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Kens Korner

Come here to hear the latest and greatest about data centers - (Will change later)

  • Data Center’s Talent Crisis

    Many of the people who build and operate data centers are skilled trade workers, and as a category, skilled trade workers are aging rapidly.  The lack of qualified, data center workers could hamper the rapid growth of the data center industry. 
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  • Data Center Facility Staff Duties

    Selecting duties that data center staff should perform verse outsourcing.
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  • Data Center Cleaning Tips

    The how and why of cleaning above and below a data center computer rooms raised floor.
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  • Disaster Recovery Planning

    Employing a well thought out disaster recovery plan offers two primary benefits, first the process of implementing disaster recovery policies and procedures will facilitate a quicker recovery from power outages and system failures and the process of evaluating processes and systems will limit the occurrence of avoidable outages and downtime.
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  • Maximizing Power Efficiencies

    Energy inefficiencies cost data centers money on two fronts. The use of energy costs money and the inefficient use of energy requires more energy and thus more money. I've outlined a few steps to improve the efficiency of power consumption in a data center. Following the link to read a few simple ideas that could save your data center a lot of money.
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  • 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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