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  1. Commissioning with Load Banks

    Commissioning with Load Banks Click here for a pdf to view, print and share Commissioning is defined by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) as a quality-oriented process for achieving, verifying, and documenting that the performance of facilities, systems and assemblies meets the defined objectives and criteria. When building or upgrading your data center it...
  2. Improving Energy Efficiency

    Improving Data Center Energy Efficiency Click here to view pdf of this article and print and share. Huge gains have been made over the past few years to improve energy efficiencies.  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...
  3. Safety Tips

    Data Center Safety Tips Click here to view, print and share a pdf of this article. Even though a data center appears to be a quiet, safe, unassuming environment there is safety risks all about.  Electrical ircuits, acids, gases, flammable materials, and fuels are just some of the areas that represent potential safety hazards. Poor safety can lead to accidental...
  4. Remote Data Center Site Management

    Remote Data Center Site Management Click here to view, print and share a pdf of this article. 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. ...
  5. Remote Data Center Site Evaluation

    Remote Data Center Site Evaluation Click here to view, print and share a pdf of this article. 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...
  6. Relocating a Data Center

    Tips on Relocating a Data Center Click here to view, print and share a pdf of this article. Data center relocations, consolidations and reconfigurations 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 server room move involves coordinating transportation, labor, and...
  7. Quieter Data Center

    Tips on Achieving a Quieter Data Center Click here to view, print and share a pdf of this article. Everyone is applauding the advances in technology that is allowing data centers to increase the computing power within limited space.  Higher densities translate into more servers, and associated equipment to cool them; Computer Room Air Conditioners (CRAC), and Computer Room Air...
  8. Why I Like Raised Floors

    Why I Like Raised Floors I’m not here to try and tell you that one way is better than the other, when the time came to build our new data centers, raised floors were the only option we seriously considered.  Why?  Raised floors have always been and continue to be the dominant choice in data centers.  As a company, we...
  9. Selecting Server Cabinets

    Tips on Selecting Server Cabinets Over the years, I’ve had the opportunity to be involved in both data center renovations and new construction, and one topic that seems to get little consideration, yet is critical to a data center’s success, is server cabinet selection.  While choosing cabinets to house server equipment may sound like an easy task, there is actually...
  10. Balancing a Data Center Budget

    Tips on Balancing a Data Centers Budget It happens every year, it did for me, and I’m sure it does for you. Fourth Quarter Budget Surplus  That time when you begin to plan for the next year, while deciding what to do with the current year’s budget surplus. Click here to view, print and share a pdf of this article...