Facilities

Data Center Water Use in Context

Data Center Water Use in Context
March 26, 2015 No Comments »

Energy is the most widely noted (and sometimes lamented) resource driving data centers. But although not all data centers use water directly, many do, and the water supply is even more critical than energy to life in general. Following the ... Read More »

Big Data Equals Big Power, so Why Use Medium-Voltage UPS?

Big Data Equals Big Power, so Why Use Medium-Voltage UPS?
March 11, 2015 No Comments »

The tendency towards mega data centers in the internet and IT sectors requires an increasing demand for stable power at single locations. With more demand for data storage (owing to frequent uploads of photos to Facebook or other social-media accounts), ... Read More »

Predict, Then Measure: Simple Rules for Data Center Success

Predict, Then Measure: Simple Rules for Data Center Success
March 9, 2015 1 Comment »

The increasing demand for IT services has resulted in more and more data centers being built worldwide, providing either in-house IT services for a single organization or cloud-based services for a number of customers. The U.S. government alone has doubled ... Read More »

Pursuing the Green Data Center

Pursuing the Green Data Center
March 2, 2015 No Comments »

In the flurry of today’s tech trends—cloud computing, mobility, productivity apps, big data, Internet of Things, M2M and so on—one can easily forget that data, whether created a decade ago or this very moment, has to live somewhere. With three ... Read More »

Data Center Trends Survey: Budgets Tilt Positive, Outsourcing a Mixed Bag

Data Center Trends Survey: Budgets Tilt Positive, Outsourcing a Mixed Bag
February 26, 2015 2 Comments »

By some accounts, the traditional company data center is fading away as outsourcing alternatives like the cloud and colocation take a larger bite of the market. But in some industries, the need to maintain control of equipment or data in ... Read More »

Removing Risk, Achieving Reward: The Case for Solutions-Based SLAs

Removing Risk, Achieving Reward: The Case for Solutions-Based SLAs
February 25, 2015 No Comments »

There has never been an easier time to start a business owing to the proliferation of “X-as-a-service” providers. These providers can supplement the expertise of an entrepreneur or enterprise with a range of additional IT capabilities to support a successful ... Read More »

Data Center Power Trends

Data Center Power Trends
February 18, 2015 No Comments »

Data center designers are increasingly adopting the maxim that bigger is better. Driven to a large extent by the shift toward colocation, hyper-scale data centers are becoming more common. As these facilities have grown larger, they have also grown more ... Read More »

When the Power Goes Out, Whom Do You Call?

When the Power Goes Out, Whom Do You Call?
January 26, 2015 1 Comment »

The importance of a stable uninterrupted power system (UPS) is one that should never be downplayed—with a misguided spark, even the shortest of power outages could spell big trouble for the most established structures. As the industry turns its attention ... Read More »

Facility Software Systems: Design, Construction and Operational Impacts

Facility Software Systems: Design, Construction and Operational Impacts
January 21, 2015 1 Comment »

Just as modern data centers are built to support software applications and the hardware they live on, they also rely heavily on the software that drives control and monitoring systems. In many facilities, today’s critical control means less adjusting of ... Read More »

Does Falling Oil Price Affect Data Centers?

Does Falling Oil Price Affect Data Centers?
December 16, 2014 1 Comment »

The price of oil (WTI crude) has, pardon the phrase, tanked since midyear, falling nearly 50% from over $100 a barrel to just under $55. Naturally, since energy is the main consumable of data centers, the question arises regarding the ... Read More »