Data Center Trends, Looking Back and Forward

Posted by Chris Parlee on Feb 2, 2015

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

My experience in the data center industry goes back to the nineteen-eighties while working as a facilities manager for a large financial services company headquartered in NYC. Data centers were commonly located in New York City in the same building where their trading and office spaces were located.

The 1980s and 1990s
In 1988, we built our first remote site data center facility outside NYC, dedicated to only data and telecommunications. The site was an old ITT communication HUB in New Jersey that used to house the link for the ‘Hot Line’ between Washington DC and Moscow. Everything was pretty much analog in those days. Having the remote site allowed us to increase the redundancy and reliability of the electrical and mechanical systems. There was no Tier-certification system back then, but we were able to meet what would now be considered an equivalent of a Tier II standard on the electrical and even went to the equivalent of 2N on the UPS. The load-in data centers back then ranged from only 35 to 50 watts per square feet maximum. More and more companies began choosing remote sites throughout the 90s as fiber and demands for more computers at a higher reliability grew. It was not surprising that in 1989, the 7x24 Exchange started to publish articles and share common experiences on how to improve reliability. Then in the early 90s, The Uptime Institute was born, as was the creation and administration of the widely adopted, “Tier certifications”.

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Tags: Efficiency, Datacenter, construction, PUE, HVDC

Data Center Capacity Management: Auditing & Alignment

Posted by Chris Parlee on Jan 13, 2015

By Rob Aldrich, CTO and Founder of EcoLibrium Services, LLC
The second of a two-part series on data center capacity management.

Our best practices series continues. This post focuses on audits and getting organizational alignment to improve data center capacity. Best practices can be implemented by taking a holistic approach when evaluating your data center needs.

Regular Facilities & IT Audits
Conduct quarterly or even monthly audits of electrical and mechanical system loading. Use the data garnered from these audits to establish trend lines on electrical and heat removal requirements for your data center. If you are not doing these already, the initial month will serve as a baseline reading that can be compared against. From there, it becomes a question of how you structure the data so that a range of users can interpret it across Facilities and IT operations.
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Tags: Data Center, Management, Analytics, Cloud-Based, Data Center Management, approaches

Data Center Capacity Management: Monitoring & Reporting

Posted by Chris Parlee on Nov 25, 2014

 The first of a two-part series on data center capacity management.
By Rob Aldrich, CTO and Founder of EcoLibrium Services, LLC

There are several best practices that are often considered as an after thought to a sound capacity management strategy for today’s data center operations. Here are a few low- or no-cost ways to improve your approach to power and cooling capacity management. This is the first in a series of posts on data center capacity management.

Federate reporting out to both facilities and IT departments using a consistent data access, aggregation and reporting framework. Said framework should provide capacity measurements for each domain that are intuitive to the domain managers. For example, a server manager will want to see total, average server utilization. For servers, utilization is typically measure as a blend of processor capacity, Input/Output (I/O) and memory. By contrast, a facilities manager wants to see electrical and mechanical utilization of cooling and battery backup systems. For both domains, utilization can be expressed as a percentage of total system capacity. This reporting should be provided through a centralized portal that both facilities and IT managers can bookmark and set up notification preferences when capacity thresholds are exceeded. The best example of a high-level dashboard like this has been implemented by Dean Nelson at eBay. He has implemented a management framework that supports capacity management among others called Digital Service Efficiency (DSE). DSE is a free and open model that can be adopted by any organization today through the Data Center Pulse LinkedIn group.

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Tags: Cooling, data center energy, Power, PDU, capacity

How to Get the Most Out of Data Center Assessments

Posted by Chris Parlee on Nov 11, 2014

By Jim Stark, P.E., Principal of Engineering, Electronic Environments

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Tags: Data Center, Data Centers, Upgrade, Tier, Standards, Readiness, assessment, MEP

Advancements in 380VDC Power Offer Data Centers New Opportunities to Reduce Energy Loss and Improve Reliability

Posted by Chris Parlee on Oct 30, 2014

By Jim Stark, P.E. Principal of Engineering, Electronic Environments Corporation

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Tags: data center power, data center energy, HVDC, DC Power, 380VDC

New Online Course Helps Data Center Operators Get Management Buy-in

Posted by John Thornell on Oct 22, 2014

EEC clients that run efficient, reliable data centers tend to have one thing in common: Management buy-in.

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Tags: Efficiency, Datacenter, data center energy management, Best Practices, Koomey, Datacenter Dynamics

Humidification System Inspection: A Simple Way to Improve Reliability & Reduce Costs

Posted by Chris Parlee on Oct 15, 2014

By Jim Lundrigan, Vice President of Operations, Electronic Environments Corporation

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Tags: humidity, maintenance, humidification, water damage, winter, condensation

Improving Data Center ROI with Utility Incentive and Rebate Programs

Posted by Chris Parlee on Sep 30, 2014

By James Stark, Principal of Engineering, EEC

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Tags: Energy Efficiency, Power Usage, data center energy, Energy Savings, conedison, rebate, utility

EEC Appoints Three New Critical Hires

Posted by Chris Parlee on Sep 25, 2014

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

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Tags: mission critical, construction, infrastructure, Gilbane, Structure Tone, CBRE, Skanska, hires

EarthLink Infrastructure Maintenance Service: Best Practices

Posted by Chris Parlee on Sep 24, 2014

By: Guest Blogger, Steve Tyson, Director of Northeast Field Operations, EarthLink

Through the application of what I deem as four key best practices of infrastructure management, EEC helps us meet the challenges we face and enables us to better serve our customers.As a business quickly grows, it can become increasingly difficult to maintain order, while trying to meet one’s business goals. EarthLink’s core model is driven by its dedication and goal to deliver and care for its individual customers. With multiple sites and different types of infrastructure equipment from different vendors, it is a challenge to ensure that our facilities are well-maintained as we progress forward to achieve our goals.

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Tags: Best Practices, maintenance, Point of Presence, critical infrastructure, EarthLink, service