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Re: TIA-942 Datacenter Standardization

  • From: Deepak Jain
  • Date: Wed Aug 31 22:22:10 2005

Eesh... I grabbed a copy of this thing. In a cursory over-read... I am afraid if people (people defined by lim(clue) -> 0) start implementing datacenters by this guide. This would be a BRILLIANT document as the reading material for a college-level course. However, I'd be concerned if a CxO reads this and assumes they are great if the document has no conflicts with their implementation and they think they are in good shae.

Before I comment publicly on the issues I think I have with it, I want to verify that the points I raise aren't covered in some sort of disclaimer about being "out of scope" etc. Essentially 90% of the conversations folks have on nanog about datacenter designs are outside of what this advocates building (in a very cursory overread).


Chris Gilbert wrote:
The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) -- the people who
brought you the CAT standards for unshielded twisted pair cabling --
recently undertook a vast challenge to publish a definitive document
encompassing best practices and design considerations for every single
aspect of the modern data center.

The standard, entitled Telecommunications Infrastructure Standard for
Data Centers, TIA-942, weighs in at 148 pages, and covers everything
from site selection to rack mounting methods.



I seem to remember some folks asking questions about such a thing here
in the past... so I hope this isn't a duplicate of an old thread.

In any case, has anyone here looked over the documents and/or have any
comments on them?

It seems to me (however I have not yet read it) that something such as
this could be quite useful to IT students and others who don't have the
field experience.

Chris Gilbert

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