Archive for: August 2014

Geodesic Dome Makes Perfect Data Center Shell in Oregon

Used to build everything from a planetarium in post-WWI Germany to mobile yoga studios at outdoor festivals today, the geodesic dome has proven to be a lasting concept for highly stable structures of any size. Structural stability is a valued goal in data center design, but the idea of building a data center shell using a spherical skeleton that consist of great circles intersecting to form a series of triangles – the most stable shape we know of – is novel.

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Forget the big chill, it’s all about the big sell

When it comes to cooling technology, the biggest selling point today is the environmental factor, especially energy efficiency. But just a decade ago, energy efficiency wasn’t even a consideration in the buying equation. Back then, capital cost was the most important selling point. It was all about price.

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A New Predictive Approach to Energy Efficiency

The reality of the modern data center is that energy costs are continuing to rise. The need to control those costs requires data center managers to increase energy efficiency not only in the data center, but across the entire organizational estate.

For a majority of organizations, improving energy efficiency is about saving money. Therefore, managing power consumption and optimizing cooling are at the top of their to-do list.

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Cable Entry Seals Prevent Pest Damage – Product Design & Development

There are many documented instances of damage to critical electrical equipment caused by wildlife activity. For example, $300,000 of damage was caused by a squirrel to the electrical equipment at a community center in Fort Wayne, Indiana, causing a power surge that impacted the heating and air conditioning system and some parts of a boiler system.

Understanding the behavior of pests, including mosquitos, bees, snakes, rodents, ants, etc., is essential to assist electrical and mechanical designers in designing cable, pipe and conduit penetrations that are protected against infestation.

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Standards & Ratings: Maximizing Generator Set Reliability for Data Center Applications

Data centers can consume up to 100 times more energy than a standard office space, and often rely on dependable backup power supply systems to prevent data loss, customer dissatisfaction or lost business in the event of a power outage.

Selecting the right generator for a data center’s needs requires an understanding of several considerations, including ratings and performance standards.

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Nlyte Adds Smart Blueprints for Easy Data Center Design Replication

Data center infrastructure management software company Nlyte unveiled a new feature called Smart Blueprints in version 7.7 of its DCIM suite. Smart Blueprints enables IT to preserve and copy any portion of a data center’s design, which can help optimize hardware configurations, capture comprehensive designs and easily reuse or share them with others.

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The Top 25 Channel Sales Leaders Of 2014

As part of CRN’s Top 100 Executives of 2014 list, take a look at 25 channel sales executives that really stood out as they worked to bring success to their partners.

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The Top 25 Innovators Of 2014

As part of our ranking of the Top 100 Executives Of 2014, CRN recognizes the 25 innovators who are setting the technology course.

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DataSite Upgrades Critical Infrastructure in Orlando Data Center

DataSite completed a $12 million critical systems upgrade in its Orlando data center, adding power and cooling capacity. The company provides wholesale and retail colocation space for medium and high power density computing environments.

The single story, free-standing building is 130,000 square feet. It was built to withstand hurricanes, one of the most potent natural disasters in the state. The facility is Category 5 hurricane rated and is 60 miles inland, outside of the 500-year floodplain.

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Apple’s Reno Data Center Expansion Marches On

In preparation for the next phase of data center construction at its Reno, Nevada, campus, Apple has applied for planning permits to stand up more data center buildings there.

The company is asking for permission to build two more buildings at the site in Reno Technology Park, Reno Gazette-Journal reported, citing documents the company filed with Washoe County.

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