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2nd Data Center Design & Construction

Accelerating Flexibility & Sustainability to Complete Projects within Budget and Ahead of Schedule

2-3 Oct 2019
Northern Virginia, USA

marcus evans Noth America

An interview with Aaron Hesse, RCDD, PE, Global Inside Plant Design Engineer at Amazon Web Services

Ahead of the 2nd Data Center Design & Construction, we spoke with Aaron Hesse, RCDD, PE, Global Inside Plant Design Engineer at Amazon Web Services to uncover the distinct importance of structured wiring practices and the next generation of cabling standards.

What kind of repercussions could be expected from not using industry-standard cabling practices?

I've seen past clients choose to reduce CapEx spend by using non-standard or low-cost cabling methods. They mistakenly believe that optimizing for their exact need on day one is the most ideal case. After all, that is how other systems such as electrical and mechanical infrastructure is designed - right up to the current need without excess. Unfortunately, cabling infrastructure cannot be designed in this way. This desire to reduce waste backs data center owners into a corner 2-3 years down the road. Suddenly they find themselves pulling everything out and redesigning the cabling plant.

What is the most important phase of delivering cable installation for a data center?

If I had to pick one, I would say the acceptance testing and commissioning phase. It’s a common misconception that you need a commissioning agent to complete this phase. Because of this, it is the most likely phase to be forgotten and often gets skipped. That’s a mistake. If the final product isn't up to industry standards, all of that “future-proofing” you may have done goes out the window. Instead, you'll be chasing intermittent networking issues that are difficult to diagnose and expensive to repair.

In your experience, how has your approach to delivering cabling design affected the cost and schedule of your projects overall?

I always advocate for a more integrated approach between cabling plant design and building construction. The cabling plant is often an afterthought and left to the networking team to define after the building is completed. By creating a cross-functional team during building planning and design that includes cabling engineers, you can ensure building spaces and pathways make sense on day one as well as throughout the lifecycle of the building. This may sound at first like a strategy that will increase schedule and cost, but in my experience, those are both reduced. Through a tight and highly competitive bid process, reduced change orders in construction, and reduction in scope overlap between contractors, I’ve found that cost and time to deliver are minimized with a more integrated approach.

What is one interesting item about your professional career that one might not know from looking at your bio or LinkedIn profile?

Before entering the data center industry, my focus was on power and cabling design in high-performance buildings. These were buildings that use advanced analytics and IoT technology to provide improved security and energy efficiency to the public - both critical to the success of our densely populated cities. However, the intense need these systems have for uptime, data storage, and processing power can easily overwhelm enterprise data centers. The Co-Lo and cloud data centers we are building today will be critical to their success. That experience gives me a slightly different perspective on and appreciation for the importance of the data center market.

What are you most looking forward to at the 2nd Data Center Design & Construction Conference Oct 2nd-3rd  in Northern VA? 

I'm most looking forward to hearing about the problems and solutions others have found in their corners of this broad market. A problem solved in a co-lo in Denver may have wider application in, say, a multistory hyperscale data center in Singapore. This conference presents a unique opportunity to discuss these battle stories with our peers. Sharing these lessons learned with others helps the entire industry - it doesn’t have to be a zero-sum game. 

Aaron Hesse is one of our keynote speakers

Why you should attend this marcus evans conference?

More than 14 hours of focused end-user driven case studies

  • Realize Sustainable Goals in the Design, Construction and Operation of Data Center Facilities

  • Shift Construction Techniques to Shorten Time to Market and Reduce Construction Costs

  • Commission with Regard to Electrical, Mechanical and Spatial Needs to Allow for Efficient Operations 

  • Implement Multi-Cloud with Proper Planning and Design to Manage Many Clouds as One

  • Advance the Data Center Supply Chain to Deploy Swiftly, Reduce Cost and Scale in Place

  • Fortify Data Center Labor Market with Cross Pollenization of Skill Sets, Knowledgeable Contractors and Diversity

Practical insights from active practitioners in your sector

  • Frank McCann
    Principal Engineer 
    Verizon Wireless 

  • Steve Conner
    Vice President, Sales and Solutions Engineering 

    Vantage Data Centers 

  • Jake Ring
    Co-Founder & CEO
    Giga Data Centers 

  • Craig Deering
    Director of Construction
    Cyrus One 

  • Rich Banta
    Lifeline Data Centers 

Case study: 
Updating Structured Wiring Practices to Keep up With the Advancement in Equipment (Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at 11:45am)

• Driving better and faster decision making for on-time and on-budget turnarounds that dramatically reduce costs and schedule
• Looking into the next generation of cabling standards and ensuring correct physical structure s are put in place when designing and constructing
• Increasing or replacing cabling to ensure the customer receives the bandwidth required
• Making sure fiber connections, copper cabling and all wiring components are up to standards

For registration pricing and multiple attendee discounts, please contact:

Melini Hadjitheori