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FIVE TIPS FOR PLANNING

AND DESIGNING AN IDEAL TELECOM ROOM

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Five Tips for Planning and Designing an Ideal Telecom Room
As the central infrastructure that enables network connections and distributed cabling in commercial buildings , the telecommunications room ( TR ) must be planned and designed thoughtfully to support future network growth and new technology advancements .
In an effort to help the IT professionals in charge of this process get started , Chatsworth Products ( CPI ) has translated its 30 years of experience helping customers power and protect their technology investments into five useful tips for planning and designing a successful TR .
1 . Define the Main Purpose
Whether you want a bright and spacious TR that enables quick and organized moves , adds and changes ( MACs ), or a high-tech room that aims to occupy as much or as little physical footprint as possible to maximize utilization , it ’ s important to zero in on the main purpose and use of the TR .
Consider :
Will you be doing a lot of work in your TR ?
Go with a bright white room and white finish for your racks and cabinets , cable managers and cable pathway . White is highly reflective and helps brighten narrow equipment rows , provides better visibility and allows for less lighting to reduce energy costs . It ’ s also widely known for being timeless and “ always in style .”
Will the TR be used as a showcase to demonstrate your company ’ s values and aesthetics when it comes to technologies and equipment ?
Quality , fit and function don ’ t need to be compromised by a beautifully designed TR . Working with vendors that commit to addressing both the technical and aesthetic requirements of the room can help ensure that the more you choose to personalize your TR with custom colors and uniquely designed infrastructure , the more your customers will understand your company ’ s core technology values .
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2 . Select Your Racking Style
Depending on your room design and equipment requirements , there are multiple methods of supporting and protecting your cabling infrastructure and technology equipment .
Consider :
How much floor and ceiling space is needed in order to easily move around your systems and maintain proper clearances ?
Select two-post racks for a cost-effective and efficient use of floor space . Open four-post racks are superior when supporting larger equipment such as modular network switches . If floor space isn ’ t a concern , data center cabinets combine structural support , security and airflow management benefits for an even more robust solution .
Who will have access to the room ?
If people other than IT personnel will have access to the room , select data center cabinets with perforated , locking doors . If your company deals with private data such as finance , health care and the like , consider an RFID electronic lock solution that allows you to keep a record of every cabinet access attempt and tamper . Remember , cabinets take up more floor space than a standard , open two-post rack .
How can you be future-ready ?
As you need to refresh or upgrade technologies , the equipment footprint , power capacity and weight of your equipment will likely increase . Consider equipment cabinets that provide high load ratings and are easily configurable with power and airflow management accessories to support higher densities . Remember to allocate proper sizing of cable pathways to allow for future growth .
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s the central infrastructure that enables network connections

A and distributed cabling in commercial buildings , the

telecommunications room ( TR ) must be planned and designed thoughtfully to support future network growth and new technology advancements .
In an effort to help the IT professionals in charge of this process get started , Chatsworth Products ( CPI ) has translated its 30 years of experience helping customers power and protect their technology investments into five useful tips for planning and designing a successful TR .
1 . Define the Main Purpose
Whether you want a bright and spacious TR that enables quick and organized moves , adds and changes ( MACs ), or a high-tech room that aims to occupy as much or as little physical footprint as possible to maximize utilization , it ’ s important to zero in on the main purpose and use of the TR .
Consider :
Will you be doing a lot of work in your TR ?
Go with a bright white room and white finish for your racks and cabinets , cable managers and cable pathway . White is highly reflective and helps brighten narrow equipment rows , provides better visibility and allows for less lighting to reduce energy costs . It ’ s also widely known for being timeless and “ always in style .” �
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