by Chad Dozier (diesel_dude) on 03-23-2010 12:29 PM
I recently read the article in Data Center Journal by Jeffrey Clark titled "Where Are the Data Center Design Engineers?" It's about the shortage of experienced data center design engineers.
Some key points from his article:
- Data centers use additional, more sophisticated equipment, increasing the complexity of the design.
- Reliability is key – 95% uptime is not enough.
- The current applicant pool for design engineering positions is limited.
My experience tells me the following:
- Successful datacenter design involves multiple groups (manufacturers, sales force, consultants, contractors, regulatory agencies/boards and end-users).
- These groups become involved at varying stages in the project design.
- Every project is different and a formulaic approach may not always result in the most successful strategy.
In light of current trends... I have a few questions.
- Is this a real or perceived shortage of design engineers?
- What is your experience in data centers projects (or other mission critical type projects)?
- What parties are involved and at where do they enter the project timeline?
- Do end-users typically have vendor preferences or do they leave it up to the consultants?
- If we are indeed experiencing a shortage of data center designers… who can take on this role? Will consultants/contractors look more to manufacturers for input on which and how electric power products should be combined for maximum reliability/system redundancy?
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