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Rewarding a Clean Data Center: Reductions in Insurance Premiums

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Data center contamination is a major source of downtime, equipment failure, and damage in facilities across the United States. Regular cleaning, thorough contaminate removal, and general inspection are required to maintain both uptime and efficiency.

 

Unfortunately, according to several recent market studies, many mission-critical enterprises realize this only after a colossal outage or other system failure, resulting in damage not only to data center assets but also to customer relationships and business reputations.

 

Insurance premiums typically do not account for data center risk mitigation as it relates to cleaning, backup power, and cooling efficiency. Instead, they focus on other types of catastrophes, like fire and theft.

 

Data center experts note that cleanliness and lack of contamination, especially particulate and gaseous, are missing from most insurance industry checklists. Proper maintenance is also notably absent.

 

As a result, insurance companies’ calculations are off, and they are vulnerable to loss from companies that skirt best practice. Simultaneously, they are overcharging proactive organizations who adhere to standards like ISO, ASHRAE, ANSI/ISA as well as hardware OEM warranties.

 

Because adherence to these regulations and requirements can be easily measured, quantified, and reported (the ratio dust particles per cubic meter of air, for example), it would benefit insurance agencies tremendously to incorporate them into individual policies and their overall data center strategy.

 

To optimize your strategy as well as increase efficiency, reduce downtime, and lower energy use, regular visits from Critical Facilities Solutions should be a part of your data center's best practices. Critical Facilities Solutions provides services and products to minimize the risk and cost of contamination and decrease power usage required for cooling.

 

Stay ahead of the curve. Contact us today or visit our website to learn more.

Believe the Hype: Hyperscale Data Center

 

The majority of data center leases in the U.S. data center hubs of Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas-Forth Worth, Phoenix, New York, and Northern Virginia are hyperscale service providers.

 

 

What is hyperscale?

 

A hyperscale data center is one based off individual nodes - small, infinitely scalable server set ups – duplicated and spread over a massive facility. This arrangement is necessary for big data, cloud computing, and other large-scale processing endeavors.

 

Hyperscale Needs Hyper Hardware

 

The needs of hyperscale data centers are incredibly diverse. For example, server racks are often required in non-traditional widths and heights, and additional redundancies are necessary in the facility’s power plan to prevent outages and loss.

 

Moreover, the tremendous amount of data exchanged within a hyperscale data center increases the value of every single server, necessitating additional asset-tracking equipment and protocol, often paired with compliance guidelines.

 

Hyperscale facilities also experience more foot traffic in the form of IT professionals and DC supervisors due to increased rack and server volume within each storage space. Cleaning and maintenance professionals are an important component as well as the proper tools and equipment to vacuum a subfloor, manage cabling, and clean a row.

 

Finally, cooling, containment and airflow with such a high population of servers cannot be overlooked. Blanking panels and brushes, floor grommets, and aisle panels can save on energy costs, reduce environmental footprint, and optimize any hyperscale data center.

 

How can e-Systems help?

 

e-Systems Group offers a plethora of solutions for data centers of any size – from private server closets to enormous hyperscale outfits.

 

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Hyped yet? Contact us for more information.

Do You Have $5.5 Million?

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That’s how much a Florida medical facility had to pay for a HIPAA violation.

 

14 employees were able to breach protocol and access over 80,000 confidential patient medical records. Former employees’ permissions were improperly revoked; logs and access records were not reviewed.

 

Without regular audits, these nefarious individuals were able sell protected health information, file fraudulent tax returns, and more – resulting in the large U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Civil Rights suit.

 

In case you don’t, control access and assets with EnaSys

 

EnaSys allows user to not only frequently audit their assets in a fraction of the time of normal methodologies, but is provides a chain-of-custody report for each asset from inception to disposal, including comprehensive check-in and check-out functionality.

 

Integrating with an organization’s enterprise asset database, whether medical records or IT equipment, one can be fully aware of how the asset has moved within and between rooms, buildings, and locations as well as who has accessed it. Alerts can be employed to signal movement, whether unauthorized or permissible, to ensure regulatory compliance, including HIPAA.

 

I want to save $5.5 million

 

Read the original article here or visit the EnaSys site for more information

We’re Live! Live Floor Replacement at University Hospital

Critical Facilities Solutions recently completed a live floor replacement for University Hospital in San Antonio, Texas.

 

The situation:

 

Wood-core, zinc-producing tiles in place

Two different systems with no linkage

Floor aged more than 20 years

Huge gaps between tiles in room

Loose pedestals

Unbolted grid pieces

Rust, corrosion

 

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To avoid failure and the resulting damage and loss, the floor required replacement. However, it was not practical to shut down equipment and processes.

 

The key to live floor replacement is hoisting from underneath via hydraulic jacks and steel beams.

 

Equipment is lifted from the subfloor to prevent additional weight from being applied to the raised floor.

 

Multiple racks are lifted at once – maximizing efficiency and eliminating issues with ganged racks or complex cable management.

 

Framework is put in place that is as steady than the raised floor itself.

 

With lifting, total floor replacement takes approximately 3 hours per row. Cleaning, zinc whisker remediation and other processes can be performed concurrently, optimizing the procedure.

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Why replace?

 

Data center floors are under a tremendous amount of weight and stress 24/7/365. The raised floor is designed to be one continuous system, providing maximum rigidity and strength. When the floor is not continuous, the entire floor is weakened. Under the weight and stress, a weakened floor system begins to deteriorate. This deterioration begins with the twisting of the pedestal heads, causing the grid system to be misaligned. As the grid system morphs, the floor tiles make less contact with the grid, leaving gaps between floor tiles. The gaps between the floor tiles become tripping hazards. The less contact the tiles have with the grid system, the less weight overall they can hold. As the gaps get worse, the pedestals begin to rise and fall slightly causing the floor tiles to become more uneven. The floor becomes weaker over time, and left alone, the floor will eventually collapse on itself.

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Worried about your legacy flooring?

 

Contact us to learn more about this process or visit our website.