The last guy quit (I think a lot of adventures begin this way?) and I've been given the job to build a new machine room. I am coordinating with 2 engineers, campus ITS, campus Facilities Management, a project manager, a construction company and 2 subcontractors (electrical and mechanical). Yay.
Most of these folks have done this before, but I have not. The construction is underway, and everything is fine, but honestly I'm at a total loss about things like where the racks should go, where the floor cutouts should be made, etc. I need to understand things like power consumption, PDUs, CRAC units, BTU generation, cabling, etc. After the construction is finished, I will be in charge of who gets to use the room and what the rules are.
I know there are people who are experts at this stuff, but none of the people involved so far know much (including me). Where do I learn this stuff? Google hasn't turned up much for me.
To summarize, I'm looking for a tutorial reference that answers questions like:
- Understanding cooling requirements and cooling capacities in a server room
- Understanding power supply and consumption
- How to set policy for users in a server room (including things to think about like safety, fire prevention, data security, good custodianship)
I'm a competent software guy, but have very little experience with machines beyond building my own small computers.