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Universal Networking Services, LLC Along With Strategic Partner Datapod Joins Allied Fiber’s Dark Fiber Community

Posted by on September 29, 2010  |  No Comments

Denver, Colorado, September 29, 2010Universal Networking Services, LLC, (UNS, LLC) a leading provider of mission-critical power and cooling infrastructure products and services, announces it has joined Allied Fiber’s Dark Fiber Community to provide network buyers’ education and information on its Datapod Containerized ‘on-demand data center’ System.

Allied Fiber, the company constructing a nationwide, integrated dark fiber and carrier-neutral colocation system for network operators to gain access to wireless towers and distributed data centers recently launched the Dark Fiber Community. Hosted on TMCNet.com, the Dark Fiber Community is a single resource for those seeking to build new transport systems or extend existing fiber and wireless networks.

“The Dark Fiber Community serves as an online directory for network operators, featuring industry news, video interviews, relevant whitepapers and access to an online one-on-one meeting system, the DealCenter, which facilitates necessary introductions,” explains Hunter Newby, CEO of Allied Fiber. “Combined, these tools serve to further educate the network buyer marketplace and offer invaluable resources and connections to credible network suppliers. Adding UNS to the Dark Fiber Community introduces a deeper resource in the Container Data Center segment of the industry for those in search of information and solutions for their cloud computing infrastructure needs.”

Kurt Ave, COO of UNS, LLC and Scott Carr, Managing Director of Datapod both agree. “We are honored to be a part of the Dark Fiber Community. It is an excellent platform to raise awareness and contribute educational information and present valuable solutions about the Datapod Containerized System to the dark fiber marketplace.”

The Datapod Containerized System offers more flexible and customizable solutions than the traditional data center model. From concept through installation, a traditional ‘bricks and mortar’ build can take up to two years to complete. Often, by the time the facility is ready to be commissioned, business needs have changed and the facility is no longer fit for purpose. With technology and network improvements accelerating, it is challenging to correctly estimate the ideal size of a data center construction and network installation without oversizing, blowing out costs, or undersizing and delivering a sub-standard solution to the market. Once a traditional data center is built, it cannot be relocated and extending the physical size of the structure comes at a prohibitive cost. Datapod introduces a unique, modular data center system that combines innovative design with cutting edge mechanical and electrical engineering. It has enhanced the concept of traditional containerized data centers to include critical site infrastructure such as modular generators, chillers and deployment services, thereby providing a complete infrastructure solution for data centers.

“The enterprise IT landscape has to be able to adapt quickly to changing business needs. Whether you need a server room or a data center for a new site, a refurbishment or a temporary facility, the problem is always the same,” states Mr. Carr. “The Datapod system enables companies reliant on data centers to cost-effectively deploy what they need, where they want it and for the exact duration it is required, while providing a superior solution to traditional data center facilities.”

Containerized data centers placed along the Allied Fiber route offer tremendous real estate development opportunities since the containers can be shifted to any location where there is abundant power at the lowest possible rates. Every business such as hospitals, law firms, government entities and R&E organizations that need server space can now access it near or on their current campus, gaining access to all of the benefits of abundant, low cost power and dark fiber. Datapod Containerized Systems can be deployed along the Allied Fiber route to match needs with a utility company’s power footprint. The containers can intercept short-haul duct as well as interconnect directly with an Allied Fiber colocation facility, allowing container data center owners and operators to locate their WDM/Ethernet transport equipment or cross connect to multiple transport carriers and ISPs for cost-effective global network solutions. The combination of these physical layer assets brings ultimate access to abundant and inexpensive power and network capacity to meet any organization’s needs.

“The awareness of the Containerized System is increasing,” states Mr. Ave. “Companies need more efficient and distributed data center space, with access to abundant and inexpensive power along a major interstate carrier-neutral dark fiber system. This is truly a flexible and cost-effective solution to both short-term and long-term network needs.”

About Universal Networking Services, LLC
Universal Networking Services, LLC headquartered in Denver, Colorado with regional offices throughout the U.S. specializes in mission-critical power and cooling solutions for wiring closets, server rooms, and data centers. UNS, LLC provides product acquisition, design, engineering, installation management and maintenance services.

About Datapod Australia
Datapod is a leading engineer and solution provider of energy efficient data center infrastructure products, professional services and technical support. The secret behind Datapod’s success is to offer its clients a team of skilled professionals whose depth of experience is unmatched, technology that is setting the standard for the industry and an unwavering commitment to excellence in support. Specializing in turn-key data center infrastructure solutions, Datapod has developed a highly specialized expertise that bridges the knowledge gap between today’s IT infrastructure requirements and best-practice data center infrastructure solutions.

About Datapod Containerized System
The Datapod containerized system utilizes APC InfraStruXure, including the high-density ready Hot Aisle Containment System. APC’s Hot Aisle Containment System captures the hot air at its source, effectively making cooling a secondary issue, while enabling ultra-high densities across 1 or all of the IT equipment racks. By combining the standardized pre-engineered Datapod building-blocks, featuring the modular, scalable APC InfraStruXure architecture, APC and Datapod offer the ultimate in on-demand data centers.

About Allied Fiber
Allied Fiber is a carrier neutral provider of dark fiber with a national footprint, created to address America’s need to eliminate obstacles for broadband access, wireless backhaul, data center distribution and lower latency through new, next generation long-haul and short-haul dark fiber construction with sound principles and an open access philosophy. The Allied Fiber team is comprised of experts in the fields of communications, network construction and finance. They are dedicated to building and providing access to an abundant supply of dark fiber in areas where it is most needed. The first phase of new duct and fiber construction will be between New York, NY, Ashburn, VA and Chicago, IL. For more information, please visit www.alliedfiber.com.

For more information about UNS, LLC and Datapod contact:
Waite Ave
Managing Partner
w.ave@apcdistributors.com
281-825-9790

Media Contact for Allied Fiber:
Ilissa Miller
Jaymie Scotto & Associates, LLC
+1.866.695.3629
pr@jaymiescotto.com

DATAPOD WINS DESIGN AWARD

Posted by on September 1, 2010  |  No Comments

Datapod wins design award
By Brett Winterford
Jun 9, 2010 4:54 PM

Modularised container data centres lauded.

Canberra-based data centre designer Datapod has won a national design award from Standards Australia for its modularised container data centres.

Datapod won an Australian International Design Award for excellence in innovation and design in the Business and Technology category. Four other companies won awards in this category, including Motorola for the MC9500 mobile computer.

Datapod’s containers are pre-manufactured pods kitted out with a hot aisle of in-row cooled server racks and cooling equipment. The company claims the pods could be up to fifty percent more energy efficient than traditional data centres and far cheaper, starting at $400,000 per pod.

Datapod’s Project Pod

Stephanie Pemberton, director at The Australian International Design Awards said in a statement that the judges were impressed by Datapod’s “well organised components and sturdy construction” for ease of deployment and maintenance.

“We set out to build a quality product for an international market – this award lets us know we’re on the right path,” said Scott Carr, managing director of Datapod.

Carr has signed two territorial rights agreements with manufacturers overseas to produce Datapods under license. “This helps with our plans to move into international markets,” he said.

Carr conceded that enterprise IT shops are not 100 percent sold on the container pod model just yet, but he is confident more will come around as he provides reference customers. To date, his customers have been Federal Government clients that are not prepared to tell their story.

“It is getting easier to convince the market of the benefits of the container system,” he said. “The market is much more educated now and the concept is becoming more accepted.”

In the meantime, Carr’s business is booming on the back of retro-fitting existing brick and mortar data centres with pods.

APC Expands InRow® Cooling Product Family with InRow OA and Refrigerant Distribution Unit

Posted by on September 1, 2010  |  No Comments

Energy Efficient, Overhead Cooling Solution for Medium to Large DataCenter Environments

West Kingston, RI, August 16, 2010 — APC by Schneider Electric, a global leader in integrated critical power and cooling services, today announced the InRow® OA and Refrigerant Distribution Unit (RDU) pumped refrigerant cooling system. The APC InRow OA expands APC’s leading InRow product line by providing an overhead, energy efficient, refrigerant based cooling solution for data center environments.

“Data center densities continue to increase and efficiency concerns encourage customers to maximize all the available space for physical infrastructure,” said Dave Guidette, senior vice president, Enterprise Systems, Services & Software, APC. “The new APC InRow OA and RDU provide data center managers with increased flexibility by eliminating the need to remove or break-up racks to implement a row-based cooling architecture to meet the needs of higher density loads.”

Ideal for medium and high density applications, the new APC InRow OA captures up to 27kW of hot IT exhaust air at the source, neutralizes it and discharges cool, ambient air to the IT space. The OA includes integrated thermal containment, which eliminates mixing of hot and cold air streams – improving cooling predictability. Modular construction, variable speed fans, and active response controls are all integrated into one high efficiency system. The over head design requires zero whitespace, because it can be mounted on a rack or suspended from the ceiling above the hot aisle, improving flexibility and the ability to adapt to existing data center environments.

This refrigerant based system has been developed to eliminate the threat from water leaks in close proximity to IT equipment. The refrigerant used in this modular, pumped system is R134a, a non-toxic solution that poses no threat to IT equipment in the event of a leak, and has no Ozone depletion potential.

The RDU is a refrigerant distribution unit capable of providing 160kW of heat rejection to the APC InRow OA cooling units, and its modular construction, variable speed pumps, and active response controls are integrated into the highly efficient variable volume pumping system. The RDU has the ability to modulate capacity from 0-100 percent with no minimum loading requirements and may be placed in the IT environment or in an adjacent location to further increase whitespace utilization for IT equipment.

Other key components to this system include modular piping headers and the mounting structure of the APC InRow OA. The piping headers are an integrated part of the mounting structure of the APC InRow OA to simplify installation and reduce initial investment costs.

Key benefits of new APC InRow OA include:
· Ability to maximize available floor space for IT equipment
· Address concerns of water in the data center
· 30-50% more efficient than traditional raised floor data center cooling
· Elimination of hot spots caused by high density deployments
· Flexibility to easily deploy and redeploy cooling
· Simple to install minimizing initial investment

The new APC InRow OA and Refrigerant Distribution Unit are currently available in worldwide

APC Announces Next Generation Rack Power Distribution Platform to Maximize Energy Efficiency and Improve Power Management

Posted by on September 1, 2010  |  No Comments

Next Generation Metered and Switched Rack PDUs focus on accessibility and efficiency for effective real-time and remote data center management

West Kingston, RI– August 4, 2010– APC by Schneider Electric, a global leader in integrated critical power and cooling services, today announced the Next Generation Rack Power Distribution (PDU) units. APC’s new Next Generation Metered and Switched Rack PDUs will help IT and facilities managers more effectively and productively manage power capacity and functionality for critical network, server and data center equipment. APC’s new Rack PDUs solve rack-level power needs while incorporating new intelligent features like real power measurement and environmental monitoring all in a space-efficient zero-U form factor – the most shallow depth form factor in the industry.

“More data center managers are starting to look at energy as a productive asset, and they need the tools to be able to help maximize the resources at hand. APC’s Next Generation Rack PDUs are one of the tools that can help with energy management across the data center through real-time monitoring, while saving space,” said Dave Guidette, senior vice president, Enterprise Systems, Services & Software, APC.

APC’s new platform of Rack PDUs consists of 19 new models in the Metered and Switched product families, Metered AP8800 series and Switched AP8900 series. The AP8800 Metered Rack PDU series provides advanced, real-time remote monitoring of connected loads with user-defined alarms to warn of potential circuit overloads before critical IT failures occur, enabling IT managers to proactively monitor and resolve issues. The AP8900 Switched Rack PDU series provides advanced load monitoring combined with remote on/off switching control of individual outlets for power cycling, delayed power sequencing, and outlet use management. All Next Generation Rack PDUs include active power metering and remote alarming with volts, amps, real power (kW), and energy (kWh) measurements. Other features include:

· Active metering capabilities on the new Rack PDU series provides IT managers with full feature network management abilities to access and configure the Rack PDU settings via web, SNMP and telnet, and also enables comprehensive overload monitoring and user defined alarms to warn of potential circuit overloads, helping to prevent accidental power loss to critical equipment.
· Integrated user interactive LCD display interface, replaceable for future upgrades, allows for real-time equipment connectivity & load balancing guidance and provides optional temperature and humidity monitoring with user defined alarms.
· Power cycle outlets and the ability to define groups of outlets by user on one or more Rack PDUs enable quick recovery from locked equipment events. User-defined outlet power-up sequencing also prevents overloads during startup and recovery (Switched Rack PDUs).
· Enhanced security features include remote individual outlet control, which lets IT managers turn off unused outlets to prevent unauthorized use, avoid accidental overloads and control where new equipment is deployed.
· New ultra low profile, space saving, hydraulic-magnetic breakers maximize IT equipment space and provide the strongest over-current protection available for high temperature rack enclosure environments.
· Next Generation Rack PDUs feature locking IEC receptacles and when used with the new locking IEC jumper cords enable the use of an exclusive, easy-to-use space saving cord retention method, eliminating the need for bulky cable management brackets. Output jumper cords are available in multiple lengths including two, four and six-foot increments; and a wide variety of standard input, output and adapter power cords compatible with most IT applications.

The APC Next Generation Metered Rack PDUs are currently available worldwide and new Switched series Rack PDUs will be available Q3 2010.

APC Announces Next Generation Rack Power Distribution Platform to Maximize Energy Efficiency and Improve Power Management

Posted by on September 1, 2010  |  No Comments

Next Generation Metered and Switched Rack PDUs focus on accessibility and efficiency for effective real-time and remote data center management

West Kingston, RI– August 4, 2010– APC by Schneider Electric, a global leader in integrated critical power and cooling services, today announced the Next Generation Rack Power Distribution (PDU) units. APC’s new Next Generation Metered and Switched Rack PDUs will help IT and facilities managers more effectively and productively manage power capacity and functionality for critical network, server and data center equipment. APC’s new Rack PDUs solve rack-level power needs while incorporating new intelligent features like real power measurement and environmental monitoring all in a space-efficient zero-U form factor – the most shallow depth form factor in the industry.

“More data center managers are starting to look at energy as a productive asset, and they need the tools to be able to help maximize the resources at hand. APC’s Next Generation Rack PDUs are one of the tools that can help with energy management across the data center through real-time monitoring, while saving space,” said Dave Guidette, senior vice president, Enterprise Systems, Services & Software, APC.

APC’s new platform of Rack PDUs consists of 19 new models in the Metered and Switched product families, Metered AP8800 series and Switched AP8900 series. The AP8800 Metered Rack PDU series provides advanced, real-time remote monitoring of connected loads with user-defined alarms to warn of potential circuit overloads before critical IT failures occur, enabling IT managers to proactively monitor and resolve issues. The AP8900 Switched Rack PDU series provides advanced load monitoring combined with remote on/off switching control of individual outlets for power cycling, delayed power sequencing, and outlet use management. All Next Generation Rack PDUs include active power metering and remote alarming with volts, amps, real power (kW), and energy (kWh) measurements. Other features include:

· Active metering capabilities on the new Rack PDU series provides IT managers with full feature network management abilities to access and configure the Rack PDU settings via web, SNMP and telnet, and also enables comprehensive overload monitoring and user defined alarms to warn of potential circuit overloads, helping to prevent accidental power loss to critical equipment.
· Integrated user interactive LCD display interface, replaceable for future upgrades, allows for real-time equipment connectivity & load balancing guidance and provides optional temperature and humidity monitoring with user defined alarms.
· Power cycle outlets and the ability to define groups of outlets by user on one or more Rack PDUs enable quick recovery from locked equipment events. User-defined outlet power-up sequencing also prevents overloads during startup and recovery (Switched Rack PDUs).
· Enhanced security features include remote individual outlet control, which lets IT managers turn off unused outlets to prevent unauthorized use, avoid accidental overloads and control where new equipment is deployed.
· New ultra low profile, space saving, hydraulic-magnetic breakers maximize IT equipment space and provide the strongest over-current protection available for high temperature rack enclosure environments.
· Next Generation Rack PDUs feature locking IEC receptacles and when used with the new locking IEC jumper cords enable the use of an exclusive, easy-to-use space saving cord retention method, eliminating the need for bulky cable management brackets. Output jumper cords are available in multiple lengths including two, four and six-foot increments; and a wide variety of standard input, output and adapter power cords compatible with most IT applications.

The APC Next Generation Metered Rack PDUs are currently available worldwide and new Switched series Rack PDUs will be available Q3 2010.

APC Unveils Symmetra® PX 100kW Power Protection System with Modular Power Distribution to Right-Size the Data Center

Posted by on September 1, 2010  |  No Comments

APC Unveils Symmetra® PX 100kW Power Protection System with Modular Power Distribution to Right-Size the Data Center

Unrivalled power, runtime & distribution allows user to safely expand and service the solution without hot work or forced shutdowns

LAS VEGAS – April 26, 2010 (INTEROP, booth 1343) — APC by Schneider Electric, a global leader in integrated critical power and cooling services, today announced an expansion to the Symmetra® PX product line of Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) units, with the introduction of the Symmetra PX 100kW. Providing up to 100kW of hot-scalable power protection, runtime and power distribution, the Symmetra PX 100kW is ideal for small and medium data centers. The unit offers high-performance, right-sized, three-phase power protection with industry-leading efficiency, availability, and reliability. Available with supporting power distribution/maintenance bypass panel cabinet, the Symmetra PX 100kW is well suited for high density zones within existing data center environments that need to expand equipment.

“Before the arrival of modular power protection, users were forced to rely on either a UPS that was vastly oversized, which dramatically reduced efficiency and unnecessarily increased electricity bills, or on a system that was an adequate size for present business needs, but could not be easily adapted to future changes,” said Dave Guidette, senior vice president, Enterprise Systems, Services & Software, APC. “The Symmetra PX 100kW grows with the needs of the business, so customers only pay for the energy they need today, not what they expect to be using in the future. The system also enables data centers to meet high density requirements and lower total cost of ownership (TCO) through scalable power and runtime capabilities.”

The standardized rack-based modular design of the SymmetraPX 100kW gives businesses the ability to quickly and easily install power protection for immediate needs, and also gives the flexibility for future expansion when IT infrastructure needs change. Users can scale power capacity in 10kW increments up to 100kW (N+0) or 90kW (N+1) without the cost and footprint requirements of a second system. With a compact and efficient footprint, Symmetra PX 100kW meets the high power requirements of high-density racks. Scalable power and runtime capacity reduce TCO by allowing IT managers to right-size the data center as demand grows or as higher levels of availability are required. The Symmetra PX 100kW also simplifies the management of unpredictable load demand: to adjust the power capacity of the system, a trained user can add or remove hot-swappable 10kW power and battery modules without removing power to the load.

A supporting Power Distribution Unit (PDU) with Maintenance Bypass features industry-leading safety and simplifies the installation and reconfiguration of the power distribution system. Power Distribution Modules easily snap into touch-safe slots in the PDU, so that a new circuit can be installed in mere minutes without performing risky hot work or shutting down the system. Included branch circuit monitoring simplifies power management.

Other features of the Symmetra PX 100kW include a hot-swappable Static Bypass Switch which enables the UPS to transfer the load to utility power without interruption in the event of a heavy overload or fault condition; no rear access requirements; and an optional integrated maintenance bypass panel cabinet which provides space-saving design and ability to isolate power distribution from the UPS while maintaining power to critical loads. The system’s long-life battery modules feature battery units with an expectancy of 5-8 years.

Designed to address the increasing shortage of data center space, this UPS serves as the core power train that drives APC’s InfraStruxure systems. The Symmetra PX 100kW can be integrated into data centers for a complete solution through built-in management software InfraStruxure Designer, Central, Capacity Manager, and server access support.

Cost Segregation For Data Centers

Posted by on September 1, 2010  |  No Comments

Cost Segregation is a strategic tax savings tool that allows companies and individuals, who have constructed, purchased, expanded, or remodeled any kind of real estate to increase cash flow by accelerating depreciation deductions and deferring federal and state income taxes.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF A COST SEGREGATION STUDY?
Generates immediate increase in cash flow through accelerated depreciation deductions.Reduces income taxes and can also reduce real estate property taxes.Provides an easy opportunity to claim ‘catch up’ depreciation on previously misclassified assets.Provides an independent third-party analysis that will withstand IRS review.

Cost segregation, is an exercise in recognizing and separately accounting for the costs of 5, 7, 10, 15, and 20 year property from the 30-39 year property classifications. The property in each of the classes from 5-20 years, once properly identified, are eligible for accelerated depreciation. This allows a business, institution or organization paying corporate income tax to further increase deductions during the early life of the equipment.

Organizations that own high technology assets can benefit the most from exercising cost segregation strategies, so long as each asset can pass the function and use test and the inherent permanency test. Modular, scaleable, factory built Data Center Physical Infrastructure (DCPI) performing the mission of a business routinely pass both tests with ease.

Tax and tax related asset management strategies create a significant impact on the total cost of ownership of DCPI. These savings are entirely separate to gains in energy efficiency. Successful implementation of cost segregation strategies involves a financial professional along with the IT professionals, and facility managers involved in the deployment of DCPI.

UNS, LLC works closely with a dedicated cost segregation team that includes engineers and tax experts that have performed thousands of tax projects resulting in hundreds of millions of dollars in benefits. The initial assessment to determine qualification is free.

To learn more please contact Waite Ave at w.ave@apcdistributors.com or 1-888-486-7725, ext. 201.

APC and Datapod Containerized Data Center Video

Posted by on September 1, 2010  |  No Comments

The Datapod containerized system utilizes APC InfraStruXure, including the high-density ready Hot Aisle Containment System. APC’s Hot Aisle Containment System captures the hot air at its source, effectively making cooling a secondary issue, whilst enabling ultra-high densities across 1 or all of the IT equipment racks. By combining the standardized pre-engineered Datapod building-blocks, featuring the modular, scalable APC InfraStruXure archietcture, APC and Datapod offer the ultimate in on-demand data centers

APC and Datapod Containerized Data Center Video