Assessing Infrastructure Is Fundamental for a Colocation's Strategy

Posted by Chris Parlee on Mar 28, 2016

H5 Data Centers is a leading privately owned data center operator with over 1,000,000 sq ft under management. They provide data center services to enterprise clients in [8] strategically located data centers in the following geographical locations:

Ashburn, VA Atlanta, GA
Charlotte, NC Denver, CO
Phoenix, AZ San Jose, CA
San Luis Obispo, CA Seattle, WA

H5 provides a variety of 3rd party data center services to corporate clients and public entities throughout theUS. Today, corporate enterprises are moving internal IT services to 3rd party providers, like H5, to capitalize on the explosion of “cloud” services [public and private] and to move to more of an Opex cost model so IT teams can concentrate on their core competency.

In 2015 and early 2016; EEC worked with H5’s team on 9 projects to increase their national footprint and improve their business strategy. EEC’s data center assessment and a design/build services enabled H5 to aggressively initiate tasks to meet these objectives. The following are two examples of how EEC’s team worked with H5 to enhance their services:

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Tags: Design, Colocation, data center assessment

How Utility Incentives Can Affect Your Equipment Upgrade Decisions

Posted by Chris Parlee on Mar 24, 2016

Previously a featured article on AFCOM's Inside The Box, February 2, 2016.
Written by Daniel Bodenski, PE, LEED AP, Director of Strategic Solutions at EEC

Growing capacity needs and big competition in the cloud and colocation markets are causing equipment efficiency and energy costs to once again be top-of-mind for data center owners, operators and even information technology teams. Today, a primary factor limiting data center capacity is the ability to quickly and cost-effectively accommodate growing power requirements. Furthermore, the capability to do so while maintaining a low PUE and high-energy efficiency is critical for the growth and competitive advantage of data center providers. Operating at a low Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) is key - and largely dependent on data centers’ critical infrastructure equipment.

To help meet growing capacity needs, data centers are looking to third-party preventive maintenance providers who, together with their utility partners, can offer integrated solutions and incentive programs that can reduce costs and positively impact equipment replacement or upgrade decisions.

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Tags: data center energy, rebate, utility, equipment efficiency

The Weather Outside is Frightful – Prepare Your Data Center

Posted by Chris Parlee on Dec 1, 2015

Originally posted on Data Center Post, November 24, 2015

By Ed Meier, EEC’s Vice President, Strategic Solutions

It’s that time of year again…winter is almost upon us.  For many data center operators, this means preparing servers and other equipment for the colder temperatures and low winter humidity that lie ahead. Environmental adjustments are critical to maintaining stable operating conditions and the safety of your equipment, and as such, it’s important to be prepared.

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Tags: humidification

Top 6 Ways to Improve Data Center Efficiency

Posted by Chris Parlee on Aug 26, 2015

By Daniel Bodenski, PE, LEED AP, Director of Strategic Solutions

The data center has become a staple of modern society, making the technology that we use every day possible.  Today, everyone from small start-up organizations to multi-billion dollar corporations utilize mission-critical facilities to house their vital data, and as the Internet of Things (IoT) and Big Data continue to proliferate, our demand for more data centers will only increase.

With growing energy costs and data center energy consumption nearly 100 times higher than that of a typical commercial building, data center owners and operators are placing a higher focus on improving energy efficiency within their facilities.  Maintaining energy efficiency is critical to running a reliable, high-capacity, and cost-efficient mission-critical facility.  At Electronic Environments Co. (EEC), we are dedicated to enabling our clients to develop the most efficient and profitable data centers possible, allowing for maximum uptime while minimizing capital and operational costs.

When it comes to data center energy efficiency, there are six key ways you can improve your bottom line while still ensuring total reliability.  Below, we will examine these key strategies and help you answer the question, “How can my data center be more energy efficient?”

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Tags: Efficiency, Reduce Costs, PUE

Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) Perspectives: How Key Data Center Stakeholders View PUE

Posted by Chris Parlee on Jul 8, 2015

Originally posted on Data Center Post, July 6, 2015

By Daniel Bodenski, Director of Strategic Solutions, PE, LEED AP

When analyzing the effectiveness of a data center, one of the most critical components to consider is Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE), a metric used across the board by mission-critical facility implementation teams, data center owners and operators, and C-level executives to assess a data center’s current and potential energy efficiency.  When used properly, this information can be leveraged to produce a stronger, more efficient mission-critical environment, gain a deeper understanding of competition, and open the door to exploring options for added efficiency improvements such as data center renovations, new builds, or migrations to the cloud or a third-party service provider.  In order for a facility to both evolve and adapt to ever-changing industry climates and customer demands, a deep understanding of what lies under the hood is vital to its success, and data center PUE is no exception.

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Tags: Energy Efficiency, PUE

Is an Integrated Paralleling System Right for Your Data Center?

Posted by Chris Parlee on Jun 16, 2015

By Chris Avery, Director of Strategic Products Divsion at EEC

When designing a data center and choosing critical hardware, it’s easy to see beauty in simplicity, reliability and cost-effectiveness. Today, technology has evolved to include a new approach to paralleled generator systems known as modular integration – a scalable, reliable and affordable solution to the traditional complexity within traditional paralleled generators.

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Tags: Power, Data Center Trends

Transforming Data Center Facilities to Optimize Energy Efficiencies

Posted by Chris Parlee on Jun 2, 2015

By Ken Rapoport, CEO of EEC, a member of the NTT Group that specializes in building and retrofitting data centers for energy efficiency

Many of our clients approach us for assistance in accelerating their energy-efficient data center journeys. Our advice to them is to consider the foundations upon which they build their data center facilities and the assets they deploy inside them, with reliability and energy efficiency top of mind. This will ensure that the data center is ‘ready to perform’ and can accommodate the needs of the business.

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Tags: Data Center, Energy Efficiency, PUE

Let Your Data Center Grow Efficient, Not Old

Posted by Chris Parlee on Apr 14, 2015

By Kevin O’Brien, President - Mission Critical Construction Services Division, EEC

With growing costs of energy in their facilities, energy conservation seems to be on the top of the priority list for many data center operators.  According to Datacenter Journal and other industry sources, today’s data centers consume approximately 3% of global electricity and produce 200 million metric tons of CO2.  And with the imminent growth of the Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data, social media and cloud computing, our reliance on these energy hogs shows no signs of subsiding.  While companies strategize new ways to reduce the astronomical cost required to power today’s data centers, they now also have to factor in a more long-term concern – their facilities’ impact on the environment.  One quick way to improve data center efficiency is through the optimization of environmental parameters, specifically Computer Room Air Conditioning (CRAC) / Computer Room Air Handler (CRAH) units.

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Tags: Data Center Maintenance, Data Center, Energy Efficiency, Datacenter, CRAC, data center energy, data centres, Energy, VFD

2015 Data Center Infrastructure Trends

Posted by Chris Parlee on Mar 23, 2015

By Kenneth Rapoport, Founder and CEO, Electronic Environments Corporation (EEC)

Through my experience and hands-on approach to running Electronic Environments Corp. (EEC) for 28 years, I’ve witnessed what can make or break a facility. During this time I’ve seen trends within the industry – some that stuck and others that dissipated. 

With a new year upon us and technologies like cloud, mobile and the Internet of Things (IoT) evolving at an unprecedented rate, data centers are undergoing massive-scale transformation that is changing how these facilities operate on a fundamental level.  If you are a data center owner or operator, or intend to be one in the future, you should pay close attention to three developing trends this year: in-row cooling, eco-mode for Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS) systems and rack-mounted Power Distribution Units (PDUs).  By embracing these new trends early on, you can ensure your facility is ahead of the curve, by offering the most modern technology solutions and accommodating a wide variety of customer needs. Let’s look further into exactly what these trends are and how they can help you create a superior data center environment:

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Tags: Cooling, uninterruptible power supply, PDU, Power Distribution, UPS

EEC Recognized in CRN’s Data Center 100

Posted by Chris Parlee on Mar 9, 2015

At Electronic Environments Corporation (EEC), we consider ourselves to be the industry experts when it comes to the planning and construction of mission-critical facilities.  With proven methods, we have sought to not only assist data center operators with our services, but also to educate the industry on future trends including energy technology, cloud-based infrastructure, network virtualization and more – and the market is taking notice.

Last month, EEC was recognized among the 20 Designers and Builders within the mission-critical facility industry in CRN’s Data Center 100.  This list of the top companies is designed to help businesses discover the true experts in the field and ensure the overall efficiency, scalability and success of their facilities. Encompassing companies that exhibit a high level of innovation, technological capability and strong market presence, EEC is honored to be included among the best this industry has to offer.

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Tags: data center design, Data Center Trends, Build