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

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
Do
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

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, Data Centers, Tier, Standards, Readiness, Upgrade, assessment, MEP

INFOGRAPHIC: A Walk through Data Center History with EEC

Posted by Chris Parlee on Sep 15, 2014

Originally posted on Data Center Post On September 12, 2014

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Tags: data center energy management, Data Center, Vision, Best Practices, Data Center Trends, mission critical, history, EEC

AUDIT-BUDDY™ Helps EEC to Optimize Customer's Cooling

Posted by Chris Parlee on Aug 7, 2014

Originally posted by Data Center Post, Tuesday August 7, 2014

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Tags: Data Center, thermal imaging, Data Centers, humidity, CFD, Optimize cooling, Optimize, Cooling

Optimize Data Center Performance Using MCLS™

Posted by Chris Parlee on Aug 5, 2014

Originally posted by Data Center Post, Tuesday August 5, 2014

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Tags: Data Center, Data Center, Planning, Operations, Design, Best Practices, Data Center Trends, construction

Watch EEC’s Recorded Webinar “How Utility Incentive Programs Affect Equipment Upgrades”

Posted by John Thornell on Jun 25, 2014

This week EEC’s Jim Stark led a webinar presentation with utility partners ConEdison, NationalGrid and NSTAR.

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Tags: Data Center, utility incentives, Energy Efficiency, nationalgrid, conedison, nstar, Upgrade

Uptime Institute “Start With the End In Mind” Presentation at 7x24 Promotes Operations-Focused Planning and Design

Posted by John Thornell on Jun 9, 2014

Last week at 7x24 Exchange in Boca Raton, The Uptime Institute presentation “Start With The End in Mind” promoted the methodology of leveraging Operations teams in the planning and design phases of data center construction, retrofits and upgrades.

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Tags: Data Center, Build, Design, Uptime Institute, Start With The End In Mind

Is Your Data Center Ready for the Polar Vortex?

Posted by Dasha Bushmakin on Jan 27, 2014

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Tags: Data Center, Readiness, Polar Vortex