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Monthly Archives: December 2014

  • Data Center Physical Security

    A data center security breach could result in a physical loss, damage to equipment and possibly theft, or facilities and IT productivity loss as time is spent getting the systems back up and running as normal. At a more critical level, downtime and the interruption of business and loss of corporate productivity or possibly lost or corrupted data can all tally into the hundreds of thousands if not millions of dollars. Still the biggest loss from an intrusion to a data center is to the company's reputation as is seen with recent data breaches.
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  • Commissioning with Load Banks

    Delaying or skipping commissioning can lead to equipment failure once under load. Equipment failure can delay your project. Using load banks to pretest equipment can save a company both money and the frustration of a failed facility launch.
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  • Improving Energy Efficiency

    Implementing best practices such as preventing airflow bypass, installing blanking panels, sealing openings in the raised floor, and utilizing hot-cold aisle configurations have helped many data centers lower their energy consumption. Take you energy efficiency to the next level with these advance energy savings ideas.
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  • Safety Tips

    Even though a data center appears to be a quiet, safe, unassuming environment there is safety risks all about. Electrical circuits, acids, gases, flammable materials, and fuels are just some of the areas that represent potential safety hazards. Poor safety can lead to accidental injury and even death. Lost wages, lost productivity, medical and administrative expenses can hurt an organization and damage its reputation.
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  • Remote Data Center Site Management

    There are several keys to managing remote locations. Having detailed processes and procedures and hiring the best people possible and cross training them on a variety of equipment and systems is critical. Managing a data center remotely is like performing an activity blind.
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  • Remote Data Center Site Evaluation

    Before you can assume responsibility for managing a remote data center, you first have to prepare yourself for the newly acquired data center. Preparation involves getting to know the people and equipment in the new data center, and then fixing problems in the equipment, processes or procedures.
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  • Relocating a Data Center

    Data center relocation, consolidation and reconfiguration's are becoming a common occurrence. Making sure your next move isn't a painful experience requires a lot of thoughtful planning and precise implementation. Executing a seamless data center move involves coordinating transportation, labor, and on-site management.
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  • Quieter Data Center

    Excessive noise can result in a stressful work environment affecting concentration and producing fatigue. Most data center computer rooms register in the 70 to 80 dB range, a level where normal conversations and phone calls are difficult if not impossible to have. While safe by OSHA standards, where action must be taken if workers are exposed to an average of 85 dB or greater, 80 dB is a level where productivity and comfort can be at risk.
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  • Why I Like Raised Floors

    Let's discuss the benefits of raised floors, over slab data centers. While cases can be made for both methods, my experiences involving renovations, new construction and consolidations of data centers has left me strongly in the camp for raised floor data centers and a preference for under floor cabling. Here's why...
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  • Selecting Server Cabinets

    Thermal management, physical characteristics, cable management security, accessories are all issues to be considered when selecting the appropriate server cabinets for your data center.
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