How to Improve Your Data Center Design



Data centers are asset intensive facilities that include a unique combination of cutting edge servers, IT infrastructure, and heavy duty cooling systems.
The data centers industry is highly competitive, and companies strive to provide high SLA (minimal downtime) at the lowest possible cost.
BQR is strongly positioned in the market to provide patent based software and professional services for many aspects of data center design, from the server component level, up to the asset as a whole.
Indeed, BQR is currently providing software and services to global leaders in the data center industry.

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Server Design


Leading companies in the data center industry manufacture their own servers for optimal ROI.

The server design process is challenging for two reasons:

  • Design time must be kept to a minimum in order to keep up with the competition. Design errors may cause TTM delays and expensive design cycles.
  • A single data center can hold more than 100K servers. If a design error is not detected in time, the faulty design is manufactured in large quantities, leading to huge recall expenses and loss of company reputation.

BQR offers unique patent based software for detecting design errors of various kinds, and hidden issues that no other tool can identify. The software includes a circuit simulation for stress analysis which detects stress related design issues.

Using BQR’s solution reduces the number of design cycles and improves the server reliability and robustness.

The analysis is also offered as a professional service by BQR’s experienced electronics engineers.

Redundancy Analysis


High critical infrastructure availability usually relies on redundancies. This includes redundant power supply sources, cooling systems, network switches, servers, and RAID. The redundancies for various data center tiers are defined in TIA-942: “Telecommunications Infrastructure Standard for Data Centers”.

A design that includes redundancies provides failsafe operation, protection against natural or human-made disasters and high service availability.

BQR’s RBD (Reliability Block Diagram) software lets you allocate sub-system availability during the early data center design stage and calculate availability of the detailed design during later stages.

With BQR’s software you can compare system designs and verify that your data center will comply with SLA requirements.

The analysis can also be provided as a service by BQR’s reliability experts.

RAM analysis - Reliability Block Diagram Software

Maintainability Analysis and Optimization

Annual maintenance cost of best practice sites approaches 3% of the RAV (Replacement Asset Value). For a $1B data center, this means an annual direct maintenance cost of $30M.

Most facilities’ direct maintenance cost can reach a higher value such as $80M.

It is easy to reduce maintenance cost by eliminating maintenance activities and spare part stocks. However, this in turn will lead to high financial loss due to service downtime.

Annual downtime cost may exceed the direct maintenance cost.

Therefore, an optimization process is required in order to balance performance and maintenance, and to reach the best practice KPIs.

BQR’s software provides a unique combination of technical and financial modelling for optimizing:

  • Spare parts
  • Inspection and Preventive Maintenance periods
  • Data Center life-cycle cost