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Datapod Launches New Website

Posted by on March 27, 2013  |  No Comments

New website, www.datapod.com.au, features clearer navigation, more focused content and new social media links.  

Datapod, a leading engineer and solution provider of energy efficient data center infrastructure products, professional and technical support, has launched a significant upgrade to their popular website:  www.datapod.com.au.  Datapod’s website offers to educate and inform readers on the Datapod System, an innovative modular, scalable data center that delivers an optimized IT environment.

The newly designed website includes several enhancements that are functional and interactive. Clearer navigation to the latest Datapod news can be accessed directly through the “News” portal. The “Overview” and “Services” sections provide information essential to the data center professional that showcases how Datapod can deliver a quality turn-key solution faster and at less cost compared to legacy data center construction projects. Datapod is also proud to include access to their innovative iPad App.  This revolutionary App empowers you to design your own data center and produce a personalized report within a matter of minutes.  Integration of  social media tools allow site visitors to access additional and dynamic Datapod news, photos, and video via feed from FacebookYou Tube ChannelTwitterDatapod BlogLinkedIn, Instagram and Pinterest.

Universal Networking Services is proud to be the North America Authorized Agent for Datapod™ .  Our partnership with Datapod™ allows us to deliver a unique alternative to the traditional bricks and mortar data center installation. We can provide the data center community an alternative solution that maximizes their investment and increases the reliability and availability of their mission-critical facility.  Datapod is an unique, modular data center system that incorporates innovative design and cutting edge mechanical and electrical engineering. Datapod has extended the concept of modular data center design to include critical site infrastructure such as modular generators, chillers, and deployment services thereby providing a complete infrastructure solution for data centers. By enabling data center users to deploy when they like, where they like and for how long they like, the Datapod system offers performance superior to that of  a “bricks and mortar” data center facility, deploys faster and at a more cost-effective price point.

Please feel free to email Waite Ave at w.ave@criticalpowerandcooling.com or contact us to learn more.

Battery Technology for Data Centers and Network Rooms: FireSafetyCodes–USA

Posted by on July 31, 2012  |  No Comments

White Paper 31

Understanding fire safety codes as they relate to battery installations in data centers is important for the following reasons:

  • Knowledgeable individuals allow themselves more flexibility when selecting a battery solution. For example, data center professionals who are unfamiliar with the codes may find themselves paying for and installing safety equipment that is not required by law.
  • Knowledge of the code can limit liability should a disaster occur.
  • Fundamental knowledge of the code can help buy peace of mind. Data center professionals encounter enough complexity in their jobs without having to harbor doubts as to whether their battery system installations violate local fire codes.

A code is law–a mandated ordinance, regulation or statutory requirement enforced by a government or its agencies. Codes are enacted in order to protect public health, safety, and welfare. Codes are enforced by the “Authority Having Jurisdiction” (AHJ). This can be an organization, an office, or a single individual responsible for enforcing the requirements of a code or standard, or for approving equipment, material, an installation, or a procedure. In an environment like a data center, jurisdictions for the enforcement of a code sometimes overlap. For example: the building code may apply to seismic construction and floor loading; the fire code may apply to the use of flammable substances; the mechanical code may apply to ventilation and exhaust; and the electrical code may apply to equipment installation and safety.

This paper will look primarily at fire codes in the USA as they are usually the driver during battery system installations for the application of other codes (such as mechanical and electrical codes). Fire codes for stationary lead acid batteries were originally written to address large systems utilizing vented (also called “flooded” or “wet cell”) lead-acid batteries that supported data centers and network rooms. These systems are often located in a separate room away from the servers on the data center floor. These batteries continuously vent hydrogen gas and contain electrolyte in liquid form. Special ventilation and spill containment systems are required when these battery systems are deployed.

Smaller and distributed back-up power systems are typically located much closer to or within the equipment they protect (e.g., they are often located in racks next to servers). They generally use valve-regulated lead-acid (VRLA) batteries. VRLA batteries are designed to recombine hydrogen and oxygen and emit only extremely small amounts of hydrogen under normal operating conditions. Normal room ventilation is usually sufficient to remove any emitted hydrogen, so special ventilation is typically not required (see White Paper 32, Battery Technology for Data Centers and Network Rooms: Environmental Regulations).

The electrolyte in a VRLA battery is not in liquid form but is immobilized. The most common technology in the USA, termed “Absorbed Glass Mat” (AGM), uses a highly porous, non- woven glass mats that immobilize the electrolyte and prevent it from spilling. Another type, more common in Europe and Asia, uses a gelled electrolyte with a consistency similar to that of tar. A crack or hole in the casing of a VRLA battery will not result in a measurable electrolyte spill. Spill containment systems for installations with VRLA batteries are therefore not needed or necessary.

“Battery Technology for Data Centers and Network Rooms: Fire Safety Codes-US” Full White Paper (Click Here To Download)

Executive Summary:

Fire safety regulations and their application to uninterrupted power supply (UPS) battery installations in the USA are reviewed. In some cases, fire codes do not clearly recognize improvements in battery safety resulting from changing battery technology. Valve regulated lead acid (VRLA) batteries are frequently deployed within data centers and network rooms without the need for the elaborate safety systems that are required for vented (flooded) lead acid batteries. Proper interpretation of the fire codes is essential in the design and implementation of data centers and network rooms.

Contents:

  • Code of federal regulations
  • Fire codes
  • Mechanical codes
  • Application of the codes to battery technologies
  • Interpretation

Conclusion:

Flooded batteries require special containment and ventilation due to the risks posed by their liquid electrolyte and their continual hydrogen generation. VRLA batteries have miniscule amounts of liquid electrolyte and generate much lower amounts of hydrogen. The latest codes specifically recognize the technology differences between flooded and VRLA batteries and exempt VRLA batteries from spill containment and occupational separation.

However, older codes might still be in use in many jurisdictions. The older codes were not as clear in making the distinction, and an inspector might take a very narrow interpretation. Since VRLA batteries contain miniscule amounts of liquid electrolyte, most practical installations of VRLA batteries do not trigger the spill containment and occupancy separation requirements. Battery systems based on VRLA batteries can be deployed, and are routinely deployed, within data centers, network rooms and work environments in compliance with fire codes.

White Paper Written By:

Stephen McCluer is a Senior Manager for external codes and standards at Schneider Electric. He has 30 years of experience in the power protection industry, and is a member of NFPA, ICC, IAEI, ASHRAE, The Green Grid, BICSI, and the IEEE Standards Council. He serves on a number of committees within those organizations, is a frequent speaker at industry conferences, and authors technical papers and articles on power quality topics. He served on a task group to rewrite the requirements for information technology equipment in the 2011 National Electrical Code.

Universal Networking Services’s partnership with Universal Power Group, Inc. has enabled us to build a strong distribution network of battery and related power components that meet consumer needs for accessibility, portability, security and mobility, coupled with value added offerings such as battery pack assembly and battery replacement/recycling programs.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions regarding this topic.

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Universal Networking Services Launches Institute for Data Center Professionals

Posted by on April 12, 2012  |  No Comments

Universal Networking Services Launches Institute for Data Center Professionals

Data center education that will lay the critical foundation to run an efficient data center.

St. Petersburg, Florida, April 12, 2012: Universal Networking Services (UNS), a leading provider of mission-critical power and cooling infrastructure products and services today announced the launch of Universal Networking Services Institute for Data Center Professionals.

Waite Ave, Vice-President of Operations,  states “Today’s IT departments face complex challenges that demand forward looking IT solutions.  Corporate CIOs, Facility Mangers, and IT Managers are facing a real crisis when it comes to the efficiency of their critical facilities.  Not least among these challenges is the delicate balancing act of ensuring reliability without energy cost getting out of control.  High-density deployments are creating cooling challenges that cannot be solved by the current design practice. For example, data center cooling systems must be more adaptable to changing requirements.  How cooling is deployed into today’s data centers has a major effect on operating costs.  Most vendors are not addressing the pressing problems created by the current design practices or equipment.  Our “Educational Series for Data Center Professionals” provides educational opportunities while showcasing  the latest in technologies for data center power, cooling, monitoring and management.  Our customized training series provides the education that will lay the critical foundation to run an efficient data center.   At UNS, our philosophy is to offer the data center professional the tools and resources to lower their Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) and maximize efficiencies offered by the advancements in today’s data center architecture.  We are very excited to team directly with the data center community to find real-time solutions to their unique challenges.”

About UNS “Educational Series for Data Center Professionals”:

The “Educational Series For Data Center Professionals” is a customized training series conducted at YOUR facility that provides the education that will lay the critical foundation for your organization to run an efficient data center.  UNS works diligently with you and your staff to customize a curriculum specific to your facilities requirements that educate and showcase the latest in technologies and best practices for data center power, cooling, monitoring, security and management.  Choose either topics from current course curriculum (see course curriculum below) or customize your training.   At UNS, we believe education is key to controlling your data center costs.  With that in mind, we couple your customized training session with our signature Critical Facility Energy Profile (CFEP) assessment.  To highlight, 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 effecting 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.   UNS is committed to understanding our clients challenges and provide the tools needed to operate their businesses with reliability and maximum efficiency.  Contact us today to learn more about this unique educational opportunity.

About Current “Educational Series for Data Center Professionals” Course Curriculum:

“POWER FUNDAMENTALS”-If you’ve ever asked yourself…”What’s the difference between kVA and kW?  AC and DC, isn’t that a band? Single-phase or three-phase?…then this is the course for you! In this course, students learn the fundamentals of AC and DC power, from generation to application.

“POWER DISTRIBUTION”-“With great power comes great responsibility.”  One can have all the power in the world but efficiently distributing that power to your critical equipment is the trick that makes the difference between business as usual or lights out!  In this course, students learn the fundamentals and application of efficient power deliver in terms of both off-site and on-site power generation.

“EFFICIENT POWER MANAGEMENT-OPTIMIZING TCO”- “Generator? Check. UPS? Check. Doors secured? Check. Red lights? Check…uh-oh! What do we do now? Who will we call?  Is this covered under a service agreement?” Managing your assets is one thing but doing so in a manner that lowers your TCO and allows you to sleep better at night takes some strategy.  Increasing availability and reliability while continuously decreasing costs means you’ll have to know when to break from the crowd and try less conventional methods.  This course is designed for the professional that has a solid understanding of both “Power Fundamentals” and “Power Distribution” and is ready to develop a strategy to manage their time, manpower and assets with maximum efficiency.

“CRITICAL COOLING 101-FUNDAMENTALS OF AIR CONDITIONING”-This course explains the fundamentals of air conditioning systems and how they can be leveraged in a data center to your advantage.  Topics include:  The Properties of Heat Transfer, The Ideal Gas Law, The Refrigeration Cycle, Condensation Control, and Comfort vs. Precision Cooling.  With a solid understanding of air conditioning principles, this course enables students to make knowledgeable decision on what air conditioning solutions are right for their data center-solutions based on fact, rather than sales and marketing strategy.

“EFFICIENT COOLING-OPTIMIZING COOLING STRATEGIES AND ARCHITECTURE”-Today’s servers generate significantly more heat, and in more concentrated, confined space than they did 20 years ago. So, why are data centers still using the same cooling strategies of yesteryear? This course takes a hard look at data center cooling architectures from many angles: efficiency, reliability, TCO, feasibility and availability, enabling students to make the best choices in cooling their critical equipment.  “Understanding the difference between comfort cooling and critical cooling; understanding the different types of cooling architectures and their deployment; and developing a method of choosing one cooling strategy over another” are all topics discussed in this course offering.

About Universal Networking Services:

UNS specializes in mission-critical power and cooling solutions for wiring closets, server rooms, and data centers.  UNS provides product acquisition, design/ engineering, installation management and maintenance services.

Learn More:

To learn more about UNS Institute for Data Center Professionals please contact Waite Ave at w.ave@apcdistributors.com or 281-825-9790.

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APC Symmetra PX 250/500 kW

Posted by on February 6, 2012  |  2 Comments

High performance, right-sized, modular, hot-scalable, 3-phase power protection with ultra high availability and efficiency for any size data center or high density power zone.

The right-sized UPS for demanding business critical applications

The APC Symmetra PX is a world class, redundant, scalable, power protection system designed to cost effectively provide high levels of availability. Seamlessly integrating into today’s state-of-the-art data center designs, the Symmetra PX is a true modular system. Made up of dedicated and redundant modules–power, intelligence, battery and bypass, all engineered into a design that is easily and efficiently serviceable, this architecture can scale power and runtime as demand grows or as higher levels of availability are required. Symmetra PX serves as the core power train that drives APC InfraStruXure® systems for small and medium data centers but can also power individual “zones” of larger data centers. Highly manageable, the Symmetra PX features self-diagnostic capabilities and standardized modules which mitigate the risk of human error resulting in increased overall data center reliability.

Explore the features and benefits of the Symmetra PX:

To learn more about APC’s Symmetra line of products please contact Waite Ave at w.ave@apcdistributors.com or 1-888-486-7725, ext. 201.

APC Symmetra: Highly available, redundant and scalable double-conversion on-line power protection

Posted by on February 6, 2012  |  No Comments

The first UPS with redundancy and scalability within a single chassis.

Engineered to deliver the highest level of business continuity possible, Symmetra’s modular, redundant architecture can scale power and run time as demand increases or when higher levels of availability are required. Integrated network manageability provides real time status updates of UPS health and environmental conditions. Hot-swappable, user replaceable power, battery, and intelligence modules enables low MTTR and ease of service. Symmetra’s modular design provides redundant power in a single chassis for business-critical applications in server rooms and network closets.

Symmetra with Dan Desruisseaux Video

To learn more about APC’s Symmetra line of products please contact Waite Ave at w.ave@apcdistributors.com or 1-888-486-7725, ext. 201.

CIOs Reduce Data Center Costs Through Power and Cooling Efficiency | Guest Opinions | ITBusinessEdge.com

Posted by on February 2, 2012  |  No Comments

Author:  Jeff Klaus, Intel Data Center Manager

Energy costs are the fastest-rising cost element in the data center. Based on current trends, the EPA estimates that energy consumed by data centers will continue to grow by 12 percent per year. Power and thermal energy consumption balanced with energy savings is one of the major responsibilities of facility and IT managers. Intel Data Center Manager group has observed how the data center is now a source for CIOs and their technical teams to add to the bottom line through increased power and cooling efficiency.

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CIOs Reduce Data Center Costs Through Power and Cooling Efficiency | Guest Opinions | ITBusinessEdge.com.

EPA Brochure: 12 Ways To Decrease The Energy Consumption Of Your Data Center

Posted by on January 18, 2012  |  No Comments

In concert with recent Energy Star Specification updates, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released a brochure to help guide organizations in reducing energy consumption in their data centers.

Server and data center energy consumption is projected to nearly double from 2006 to 2011 nationally, contributing to electricity costs in excess of $7.4 billion. U.S. EPA encourages you to improve your data center’s energy efficiency and help your organization limit its energy consumption growth while also contributing to a cleaner environment.

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Universal Networking Services Releases Website Update

Posted by on January 10, 2012  |  No Comments

Universal Networking Services Releases Website Update

The updated website, www.criticalpowerandcooling.com,  features clearer navigation, more focused content and a cleaner user interface for enhanced usability for all data center professionals.

St. Petersburg, Florida (January 9th, 2011):  Universal Networking Services (UNS), a leading provider of mission-critical power and cooling infrastructure products and services today announced the release of several high-level updates to their popular website:  www.criticalpowerandcooling.com.  Going beyond merely selling products, UNS’s website offers to educate and inform users on the latest in data center power and cooling technologies.

The new streamlined website includes several enhancements that are functional and interactive.  Clearer navigation to the latest industry information in power, cooling, modular, fire and monitoring can be accessed through the updated “Data Center Solutions” portal. The “Data Center Institute” section provides White Papers and tools essential to the data center professional while the “Efficiencies Strategies” section showcases UNS signature Critical Facility Energy Profile (CFEP) service.  UNS is proud to dedicate a page so to the Datapod System, an innovative modular, scalable data center that delivers an optimized IT environment as well as a page regarding cost segregation, a strategic tax savings tool.  Integration of social media tools allows website visitors to access additional data center industry news via RSS news feed from UNS Blog, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Waite Ave, Vice President of Operations, states “Today’s IT departments face complex challenges that demand forward looking IT solutions.  With that in mind, UNS has developed a website that provides educational opportunities and showcases the latest in technologies for data center power and cooling.  Education that will lay the critical foundation to run an efficient data center.  At UNS, our philosophy is to offer the data center professional the tools and resources to lower their Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) and maximize efficiencies offered by the advancements in today’s data center architecture.  We are very excited to share our updated website to empower the data center community to find real-time solutions to their unique challenges.”

About Universal Networking Services:

UNS specializes in mission-critical power and cooling solutions for wiring closets, server rooms, and data centers.  UNS provides product acquisition, design/ engineering, installation management and maintenance services.

To learn more about UNS,  please contact Waite Ave at w.ave@apcdistributors.com or 281-825-9790.

A Data Center Without Maintenance Has No Availability | The Data Center Journal

Posted by on January 7, 2012  |  No Comments

A Data Center Without Maintenance Has No Availability | The Data Center Journal.

By Jeff Clark

Regardless of a data center design’s intended level of availability, that facility won’t meet its stated goals in the absence of proper maintenance. To keep services available, data center operators must take steps to ensure that individual aspects of the … Read More »

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