Data Centre Projects: Growth Model

by Neil Rasmussen and Suzanne Niles

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Executive summary

Long term data centre or network room capacity planning may seem impossible in the face of evolving IT technology and business requirements. Nevertheless, data centre facilities have a lifetime that may span many generations of IT equipment, so planning – or lack of planning – can have a large impact on the effectiveness of investments. Many unnecessary costs can be avoided with simple planning strategies, and even uncertainty itself can be incorporated into a plan. This paper shows a simple and effective way to develop a capacity plan for a data centre or network room.


Successful navigation through the planning challenges of a data centre project requires the structure of well-defined process, the expertise of people to make decisions and evaluate alternatives, and the assistance of tools to organise information or perform calculations. One such tool is a growth model that provides structure and terminology for the discussion of future IT power requirements.

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