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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.

 

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

 

We’ll save you $70,000

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According to a recent study, the cost of defending a trip-and-fall case in 2016 was over $50,000, and the compensation amount is typically over $20,000. In facilities with old, improperly installed, or unleveled raised flooring, these incidents can be quite high.

 

In addition, legacy floor systems in place for over 20 years are at significant risk for collapse, putting employees, sensitive equipment, and uptime in danger.

 

Let us help.

 

Critical Facilities Solutions offers a range of raised flooring services from complete floor construction to repairing and leveling existing raised floors.  We also provide our unique Live Equipment Remodeling floor service that allows us to replace parts of or an entire floor with no downtime.

 

Complete Floor Construction

 

As experts in raised floor environments, we offer complete floor construction management.  Our team can be counted on from the specifying the raised floor, through to the installation phases with on-time project management.

 

 

Repair & Leveling

 

Over time and / or with extreme weight loads, raised access flooring systems loosen or become uneven. Our repair and leveling service will tune the raised floor back into shape and then level the tiles out using a laser level.

 

 

No Downtime

 

Our unique Live Equipment Raised Floor Replacementprocess allows us to replace parts of, or an entire floor, while the servers inside the equipment cabinets are still running. This process requires no downtime or cabinet movement.

 

 

Replacement Parts & New Panels

 

Critical Facilities Solutions can also supply new raised floor panels and other replacement parts.

 

 

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 or any mission-critical environment.

 

Protect your employees, your equipment, and your business with CFS. Contact us today.

🔔New Notification on Your Profile 🔔

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The Center of Expertise for Energy Efficiency in Data Centers wants you to make a profile – not on Tinder or Instagram – but on DC Pro.

 

DC Pro, developed in tandem with the U.S. Department of Energy and Berkely National Laboratory, elaborates on data center energy uses and, based on your facility’s figures, generates a plan to save.

 

It syncs with various power monitors, cooling equipment systems, and environmental control mechanisms in a web-based application to diagnose unknown issues in your data center profile. Current clients have discovered problems with congested raised flooring and insufficient aisle containment.

 

Read & Reply

 

Until this tool becomes widely available, e-Systems Group energy specialists are here to help you optimize your DC stats with solutions ranging from thermal management (LINK) to power (LINK) to CFD analysis (LINK).

 

With experience constructing and installing containment solutions as we as providing power configurations and other energy accessories required in the data center, 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 read more, visit the IDC website  or contact us now.

 

Reducing Control Room Turnover

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Process control, utilities and other industrial markets can experience high control room turnover, spending significant amounts of money and other resources on rehiring and training for intricate and often hazardous procedures.

 

24/7 operation can be rigorous, and according to a control room designer, furniture and ergonomics are often to blame for employee departure.

 

As organizations implement considerations for employee wellbeing, there are a number of features to incorporate to create a more operator and controller friendly environment:

 

Adjustable desks, monitor arms, and screens for height, distance and angle

Additional lightning capabilities

Speaker and sound tailoring

Advanced cable management

Unique temperature settings

Flexible sit-stand options

Accommodating ergonomic and pressure-relief seating

 

These elements are not only proven to increase job satisfaction and career length, but they also enhance workplace safety.

 

Designing and manufacturing for mission critical requirements for over 70 years, e-Systems Group has an established history of delivering custom 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.

 

Build your control room solution today. Contact us.

 

Original article here.