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Data center design requires a lot of thought and planning when it comes to air distribution. Following ASHRAE guidelines and standards can provide a roadmap for users
Data centers are becoming more powerful as they gather more data and need high-efficiency motors to match their data consumption, which takes a lot of energy.
Several trends are pushing the engineered systems in data centers in different directions
Site selection for urban data centers must consider municipal infrastructure, air permitting, environmental constraints and electrical service
Read the best articles from the past week. Single-pair Ethernet, lighting controls, electrical power quality, most-viewed February articles and smart building essentials.
Read the best articles from the past week. University supercomputers, NFPA 99, chilled water plant performance, indoor air quality and chiller energy optimization.
Read the best articles from the past week. University supercomputers, chilled water plant performance, lighting design, Product of the Year finalists and pandemics and building design
The University of Texas Frontera supercomputer requires massive amounts of electricity and posed a challenge to engineer the power supply in a limited space.
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An expert panel provides engineering and design tips in this Q&A
Read the April 2021 digital edition to learn about modeling software, wireless lighting systems, how to design data centers, and more.
There is a better way to assess data center behavior. Novel multidimensional metrics have been incorporated in data center standards and best practices
There are several considerations we need to make in order to deliver an effective and safe environment for data centers.
The design and operation of data centers continues to evolve, with ASHRAE Standard 90.4 as guidance
Designing solutions for data center clients — whether hyperscale or colocation facilities — requires advanced engineering knowledge
In this case, yes you can. Read more questions and answers from the team that designed energy-efficient cooling in a California data center
AEI worked with BB&T Bank Primary Data Center to provide an interactive critical operations manual (COM) that integrates into the asset management system
Research from Northwestern University offers comprehensive analysis presents a more nuanced presents of global energy use related to data centers
Failure mode analysis to define thresholds of performance.
The data center heats the labs and offices.
AEI has raised the bar for data centers.
Unlocking the power of cooling in data center retrofits and new builds
Read the best articles from the past week. Engineers and building professionals clicked on: 2019 Product of the Year finalists, 2019 40 Under 40 winners, developing hyperscale data centers, top design trends in data centers and electrical system design and commissioning.
Once reserved for remote, off-grid, industrial applications or temporary power, this prefabricated option has gained popularity in the data center market with three major benefits.
A reliable infrastructure network, high internet penetration rates and connectivity along with comparatively lower power costs are making Russia a go-to location for data centres.
Power usage effectiveness can unlock stranded IT capacity and create a new source of revenue.
An increasingly data-driven society demands advanced, high-performance data center facilities. Read on to learn the biggest challenges, emerging technologies and upcoming trends affecting data centers.
2019 Product of the Year finalists, integrating modeling into building design, designing data center AHUs, understanding GFCI nuisances, and building energy modeling were Consulting-Specifying Engineer's five most clicked articles from last week, April 12 to April 18. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.
MIT researchers have developer a flash-storage system designed to cut the energy and physical space required to store and manage data in data centers by half.
When designing hyper scale data centers, consider elements of design, construction and commissioning.
A co-location facility is explained, piece by piece.
The Sept. 21, 2017, “Critical power: Power generation systems in high-performance buildings” webcast presenters addressed questions not covered during the live event.
There are 10 common aspects to consider in the analysis of mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems.
Andy Baxter, PE, Page principal and director of MEP engineering discusses five emerging data center trends.
NetBotz 250 is designed to monitor critical IT assets in real-time for protection against physical threats, environmental risks, or human error.
The project’s design-collaboration approach was highly successful.
Data, numbers, metrics—they all provide useful information to assist us in our jobs.
Electrical systems play an important role in data center energy efficiency. Questions not answered in the Feb. 18, 2016, webcast are addressed here.
Square D I-Line Smart Cell seamlessly transforms the I-Line panelboard into a digital communications or metered electrical distribution solution.
According to a recently published IHS report, Rack Power Distribution Units Report – 2015, rack power distribution unit (PDU) data shows that some data centers in North America have begun deploying higher voltage power architectures.
The ePDU G3 offers power monitoring for enhanced accuracy and efficiency.
Energy efficiency is achievable in all building types, including mission critical environments.
The Liebert eXL 1200 kVA/kW UPS can be used in colocation facilities and large enterprise data centers.
9395 uninterruptible power system helps the colocation data center achieve an efficiency rating of greater than 94%.
Unified communications system for growing retail chain stores across three states.
Use these three tips to ensure a direct current (dc) power distribution project is successful.
The portion of the information technology (IT) load outsourced to wholesale and retail data centers in North America stood at 16.3% at the end of 2012.
Isolating an electrical fault condition to the smallest area possible is essential in providing the most reliable electrical distribution system with maximum uptime for your facility.
Some advice on how to save energy in data centers to achieve net-zero energy.
DCD Intelligence's report indicates the Latin American colocation data center market is ripe for new entrants with most of the Latin American countries classified as emerging markets.
Syska Hennessy Group designed a data center that required solidly grounded underground duct banks.
China’s colocation market to witness 40% per annum compound growth until 2016.
The Nordic countries in Europe are leading data center "white space" growth in Europe thanks to major Internet companies taking their business over there because of financial incentives and mature infrastructure.
The data center infrastructure market is forecast to grow at an average annual rate of roughly 10% through 2016.
When estimating data center energy use, consider applying these five analysis techniques.
Designing efficient and effective data centers and mission critical facilities is a top priority for consulting engineers. Six engineers share their knowledge of electrical and power systems in data centers.
Designing efficient and effective data centers and mission critical facilities is a top priority for consulting engineers.
Designing efficient and effective data centers and mission critical facilities is a top priority for consulting engineers. Three manufacturers discuss energy efficiency and sustainability.
Designing efficient and effective data centers and mission critical facilities is a top priority for consulting engineers. Energy efficiency and sustainability are key factors to consider.
Designing efficient and effective data centers and mission critical facilities is a top priority for consulting engineers. Manufacturers discuss HVAC systems, cooling systems, and solutions.
Designing efficient and effective data centers and mission critical facilities is a top priority for consulting engineers. Engineers discuss HVAC systems, variable frequency drives, and unique projects.
Designing efficient and effective data centers and mission critical facilities is a top priority for consulting engineers. Engineers share general feedback on their work in data centers.
Designing efficient and effective data centers and mission critical facilities is a top priority for consulting engineers. Engineers share suggestions and feedback on data center codes and standards.
Designing efficient and effective data centers and mission critical facilities is a top priority for consulting engineers. Three manufacturers share information about their company’s products and solutions.
Designing efficient and effective data centers and mission critical facilities is a top priority for consulting engineers. Read on for six engineers’ perspective on automation, controls, and BAS.
Designing efficient and effective data centers and mission critical facilities is a top priority for consulting engineers. Three manufacturers share information about their company’s products and solutions, plus data center trends.
ASHRAE has opened a public review until Feb. 3, 2013, for ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2010.
Rob McKernan, senior vice president IT Business with Schneider Electric, discusses trends in the industry in this exclusive video.
The shift from rotary to static has come from a combination of significant revenue potential and improved semiconductor technologies.
In a data center, uptime is more than just the sum of its pieces.
One evening, an easy method to scale back on the amount of copper we were installing dawned upon us—a concept that was certainly not revolutionary, but simply logical.
The ‘HDC’ transformer: A liquid-filled transformer designed specifically for application within large data centers
Let me to introduce to you a new liquid substation transformer that I believe solves all of the problems we've been discussing for so many weeks.
Existing building retrofit: Kroger Data Center; PEDCO E+A Services Inc.
Achieving uninterrupted mission critical facility operation requires both standardized employee training and detailed documentation.
Reliability is important on any project an engineer is charged with, but especially when it comes to mission critical facilities, failure is not an option.
The fluid is nonhazardous, 100% biodegradable, and made from natural esters of edible seeds and soybean oil—and has all of the great characteristics of Askarels, with none of the drawbacks.
LEED certification for a project demonstrates a dedication to sustainability and energy efficiency.
A well-designed and properly applied UPS can protect critical loads from power quality anomalies.
Several emerging UPS technologies are gaining acceptance. Some of these up-and-coming UPS types include superconductive magnetic energy storage (SMES), flywheels, super capacitors, and fuel cells.
Engineers should know how inefficiencies in electrical systems affect data center cooling load.
Data center owners are opting for even larger servers, adding even more copper.
The second edition of ASHRAE's “Datacom Equipment Power Trends and Cooling Applications” is focused on helping planners, designers, and operators develop more affordable solutions.
Data center engineers have split into two camps. Which camp are you in?
We must keep on top of the latest trends and technologies to ensure that we provide high value to data center clients.
Automatic transfer switch short-circuit current protection has some common misconceptions. Here we’ll discuss the deficiencies of “non-current limiting” protection.
Let’s take a look at what we’ve already discovered, and review the most important aspects of this “Cut the Copper” series.
The future for containerized data centers is a bit uncertain right now.
In this installment, Guentert gives more reasons for the differences in reliability between liquid transformers and dry-types.
The short answer is no, primary windings of liquid-filled transformers don't fail. Here's why.
Application Engineer – Simulation, Autodesk, Charlottesville, Va.
Worldwide LEED Practice Leader, Regional Mechanical Department Leader, HP/EYP Mission Critical Services, Chicago
In this "Cut the Copper" installment, Guentert explains how, when properly installed, liquid-filled transformers in data center power systems are more reliable than air-cooled dry-type transformers.
Appropriate technologies and best practice tips can help data center managers and consulting-specifying engineers prepare for the unexpected.
IMS Research's recent study indicates rack-level cooling will grow more than 20% in the next five years, though room-cooling will remain the largest part of the market by 2016.
Matrix Integration designed and built a state-of-the-art data center to manage its operations and use as a showcase for its customers.
Understanding load-bank specification, installation, and operational issues can help ensure electrical and mechanical system reliability.
The CMW30 ceiling-mount air conditioner by MovinCool is designed for areas with dense heat loads.
A Tier III data center upgrades its backup power system to provide continuous operation.
Since the 21st century business world relies heavily on information, data centers are one of the most crucial components of any company. Here, engineers share advice on how to handle such important projects and keep their clients’ operations running.
Centralized control of a data center’s lighting was achieved through implementing LEDs that improved lighting quality and increased visibility in the facility.
Eaton's 9E is a power management solution for small to medium data centers that delivers power protection ranging from 20 to 60 kVA.
The Indiana University Data Center in Bloomington features Tier III, N+1 redundancy, cost-saving flywheel UPS technology, and switchgear with full bypass capability to help ensure power reliability.
Schneider Electric offers two additions to its intelligent cooling systems
Emerson Network Power's Liebert DSE is a room-based precision cooling system designed specifically for medium to large data centers.
Different data center industry groups are proposing new standards and guidelines that address the primary challenges in the design and ongoing operations of data center facilities.
Hewlett-Packard's UPS R1500 G3 and UPS R/T3000 G2
How NFPA Standard 70 and Article 708: Critical Operations Power Systems (COPS) is being interpreted and applied, and how to respond with standby systems design when COPS is levied on a project.
The latest recommendations for energy efficiency measurement and reporting completes the guidelines for applying the Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) metric.
Most visited articles at www.csemag.com during February 2011 included information on ASHRAE 90.1, transient conditions in mission-critical facilities, and a short-term energy outlook.
Engineers must consider size, fuel capacity, and grounding when designing mission-critical standby power systems.
Each of the three transient conditions in an MCF has a different cause, different result, and different method of mitigation.
Many data centers use seismic isolation technology to protect racks and servers in the event of a major earthquake.
View the full story, including all images and figures, in our monthly digital edition With daily advances in information technology and other processes and services, the world is becoming a more complicated and power-hungry place. Many industries and services have become increasingly more dependent on a continuous, uninterrupted supply of electric power. However, a continually shrinking electric generation margin reduces the reliability of utility-provided power. Consequently, the use of backup power control systems and generator control switchgear has grown and will continue to grow—in number, capacity, and complexity—in the coming years.
The 24/7/365 nature of a mission critical facility makes its commissioning (Cx) unique. With an abundance of redundant systems and a zero tolerance for downtime, a data center's MEP infrastructure requires careful commissioning practice, which can be more expensive than commissioning less complex facilities. Because of this complexity, increasing scrutiny of budgets, and ever-tightening schedules, gaps in commissioning can occur that lead to larger, more expensive problems down the road. However, by defining commissioning roles early, integrating schedule coordination, completing peer review, and employing simulation and demonstration methodology, commissioning can be a cost-effective ally for delivering data centers on time and within budget. This article outlines some of the strategies that we have been successfully employing on data center and mission critical projects. Project scope From project to project, the commissioning scope involves verification and documentation, including factory witness, field acceptance, and integrated systems testing.
One of the nation's major mission-critical design firms, New York City-based EYP MCF, reports that it is ushering in a new era of reliability with the formal establishment of Critical Facilities Consulting (CFC). Firm officials report that the impetus behind the launch of the CFC division is driven by significant changes taking place within the mission critical industry.
A mission critical facility (MCF) provides an environment where processes occur which are integral to an organization's viability. The MCF for a stock exchange includes its trading floor and related clearing houses. A bank's MCF may consist of a data center that processes billions of dollars of credit card transactions; the most critical portion of a hospital may be its operating and communicat...