My data center design experience is old enough to drive this year. For 16 years I have been lucky enough to work almost exclusively on mission critical projects, and by now I have a pretty good track record and syllabus of lessons learned. But I still get a shiver when I recall how lost I was when I started.
On my first data center project, for an entire meeting I nodded along even as I wondered what a “crack” was; only to find out soon after it was a CRAC unit — something of particular interest to the HVAC designer, one would think. For reasons unbeknownst to me, the letter “N” was thrown around a lot. And “uptime” sounded like an especially cheery goal for a mechanical system although I wasn’t exactly sure what it entailed.