All posts by Mark Thompson and David Ibarra

Faster, Lower-Cost, More Scalable, Highest Quality: How Do Prefabricated Data Centers Claim These Advantages over Traditional Construction?

Faster, Lower-Cost, More Scalable, Highest Quality: How Do Prefabricated Data Centers Claim These Advantages over Traditional Construction?
July 6, 2015 No Comments »

When you’re buying a new car, having the pieces and parts shipped to your garage for assembly would never cross your mind. Yet building a car in your own garage is in many ways less complex than building a data ... Read More »

Data Center Construction Closeout Documentation: What You Need, How to Manage It

Data Center Construction Closeout Documentation: What You Need, How to Manage It
June 17, 2015 No Comments »

Consultants are often called on by data center owners to perform an analysis or begin design for an expansion or renovation. One of the first questions asked, typically before the first site visit, is “Do you have ‘as-built’ drawings of ... Read More »

Simplifying Infrastructures: Rules for Success in the Data Center

Simplifying Infrastructures:  Rules for Success in the Data Center
May 1, 2015 No Comments »

    As the data center market continues to grow, the trend to improve efficiency, increase reliability, decrease the footprint for critical infrastructure, and reduce capital costs continues to be a focus for data center engineers. In years past, many ... Read More »

Electrical Safety Programs Risk More Than Just a Citation

Electrical Safety Programs Risk More Than Just a Citation
April 2, 2015 No Comments »

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) is cracking down on data centers. Citations are on the rise, especially when it comes to employees performing electrical maintenance on or near energized equipment.   The reason behind this increased scrutiny is ... Read More »

Data Center Resiliency. It’s increasingly about software.

Data Center Resiliency.  It’s increasingly about software.
March 18, 2015 No Comments »

The common approach to creating a truly resilient data center typically entails doubling-up (and then some) on just about everything.  That means spending capital on expensive servers with dual power supplies, dual power strips, double the circuits, double the PDUs, ... Read More »

Data Center Savings with Infrastructure Changes

Data Center Savings with Infrastructure Changes
March 11, 2015 No Comments »

With continued rise of operating costs of mission critical facilities, data center operators can control operational and power expenses by utilizing power infrastructure changes.  One of the ways data centers worldwide are benefiting from infrastructure changes is through the deployment ... Read More »

Welcome, The Back Door is Open: Cyber Security Threat Analysis

Welcome, The Back Door is Open:  Cyber Security Threat Analysis
March 3, 2015 No Comments »

Failure of power and cooling systems remains the largest cited cause of unintended data center downtime.  While the root causes may vary, it should be undisputed that improved control and monitoring is instrumental in supporting the goal of reduced downtime.  ... Read More »

Social Media Data Centers, Telco’s, and Net Neutrality Battles

Social Media Data Centers, Telco’s, and Net Neutrality Battles
February 5, 2015 No Comments »

Until now, telecommunications networks and the internet have been mostly separate and distinct entities with different “rules of the road” so to speak.  These rules have defined the world of communications and data growth as we know it.  Those rules ... Read More »

Preparing Your Data Center for Disaster Recovery

Preparing Your Data Center for Disaster Recovery
December 5, 2014 No Comments »

The day-to-day grind can easily cause data center operators to forget about the unexpected. After all, keeping customers (internal and external) happy is enough of a challenge for a 24-hour day; who has time or energy for more? Unfortunately, disasters ... Read More »