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  1. Data Center Environmental Monitoring

    Selecting a Monitoring System Monitoring can range from electrical power equipment supporting critical load such as UPS systems, diesel generators, PDU/RPP’s down to individual branch circuits within power panels. When evaluating a monitoring system consider what type of graphics are desired and available.  Pictorial diagrams displaying individual monitored components are helpful, especially ones that change color or light up in...
  2. Worker Electrocuted

    That was the headline five years ago when an electrician was working in a data center accidentally touched a high voltage live terminal and was killed while installing an uninterruptible power supply. Five years later the courts have found the electrical contractor negligent in the accident because of failures in communication and management. The electrical contractor claimed to have been...
  3. AirGuard Split Extreme, Newest Product in Award Winning Line of Data Center Floor Grommets

    PDU Cables™ introduces the new AirGuard® Split Extreme cable seal for sealing power and data cables through cable cutouts in raised floors of data centers and mission critical facilities. MINNETONKA – November 16, 2015 - PDU Cables, a division of Engineered Products Company, the industry leading manufacturer and supplier of power-distribution cable assemblies in North America since 1981, has expanded...
  4. Data Center Facility Staff Duties

    Every data center is different; size, structure, and complexity vary from site-to-site. The goal of facility management is to keep the site up and running, to avoid outages and maintain uptime. Where much of facility management’s energy is devoted to monitoring the system, it takes considerable time and resources to install and maintain equipment. Where monitoring needs to be owned...
  5. Cooling Equipment Maintenance Checklist

    Proper maintenance of cooling equipment will not only extend their life but also cut operating costs in the data center.  Remember cooling cost typically account for 40% of a data centers electrical expenses. Dirty or poorly maintained cooling equipment will not only decrease your cooling efficiency, contributing to lost capacity, but it also runs the risk of failure leading to...
  6. Data Center Cleaning Tips

    Click here to view, print and share a pdf of this article. Dirt can plug up perforated air tiles reducing the output as well as A/C filters and cooling coils. It can get into the cooling vents on the individual pieces of equipment within the server cabinets which will lessen their ability to cool themselves. Over time, the accumulation...
  7. Disaster Recovery Planning

    Disaster Recovery Planning Click here to view, print and share a pdf of this article. The average cost of an unplanned data center outage is $7,900 per minute, a 41% increase since 2010.  The average outage lasted 86 minutes resulting in an average cost per incident of $690,000.  Ponemon Institute: 2013 Study on Data Center Outages With data center downtime...
  8. Fire Protection - Smoke Detection - VIEW

    Click here to view, print and share a pdf of this article. Data Center - Fire Protection - Smoke Detection - VIEW In the fire industry, smoke detectors are categorized as Early Warning and Very Early Warning. An Early Warning system provides detection of fire conditions prior to them becoming threatening to occupants or equipment within a building, while...
  9. Maximizing Power Efficiencies

    Click here to view, print and share a pdf of this article. 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.  One of the biggest byproducts of inefficient energy use is heat generation.  Heat that needs to...
  10. Data Center Physical Security

    Data Center Buildings - Physical Security   Security needs vary based on the size, location and data housed in your data center. Data Center security is a lot like an onion.  Not only does it make you cry, you need to have it in multiple layers built up from the area you’re trying to protect. …Anon. View, print and share...

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