Everyone needs a superhero. It doesn’t matter if you’re the weight lifting champion of the world or the newest soldier in an ongoing struggle between humanity and disease. Big or small; people the world over deal with incurable diseases and creeping cancers. When the person fighting is a child? Well, we don’t have to sit here and wax poetic about how devastating and emotional that can be. Read More
APC by Schneider Electric has come out with an interesting new cooling system. It’s an overhead system which uses a somewhat environmentally-sound refrigerant instead of water for cooling, so that equipment isn’t in danger from water leaks and is effectively cooled in an energy-efficient format. Read More
Apparently simply slowing down IT equipment in the data center solves the problem of the equipment overheating in all this summer heat.
Outages at universities can be especially catastrophic since some research projects that their facilities are working on may require continuous processing, and an outage can completely reset the whole affair. Read More
Whether you’re a data center technician or a couch potato, chances are you’ve encountered electrostatic discharge or ESD before. In fact, if you’ve ever dragged your feet across a rug and poked your younger sibling to give them a nice little tormenting jolt, you’ve manipulated electricity; one of the most powerful forces of nature! If you were that younger sibling, you can find solace in the fact that your torment was in the name of science. Read More
Interestingly, Viridity Software, based in Massachusetts, reckons it can provide a moreaffordable solution to data center energy management than the typical use of sensors. The startup has raised $8 million in funding to market this software-based management system they’ve developed. Read More
A key focus of the report, since Grubb & Ellis is a firm specializing in advisory on commercial real estate, is factors involved in site-selection for data centers.
An important and complicated factor to consider is the trend of states offering tax-incentives to attract data center construction. These incentives are pretty competitive, since sales-tax and property-tax end up costing quite a lot of money, and the report breaks down what’s going on in this respect with various states. Read More
In the world of high density data centers several factors are constantly on the minds of the owners and their customers. Efficiency, PUE, we’ve talked about many of them before but Uptime might well be the chief concern especially for content providers that require that their services be up and running all the time.
In the US, the most common type of power cables have an IEC connector that plugs into the server and a NEMA (National Electrical Manufacturers Association) connector that plugs into the power source. IEC is an acronym for International Electrotechnical Commission. The IEC is an international standards organization that covers a huge range of technologies; however this discussion will be limited to common power cable connectors found in data centers. Read More
A little over thirty years ago, when large mainframe computers roamed data centers with plenty of floor space and relatively few ports, the person responsible for the cabling had very few options and very little guidance. These were the pioneers that laid bus and tag cabling underneath the raised floor that we may see to this very day. Read More