Which Data Center Fire Suppression Solution Works Best for You?

Posted by Jeremy Snead on Sep 22, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Do you have an effective data center fire suppression system to protect your businesss in the event of a fire? Data center operators must consider different risks and variables within their individual business' needs. The goal of any manager running a data center is to keep server rooms safely maintained on a daily basis, and in the event of a fire, maintain server uptime—as much as possible—while protecting IT equipment from fire damage. The best answer to those variables is going to be different for every data center.

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Topics: Data Center, Fire Suppression

FORT Provides Equipment Financing Options for Your Data Center Needs

Posted by Jeremy Snead on Sep 20, 2016 1:36:58 PM

When managing a data center, the primary focus of an individual business’ spending needs can differ greatly between startup businesses and well established businesses. A developing business might not have the funds to fully populate its data center and deploy it. A well established data center might want to make equipment upgrades in a server room, or upgrade infrastructure. Both types of businesses have a strong vision of the company’s future. Both types of businesses need the capital to fund that vision.  

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Topics: Data Center Financing, Data Center

ING Bank Data Center Ironically Crashes in Fire Mitigation System Test

Posted by Jeremy Snead on Sep 15, 2016 11:59:36 AM

Fires that erupt within a server room can quickly cause damage to IT equipment, and result in a lengthy loss of uptime for the data center. Earlier this week, Delta Airlines released its company’s financial losses, which total 150 Million dollars, due to its Atlanta, Georgia Headquarters data center crashing. Delta’s loss of uptime was caused by a small fire. 

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Topics: Data Center Management, Powering, Data Center Monitoring, Data Center Current Events, Data Center Planning and Design, Fire Suppression

The Financial Loss Delta Suffered for Data Center Outage is Shocking

Posted by Jeremy Snead on Sep 13, 2016 10:02:20 AM

Last month, we reported on Delta’s Data Center outage that caused thousands of flights to remain grounded. Earlier last week, on Wednesday, September 7, 2016, Delta Airlines released the company’s total financial losses for the September quarter to its investors. On August 8, 2016, Delta Airlines’ Atlanta Headquarters data center crashed. The system outage caused the cancellations and delays of thousands of flights.  

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Topics: Data Center Management, Powering, Data Center Monitoring, Data Center Current Events, Data Center Planning and Design, Redundant Power, Fire Suppression

Compare Data Center Earthquake Protection Options

Posted by Jeremy Snead on Sep 8, 2016 9:49:20 AM

Protect Your Data Center from Seismic Activity and Compare Your Options Using Rigid Bolting, NEBS Compliant Racks, or Base Isolation Technology 

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Topics: Data Center Earthquake Protection

Is Women’s Presence in the Data Center & IT Professions Declining?

Posted by Jeremy Snead on Sep 6, 2016 8:00:00 AM
 
 
Fortune.com published a blog on March 17, 2016 that showed an unexpected difference between men and women professionals in the data center/IT field—women make more money than men within the IT industry, yet stunningly hold far fewer jobs than men hold within the field 
 
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Topics: Data Center Management, Data Center Current Events

COLO or Cloud? Things to Consider Before Moving Your Data

Posted by Jeremy Snead on Sep 1, 2016 8:04:54 AM
 The daily maintenance of running a data center can become overwhelming. As data centers age, the physical infrastructure can become obsolete for housing the server rooms. Eventually data centers can run out of floor space, or have insufficient cooling needed for increased capacity IT equipment. Instead of building a second data center, one solution may be moving the data itself when a data center’s physical infrastructure becomes obsolete. The question arises, which is the better option: moving data to a colocation, or moving data to the cloud? The choice is based on the needs of the individual, but there are many reasons why moving a data center to a colocation is a much better option.  

 

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Topics: Data Center Management, Data Center Migration

Why is the Data Center Industry booming in Ashburn Virginia?

Posted by Jeremy Snead on Aug 30, 2016 9:48:15 AM
 

 

Ashburn, Virginia has become one of the most prominent cities in America for building businesses, and for building and expanding data centers. Located in Loudoun County, Virginia, Ashburn has broken fiscal records in 2016. Ashburn started drawing data centers to build in the late 1990’s. Five years ago, Loudoun county housed 40 data centers that comprised roughly 4 Million square feet of space.  

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Topics: Data Center Management, Data Center Planning and Design, Data Center Migration

Server Powering Continues to Evolve with Alternating Phase PDU

Posted by Jeremy Snead on Aug 26, 2016 8:06:29 AM
 
 

IT equipment evolves dramatically every three years. The newly developed technologies require more power to run heavier workloads, as server equipment further evolves. At first, data centers used Single Phase power which uses 1 hot wire, 1 neutral wire and 1 ground wire to supply 120V. As the need for more power increased, data centers then shifted to Split Phase Power which uses 2 hot wires,1 neutral wire and 1 hot wire to supply 240V. By now, servers maintain so much data that most data centers have moved to 3-Phase power which utilizes 3 hot wires, 1 neutral wire and 1 ground wire to power a circuit with 208V. 3-Phase power, unlike Single Phase power, is able to provide equipment with a constant stream of power and is able to power much more advanced IT equipment.


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Topics: Data Center Management

Google’s Silver Lining Around The Cloud & Scalable Data Services 

Posted by Jeremy Snead on Aug 23, 2016 11:21:12 AM
 

Last week Google released Cloud SCL, a cloud database service, from beta and made it generally available to the public. This is the second generation of Google’s Cloud SQL services made available on Google’s Cloud Platform, and vastly improves upon the first generation Google Cloud SQL services. The first generation Google Cloud SQL services were rolled out almost five years ago, in October, 2011. The second generation Google Cloud SQL services spent about nine months in beta. 

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Topics: Data Center Management