Educational Portal

Data Center efficiency should be a topic of significant importance to all data center operators. At Universal Networking Services (UNS), our philosophy is simple: knowledge is key to data center efficiency! UNS offers the data center community educational opportunities through numerous gateways:

Educational Gateways:

About UNS "Customized Training Sessions":

The customized training session provides a personalized training and education session that is conducted at YOUR facility. The on-site training provides the education that will lay the foundation for your organization to run an efficient data center. We work with you and your staff to customize a curriculum specific to your facility while providing recommendations on the latest in technology and industry best practices for data center power, cooling, monitoring, security and management. Education is the key to controlling your data center costs. We couple your customized training session with our signature Critical Facility Energy Profile (CFEP) assessment.

Our CFEP service provides an on-site, non-invasive, risk free analysis of your current Network Critical Physical Infrastructure (NCPI) to determine the baseline efficiency of your data center. On the first day we will perform a site/data center assessment (CFEP), during which, items that are affecting efficiency and reliability are compiled. On the second day, we return to the facility to perform a customized education/training session on today's best strategies for power, cooling, monitoring security and management using examples from YOUR facility. The education provided will drive your organization's total-cost-of-ownership (TCO) as low as possible.

"Educational Series for Data Center Professionals" Course Curriculum:

Contact us today to learn more about this unique educational opportunity.

About UNS "Breakfast and Learn Series for Data Center Professionals":

The "Breakfast and Learn Series for Data Center Professionals" offers the data center community multiple opportunities to learn from their peers, share experiences, and expand industry knowledge. Our educational sessions are conducted throughout the United States quarterly and will be advertised via our Data Center Critical Power and Cooling LinkedIn Group and/or follow us on Twitter. Our "Breakfast and Learn Series" can also be customized and conducted at your own facility. For more information on our "Breakfast and Learn Series" please contact us.

Past "Breakfast and Learn" Discussions:

"RIGHT-SIZING VERSUS OVER-SIZING: EFFICIENCY IN THE DATA CENTER"- Forecasting and measuring the total cost of ownership (TCO) for Data Center Physical Infrastructure (DCPI) is essential for return-on-investment (ROI) analysis. Oversizing is the main contributor to excess TCO. Oversizing creates inefficiencies in the data center including excess capital cost, operating cost, and specifically energy cost. The average data center operator can achieve the highest return investment in relation to DCPI through right-sizing. Right-sizing the DCPI system to the load is the key to optimizing TCO and has the most impact on DCPI electrical consumption. Right-sizing can potentially eliminate up to 50% of the electrical bill in real-world scenarios. For example, potential electricity cost savings for a typical 1 MW data center has been shown to be $2,000,000 to $4,000,000 over a typical 10-year life to the facility. Data center efficiency is key to controlling your energy costs and should be a topic of significant importance to all data center operators. This discussion is available through our "Breakfast and Learn Educational Series For Data Center Professionals".

"IS PERIMETER COOLING DEAD?"-Traditional data center "room" cooling is unable to accommodate the latest generation of high and variable density IT equipment resulting in cooling systems that are inefficient, unpredictable, and low in power density. To address these problems, row-oriented and rack-oriented cooling architectures have been developed. Our presentation, "Is Perimeter Cooling Dead" examines and contrasts the 3 basic cooling approaches: room, row, and rack architectures. Each approach has an appropriate application but row-orientated cooling is emerging as the solution of choice for most next generation data centers. Next generation data centers demand the flexibility, predictability, scalability, reduced electrical power consumption, reduced TCO and optimum availability that row and rack-oriented cooling architectures can provide. Additionally, the factors that gave rise to the establishment and use of the raised floor is no longer justified or desirable. To learn more about this topic, "Is Perimeter Cooling Dead" is available for your organization through our unique "Breakfast and Learn" Educational Series For Data Center Professionals.

"CONFRONTING YOUR DATA CENTER INEFFICIENCIES: THE INTERVENTION"-Is your data center power and cooling under control? Is the rising cost of electricity along with capacity increases giving you a headache? Nearly 50% of a data center's energy bill is from infrastructure (power and cooling). Efficiency is key to controlling your energy costs. Join us for an interventional "power hour" discussion that addresses best practices for Network Critical Physical Infrastructure (NCPI) equipment including:

  • Power
  • Cooling
  • Enclosures/Racks
  • Security
  • Fire Suppression
  • Management
  • Recycle/Re-use of Old Equipment

Interact with a highly experience critical facility specialist in a fun and informal setting. Education provided through this session will empower your data center staff to maximize efficiency, save money and increase reliability and dispose of energy-draining infrastructure equipment in an environmentally-friendly way. During the discussion, members of the audience are welcome to ask questions and discuss any challenges they may have.

About Universal Networking Services Blog "Don's Corner":

Data center industry blog that discusses the most relevant topics challenging the data center industry today. Don Melchert, Critical Facility Specialist, shares in "Don's Corner" his extensive knowledge and experience from the mission critical arena. "Don's Corner" highlights real world experiences to provide you the tools to maximize your efficiency while lowering your operating costs.

About Universal Networking Services LinkedIn Group "Data Center Critical Power and Cooling":

Join UNS and industry peers on an open forum to discuss the following topics relating to data center "best practices". Key areas are:

  • Power
  • Cooling
  • Racks-Security
  • Management
  • Fire Suppression
  • Personnel

Submit your questions or comments on issues that affect your data center and have them answered by our Critical Facility Specialist. We provide valuable insight to common problems that often plague modern data centers. Join the discussion at Data Center Critical Power and Cooling LinkedIn Group.

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DCU provides a full curriculum of courses that educate and deliver up-to-the-minute information when and where you need it. Our online program is intended to be manageable and attainable‚ and with our Certification exam‚ you can quantify your learning and experience as a true data center professional!

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