Planning

Sustainability  •  Expertise   •   Planning Phases   •   Tailor-made   •   Data-driven

Sustainable Data Center Planning

We know it, you know it: A well-planned project saves a lot of time and money. We have successfully planned several hundred large and small data centers in recent years, and the trend is rising.

Conversely, this means that we have plenty of experience to respond to your requirements, to ensure conscientious cost and schedule control, and to ensure that the project runs smoothly.

With our team of experts, you can rest assured that supplying reliable IT services and high cost-effectiveness play just as important a role in our data center planning as climate protection, minimizing greenhouse gas emissions, optimizing energy and water consumption, and providing the most holistic, ecologically sustainable production of IT and infrastructure.

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Holistic planning and resilient data center design

In addition to vital aspects of a data center such as electrical engineering, air- conditioning, refrigeration, safety, fire protection and measurement, and control and regulation, we also consider your individual business processes, environmental strategy, and growth goals. In this way, we can also take the future requirements of your IT needs into account.

After analyzing your needs, we create a tailored, individual profile from which all necessary measures, possible savings, and the potential and the optimal components of your future Data Center architecture can manifest. 

Only then can the actual planning begin. In doing so, we take into account geological features, your company's development, protection goals, availability requirements, construction type and design as well as defined project milestones.

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Professional Qualification and Expertise

We are accredited data center designers (Uptime Institute) as well as officially approved auditors of TÜV Rheinland and the German Federal Environmental Agency for the "Blue Angel" for sustainable data centers. We are also certified business consultants of the Federal Office of Economics, experts of the Open Compute Project (OCP), and of the European Cloud Project "GAIA-X" of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (Germany). 

We provide a board member in the digital association Bitkom e.V. for the area of data centers and a member of the steering committee for the area of IT infrastructure. Furthermore, we work as a member of the standardization committees for data centers (co-author EN 50600) and artificial intelligence at the German Institute for Standardization (DIN) as well as the German Commission for Electrical Engineering and Electronics at DIN and VDE. 

Furthermore, we are certified SCRUM Masters (CSM), PRINCE2 project managers and qualified in the leading Lean Six Sigma method for quality and process improvement. As an approved member of the professional organization for consulting engineers (VBI), we are committed to independent and transparent advice, planning, monitoring, coordination, assessment and testing.

We are a recognized training company and attach great importance to the transfer of knowledge, teamwork, the promotion of skills and the development of the personality of our trainees.

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The Planning is Often Divided Into Different Work Phases:

Phase 0
(LP 0)

Consulting
(cost and risk analyses, feasibility studies etc.)

Phase 3
(LP 3)

Design planning

Phase 6
(LP 6)

Preparation of the tender

Phase 1
(LP 1)

Basic evaluation

Phase 4
(LP 4)

Approval planning

Phase 7
(LP 7)

Participation in the awarding of contracts

Phase 9
(LP 9)

Property management and documentation

Phase 2
(LP 2)

Preliminary planning

Phase 5
(LP 5)

Implementation planning

Phase 8
(LP 8)

Object monitoring
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LP 0

Consulting
(cost and risk analyses, feasibility studies etc.)

LP 1

Basic evaluation

LP 2

Preliminary planning

LP 3

Design planning

LP 4

Approval planning

LP 5

Implementation planning

LP 6

Preparation of the tender

LP 7

Participation in the awarding of contracts

LP 8

Object monitoring

LP 9

Property management and documentation
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Our planning services include the following components:

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Planning for Every Aspect of Your Data Center

Key Performance Indicators

KPIs are key figures that provide information about different activities around the Data Center, such as availability and resilience. One of the best-known KPIs is the Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) factor. This gives an assessment of the effectiveness of the Data Center. For the calculation, the energy supplied to the data center is divided by the energy used by the IT equipment. Modern data centers have a PUE of 1.3 or better. Today, however, the PUE is often no longer sufficient. There are a large number of additional KPIs that provide even more detailed information about the general condition of a Data Center. Some examples are: