise system availability and drive operational efficiency. They need to take into account energy efficiency and carbon footprint as well as security of data, buildings and assets. They must ensure consistent environmental conditions; enable robust power distribution; provide protection against the risk of fire damage, and integrate the demands of IT with effective facility management. To create an energy efficient data centre infrastructure, having accurate data and reporting tools are essential. Specialist services such as energy auditing and remote energy monitoring can help optimise energy usage in data centres, resulting in a lower environmental impact and reduced operating overheads. Effective power monitoring can help operators understand power consumption in real time, enabling dynamic strategies to control energy use and rapid identification of any potential issues that require corrective action. Having a greater understanding of the power demands within a data centre also helps to create greater resilience to power outages – a situation that is catastrophic to any data centre. HVAC and cooling systems within a data centre account for a substantial part of the total energy usage. They are also vital to the operation and protection of the IT systems. As such, they require a building management system that both optimises energy use and ensures consistent, reliable environmental control. Rapid alarming and clear visualisation of any irregularity are vital if operators are to react before problems arise with the availability of systems. Summary Data centres are such a vital part of modern business and society, having systems in place that ensure their availability will provide return on investment. Such systems should consider all aspects of the needs of these operations and integrate the needs of the IT systems with efficient infrastructure management. Solutions should be tailored to specific business needs with views on safety, security, integrity and efficiency. Holistic approaches to areas such as fire safety will help better protect both equipment and personnel. Although much more is now understood about the impact of the noise and vibration generated by a discharge of the fire extinguishing system, there are still incidents today where systems are damaged resulting in costly downtime. Working with partners that fully understand data centre processes and infrastructures will help to keep operations running smoothly. Suppliers such as Siemens can help with all aspects of data centre management solutions for new and existing installations. 26