Released the eighth issue of the magazine TsODy.RF

    In the field of data center construction in Russia, things are not so bad. Today, our country boasts large and high-quality data centers, which in many respects are not inferior to foreign facilities. Our specialists have already learned how to build well separate data centers. But is the industry as a whole ready for the mass deployment of high-quality, that is, correctly constructed facilities? The answer to this question directly leads to the topic of standardization.

    At first glance, a discussion of the standardization of any industry is the most curious occupation. Nevertheless, it was standardization that became the topic of the August issue of the magazine “Data Center. RF ". The reason for this is the urgent need for industry standards, which many data center market participants recognize. It is no secret that the industry is experiencing problems with the domestic standardization base for data centers: it is not yet well-built, it has serious gaps. But the existing foreign standards are also not a panacea - for a number of reasons that require separate consideration.

    Why is standards setting so important? Paradoxically, any system cannot develop in the absence of restrictions. And the standards just outline a circle of limitations, the absence of which becomes a barrier that does not allow to build and operate a data center properly. Without this criterion, it is impossible to conduct an audit, to give an objective assessment of the quality of the project, the object itself or the processes organized in it.

    Experts see all the signs that the data center market in Russia is currently moving to a new important stage in its development. Its key element will be the formation of a system of standards that will significantly transform many aspects of different types of activities related to the creation and functioning of quality sites. The formation of a system of domestic standards in the data center market is overseen by the Association of Data Center Industry Participants.

    What do industry participants expect from standards? Obviously, unification, coordination, streamlining, ensuring mutual conformity of processes, and at all five stages of the data center life cycle: at the stage of pre-project preparation, design, construction, operation, disposal.

    The problem is that if at some of the initial stages a certain flaw in quality issues is allowed, then a multiplicative effect is possible when at the subsequent stages mistakes, shortcomings or even failures as a future solution cannot be leveled. And if perfect operation is paramount at the finished object, then it entirely depends on the quality of work and processes at all previous stages, up to the formation of requirements for the future object.

    And here's another thing worth noting: the implementation of a quality management system, which is confirmed by a beautiful certificate in a frame under glass in the office of the data center management, is not yet a guarantee of quality. It is known, for example, that a good team of data center specialists is able to ensure reliability and efficiency regardless of the availability of certificates or plans to obtain them. A poorly delivered case will not help any framework.

    Obtaining a true idea of ​​the compliance of an object with any standards often poses a big problem. You can talk a lot about the quality of design, construction or operation, but the question always arises: how to independently evaluate that a particular project, object or process is performed qualitatively? The current issue of the journal presents many useful materials that will give answers to these and other questions. And practical tips and examples of implementing specific tasks on real objects will replenish the reader's best practices piggy bank. Moreover, mind you, you don’t need to become a member of any closed club and pay dues - just read the magazine “TsODy.RF”.

    Natalia Zhilkina, editor-in-chief

    You can find the full content of the issue on the data center.RF website No. 8

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