Musings on IT, data management, whitewater rafting, and backpacking

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

New space, new data center, new networks, new phones

We're finally moving the other half of our group into newly remodeled space adjacent to the first half, about 70 people joining 70 others.

I'm designing a new data center (500 sf, 60 KW, not very big), a new network, maybe new WAN links (currently DS-3 45 Mbps), and probably a new phone system for both the new and existing space. We're working through multiple levels of indirection, so this will be challenging.

Good news:
  • I've done this before, and I like doing this
  • I've had a couple of years for research and design, due to various delays
Bad news:
  • Tight budget and deadlines.
  • Need to minimize operating costs, too
  • Big "green" push
I've learned a lot in the last couple of years.

Bottom line: like anything else, lots of vendors out there have "solutions" that make them rich and don't meet our needs, while claiming to be "green".

Details to follow.

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