Planning

Sustainable and Resilient Data Center Design

We know it, you know it: A well planned project saves a lot of time and costs. We have successfully planned more than 100 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.

In addition to the various areas such as electrical engineering, cooling and security technology, fire protection, monitoring and operations, we also deal with your individual business processes, your strategy, your company development and your growth targets. In this way we can also take into account the future requirements of your IT.

The results of the analysis result in an individual profile from which all necessary measures, possible savings potential and the optimal components of your future Data Center architecture can be derived. 

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

High Knowledge is a member of the professional organization “Association of Consulting Engineers” (VBI). We are therefore obliged to only accept orders for which the necessary experience, technical equipment and qualified employees are available. The high knowledge team develops solutions that meet the established state of scientific knowledge and the requirements of economic implementation and use. Thanks to this commitment, customers of High Knowledge can always rely on neutral and professionally qualified advice and planning. 

In addition to its involvement in numerous working groups in our professional organization VBI, the High Knowledge team is involved in many other organizations and institutions. We also have extensive accreditations from state and private institutions. As a member of the German Institute for Standardization (DIN), the German Electrical Engineering Commission (DKE), as well as a certified consulting company of the Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (BAFA), our customers benefit from proven expertise. 

As co-authors of numerous standards, such as the data center standard DIN EN 50600 or the reference model for a trustworthy KI (VDE AR ​​2842-61), as well as electrotechnical aspects in BIM (STD 1000.9.1), we are not only actively involved in the further development of the Technology in the respective specialist areas but are also constantly expanding our know-how.

This experience flows into each of our projects to take current and future developments and standards into account today. Here we focus on the planning and construction of future-proof IT infrastructure and data centers.

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The Planning is Often Divided Into Different Work Phases:

Phase 0

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

Phase 3

Design planning

Phase 6

Preparation of the tender

Phase 1

Basic evaluation

Phase 4

Approval planning

Phase 7

Participation in the awarding of contracts

Phase 9

Property management and documentation

Phase 2

Preliminary planning

Phase 5

Implementation planning

Phase 8

Object monitoring
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Phase 0

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

Phase 1

Basic evaluation

Phase 2

Preliminary planning

Phase 3

Design planning

Phase 4

Approval planning

Phase 5

Implementation planning

Phase 6

Preparation of the tender

Phase 7

Participation in the awarding of contracts

Phase 8

Object monitoring

Phase 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:

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Safety and Health Coordinator for Data Centers and IT Infrastructure

The use of a certified safety and health protection coordinator (SiGeKo) is legally prescribed for almost every construction project in accordance with the requirements of Section 3 of the Construction Site Ordinance and Section 8 of the Occupational Safety and Health Act. 

One of the tasks of the SiGeKo is to identify any health and safety risks on the construction site during the planning phase. In this way, measures for the safety and health of the people working on the construction site can be taken during the planning process. 

During the construction phase, the SiGeKo controls the corresponding measures, which are recorded in a safety and health protection plan (SiGe plan).

Data Center projects involve a very high individual risk. We also incorporate our experience from over 200 Data Center projects into our work as certified health and safety coordinators. So we bet on tried-and-tested solutions that do not delay the construction process and always guarantee a very high level of security for all trades.

The special dangers and challenges in a construction project in connection with Data Centers and IT infrastructure include:

Correctly assessing the systems during the ongoing construction process and considering the safety measures in safety and health integrating a plan is one of our core competencies as an approved SiGeKo.

Our SiGeKo Services

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Building Information Modeling

Building Information Modeling (BIM) stands for interdisciplinary, networked planning on the basis of shared databases. BIM thus represents a digital planning method and accompanies a Data Center throughout the entire life cycle. Compared to conventional planning steps, BIM requires modified work processes and offers open communication with all project participants. The entire BIM planning process is accompanied by the BIM manager as the overall coordinator.

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Resilient Infrastructure Design

BIM and DCIM are elements that are inseparable. While BIM describes the physical infrastructure such as buildings, cooling technology and electrical systems, DCIM primarily revolves around IT applications and properties.

DCIM and BIM overlap. This has to be recorded and used for the Data Center process. In order to map a complete “digital twin” of the Data Center, DCIM and BIM must work hand in hand and be designed for this challenge. Only in this way the efficient operation of a Data Center is possible.

AI and HPC are Transforming Data Centers

The COVID-19 pandemic and AI research has driven the demand for High Performance Computing (HPC) to new heights. For instance, modelling the COVID virus’ spike protein and finding sites on those spikes that could be drug targets are done with HPC-powered simulation.

Running a high-power-density HPC deployment generates significant heat. In fact, due to the size of the compute workloads and density, servers in an HPC environment can run approximately 30 percent hotter than traditional computing platforms. Especially in an older data center where the cooling systems were designed to accommodate significantly lower power densities, HPC will expose ineffective or insufficient cooling capacity.

Liquid- and immersion cooling will increasingly become the norm in Data Centers and these possibilities must be taken into account today in order to take account of the changing requirements in the future.

The Uptime Institute recently confirmed the average Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) ratio for a Data Center in 2020 is 1.58, which is only marginally better than it was seven years ago.

We are part of the Open Compute Project (OCP) which aims to reimagining hardware, making it more efficient, flexible, and scalable.

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Consulting

Consulting services are generally not standardized, and expert knowledge is seldom comprehensible or documented. Therefore, we rely on certified knowledge and proven quality. Our company has been accredited by the German Federal Office for economic Affairs as accredited Management Consultants. For this reason, our customers enjoy special subsidies in certain areas.