Archive for February, 2012

Don’s Corner: “Right-Sizing Versus Over-Sizing: Efficiency In The Data Center”

Posted by on February 29, 2012  |  No Comments

Don Melchert, Critical Facility Specialist

“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 rightsizing.  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 of 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.

The single largest avoidable cost associated with typical data center and network room infrastructure is oversizing.  To learn more about how you can prevent this unnecessary cost, “Right-Sizing Versus Over-Sizing: Efficiency In The Data Center” is available for your organization via our unique “Breakfast and Learn” Educational Series For Data Center Professionals.  This series provides the education that will lay the critical foundation for your organization to run an efficient data center. Please feel free to contact me for further information at d.melchert@apcdistributors.com or 918-760-8236. Additional resources pertaining to this topic are presented below for your reference.

Avoiding Costs from Oversizing Data Center and Network Room Infrastructure (White Paper #37) Overview:

Executive Summary:

The physical and power infrastructure of data centers and network rooms is typically oversized by more than 100%. Statistics related to oversizing are presented. The costs associated with oversizing are quantified. The fundamental reasons why oversizing occurs are discussed. An architecture and method for avoiding oversizing is described.

Highlights:

  • TCO cost drivers and opportunities to control TCO.
  • Information and statistics related to over-sizing.
  • Practical advantages of right-sizing.
  • Energy consumption reduction in DCPI equipment.
  • Examine key reasons why the industry is moving toward modular, scalable DCPI solutions.

Conclusion:

Data centers and network rooms are routinely oversized to three times their required capacity. Oversizing drives excessive capital and maintenance expenses, which are a substantial fraction of the overall lifecycle cost. Most of this excess cost can be recovered by implementing a method and architecture that can adapt to changing requirements in a cost- effective manner while at the same time providing high availability.

References:

Implementing Energy Efficient Data Centers (White Paper #114) Overview:

Executive Summary:

Electricity usage costs have become an increasing fraction of the total cost of ownership (TCO) for data centers. It is possible to dramatically reduce the electrical consumption of typical data centers through appropriate design of the data center physical infra- structure and through the design of the IT architecture. This paper explains how to quantify the electricity savings and provides examples of methods that can greatly reduce electrical power consumption.

Conclusion:

The cost of electricity for data centers is a substantial operating cost that can and should be managed. A data center designed for reduced power consumption also saves other costs such as capital and operating costs associated with power and cooling systems, as well as saving space.

Electrical consumption of existing data centers can be reduced through various low cost methods but primarily via migration to more energy efficient computing platforms. For new data centers, there are additional options both in the IT architecture and in the DCPI architec- ture that can gain much greater savings.

The electrical power consumption is typically shared evenly between the IT loads and DCPI devices. Any rational approach to reduction in electrical usage must treat the combined IT / DCPI design as a system in order to maximize the benefit.

Some equipment providers offer complete standardized data center designs specifically engineered for efficiency, and energy efficiency audit services are available for users desiring to reduce power consumption in existing data centers.

The cost savings opportunities have been shown to be very large yet the investment required to achieve them is small or even zero in some cases, when compared with legacy approaches to data center design.

References:

Determining Total Cost of Ownership for Data Center and Network Room Infrastructure (White Paper #6) Overview:

Executive Summary:

An improved method for measuring total cost of ownership (TCO) of data center and network room physical infrastructure and relating these costs to the overall Information Technology infrastructure is described, with examples. The cost drivers of TCO are quantified. The largest cost driver is shown to be unnecessary unabsorbed costs resulting from the oversizing of the infrastructure.

Conclusion:

Expressing TCO for data center and network room physical infrastructure on a per-rack basis normalizes the measurement of TCO, providing a metric that can be used to compare data centers/ network rooms and to compare different approaches to design.

The use of a TCO calculation tool and method was described. This tool permits the evaluation of cost control strategies, and can estimate TCO for specific installations.

The per rack lifetime TCO of a high availability data center is approximately $120K. The oversizing of infrastructure is a major contributor to this cost, and on average 30% cost savings can be obtained by implementing practical design techniques using modular scalable data center infrastructure.

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With Patient Care So Critical, There’s No Room For Downtime.

Posted by on February 24, 2012  |  No Comments

Waite Ave, Vice President of Operations

Whether you’re in the midst of implementing a new Electronic Medical Records (EMR) platform, migrating to a new Clinical Laboratory Information System (LIS) or planning a multi-site ambulatory optimization program, you know how critical it is to have experienced leadership talent in place to guide your team through the sweeping changes that are confronting your Health System.

Universal Networking Services can plan and manage Healthcare IT projects and sub-projects that are in concert with your organizational objectives. Whether it’s regional health systems or local hospitals, clinics or physician practices, research laboratories or pharmacies, Universal Networking Services provides the IT solutions that ensure the most secure of IT infrastructures and strengthen the critical connections among providers, patients, and others who support health and healthcare initiatives.

Universal Networking Services with the combined expertise of APC, Square D, TAC and Pelco, a health care system can now outfit its entire infrastructure with the best in building automation and energy management-all from the world leader in electrical distribution, power and control: Schneider Electric.

For more information on how your health care system can achieve scalable, modular solutions with the lowest total cost of ownership over time, review the resources below or please contact Waite Ave at w.ave@apcdistributors.com or call 1-888-486-7725, ext. 201.

Data Center Physical Infrastructure for Medical Imaging and Diagnostic Equipment (White Paper #86):

To ensure high availability and reliability to medical imaging and diagnostic equipment, including PACS, RIS, HIS, modalities and their network, special attention must be paid to their data center physical infrastructure (DCPI). The biggest challenges are in terms of power, cooling, physical space, management and services. Providing UPS protection to all such devices protects the hardware, prevents the software from unwarranted crashes and increases their availability significantly. Cooling is a special problem for bigger floor mounted modalities, high density storage and servers for PACS as well as RIS / HIS and hospital wiring closets. In some cases, a building’s HVAC system along with proper ducting, ventila- tion and airflow may be sufficient. However in many situations, additional cooling in the form of precision air conditioning is required. Companies like Schneider Electric have dedicated team of systems engineers, power protection specialists and availability consultants who can help in doing assessments and audits of data center physical infrastructure and provide detailed actionable reports on improving overall system reliability and availability while minimizing the total cost of ownership.

Schneider Electric “Operating Theatre Solution” Video:

Secure power distribution and monitoring solution for operating theatres.

Schneider Electric “Healthcare Solutions” Video:

Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure Active Energy Management Architecture for Healthcare is an integrated approach that allows hospitals to see, measure and manage energy use across their entire facility- from the operating theatre and security office to the IT room and beyond.

APC by Schneider Electric Healthcare Solutions:  The Scalable Approach to High Availability:

With patient care on the line, there’s no room for downtime. APC by Schneider Electric enables the technologies that ensure availability 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Universal Networking Services Extends Scheduling Deadline For Free Critical Facility Energy Profiles to March 31, 2012.

Posted by on February 21, 2012  |  No Comments

Universal Networking Services Extends Scheduling Deadline For Free Critical Facility Energy Profiles To March 31, 2012.

“Critical Facility Energy Profiles (CFEP) service provides a detailed analysis of the data center power and cooling infrastructure to optimize operating efficiency and significantly control energy costs.”

St. Petersburg, Florida February 22, 2012: Exceptional interest by the data center community for free Critical Facility Energy Profile (CFEP) assessments has prompted Universal Networking Services (UNS), a leading provider of mission- critical power and cooling infrastructure products and services to extend the scheduling date for to March 31, 2012.

Waite Ave, Vice President of Operations, states “Nearly half of a data center’s energy bill is from power and cooling. We are excited to offer this opportunity to the data center community to save on energy costs. Today’s IT departments face complex challenges that demand attention to their bottom line. Up to 75 percent of the energy used feeds power-hungry servers and the operation of mechanical and electrical systems that keep the lights on and, above all, keep the IT equipment cool. Smaller, more powerful IT equipment is considerably hotter than older systems, making heat management a major challenge. UNS and its partners take a broad view of these challenges in today’s IT facilities. Often, our recommendations, without any capital investment by the client, can generate savings on utility costs. If the client choses to implement modern technology such as in-row/in-rack cooling infrastructure the savings are often compounded. As an example, we have seen upwards of 40% savings in our clients utility bill by implementing this sort of IT architecture. Normally pricing is associated with our Critical Facility Energy Profiles but we want to encourage local companies to be proactive in minimizing their costs and maximizing their efficiency by offering this service free for a limited time.  At UNS, we believe education is key to controlling your data center costs.  With that in mind, the CFEP assessment can also be coupled with our Data Center Institute Educational Series.  Our customized training series provides the education that will lay the critical foundation to run an efficient data center.  Based on CFEP findings, UNS can 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.”

About Universal Networking Services, LLC

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, education/training, and installation management and maintenance services for critical facilities.

About Critical Facility Energy Profiles (CFEP)

Our Critical Facility Energy Profile (CFEP) service provides a non-invasive, risk free analysis of your current Network Critical Physical Infrastructure (NCPI) to determine the baseline efficiency of your wiring closet, server room, or data center. This assessment of NCPI equipment includes:

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

The CFEP assessment provides analysis of the data center power and cooling systems to determine the operating efficiency of the data center. Our specialists document the existing infrastructure, determine the efficiency and provide an assessment of the factors limiting the achievable efficiency of the data center and make both non-capital and capital cost recommendations for changes to maximize efficiency. This includes:

  • Assessment of the electrical efficiency within the data center.
  • The breakdown of power, cooling and lighting losses.
  • Assessment of cooling system losses of CRAC/CRAH units, humidification and heat rejection losses.
  • Assessment of the power system losses including UPS and power distribution.
  • Recommendations to improve data center efficiency.
  • Outline/itemize anticipated efficiency gains for each recommended improvement

After the completion of our assessment, a detailed report is generated that outlines the problem areas, why it’s a problem and recommendations on how to correct the situation. Armed with solutions and recommendations from the CFEP, companies are saving thousands each month with no-cost solutions and a minimum 30% reduction in their utility bills, with an average “real world” efficiency gain closer to 70%.  With UNS, service is everything. We are committed to understanding our clients challenges and provide the tools needed to operate their business with reliability and maximum efficiency.

CFEP assessments can also be incorporated with our Data Center Institute Educational Series. Based on CFEP findings found on day one, UNS can 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. The way it works is, on the first day, UNS 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 education/training session on today’s best strategies for Power, Cooling and Management using examples from YOUR facility.”

To learn more details of the CFEP, or to schedule this unique offer please contact Waite Ave at w.ave@apcdistributors.com or 1-888-486-7725, ext. 201.

To learn more about Universal Networking Services visit www.criticalpowerandcooling.com.


Schneider Electric’s APC Silcon Series UPS Reached End of Life

Posted by on February 20, 2012  |  No Comments

Schneider Electric’s APC Silcon Series UPS Reached End of Life.

At this time, if you have an APC Silcon Series UPS unit installed at your site location we strongly recommend that you begin planning to replace your Silcon Series UPS system.  The APC Silcon Series UPS was discontinued on September 30, 2006 and is no longer being manufactured. APC guarantees 10 years of support on spare parts from the last day of production, making the final day for guaranteed support September 30, 2016.  Although APC has agreed to support the units from a maintenance standpoint, the parts will not always be available for immediate replacement.  For example, components not readily available, such as the Inverter sections and Capacitor banks, will need to be custom built, resulting in mean time to repair rates of several months.

Should you decide to maintain/service your APC Silcon unit past 2016,  Schneider Electric cannot guarantee parts availability or an available trained field technician in the event of an emergency.

APC Silcon Series End of Life/End of Service – Important Notes:

End of Life (September 30, 2006):
  • The last date of production for the APC Silcon line of UPS was September 30, 2006.  If you currently own and operate an APC Silcon unit you are beyond it’s recommended life.
  • Until the 5th year after cease of production (September 30, 2011), APC guarantees delivery of spare parts as fast as possible but lead time is highly dependent on stock availability and manufacturing time of the spare part.  After that time, lead time is expected to be several months.
End of Service (September 30, 2016):
  • You will not be able to renew the Schneider Electric on-site service contracts beyond September 30, 2016.  Preventative maintenance visits and on site service calls will no longer be available.
  • Schneider Electric’s supply of available spare parts for these models is fast diminishing as some parts are no longer in production by the component manufacturer.  Consider, aged capacitors can and charge circuits might not allow your batteries to charge and discharge the way they used to, resulting in more frequent battery changes.  Constant running, multi-speed fans have a life expectancy of 3 years.  Should they fail, the internal safety mechanisms present in most UPS systems force a shut down on high heat.  Even if it’s a simple fix, parts may no longer be available, or at best, require longer shipping times due to proximity of existing stock.
  • Schneider Electric factory trained technicians and technical support personnel will no longer stay current in relation to this product family.

With today’s newer, hot-swappable designed UPS systems, such as the Symmetra UPS, our industry is finally in a position to break free of our dependency on high cost service contracts.  By design, the APC Symmetra UPS encourages a company’s IT staff with minimal training or experience to make repairs without ever contacting their service provider in the first place.  After all, the UPS is smart enough to diagnose a fault and intelligent enough to know if that fault warrants an all out shutdown, or simply to issue a fault alarm to their owner.  Armed with the knowledge that their entire UPS, from battery modules to static switch assembly can be changed on-the-fly.

We would welcome an opportunity to discuss the various product replacement options for the APC Silcon Series UPS.  APC Smart-UPS and APC Symmetra PX line of products are excellent considerations based on your facility’s specific requirements.

To learn more about Schneider Electric’s line of UPS products and the Trade-UPS program please contact Waite Ave at w.ave@apcdistributors.com or 1-888-486-7725, ext. 201.

MGE EPS 3000 End of Service Announcement

Posted by on February 9, 2012  |  No Comments

Schneider Electric has announced it will no longer support the MGE EPS 3000 series UPS as of December 31, 2011.

At this time, if you have a MGE EPS 3000 unit installed at your site location we strongly recommend that you begin planning to replace your EPS 3000 UPS system.  Should you decide to maintain your EPS 3000 unit past 2011, Schneider Electric cannot guarantee parts availability or an available trained field technician in the event of an emergency.

MGE EPS 3000 End of Service – Important Notes

  • The last date of production for the EPS 3000 line of UPS was November 2000.  If you currently own and operate a MGE EPS 3000 you are beyond it’s recommended life.
  • You will not be able to renew the Schneider Electric on-site service contracts beyond 12/31/11. Preventative maintenance visits and on site service calls will no longer be available.
  • Schneider Electric’s supply of available spare parts for these models is fast diminishing as some parts are no longer in production by the component manufacturer.
  • Schneider Electric factory trained technicians and technical support personnel will no longer stay current in relation to this product family.

We would welcome an opportunity to discuss the various product replacement options as support for the MGE EPS 3000 officially came to an end in 2011.  APC-Smart UPS and APC Symmetra PX line of products are excellent considerations based on your facility’s specific requirements.

To learn more about Schneider Electric’s line of UPS products and the Trade-UPS program please contact Waite Ave at w.ave@apcdistributors.com or 1-888-486-7725, ext. 201.


APC White Paper Podcasts Directory

Posted by on February 7, 2012  |  No Comments

Waite Ave, Vice President of Operations

We hope you enjoy this directory of APC’s White Paper Podcasts.  Listen when you want, where you want. Learn what you need to know! APC’s Podcasts provide you a convenient way to stay informed on current trends in the data center.

These recorded excerpts of APC’s most popular white papers provide the techniques, guidelines and tools you need to make the most effective decisions regarding your IT installations.

The complete white paper text with graphics and citations are also provided  via PDF version.

At Universal Networking Services, our philosophy is simple:  knowledge is key to data center efficiency! To explore more gateways to priceless educational opportunities please visit UNS’s Data Center Institute. We are proud to announce we offer customized on-site training available through UNS’s Data Center Institute Training Series. For more information on tailoring a custom training program specific to your facility’s needs please contact us .

Data Center Projects: Standardized Process (#140):

As the design and deployment of data center physical infrastructure moves away from art and move toward science, the benefits of a standardized and predictable process are becoming compelling. Beyond the ordering, delivery, and installation of hardware, any build or upgrade project depends critically upon a well-defined process as insurance against surprises, cost overruns, delays, and frustration. This paper presents an overview of a standardized, step-by-step process methodology that can be adapted and configured to suit individual requirements.

Data Center Projects: System Planning (White Paper #142 and Part 1 of 2 Podcast):

System planning is the Achilles’ heel of a data center physical infrastructure project. Planning mistakes can magnify and propagate through later deployment phases, resulting in delays, cost overruns, wasted time, and ultimately a compromised system. Much of the trouble can be eliminated by viewing system planning as a data flow model, with an orderly sequence of tasks that progressively transform and refine information from initial concept to final design

Data Center Projects: System Planning (White Paper #142 and Part 2 of 2 Podcast):

System planning is the Achilles’ heel of a data center physical infrastructure project. Planning mistakes can magnify and propagate through later deployment phases, resulting in delays, cost overruns, wasted time, and ultimately a compromised system. Much of the trouble can be eliminated by viewing system planning as a data flow model, with an orderly sequence of tasks that progressively transform and refine information from initial concept to final design.

A Quantitative Comparison of High Efficiency AC vs DC Power Distribution for Data Centers (#127):

A Quantitative Comparison of High Efficiency AC vs DC Power Distribution for Data Centers

Cooling Strategies for Ultra-High Density Racks and Blade Servers (#46):

Cooling Strategies for Ultra-High Density Racks and Blade Servers

Increasing Data Center Efficiency by Using Improved High Density Power Distribution (#128):

Increasing Data Center Efficiency by Using Improved High Density Power Distribution

Rack Powering Options for High Density (#29):

Alternatives for providing electrical power to high density racks in Data Centers and Network Rooms are explained and compared. Issues addressed include quantity of feeds, single-phase vs. three-phase, number and location of circuit breakers, overload, selection of plug types, selection of voltage, redundancy, and loss of redundancy. The need for the rack power system to adapt to changing requirements is identified and quantified. Guidelines are defined for rack power systems that can reliably deliver power to high density loads while adapting to changing needs.

The Seven Types of Power Problems (#18):

Many of the mysteries of equipment failure, downtime, software and data corruption, are often the result of a problematic supply of power. There is also a common problem with describing power problems in a standard way. This white paper will describe the most common types of power disturbances, what can cause them, what they can do to your critical equipment, and how to safeguard your equipment, using the IEEE standards for describing power quality problems.

Neutral Wire Facts and Mythology (#21):

This Technical Note discusses many common misunderstandings about the function of the neutral wire and its relation to power problems. The subjects of dedicated lines, phase reversal, isolation transformers, and grounding are addressed. Various myths are described and criticized.

Accounting and Tax Benefits of Modular, Portable Data Center Infrastructure (#115):

Well-informed accounting treatment of Network-Critical Physical Infrastructure (NCPI) assets provides significant opportunities to contribute to improving the financial performance of a business, institution, or organization. Design and manufacturing improvements in modular, scalable UPS systems, power distribution units (PDUs), and computer room air conditioners have not only created technological benefits, but provide entirely new NCPI asset management opportunities with direct and measurable financial benefits.

Understanding EPO and its Downtime Risks (#22):

An Emergency Power Off (EPO) system is intended to power down a single piece of electronic equipment or an entire installation from a single point by activating a push button. EPO is employed in many applications such as industrial processes and information technology (IT). This white paper describes the advantages and disadvantages of EPO for protecting data centers and small IT equipment rooms containing UPS systems. Various codes and standards that require EPO are discussed. Recommended practices are suggested for the use of EPO with UPS systems.

Essential NCPI Service Requirements for Next Generation Data Centers (#12):

Data Centers are a significant investment to the corporations and IT departments who they serve. Whether or not they actually achieve the availability of the design is highly dependent on the quality of the service personnel and their ability to meet the challenges specific to data center management. This paper presents a categorized and prioritized collection of those service challenges and the requirements needed to overcome them. It is based on information obtained in systematic interviews with data center clients and users.

Essential NCPI Management Requirements for Next Generation Data Centers (#14):

The management of physical infrastructure in data centers can no longer be considered independently of the IT management architecture. In order to manage rapid change and achieve demanded levels of availability while controlling Total Cost of Ownership, IT managers can no longer afford to rely on the primitive, customized management solutions of the past. These solutions are no longer effective and must be replaced by systems based on, and integrated with, open IT management standards. With this in mind, this paper describes the requirements for management of next-generation Network-Critical Physical Infrastructure from the perspective of the ITIL framework.

Watts and Volt-Amps: Powerful Confusion (#15):

This note helps explain the differences between Watts and VA and explains how the terms are correctly and incorrectly used in specifying power protection equipment.

Reducing the Hidden Costs Associated with Upgrades of Data Center Power Capacity(#73):

Failure to adopt modular standardization as a design strategy for Network-Critical Physical Infrastructure (NCPI) is costly on all fronts: unnecessary expense, avoidable downtime, and lost business opportunity. Standardization and its close relative, modularity, create wideranging benefits in NCPI that streamline and simplify every process from initial planning to daily operation, with significant positive effects on all three major components of NCPI business value – availability, agility, and total cost of ownership.

Standardization and Modularity in Network-Critical Physical Infrastructure (#116):

Description: Failure to adopt modular standardization as a design strategy for Network-Critical Physical Infrastructure (NCPI) is costly on all fronts: unnecessary expense, avoidable downtime, and lost business opportunity. Standardization and its close relative, modularity, create wide-ranging benefits in NCPI that streamline and simplify every process from initial planning to daily operation, with significant positive effects on all three major components of NCPI business value – availability, agility, and total cost of ownership.interpretation.

Mean Time Between Failure: Explanation and Standards (#78):

Description: Mean Time Between Failure is a reliability term used loosely throughout many industries and has become widely abused in some. Over the years the original meaning of this term has been altered which has led to confusion and cynicism. MTBF is largely based on assumptions and definition of failure and attention to these details are paramount to proper interpretation. This paper explains the underlying complexities and misconceptions of MTBF and the methods available for estimating it.

Ten Steps to Solving Cooling Problems Caused by High Density Server Deployment (#42):

High-density servers present a significant challenge. Here is a 10-step approach for cooling efficiency, cooling compactly and power density in existing data centers.

Monitoring Physical Threats in the Data Center (#102):

Excerpt of APC white paper #102 discusses monitoring physical threats in the data center.

Network-Critical Physical Infrastructure: Optimizing Business Value (#117):

Excerpt of APC white paper #117 discusses network-critical physical infrastructure (NCPI).

Strategies for Deploying Blade Servers in Existing Data Centers (#125):

Excerpt of APC white paper #117 discusses network-critical physical infrastructure (NCPI).

The Advantages of Row and Rack-Oriented Architectures for Data Centers ( #130, Part 1 of 2):

Latest generation high/variable density IT equipment creates conditions that room cooling was never intended to address. Part one reviews room-, row- and rack-based cooling architectures that can address these issues.

The Advantages of Row and Rack-Oriented Architectures for Data Centers ( #130, Part 2 of 2):

Description: Latest generation high/varible density IT equipment it equipment creates conditions that room cooling was never intended to address. Row- and rack-oriented cooling architectures address these issues. Excerpt two offers a comparison of these architectures.

Implementing Energy Efficient Data Centers ( #114):

Description: Electricity usage costs have become an increasing fraction of the total cost of ownership (TCO) for data centers. Learn how to quantify electricity savings gained through appropriate design of the network-critical physical infrastructure and IT architecture.

Avoiding Costs from Oversizing Data Center and Network Room Infrastructure (#37):

Description: The single largest avoidable cost associated with typical data center and network room infrastructure is oversizing. Learn how you can prevent this unnecessary cost.

Management Strategy for Network-Critical Physical Infrastructure ( #100):

Description: Strategies for choosing a management solution for the physical infrastructure of IT networks, where management of individual devices is necessary to have visibility to the many data points required for reliable operation

Seven Principles of APC InfraStruxure™ Design

Posted by on February 7, 2012  |  No Comments

7 Principles of InfraStruXure® HD-Ready Architecture

APC’s award winning InfraStruxure architecture provides an integrated and compatible solution at data centre rack, row and room level. Seven basic principles allow it to be installed into almost any environment, new or old, to provide highly scalable and highly manageable, efficient infrastructure for high density IT equipment.

Seven Principles of InfraStruxure™ Design Video


1. High Density Rack Enclosures
APC’s vendor-neutral NetShelter racks are engineered to accommodate standard sized IT equipment and to ensure that airflow and energy can be provisioned for today’s power hungry devices.

2. Rack and U-level outlet control
Install metered outlet strips to indicate which racks and outlets have available capacity for high density equipment. This provides a ready method for easy decision making regarding server placement in cramped racks.

3. Rack temperature monitoring
Local or remote monitoring of temperature and humidity in equipment racks enables data centre managers to ensure hot spots aren’t emerging as workloads increase.

4. Real-time browser based visibility
Providing real-time, system-wide data on power, cooling and physical security systems at row, rack and U-level through one standard IP address.

5. Software to manage capacity and change
Takes the guesswork out of server placement, basing decision-making on available power and cooling capacity. This effectively eliminates downtime caused by overloaded circuits or exceeded cooling capacity.

6. InRow cooling
As power and heat density per rack increases, hotspots which are a common feature in perimeter cooled environments can be eliminated. This also reduces energy costs as focussed, close coupled cooling eliminates the need to crank up room cooling solutions for the benefit of one or two zones of high density equipment.

7. Flexible, scalable UPS power
As UPS power demand grows, respond quickly and efficiently without wasteful oversizing or upfront capital costs. APC’s range includes scalable in-row, in-room or grey space solutions to meet your requirements.

To learn more about APC InfraStruxure™ please contact Waite Ave at w.ave@apcdistributors.com or 1-888-486-7725.

APC InfraStruxure™ : On-Demand Architecture for Network-Critical Physical Infrastructure

Posted by on February 7, 2012  |  No Comments


InfraStruxure Data Centers Mean Business

APC InfraStruxure™ is the scalable and adaptable data center IT room architecture that dramatically reduces time and complexity from concept and design through installation. Power, cooling, racks, security and management components are conceived and tested as part of an integrated system which is evident in the aesthetics, functionality and ease of management software integration. Taking a broad system view enables full realization of the benefits of going fast, going dense and going green while ensuring your critical availability targets are met. An open system, InfraStruxure™ is the proven “on demand” architecture for data center IT rooms small and large, delivering high availability and real energy savings whether deployed on its own, in a zone, or in incremental steps.


This new generation of InfraStruxure™ delivers:

  • Higher performance – 25 percent increase in power and cooling capacity, 15 percent smaller footprint
  • More scalability – as big as you want to go
  • Faster and easier planning through operations – automated planning and design tools with open & integrated management and operations software
  • More innovation and leadership – from the worlds leader in data center physical infrastructure all while reducing cost!

View the Next Generation of InfraStruxure™ Video Animation

View the Next Generation of InfraStruxure™ Brochure

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







APC Symmetra PX: Agile

Posted by on February 6, 2012  |  No 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 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.

Highlights the agility and scalability of the Symmetra PX: APC Symmetra PX: Agile 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.

APC Symmetra PX: Energy Efficient

Posted by on February 6, 2012  |  No Comments

The right-sized UPS for demanding business critical applications

The APC Symmetra PX 250/500 kW is a world class, ultra-high efficiency power protection system designed to cost effectively provide high levels of availability while simplifying right-sizing of your data center. Symmetra PX250/500 kW is a true modular system consisting of hot-swappable dedicated and redundant power, intelligence, and battery modules that facilitate easy and efficient service. This architecture can scale power and runtime as demand grows or as higher levels of availability are required. The Symmetra PX 250/500 kW systems can scale in increments of 25 kW up to 500 kW, and four systems can be paralleled to deliver up to 2000 kW of power protection (1.5 MW with N+1 system-level redundancy).

With industry-leading power density, the Symmetra PX has the ability to fit seamlessly onto the data center floor or into the back room. Highly manageable, the Symmetra PX 250/500 kW features self- diagnostic capabilities and standardized modules which mitigate the risk of human error. Other features include automated predictive diagnostics, increased overload capacity, extended battery life and on-the- fly firmware upgrades resulting in increased overall data center reliability.

Highlights the industry leading energy efficiency of the Symmetra PX:  Symmetra PX: Energy Efficient 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.

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