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Data Centers September 27, 2022

Air distribution’s importance in data processing environments

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

By Justin Hsiao and Ben Olejniczak
Data Centers August 11, 2022

Data centers at the front line of future motor technology

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.

By Blake Griffin
Data Centers June 13, 2022

Trends, changes in data center design

Several trends are pushing the engineered systems in data centers in different directions

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Data Centers June 6, 2022

Overcoming site challenges for urban data centers

Site selection for urban data centers must consider municipal infrastructure, air permitting, environmental constraints and electrical service

By Joshua Fluecke
Data Centers March 11, 2022

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles: March 4-10, 2022

Read the best articles from the past week. Single-pair Ethernet, lighting controls, electrical power quality, most-viewed February articles and smart building essentials.

By Chris Vavra
Data Centers September 17, 2021

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles: September 10-16, 2021

Read the best articles from the past week. University supercomputers, NFPA 99, chilled water plant performance, indoor air quality and chiller energy optimization.

By Chris Vavra
Data Centers September 10, 2021

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles: September 3-9, 2021

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

By Chris Vavra
Data Centers August 6, 2021

Powering up the fastest university supercomputer

The University of Texas Frontera supercomputer requires massive amounts of electricity and posed a challenge to engineer the power supply in a limited space.

By Tarek G. Tousson, PE, Stanley Consultants, Austin, Texas
Data Centers June 25, 2021

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles: June 18-24, 2021

Read the best articles from the past week. Fire protection systems, power for fire/life safety systems, modeling electrical systems, specifying HVAC systems and designing standby power systems.

By Chris Vavra
Data Centers April 26, 2021

How to design data centers

An expert panel provides engineering and design tips in this Q&A

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Data Centers April 19, 2021

Consulting-Specifying Engineer April 2021 issue

Read the April 2021 digital edition to learn about modeling software, wireless lighting systems, how to design data centers, and more.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Data Centers January 15, 2021

Understanding changing data center metrics

There is a better way to assess data center behavior. Novel multidimensional metrics have been incorporated in data center standards and best practices

By Moises Levy, PhD
Data Centers October 14, 2020

Designing robust technology infrastructure for enterprise data centers

There are several considerations we need to make in order to deliver an effective and safe environment for data centers.

By Robert Foley
Data Centers July 20, 2020

What ASHRAE 90.4 does for data center energy efficiency

The design and operation of data centers continues to evolve, with ASHRAE Standard 90.4 as guidance

By Bill Kosik, PE, CEM, Oak Park, Illinois
Data Centers April 21, 2020

Data centers achieve a new level of high-tech

Designing solutions for data center clients — whether hyperscale or colocation facilities — requires advanced engineering knowledge

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Data Centers April 3, 2020

Your questions answered: Can you specify CRAC systems to deliver free cooling in a data center?

In this case, yes you can. Read more questions and answers from the team that designed energy-efficient cooling in a California data center

By Eric Jensen and Dan McInnis, PE
Data Centers March 27, 2020

BB&T Bank Primary 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

By Affiliated Engineers
Data Centers March 16, 2020

Data centers consume less energy than thought

Research from Northwestern University offers comprehensive analysis presents a more nuanced presents of global energy use related to data centers

By Amanda Morris
Data Centers January 3, 2020

SAS Institute Inc.: Data Center Commissioning

Failure mode analysis to define thresholds of performance.

By Affiliated Engineers
Data Centers October 22, 2019

Allen Institute for Brain Science

The data center heats the labs and offices.

By Affiliated Engineers
Data Centers September 13, 2019

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

AEI has raised the bar for data centers.

By Affiliated Engineers
Data Centers July 11, 2019

How is the industry going to cool the 400W chip?

Unlocking the power of cooling in data center retrofits and new builds

By Affiliated Engineers
Data Centers May 24, 2019

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Articles, May 17 to May 23

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.

By McKenzie Burns
Data Centers May 21, 2019

Electrical Prefabrication Rising in the Data Center Market

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.

By Allyson Harrison
Data Centers May 20, 2019

Future-proofing data centres: designing Russia’s largest data hall – IXcellerate Moscow One

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.

By Arup
Data Centers May 15, 2019

Reduce PUE to unlock capacity in data centers

Power usage effectiveness can unlock stranded IT capacity and create a new source of revenue.

By Sushil Kumar, PE, CEM, LEED AP, MBA, EXP Global, Los Angeles
Data Centers April 29, 2019

Top design trends in data centers

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.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Data Centers April 19, 2019

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Articles, April 12 to April 18

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.

By McKenzie Burns
Data Centers April 3, 2019

Researchers develop architecture to reduce data center energy and space constraints

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.

By Rob Matheson
Data Centers March 6, 2019

Developing hyperscale data centers

When designing hyper scale data centers, consider elements of design, construction and commissioning.

By Michael Mar, PE, LEED AP, CDT, and Paul Schlattman, ESD, Chicago
Data Centers December 27, 2018

Case study: Specialize co-location data center

A co-location facility is explained, piece by piece.

By Brian P. Martin, PE, Jacobs, Portland, Ore.
Data Centers September 27, 2017

Your questions answered: Critical power: Power generation systems in high-performance buildings

The Sept. 21, 2017, “Critical power: Power generation systems in high-performance buildings” webcast presenters addressed questions not covered during the live event.

By Randall Ehret, PE,; and Cory Duggin, PE, LEED AP BD+C, BEMP
Data Centers June 29, 2017

10 aspects to consider for data center clients

There are 10 common aspects to consider in the analysis of mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems.

By Mark A. Kosin, Southland Industries
Data Centers March 1, 2017

Five emerging data center trends

Andy Baxter, PE, Page principal and director of MEP engineering discusses five emerging data center trends.

By Andy Baxter, PE, Page
Data Centers November 18, 2016

Data center security and monitoring system

NetBotz 250 is designed to monitor critical IT assets in real-time for protection against physical threats, environmental risks, or human error.

By Schneider Electric
Data Centers November 7, 2016

Modular data center design helps Oracle achieve sustainability goals

The project’s design-collaboration approach was highly successful.

By Glumac
Data Centers October 26, 2016

Research, data, and a lot of numbers

Data, numbers, metrics—they all provide useful information to assist us in our jobs.

By Amara Rozgus, Editor-in-Chief
Data Centers February 25, 2016

Your questions answered: Electrical systems and data center efficiency

Electrical systems play an important role in data center energy efficiency. Questions not answered in the Feb. 18, 2016, webcast are addressed here.

By Ken Kutsmeda, Jacobs, and Brian Rener, SmithGroupJJR
Data Centers February 8, 2016

Smart cell for digital electrical distribution

Square D I-Line Smart Cell seamlessly transforms the I-Line panelboard into a digital communications or metered electrical distribution solution.

By Schneider Electric
Data Centers May 11, 2015

Report: Adoption of 400 Vac in North America

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.

By Sarah McElroy, IHS Techonology
Data Centers April 15, 2015

Power-monitoring system for data centers

The ePDU G3 offers power monitoring for enhanced accuracy and efficiency.

By Eaton
Data Centers December 18, 2014

Economics of energy-efficient electrical systems

Energy efficiency is achievable in all building types, including mission critical environments.

By Steven L. Orscheln, PE, LEED AP and Juan Cardona, LEED AP
Data Centers October 30, 2014

Transformer-free uninterruptible power supply

The Liebert eXL 1200 kVA/kW UPS can be used in colocation facilities and large enterprise data centers.

By Emerson Network Power
Data Centers August 19, 2014

Project profile: Power system solutions for colocation data center

9395 uninterruptible power system helps the colocation data center achieve an efficiency rating of greater than 94%.

By Philip Fischer, Global Data Center Segment Manager, Eaton
Data Centers August 19, 2014

Project profile: Retail chain data center

Unified communications system for growing retail chain stores across three states.

By Taylor Fackelman
Data Centers June 16, 2014

dc power distribution recommended practices

Use these three tips to ensure a direct current (dc) power distribution project is successful.

By Jonathan Sauer, Jacobs Engineering, Philadelphia
Data Centers September 10, 2013

North America outsources 16% of data center load; Europe lags

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.

By IHS Inc.
Data Centers August 19, 2013

Selective coordination studies for mission critical environments

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.

By Keith Lane, PE, RCDD, LEED AP BD+C, Lane Coburn & Assoc. LLC, Bothell, Wash.
Data Centers July 26, 2013

Data centers and energy savings

Some advice on how to save energy in data centers to achieve net-zero energy.

By Scotte Elliott, CEM, Metro CD Engineering, Powell, Ohio
Data Centers June 3, 2013

Latin American colocation market soars

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.

Data Centers May 16, 2013

Data center is solidly grounded

Syska Hennessy Group designed a data center that required solidly grounded underground duct banks.

By Christopher M. Johnston, PE, Syska Hennessy Group, Atlanta
Data Centers April 8, 2013

China colocation market to quadruple by 2016

China’s colocation market to witness 40% per annum compound growth until 2016.

Data Centers April 8, 2013

Nordic countries lead data center growth in Western Europe

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.

Data Centers March 22, 2013

Latin America data center infrastructure market to surpass $1 billion in 2013

The data center infrastructure market is forecast to grow at an average annual rate of roughly 10% through 2016.

By IHS Inc.
Data Centers March 6, 2013

Estimating data center PUE

When estimating data center energy use, consider applying these five analysis techniques.

By William J. Kosik, PE, CEM, HP Technology Services, Chicago
Data Centers January 21, 2013

Focus on data centers: Electrical and power

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.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Data Centers January 21, 2013

Manufacturers’ focus on data centers: Fire and life safety

Designing efficient and effective data centers and mission critical facilities is a top priority for consulting engineers.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Data Centers January 17, 2013

Manufacturers’ focus on data centers: Sustainability

Designing efficient and effective data centers and mission critical facilities is a top priority for consulting engineers. Three manufacturers discuss energy efficiency and sustainability.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Data Centers January 17, 2013

Focus on data centers: 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.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Data Centers January 17, 2013

Manufacturers’ focus on data centers: HVAC

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.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Data Centers January 17, 2013

Focus on data centers: HVAC

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.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Data Centers January 15, 2013

Focus on data centers

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.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Data Centers January 15, 2013

Focus on data centers: Codes and standards

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.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Data Centers January 15, 2013

Manufacturers’ focus on data centers: Automation and controls

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.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Data Centers January 15, 2013

Focus on data centers: Automation and controls

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.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Data Centers January 15, 2013

Manufacturers’ focus on data centers

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.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Data Centers January 10, 2013

ASHRAE 90.1 public review open

ASHRAE has opened a public review until Feb. 3, 2013, for ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2010.

Data Centers December 18, 2012

Special report: The IT business

Rob McKernan, senior vice president IT Business with Schneider Electric, discusses trends in the industry in this exclusive video.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Data Centers November 30, 2012

High power UPS to see stiff competition from static suppliers

The shift from rotary to static has come from a combination of significant revenue potential and improved semiconductor technologies.

By Source: IMS Research (acquired by IHS)
Data Centers September 27, 2012

Project success is the sum of all parts

In a data center, uptime is more than just the sum of its pieces.

By Dennis DeCoster, Mission Critical West Inc., Redondo Beach, Calif.
Data Centers September 19, 2012

Still more on ‘cutting the copper’

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.

By Joe Guentert
Data Centers August 15, 2012

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.

By Joe Guentert
Data Centers August 9, 2012

Kroger Data Center

Existing building retrofit: Kroger Data Center; PEDCO E+A Services Inc.

By Source: PEDCO E+A
Data Centers August 2, 2012

How to effectively operate mission critical facilities

Achieving uninterrupted mission critical facility operation requires both standardized employee training and detailed documentation.

By Bob Woolley, Lee Technologies by Schneider Electric, Fairfax, Va.
Data Centers July 19, 2012

Tips and tricks for mission critical facilities

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.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Data Centers June 27, 2012

A game-changing transformer dielectric fluid

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.

By Joe Guentert, Owner, Power Distribution Systems
Data Centers June 25, 2012

UPS efficiency and LEED certification

LEED certification for a project demonstrates a dedication to sustainability and energy efficiency.

By Keith Lane, PE, RCDD/NTS, LC, LEED AP BD+C, Lane Coburn & Assocs., Bothell, WA
Data Centers June 25, 2012

Selecting UPS for mission critical projects

A well-designed and properly applied UPS can protect critical loads from power quality anomalies.

By Keith Lane, PE, RCDD/NTS, LC, LEED AP BD+C, Lane Coburn & Assocs., Bothell, WA
Data Centers June 25, 2012

Emerging UPS technologies, applications

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.

By Keith Lane, PE, RCDD/NTS, LC, LEED AP BD+C, Lane Coburn & Assocs., Bothell, WA
Data Centers June 22, 2012

Data center efficiency, cooling considerations

Engineers should know how inefficiencies in electrical systems affect data center cooling load.

By William J. Kosik, PE, CEM, HP Technology Services, Chicago
Data Centers June 20, 2012

Let’s discuss the copper

Data center owners are opting for even larger servers, adding even more copper.

By Joe Guentert, Owner, Power Distrubtion Systems
Data Centers June 13, 2012

ASHRAE releases datacom equipment power trends book

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 Centers June 13, 2012

The early 2000s: The amazing boom of data center construction

Data center engineers have split into two camps. Which camp are you in?

By Joe Guentert, Owner, Power Distribution Systems
Data Centers June 12, 2012

The next big thing in data centers

We must keep on top of the latest trends and technologies to ensure that we provide high value to data center clients.

By Keith Lane, P.E., RCDD, LEED AP BD+C, Lane Coburn & Assoc. LLC, Bothell, Wash.
Data Centers June 11, 2012

Automatic transfer switch protection

Automatic transfer switch short-circuit current protection has some common misconceptions. Here we’ll discuss the deficiencies of “non-current limiting” protection.

By Mike Stanek, Cooper Bussmann, Baltimore
Data Centers June 6, 2012

A quick summary and review of 10 previous blogs

Let’s take a look at what we’ve already discovered, and review the most important aspects of this “Cut the Copper” series.

By Joe Guentert, Owner, Power Distribution Systems
Data Centers May 24, 2012

Containerized data centers – sorting through the confusion

The future for containerized data centers is a bit uncertain right now.

By Liz Cruz, Market Analyst, IMS Research (IHS Inc.)
Data Centers May 23, 2012

Liquid transformers–the right stuff

In this installment, Guentert gives more reasons for the differences in reliability between liquid transformers and dry-types.

By Joe Guentert – Owner, Power Distribution Systems
Data Centers May 17, 2012

Do primary windings of liquid-filled transformers fail?

The short answer is no, primary windings of liquid-filled transformers don't fail. Here's why.

By Joe Guentert; Owner, Power Distribution Systems
Data Centers May 14, 2012

2012 40 Under 40: Jonathan den Hartog, PE, 31

Application Engineer – Simulation, Autodesk, Charlottesville, Va.

By Emma Renee Dutton, Content Specialist
Data Centers May 14, 2012

2012 40 Under 40: Yury Y. Lui, PE, LEED BD+C, CEM, BEMP, DCEP, REP, EBOM, 36

Worldwide LEED Practice Leader, Regional Mechanical Department Leader, HP/EYP Mission Critical Services, Chicago

By Emma Renee Dutton, Content Specialist
Data Centers May 9, 2012

Dry-type transformer failures versus liquid transformer failures

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.

By Joe Guentert, Power Distribution Systems
Data Centers May 4, 2012

10 common data center surprises

Appropriate technologies and best practice tips can help data center managers and consulting-specifying engineers prepare for the unexpected.

By Dan Draper, Emerson Network Power, Columbus, Ohio
Data Centers March 7, 2012

Rack-level cooling grows faster than room-cooling: report

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.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Data Centers March 7, 2012

Data center designs dual-purpose computer room, showcase

Matrix Integration designed and built a state-of-the-art data center to manage its operations and use as a showcase for its customers.

By Matrix Integration
Data Centers March 2, 2012

Specifying, applying load-bank systems

Understanding load-bank specification, installation, and operational issues can help ensure electrical and mechanical system reliability.

By Paul Bearn, PE, KlingStubbins, Philadelphia Paul Bearn, PE, KlingStubbins,
Data Centers March 2, 2012

Ceiling-mount air conditioner

The CMW30 ceiling-mount air conditioner by MovinCool is designed for areas with dense heat loads.

Data Centers March 1, 2012

Providing reliable data center backup power

A Tier III data center upgrades its backup power system to provide continuous operation.

By Michael Kirchner, Generac Power Systems, Waukesha, Wis.
Data Centers January 25, 2012

Data processing

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.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Data Centers January 23, 2012

Intelligent lighting improves data center efficiency

Centralized control of a data center’s lighting was achieved through implementing LEDs that improved lighting quality and increased visibility in the facility.

By Redwood Systems
Data Centers December 7, 2011

Three-phase UPS

Eaton's 9E is a power management solution for small to medium data centers that delivers power protection ranging from 20 to 60 kVA.

Data Centers November 15, 2011

Data center epitomizes ‘mission critical’

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.

By Indiana University
Data Centers November 15, 2011

Chilled water data center cooling solution

Schneider Electric offers two additions to its intelligent cooling systems

Data Centers October 19, 2011

Precision cooling system

Emerson Network Power's Liebert DSE is a room-based precision cooling system designed specifically for medium to large data centers.

Data Centers September 13, 2011

LEED, data center design standards

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.

By William J. Kosik, PE, CEM, LEED AP, BEMP, HP Technology Services, Chicago
Data Centers August 24, 2011

Uninterruptible power supply – 2011-08-24

Hewlett-Packard's UPS R1500 G3 and UPS R/T3000 G2

Data Centers August 15, 2011

Critical operations power systems application

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.

By Kenneth Kutsmeda, PE, LEED AP, KlingStubbins, Philadelphia
Data Centers June 6, 2011

Guidelines for applying PUE metric completed

The latest recommendations for energy efficiency measurement and reporting completes the guidelines for applying the Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) metric.

By Source: The Green Grid
Data Centers March 8, 2011

Top Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles, February 2011

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.

Data Centers March 4, 2011

Specifying generators for mission-critical environments

Engineers must consider size, fuel capacity, and grounding when designing mission-critical standby power systems.

By Keith Lane, PE, RCDD/NTS, LC, LEED AP
Data Centers January 26, 2011

Transients in mission critical facilities

Each of the three transient conditions in an MCF has a different cause, different result, and different method of mitigation.

By Kenneth L. Lovorn, PE, Lovorn Engineering Assocs., Pittsburgh
Data Centers April 5, 2010

Earthquakes and data centers

Many data centers use seismic isolation technology to protect racks and servers in the event of a major earthquake.

By Source: Data Center Knowledge
Data Centers June 1, 2009

Specifying generator control switchgear

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.

By John Meuleman, Russelectric Inc., Hingham, Mass.
Data Centers May 1, 2009

Commissioning mission critical systems

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.

By Jim Vallort, LEED AP, CBCP; and Bob Weber, PE, Environmental Systems Design,
Data Centers June 1, 2007

Critical Facilities Consulting

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.

By Staff
Data Centers June 1, 2003

More “Nines” Not Always Better

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...

By Raj Gupta, P.E., President, ESD Construction, Inc., Chicago