Mixing Network Zones in the Data Center
A balanced approach that offers a mixture of high- and low-density zones can provide the most efficiency in a data center.
The need for more compute, storage, and networking resources in the data center is increasing, and this Data Center Journal report suggests that this increase in demand is resulting in higher densities in the data center, an approach that has numerous benefits.
"To take advantage of the benefits of high density, companies retrofitting existing data centers (and even those building new data centers) may find that the best option is a mixture of high- and low-density zones (with, potentially, medium-density zones mixed in as well). Processor.com cites Integrated Interiors at Work General Manager Dave Atwood as stating that '[m]ost companies adding data centers are choosing a mix of high- and low-density zones, with scalability for future expansion'."