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Winter Increases Need for Solid PSAP Control Rooms

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November 6th through the 11th was Winter Hazard Awareness week, and internationally, winter weather increases the number of emergency calls to PSAP control rooms.

 

The uptick in calls, up to 3000% in some areas, requires additional staffing and recruitment as well as a comfortable, efficient 24/7 work environment designed with the operator in mind.

 

e-Systems Group provides a year-round solution:

 

Monitor Integration:
Select from a portfolio of mounting methods and monitor arm models to manage parabolic arrangements, multi-tiered configurations and oversized monitors. Monitors can be accommodated with no walls for maximum sightline visibility or be configured with fully functional slatwalls in a variety of heights to ‘stack’ monitors and accessories, or to provide workstation privacy.

 

Contemporary Styling:
A variety of steel, laminate and fabric finishes are available to create attractive workstations, along with options for custom design details and company branding.

 

Technology Integration:
Command/control environments must address multiple processors, rack-mount equipment, electronic gear and power supplies with high concentrations of cabling and wiring. All our lines offer secure and easily accessible components to manage multiple CPUs, 19” hardware and integrated mounting methods for interface panels, annunciators, keyboards and other peripherals.

 

Modular Structure:
A portfolio of standard frames including, connectors (posts), worksurfaces, slatwalls, and technology components will support limitless space plans for open floor and closed room environments. Design your console layout to provide arched or angled layouts for video wall viewing, back-to-back configurations, high-density team modules, or straight runs. All console systems incorporate modularity, robust construction, and excellent technology integration features.

 

Ergonomics:

e-Systems offers operator comfort solutions to improve users’ productivity, safety and interface with mission-critical technology, including:

 

Flat Panel Monitor Arms

Multiple arm mount solutions to meet specifications for screen density and workstation integration

• Multi-monitor configurations
• Surface and slatwall mounting methods
• Convertible mounts
• Single-touch arms
• Oversized display integration

 

Sit-Stand Functionality

Ergonomic electrical adjustability offers maximum flexibility when it comes to suiting individual needs in highly specialized technical workstations. Available for linear and larger cockpit-style configurations. Adjustable worksurfaces feature integrated cable management carriers to manage technology wiring as surfaces move up and down.

• Height-adjustable electronic lift workstations
• Optional dual and single surface configurations
• Tilt-adjustable keyboard platform
• Available for Contour and Metrics lines

 

Peripherals

Neatly and efficiently integrate keyboards and devices with standard and custom component solutions

• Keyboards
• Rack-mount equipment
• Alarms/Annunciators

 

Thoughtful Workstation Design Elements

• Comfort Edge-ergonomic sloped worksurface edge (nosing)
• Workstation Lighting (LED)

 

Don’t depend on Santa for your winter workstation needs. Contact e-Systems Group today.

Data Center Horror Story: What’s Lurking Behind Your Rack Door?

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What spooky monstrosities are hiding inside of your racks? Likely no ghouls or goblins, but the reality is still scary…

 

Over 60% of high inlet temperatures are caused by conditions inside the rack – a major detriment to cooling efficiency and proper airflow utilization within the data center.

 

The ideal rack temperature is below 27 degrees Celsius or 80.6 degrees Fahrenheit. While most equipment is rated up to 40 degrees Celsius or 104 degrees Fahrenheit, approximately 10% of racks surveyed exceed even that.

 

The higher the temperature within a rack, the higher the fan speeds needed to maintain performance. Couple that with increased power usage, wear on equipment, and noise, and it’s enough to make any DC manager scream.

 

Have No Fear

Rack level airflow management is the key to preventing the gruesome end of data center downtime.

 

Quantum Air Tile

Available in a standard U.S. floor tile size with an anodized finish, a single Quantum Air Tile™ can service up to two standard enclosures for a cost-effective cooling solution. Quantum offers vented and directional vane controls that are designed to route conditioned cool air supply to targeted enclosures without the dependency of integrated tile fans or cabinet fan systems to draw air into the cabinets. This passive solution gives exceptional thermal results that are superior to conventional perforated floor tiles.

 

EZIBLANK Blanking Panels

EZIBLANK is a well-received, innovative data center product that is made of the highest quality of flame-retardant ABS plastic. Molded with precisely engineered clips, they can be installed easily onto square mounting holes of any compliant 19” server rack to prevent recirculation of hot exhaust air within server racks.

 

Custom Airflow Solutions

We offer numerous customized containment and airflow solutions, tailored to your server closet, cloud facility, colocation environment and more.

 

Contact us today for a free, no-obligation consultation or to share a scary story. And Happy Halloween from e-Systems Group!

 

Original article here.

 

The World’s Largest Data Center

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The largest data center in the world will be built as a joint venture between the United States and Norway.

 

Housed in the northernmost portion of the Arctic Circle, the facility’s power consumption will be record-setting. However, the location’s freezing climate and proximity to hydropower will reduce costs by approximately 60%.

 

The Scandinavian region is becoming a popular destination for data centers and other mission-critical facilities, but what if there’s Norway you can affjord to move there?!

 

Peak Performance with e-Systems Group

 

Through e-Systems breadth of infrastructure products and services, it partners with its customers to assist in enabling them to deliver on their service requirements. Beyond offering advanced customized enclosures designed for cabling, thermal and economic efficiency, ESG constructs and installs containment solutions, provides consultative sales support on power configurations and other accessories required in the data center.

 

e-Systems also designs and delivers contemporary custom consoles that are engineered to support the 24/7 human and technical requirements of process control and security environments. Headquartered in Conklin, NY with offices in Denver and representation throughout the US, along with its affiliate in the United Kingdom, e-Systems has a package to meet the most challenging requirements with high-quality products and services that are consistently delivered on-time meeting all customer specifications.

 

To design your full (Arctic) circle solution, contact us today.

 

Original article here.

Movin’ On Up: Tall Data Centers

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A land shortage in Singapore is prompting data center designers to get creative as the sprawling DC campuses in rural areas found in many other parts of the world just won’t work there.

 

Backed by a government initiative seeking to preserve the island’s status as a “data center hub,” Singapore will be investing in multi-story data centers. Their high-rise, multi-level data center will be the first of its kind.

 

At more than 20 stories in height, the land will be relatively inexpensive to maintain in a region where industrial land costs just under $1,000 per square meter.

 

e-Systems Group’s Space-Saving Designs

 

From Singapore to stateside, e-Systems Group offers space-saving racks and data center equipment that will optimize space and efficiently utilize DC real estate.

 

Whether private or colocation, e-Systems Group designs server cabinets to fit the desired space with a number of standard options available as well as advanced metal-working capabilities to custom construct MDF/IDF enclosures at any size necessary.

 

Headquartered in Conklin, NY with offices in Denver and representation throughout the US, along with its affiliate in the United Kingdom, e-Systems has a package to meet the most challenging requirements with high-quality products and services that are consistently delivered on-time meeting all customer specifications.

 

Worried about space? Contact us today.

 

Original article here.

Your Data Center Checklist

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The Series 2000 server rack from e-Systems Group will tick all the boxes for your data center checklist. Whether your goal is to meet DCOI requirements, increase energy efficiency, or easily change multiple bay configurations, the Series 2000 is your solution.The Series 2000 server rack from e-Systems Group will tick all the boxes for your data center checklist. Whether your goal is to meet DCOI requirements, increase energy efficiency, or easily change multiple bay configurations, the Series 2000 is your solution.

 

Adaptable

The Series 2000’s modern PDU arrangement system, in which the multiple cable management plates can be positioned at any point within the cabinet by simply sliding along the left or right front to rear axis (front, middle, or back), perfectly suits the deeper PDU models currently being deployed. Fixed plates, found in many cabinets, will often not mount larger PDUs without a field fix.

 

DCOI Compliant

 

Door Perforation 81%

 

• Mesh promotes maximum front-to-back airflow through servers and equipment for the most efficient cooling

 

Reflective White Paint Finish

• Exclusive, highly reflective white paint finish option provides enhanced illumination and energy efficiency

 

Sustainable Design

• Retrofit capabilities easily convert between single and multi-bay configurations

 

Modular, Interchangeable Panels

• Top and base insert panels, which are available as solid or grommeted, are field interchangeable and upgradeable to meet evolving cooling and cabling

 

Sliding Front-to-Rear PDU/Cable Management Plates

• Plates support intensive cable management requirements and easily places cable management exactly where needed within cabinet

 

Advanced Airflow Accessories

• Products, including vertical air seals, base exterior air skirts, interior top airseals, blanking panels and brushes, and brush grommets, direct airflow through servers and prevents airflow leakage, promoting energy efficiency.

 

 

Want more?

Download our Data Center Checklist to see how your racks stack up beyond DCOI requirements.

Can your enclosure do all of that? If not, we can help.

Contact us today.

Happy Outage Season

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Did you know June to August is affectionately referred to as “Outage Season” in the data center world?

 

According to various reports, major DC facilities fall off the grid during these three months more often than any other time of the year. The cause of outages varies, but it’s most often heat strain on poorly cleaned and maintained machines and other equipment.

 

Experts indicate that without quarterly health checks of DC hardware, equipment may not be operating at peak capacity in the winter and spring.  Without proper cleaning, summer could grill your facility.

 

Not ready to celebrate Outage Season?

 

To optimize efficiency, reduce downtime, and lower energy use, regular visits from Critical Facilities Solutions should be a part of your data center’s best practices. The CFS team has performed over 5,000 engagements in its more than 20 years in the data center cleaning and support business. Its highly trained, experienced, and tenured staff brings the highest level of professionalism to every job and understands both the critical importance and security needs of the data center. With specialized teams across the country, CFS is the only national firm with the consistency and capability to understand the complexity and sensitivity of maintaining and improving the performance of all your data center locations.

 

Services offered range from: data center cleaning, decontamination, zinc whisker remediation, sub floor sealing, IT equipment & furniture installations, flooring replacement and new installations, CFD analysis and environmental monitoring with recommendations, asset auditing, and much more. Featured products include blanking panels, directional air tiles, brush grommets, and other containment innovations that are guaranteed to improve data center cooling efficiency.  With over 20 years of service, Critical Facilities Solutions has an experienced, tenured field team. They are specifically trained to analyze and manage the specific complexity and sensitivity of maintaining and improving the performance of an IT environment.

 

Don’t break a sweat. Call Critical Facilities Solutions.

 

Original article here.

 

A $9,000 per Minute Investment: Data Center Downtime

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In 2016, the cost of data center downtime was approximately $9,000 per minute.

 

The majority of data center downtime was caused by poor power management, from human error to inadequate equipment. As a result of downtime, the entire data center operation’s service and delivery, and possibly its profitability, are impacted.

 

How can this be prevented?

e-Systems Group has prepared a four-step checklist:

 

1. Create a backup plan

• Delineate not only internal infrastructure but also major vulnerabilities that require monitoring

 

2. Review power distribution

• Ensure all critical machines have access to backup power

 

3. Measure and record

• Observe energy usage patterns that can be valuable indicators of problems before they happen

 

4. Invest in tech

• Employ smart cabinets, asset tracking software, and other intelligent equipment, like PDUs, to notify operators and provide “actionable insight”

 

Make a Smaller Investment with e-Systems Group

Through e-Systems breadth of infrastructure products and services, it partners with its customers to assist in enabling them to deliver on their service requirements with zero downtime.

Beyond offering advanced customized enclosures designed for cabling, thermal and economic efficiency, ESG constructs and installs containment solutions, provides consultative sales support on power configurations and other accessories required in the data center and beyond. Additionally, ESG can conduct a review using sophisticated CFD analysis software to point out hotspots and potential problem areas.

To invest in power supplies, asset tracking, smart cabinetry and more, send us a message.

 

Original article here.

About Your Control Room Operators

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About Your Control Room Operators

How can workspaces and consoles empower control room operators to become faster decision makers?

Control room tasks have not changed dramatically in several decades; operators still monitor power, manage traffic, and maintain security. However, the technologies and processes used to complete these tasks have evolved tremendously, becoming more complex and involved.

To increase operator responsiveness, attention, and awareness, workstations are migrating away from the collective. Instead of large, communal video walls observing a massive operational picture, individual controllers are being outfitted with personalized desktop spaces that not only connect to their appropriate networks and house all necessary equipment but also tailor to the particular objectives they are seeking to accomplish.

With all the appropriate information and tools at the forefront, operators can quickly and effectively analyze, act, and share outcomes with other decision makers from the field to the boardroom. Whether it be specialized AV equipment, ergonomic seating, or special security permissions, individual workspaces designed with controller requirements in mind will be key in 2017 and beyond.

Designed with the Operator in Mind

Designing and manufacturing for mission critical requirements for over 70 years, e-Systems Group has an established history of delivering tailored configurations for command + control and security market segments that require highly customizable console solutions. e-Systems Group’s consoles are specifically designed for technology-intensive command + control room environments, along with security + surveillance applications.

If you are looking for a console design or a complete integrated AV package, then e-Systems Group can help. With in-house product management, engineering, sheet metal fabrication, wood shop, powder coating systems, AV systems engineering, and a shipping department, ESG can support your engineering requirements from slightly modified to highly customized consoles and specialty products. All custom work occurs in the main facility located in Conklin, NY.

ESG routinely manages console projects with custom workstation sizes to meet open and closed room architecture, along with user-defined cable management, equipment and power integration solutions.

 

Enhance your control room and empower your operators – contact us to see the options

Original article here.

You Scored a 65% – Manual Inventory Accuracy is Low

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65%. That's the average manual inventory accuracy.

 

Manual inventory, whether completed using spreadsheets, clipboards or checklists, is notoriously incorrect, typically not accounting for over 30% of assets. In addition, manual inventory does not usually catch errors like missing items and does not offer a consistent methodology to locate lost assets.

 

These miscalculations can cause a whole host of problems, from replenishment and shrinkage to theft and compliance.

 

Put Down Your Pencils

 

EnaSys high-value inventory control delivers a comprehensive solution that is intuitive to use and provides comprehensive results through extensive asset tracking capabilities. EnaSys allows users to not only frequently audit their assets in a fraction of the time of normal methodologies, but it provides a chain-of-custody report for each asset from inception to disposal. Integrating with an organization’s enterprise asset database, one can be fully aware of how the asset has moved within and between rooms, buildings and locations. Alerts can be employed to signal movement, whether unauthorized or permissible, to ensure compliance with company or regulatory compliance. EnaSys gives users control of their assets.

Tracking assets using manual processes or spreadsheets is a major problem; it commonly used but difficult to maintain and highly error-prone. Industry research indicates that an error rate of 10% is common with manual data entry from typing and transcription errors alone. Many managers have no formal processes in place to manage physical asset moves, adds, changes, and decommissioning. A comprehensive method of asset tracking is important, but relatively few mature tools currently exist − and those that do exist can lack detail or are compromised by poor integration with traditional management tools or existing asset frameworks.

EnaSys offers a complete and automated asset-tracking solution that incorporates proper methodologies in a reliable, integrated manner to capture all physical infrastructure assets from deployment to decommissioning. Our asset-tracking system provides complete tracking and typically delivers a payback of just over a year and is backed by a national support team to help you successfully deploy your program. Just as importantly, it accomplishes this in one-tenth of the time of traditional methods. This allows you to audit more frequently and reduce costs.

Know where 100% of your assets are 100% of the time. Contact us now.

 

Top 25 Colo Providers Revealed

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The colocation market is expected to grow by over $30 billion in the next five years, and according to a recent study, 25 leaders have emerged, listed alphabetically below.

 

• AT&T

• China Telecom

• Cogent Communications

• Contegix

• CoreSite Realty Corporation

• CyrusOne

• Cyxtera Technologies

• Digital Realty Trust

• Fabros Technology

• Equinix

• Fibernet

• Global Switch

• Internap

• Interxion

• Keppel Data Center

• Level 3 Communications

• NTT Communications

• PhoenixNAP

• Rahi Systems

• Singtel

• STT GDC

• Telehouse-KDDI

• Telstra

• TeraGo Networks

• Verizon

 

Traits like security, reliability, energy usage, and cost-effective infrastructure were among the ranking factors.

 

Not on the list? e-Systems Group can help.

 

Through e-Systems breadth of colocation infrastructure products and services, it partners with its customers to assist in enabling them to deliver on their service requirements. Beyond offering advanced customized enclosures designed for cabling, thermal and economic efficiency, ESG constructs and installs containment solutions, provides consultative sales support on power configurations and other accessories required in the data center to improve reliability and energy usage and to reduce TCO.

 

e-Systems Group also provides biometric access control for enhanced security as well asset-tracking systems to prevent loss and theft. Contact us today to learn more