Prevent Future Problems with Tips for Your Rack and Stack Project

Posted by Jeremy Snead on Dec 9, 2016 1:05:11 PM

A rack and stack seems like a basic procedure that is performed often in server rooms, but if it is done without proper planning, future headaches may be on the horizon. A rack and stack is more than just physically placing hardware into racks and installing cables. It is important to be systematic and methodical about the project. There are better rack and stack procedures that you can implement today to simplify ongoing technical support, and you will thank yourself in the future for applying them to your current project.


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Topics: Cabinets

Getting A Grip: Top 10 Data Center Management Tips, Part One

Posted by Instor on Dec 6, 2016 10:58:08 AM

It's not exactly easy to see into the future of data center management, but by following these essential practices, you'll be set up for success now and down the line. Learn about remote monitoring, selecting the proper power, cable management and more. 

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Topics: Data Center Management, power, best practices

3 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Buying a Server Rack or Cabinet

Posted by Jeremy Snead on Dec 5, 2016 11:33:46 AM

When investing in servers, IT equipment, and server rack accessories, there are different methods of how that investment will be stored and protected. Every server room has different capabilities and strategies. By answering these three basic questions, you will be equipped to find the best data center rack solution for your specific needs.

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Topics: Cabinets, Data Center Planning and Design

6 Secrets to Prevent Data Center Outages

Posted by Jeremy Snead on Nov 29, 2016 2:57:29 PM

A study by the Ponemon Institute categorizes the different root causes that are responsible for data center outages ranging from UPS system failures to weather related problems and gives percentages in which the different factors cause outages. The overwhelming majority of the factors are either human-related problems or mechanical problems. With diligence, you can preemptively address these six root causes within your data center to prevent having an outage. 

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Topics: Data Center Monitoring, Data Center Maintenance

As Data Center Densities Rise, Here's How To Keep Your Cool

Posted by Instor on Nov 28, 2016 12:44:16 PM

Data center densities are on the rise, meaning the days of the 6kW rack are numbered. Solutions such as hot/cold aisle containment and CRACs will help keep your costs - and temperatures - down. 

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Topics: Density Capacity, Cooling

Here's how Linkedin's new data center earned Efficient IT Stamp of Approval

Posted by Jeremy Snead on Nov 22, 2016 11:00:00 AM

Linkedin’s new 8 MW data center in Hillsboro, Oregon went online last week. The data center uses low-carbon power, uses a highly evolved cooling design, and is scaled to provide 32 kW of power for each rack. Linkedin’s new build is the first enterprise colocation partnership to receive the Efficient IT (EIT) Stamp of Approval by Uptime Institute, and currently holds the highest Efficient IT rating worldwide.

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Topics: Infrastructure, Powering, Cooling, Data Center Current Events

Preventing Gaseous Fire Suppression from Causing Server Damage

Posted by Jeremy Snead on Nov 17, 2016 12:42:00 PM

Some data centers have recently experienced outages which have occurred both because of actual fires and by routine fire drills, when the data center fire suppression systems were deployed. As servers evolve to hold increased capacities of data, they have become more fragile. The sound or shockwave of a clean agent fire suppression system can damage servers. When a fire suppression system can cause an outage, it becomes a completely different problem for data centers to mitigate, in addition to the risks of actual fires.  

During Data Center Dynamics Zettastructure Conference, two separate businesses provided different data center solutions that will make server rooms both safe from fires and the clean agent fire suppression systems that protect them.

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Topics: Data Center, Fire Suppression

See What Happened When Instor Lifted 6 LIVE Mission Critical Racks 

Posted by Jeremy Snead on Nov 16, 2016 1:30:00 PM

Instor provides earthquake protection options to data centers. One unique option for a server room with mission critical data is to perform a hot lift on live equipment racks and install Worksafe Technologies ISO-Base platform, which protects IT equipment from damaging seismic activity.

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Topics: Earthquake, Data Center Earthquake Protection, Data Center

Ford’s Data Center Fire A Good Reminder About Best Practices

Posted by Instor on Nov 9, 2016 11:46:55 AM

A recent fire caused a major headache for Ford Motor Company, as the blaze shut down a key data center for the better part of the day, impacting the company’s ability to report sales data. See how proper emergency planning and backups can help save the day when it comes to fires and other disasters.

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Topics: Data Center, backup, Fire Suppression

Understanding the Differences in the Data Centers Facilites

Posted by Jeremy Snead on Nov 8, 2016 3:00:59 PM

Every company has different data capacities and needs which can vary from seasonal demands for data to future expansion. There are five types of data center configurations that provide different solutions to an individual company’s needs. 

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Topics: Infrastructure, COLOCATION, Data Center, data centre