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10 In Demand Skills IoT
21Sep
10 In Demand Skills IoT

Internet of Things (IoT) continues to be more and more in demand as business grow and need more server space for data. Due to this, skills needed in the IoT field are constantly growing. Here are some of the most in demand skills for data center IoT. Machine Learning: IoT skills in Machine Learning has increased over 220% in the last year. Autocad: Skills in Autocad have increased over 108% in the last year. Node.JS: Skills in this have increased in need by over 99%. Security Infrastructure: In demand more than 83%. Security Engineering: In demand more than 83% as Read More...

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Tip of the Week: Optimize Energy Storage
30Aug
Tip of the Week: Optimize Energy Storage

Use these tips to improve your summer energy costs within your Data Center during the final months of summer. Review your Building Automation System (BAS) settings. Analyze your utility rate and ice tank scheduling. Calibrate your sensors. Inspect your ice tanks. Make sure your air cooled chiller condenser coils are clean. For water-cooled chiller plants, clean the cooling tower. Dirty cooling towers are another source of inefficiency – these need to be cleaned every year. Inspect your pumps and change your air handler filters. If your system uses glycol, take a sample and send it to the manufacturer for analysis.

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Data Center Cooling Methods
22Aug
Data Center Cooling Methods

Cooling is an essential factor of every data center.  As data centers are turned on, heat is an inevitable part of operating the data center.  Solutions to the heat from the data centers concentrate on various types of cooling methods.  Turning down the heat and chilling the data center ensures valuable data will not be fried and production can continue as usual. Past methods of cooling data centers ignored energy efficiency leading to ineffective methods of cooling.  Failed cooling methods funneled all the energy to the data servers, which created more heat and neglected the energy required to cool the Read More...

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Federal Data Centers & Efficiency
22Aug
Federal Data Centers & Efficiency

Data centers currently consume about 2 percent of the combined energy in the United States.  In the federal government, the percentage of energy consumption rises to 10 percent, which has led to lawmakers initiating new bills for energy efficiency in data centers.  With new bills supporting energy efficiency, federal agencies operating data centers must focus on how to reduce their energy consumption and increase energy savings. Becoming more energy efficient starts with data center initiatives focusing on energy saving methods.  A method data centers already have implemented is the consolidations of data centers.  Trends to consolidate data centers encourage the Read More...

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All-In-One Modular Data Center Forecast
22Aug
All-In-One Modular Data Center Forecast

Data center technologies are continuing to be developed and refined throughout the world.  With a global assessment for the future of data centers, industries can prepare for the changes ahead.  The forecasted studies of data center technologies provide insight to the new strategies companies will have to implement to remain competitive.  With the global assessment, data center managers can begin focusing on new methods and strategies to realize their opportunities for expansion in the future. Research and development is a main area of focus for data center managers when considering the future of data centers and the correlating opportunities.  Technologies Read More...

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Tip of the Week: Optical Connectors
18Aug
Tip of the Week: Optical Connectors

Tip from Product Manager Brian Teague at Microcare Corporation:   The most effective way to clean your fibres for before fusion splicing or to clean the end face of your optical connectors is to always wipe in a single direction. Wiping in a single direction will help you avoid accidentally reapplying any contamination you just removed. If you wipe a connector end face using a FIGURE 8 motion or using a BACK AND FORTH motion, you risk accidentally reapply the contamination you just wiped off.

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Direct and Indirect Cool Economics
17Aug
Direct and Indirect Cool Economics

Maintaining cool air within your data center is essential.  Your facilities equipment produces heat which needs to be neutralized by cool air to insure your equipment doesn’t overheat. Traditionally, air cooling in data centers involves air conditioning units (CRACs).  They ensure a certain air temperature is maintained throughout the center using raised floor and hot/cool air techniques.  This direct approach can have availability risks however.  Recent trends suggest “cool air/indirect” cooling might be the way to go. As opposed to CRACs, Indirect cooling is similar to opening a window.  The air from outside of the data center is used to Read More...

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Data Center Build Location Tips
27Jul
Data Center Build Location Tips

You have decided to build a data center!  Now where do you build it? There are many factors that either help or hinder the CAPEX or OPEX of a data center, but that is not the only concern!  How can you also minimize the risk of the build and operation?  Well, the next few paragraphs will help you start to narrow down location choices. You would think in this ever-changing virtual world location wouldn’t matter, well it does.  The physical location is the very heart of your operation and it is a major decision. Uptime Institute Tier level guidelines provide Read More...

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HVAC Maintenance for Data Centers
26Jul
HVAC Maintenance for Data Centers

In previous DCS posts, our team discussed the benefits of alternative cooling options such as thermal management and oil immersion strategies. We were then reached out to by a colleague, Steven Wells, who wanted to also provide insight into traditional HVAC services. These are great, revolutionizing options, but the reality is that many data centers still depend on HVAC systems for their cooling operations and for some these are the best options for their needs. If you have HVAC systems as your main source of cooling, maintaining your systems properly is absolutely essential to the efficiency of your Data Center. Read More...

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Thermal Management Technology for New & Existing Data Centers
19Jul
Thermal Management Technology for New & Existing Data Centers

The next few years will be groundbreaking for data center solutions.  The wave of the future is among us and it’s exciting to explore new cooling solutions that will undoubtedly change the industry. Data centers require constant cool air flow.  Currently, most are controlled by air conditioning units on site that monitor and adjust to the needs of the center.  However, the air conditioning units tend to be noisy, insufficient and costly.  And there is the possibility of hot spots and overcooling.  So how will data center cooling management be addressed moving forward?  There are several options that revolve around Read More...

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