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Keeping Backup Power Ready to RumbleKeeping Backup Power Ready to Rumble

Train, inspect, test, maintain: Facility managers have a lot to do to ensure a generator responds when needed.

As seen in Building Operating Management by Michael Fluegeman, PE

The stakes are quite high when it comes to optional or life-safety emergency standby power systems. Failure to start or failure to run can have enormous consequences.

For optional standby generators (not required by life-safety code), critical loads supported by the generator system typically include data center and call center equipment such as UPS systems, cooling, phone systems, and desktop equipment (computers, etc.). Continue reading

Five Tips for Wireless Network PlanningFive Tips for Wireless Network Planning

by Tim Glastetter and Gislene Weig, EE, RCDD

Five easy tips that every business owner and A/E/C (architect/engineer/contractor) professional should keep in mind when planning a wireless network.

We live in a society with ever-evolving technology, which makes the process of evaluating and selecting the tools and programs best for your organization a challenging task. Look at the integration of wireless in the workplace as an example.

Traditionally, wireless networks were set-up as back-up networks to support occasional mobile users in common areas such as the lobby or conference rooms. The majority of a business’s “traditional workforce” was bound to a desk with hardwired (LAN) connectivity.

Today however, it’s become more customary that employees are using laptops as their primary PC, as well as relying on other portable devices such as iPads and smart phones. Even workplace infrastructure such as sensors, security cameras, and speakers are becoming reliant on wireless connectivity. Continue reading

Cloud-and-Managed-Technology-ServicesHow Cloud and Managed Technology Services Can Improve Your Business…and Bottom Line

by Steve Miano

As a technologist and an owner of a small/medium-sized business (SMB), I can truly appreciate the frustration business owners and managers face when confronted with technology decisions. I’m frequently asked by peers who own and operate firms ranging in size from just a few employees to hundreds:

  • What can cloud technology do for my business?
  • How can I improve the level of service we’re being provided?
  • What are my risks and how can these risks be mitigated? Continue reading

Building From Scratch

Building From Scratch

As seen in Data Center Management

Building a data center rather than leasing one is a bold decision. Understand why an organization might do it and what approaches work best.

If a job is worth doing, then sometimes, it’s worth doing yourself. For some companies, that may also include data center construction. Building your own data center from scratch can be an expensive and time consuming task. The most mission-critical ones can take 15-20 months or more to get up and running. But there are advantages, too.

Companies that decide to build their own data centers are going against the market, warns Scott Stein, managing broker for consulting firm Global Data Center Solutions. He says that there is plenty of empty real estate well-suited for data center operations. “Prices have plummeted,” he says.

Most experts agree that the threshold for cost effectiveness is around 5Mw in size. Build one below this size, and economies of scale will work to a company’s disadvantage. The likelihood that it will be more expensive in the long term than leasing or colocating inside a wholesale or retail colocation grows dramatically.

The decision to lease or build your own data center doesn’t always come down to cost-effectiveness, though. Those who choose to build must have very specific and compelling reasons for doing so. Some companies may have a corporate policy that requires them to control all of their own IT assets, including the facility. That requirement may come from customers. Some companies may prefer for accounting reasons to keep real estate as an asset on the balance sheet, rather than on the profit and loss statement. Continue reading

IT SecurityTop 5 Trends in IT Security that every business should be aware of

As many have learned leaving business data vulnerable opens the door to slew of problems with the propensity of technology hacking, hacktivism and internal and external data theft. Implementing solid IT security measures is an essential component of running a successful business in today’s complex digital world.

When it comes to the information technology arena, IT security refers to the strategy, processes and tools used to protect the valuable electronic data owned and/or used by your business.

The data which most businesses are concerned with, relates to information considered confidential, and in some business verticals, data which the business is required by regulation to keep safe from unauthorized access. This could be information regarding employees, clients, financials, products, etc. Continue reading

PlanNet Manages Projects Using MavenlinkPlanNet Manages Projects Using Mavenlink

Steve Miano discusses PlanNet’s project management methods utilizing the Mavenlink system.

Power Bumps and Generator StartsPower Bumps and Generator Starts: The data center standby generator start delay programming dilemma

As seen in Mission Critical Magazine  by Michael Fluegeman, PE

The generator start time delay programming adjustment is controversial in the data center industry. The range of opinions can be as wide 0.5 to 30 seconds. The only reason most facility managers
would want the start signal sent to the generator in less than 3 seconds would be if the UPS was using something other than conventional batteries for short-term backup (typically 5 to 15 minutes), such as flywheels (typically only 7 to 20 seconds). One concern, as most people are well aware of, is that the majority of utility power bumps last less than 3 seconds. Therefore you can have quite a few unnecessary engine starts with start programming set for less than 3 seconds. Continue reading

6 Keys to Wireless Systems6 Keys to Wireless Systems

As seen in Building Operating Management by Gislene Weig, EE, RCDD

While wired building automation systems (BAS) systems are both successful and easily implemented when planned in advance and installed during new construction, they are not always a viable solution when dealing with existing or historical buildings, where adding cables can be challenging, costly or aesthetically unappealing. In instances such as this, wireless systems or hybrid systems (a combination of wired and wireless) are often the ideal solution, but as always, there are pros and cons to be considered. In a BAS network there are mainly three tiers. Continue reading

Imports -Will you get a Frankenstein?Imports: Will you get a Frankenstein?

by Michael Fluegeman, PE

The large three-phase U.S. uninterruptible power supply (UPS) market includes a short list of leading domestic manufacturers and a shorter list of overseas manufacturers with significant U.S. market presence.

Purchasing evaluations involve numerous factors: perceived reliability, quality, features, physical size, efficiency, scalability, specific application fit, regional sales and service strength, and certainly price. However, when a UPS capacity requirement is such that it is larger than what is available in a single, self-contained package that ships from a single factory, a system of components is required rather than a discrete product. Here is where the difference between vendors with a major U.S. market presence and those with a marginal presence can really play out.

Colocation on Demand Colocation on Demand

As seen in Data Center Dynamics Focus magazine

With customer thoughts about data center infrastructure evolving, and capital constraints in the market shrinking, competition among providers of colocation services is becoming fierce. This is driving an increasing emphasis on speed to market for new data center capacity.

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