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What’s Inside The Datapod System

Posted by on November 26, 2012  |  No Comments

The Datapod System utilizes Schneider Electric’s best in class power and cooling products

 

The Datapod System utilizes Schneider Electric’s Best in Class Power and Cooling Products. The APC Infrastructure Suite of power and cooling products are recognized as the World’s Leader for reliability and performance.

Power:  The intelligence of the Datapod System is that each component is scalable and modular. Beginning with the Award-Winning APC Symmetra Line of Uninterruptible Power Supply Unit (UPS). These units start at 40kW and can scale up to 2MW.

Cooling: Free-Air, Air/Water Economizers, In-Row, Hot-Aisle Containment, Cold-Aisle Containment options Cooling up to 33kW per rack possible. Datapod enables end users to save up to 40% savings in cooling costs.

Racks:  Up to 50U available. Network or Standard. The Datapod System can incorporate 20‘ or 40‘ Intermodal Compliant ISO Containers. The insulated, anti-static design provides the optimal IT environment.

Pod Management: The Datapod System is completely managed by a suite of software that allows the user to manage, control and trouble shoot potential problems remotely and via smart phone or tablet computer.  The IT assets, fire control systems, electrical and cooling systems are all monitored via standard IP networks.

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 us at info@datapodnorthamerica.com or contact us to learn more.

Event Invitation: “Join The Conversation-Modular Data Center Solutions”

Posted by on November 8, 2012  |  No Comments

 Showcasing Datapod’s rapid remote deployment capability for a truly Modular and Expandable Data Centre solution.

Presentation Details

Title:  “Datapod-Who Will You Rely On?”

Speaker:  Adam Smith, Datapod Director of Operations

Location:  Denver DoubleTree, 3203 Quebec Street, Denver, CO 80204

Time:  Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 1:00PM

Presentation Overview

Datapod, a leading energy efficient modular data center manufacturer announced today that its Director of Operations, Adam Smith, will be conducting  a presentation on modular data center design on November 14, 2012 in Denver, Colorado.

According to recent market research (451 Group), “The datacenter industry is at the beginning of a period of fundamental, disruptive change. A combination of technological, economic and market factors have been coming together, with the result that data centers are increasingly being engineered and constructed in a fundamentally different way than in the past. The emergence of prefabricated, modular data centers will have a major impact on the datacenter industry – its ecosystem, its economics and its technology.” During the presentation-“Datapod-Who Will You Rely On?”-Mr. Smith will introduce Datapod’s methodology of standardized, pre-engineerd and pre-built set of building blocks. Being widely adopted as the future of Data Centers, the Datapod System is a truly modular, scalable set of building blocks that has been designed over several years enabling users to realize the benefits of standardization, manufacturing efficiencies and reduced time to deployment. The system has proven to help clients align their infrastructure deployments to their technology requirements-in both size/capacity, time to deployment, duration of useful life and location/flexibility.

Who Should Attend

  • Data center owners and operators-challenged by the growth demands of their customers 
  • Multi-tenant and enterprise data center decision makers-charged with developing future technological data center strategies 
  • Architectural, engineering and design firms-specialized in data centers
  • Traditional data center equipment vendors (i.e. power and cooling infrastructure)- focused on the future data center market 
  • Financial professionals-evaluating investments in data center properties and companies
  • Financial professionals-evaluating investments in modular data center equipment vendors
  • Real estate and planning professionals-currently targeting the data center industry 
  • Hosting, cloud and managed services companies

About The Guest Speaker

Adam Smith, Director of Operations at Datapod, is an authority on the challenges faced by CEOs & CIOs in managing their data center infrastructure requirements and is at the forefront of the latest developments and innovation in modular data center solutions.  With extensive experience in the leadership of diverse global organizations, Adam’s success includes executive roles with APC-Australia/PAC and Datapod.


About the Sponsors

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.

RSVP Requested

To learn more about this event or to RSVP please contact Waite Ave at info@datapodnorthamerica.com or 281-825-9790.


Datapod-Key Facts

Posted by on October 27, 2012  |  No Comments

Video showcases Datapod’s rapid remote deployment capability for a truly modular and expandable data center solution.

WHAT IS DATAPOD?

  • The Datapod System is a unique solution to the needs and problems facing data center facilities in every situation.
  • The Datapod System has extended the concept of modular data center design to the entire site infrastructure space.
  • The Datapod System meets the challenges of a sector in which growth is inevitable but the pace of growth is uncertain.
  • The Datapod System is scaleable, modular, upgradeable.
  • The Datapod System takes the idea of modular data centers to unrivaled levels of security, stability and flexibility.
  • The Datapod System can be configured as anything from a single data processing module operating with available services to a fully standalone data center facility.
  • The Datapod System can be installed in any location, indoors or out, and in any conditions subject only to area available for deployment.
  • The Datapod System delivers unrivaled set-up and operational cost savings and environmental advantages.
  • The Datapod System is assembled from factory-made, standardized modules with patent protection on a number of features.
  • The Datapod System is configured to exact client specifications at the point of manufacture, fully tested prior to shipping, and re-assembled at the client’s site.
  • The Datapod System incorporates Schneider Electric’s world’s best in class technology.
  • The Datapod System is typically configured, tested and commissioned within three months of order.

FIT FOR PURPOSE-THE ENGINEERING SOLUTION

  • FACTORY/SITE ACCEPTANCE TESTING: The Datapod System offers commissioning engineers the opportunity of full Factory Acceptance Testing where, in a “test drive” situation, final adjustments can be made to configuration prior to shipment to the client’s site.  Upon delivery, Site Acceptance Testing confirms compliance with specification prior to hand over.
  • CAPACITY: The Datapod System is the complete turnkey solution to the problem of over-specifiying or under-estimating data processing needs-the modular components can be scaled and configured to meet present or anticipated requirements and the system can be easily expanded when further capacity is required.
  • POWER SUPPLY: The Datapod System’s entry-level module (the Projectpod) can be connected to existing services or configured with a Utilitypod which provides a back-up power supply through a diesel generator.
  • COOLING: The Datapod System’s data hall modules have a preinstalled Hot Aisle Containment System by Schneider Electric offering the most effective and energy efficient means of maintaining optimum operational  conditions within the data hall.
  • INTEGRITY: The Datapod System has been engineered to function in any climate, in any situation.  Compliant to MIL-STD-188-124B with full protection against lighting strikes, static electricity build-up, dust intrusion and other threats; outer shell construction is from recycled steel, the inner shells are fabricated from stainless steel which is thermally and electricity insulated from the over shells.
  • VERSATILITY: The Datapod System comprises a number of modules enabling a wide variety of configurations from standalone Projectpod to integration into a full data processing capability with Starterpod, Expanderpod, Endpod, Utilitypod; the configuration can be expanded without interruption to functionality.
  • SAFETY: The Datapod System has safety designed into every aspect of the modules, from seamless flooring to eliminate trip hazards to fire detection and alarm systems.

CAPITAL EFFICIENCY-THE CFO’S SOLUTION:

  • SCALEABILITY: The Datapod System offers the great advantage of being flexible, it can be specified to meet present or immediately projected needs limiting expenditure to useful capacity and, if required, readily expanded without down time.
  • FLEXIBILITY: The Datapod System works wherever you need it; the standalone capability and its great durability recommend it for harsh and remote locations but it is equally at home installed within a corporate headquarters or, where an existing building is at full capacity, placed adjacent in the grounds, warehouse or in the car park.
  • CAPITAL COSTS: The Datapod System is the most capital efficient solution to data processing center requirements irrespective of size and operational environment; the speed of deployment from final specification, the ability to customize to meet exact operational requirements, the fully detailed contract price all contribute to the Datapod System’s cost advantage over alternative solutions.
  • BUILD COSTS: The Datapod System is based on the configuration of standardized modules which are easily and rapidly deployed reducing all aspects of build costs including time, labor and energy costs associated with traditional builds.
  • OPERATING COSTS: The Datapod System scales to precise data processing requirements, ensuring that operation costs reflect operational needs; the additional technology and design features of the System also contribute to cost effective operation through the cooling architecture, use of insulation and incorporation of Schneider Electrics’ class-leading technology.
  • CONSTRUCTION RISKS: The Datapod System is fully assembled and Factory Acceptance Tested prior to shipment to and deployment on the user’s site; while configuration reflects individual user needs the component modules are of standard design and construction meaning they are fully tested and they benefit form Datapod’s commitment to continuous improvement through experience and client feedback.
OPTIMUM EFFICIENCY-THE GREEN SOLUTION:
  • POWER CONSUMPTION: The Datapod System has been innovatively engineered for optimum energy efficiency by right sizing electrical and mechanical components the System posts figures that indicate electricity consumption levels fifty percent below those of equivalent data centers.
  • EMISSIONS: The Datapod System’s energy efficient construction means reduced emissions and, importantly in every case and in some locations critically, the deployment of the modular Datapod System means enormously reduced emissions impact at the construction stage over traditional build solutions.
  • COOLING SYSTEM: The Datapod System uses specialized chillers with several environmental benefits; the use of Schneider Electric’s class leading Hot Aisle Containment system can be combined with a water side economizer resulting in economies in power use, the System’s Utility pod in addition employs dry condenser units meaning that a standard Datapod System consumes Zero water.
  • RECYCLED/RECYCLABLE MATERIALS: The Datapod System uses recycled steel in its outer shell construction and other recycled or recyclable materials where ever possible throughout design and build.

BRINGING IT ALL TOGETHER (FACTS AND FIGURES):

PROJECTPOD: Enable onsite computing and storage where and when you need it. Standalone fully self-contained, transportable for rapid deployment.  Includes fully self-contained air-cooled DX versions, provides data center capability anywhere at short lead time and for as long as required.  Low, medium, and high-density versions, utilizes condenser water or chilled water.

STARTERPOD: The starting point and first pod of your Datapod system, it contains the power, cooling and data input connections. Incorporates InRow Cooling and IT Enclosures, the expandable APC modular Symmetra UPS gives you the starting point for growth as required.  Built-In InRow cooling and NetShelter enclosures ensure your data center is up and running with no further upfront investment.  When 2 Starterpods are used, a 2(N+1) system is created providing the highest levels of availability and redundancy.

EXPANDERPOD: Grow your Datapod system by adding the pre-built Expanderpod.  It easily connects onto other ‘pods’ to expand your system.  Removable side-walls allow the creation of a limitless best-of-breed computer room, the system can be expanded as required by your IT needs, aligning your budgets with your requirements in real-time.  With pre-deployed power, inrow cooling and enclosures, you can build your data center on-demand.

ENDPOD: End your Datapod system with the Endpod.  The data center Hot Aisle can be accessed from either end.  The Endpod add more power, cooling and IT enclosures, and gives users the necessary space, access and the end door to the APC Hot-Aisle Containment System.  The Endpod is optional-some Datapod systems will continue to grow over time and not deploy the Endpod.  The solid, non-removable end wall ensures the highest levels of resistance to the elements.

CONNECTION NODE: The Connection Node makes the setup of the Datapod system a breeze.  This pre-deployable skid-mounted utility connection system for mains and generator power, cooling and data is designed to simplify the deployment, modification and removal of the Datapod System. Delivered to site in advance of the Starterpod, the Connection Node connects to the site mains power supply and optional diesel generator backup power supply. Data communication links and chilled water or condenser water from the site supply or Utilitypod are connected via the Connection Node.  Positioned 1 to 2 meters from the designated location, our APC engineers simply connect these 3 utilities from the Connection Node to the Datapod using pre-assembled link systems for rapid deployment.

ENTRYPOD: The Entrypod creates a secure and weatherproof system that doubles as office or storage space for data center staff.  The 10′ Entrypod cubicle, fitted with proximity card magnetic lock systems keeps the elements out of your data center.  It connects on both ends and enables multiple Datapods to be connected together via the Entrypod.

UTILITYPOD: The Utilitypod provides the backup power and cooling for your Datapod to operate anytime, anyplace.  Easily transportable, fully-rated diesel generator and fuel tans for backup power supply, and multiple redundant chillers to support the highest density Datapod system.  Housed within an identical 20′ enclosure and the capacity to support the highest density Datapod systems, the diesel generator provides 280kW of useable output power.  Cooling is supplied by 3X80kW chillers, giving redundancy to the critical cooling system.  The Utilitypod can be pre-deployed with the Connection Node or added later, as required. Alternatively the Utilitypod is available as a standalone system for use in non-Datapod projects.

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 us at info@datapodnorthamerica.com or contact us to learn more.

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.







Schneider Electric Announces StruxureWare Central v7.0 Software, Now Available as a Virtual Machine

Posted by on November 9, 2011  |  No Comments

The StruxureWare Central v7.0 Offers a Vendor Neutral Application for Deployment to the Virtual Environment

WEST KINGSTON, RI (November 7, 2011)- Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management, today introduced StruxureWare™ Central v7.0, which includes updates to StruxureWare Central as well as the introduction of a virtual machine version of the application. The Central v7.0 platform brings further support to an open, vendor-neutral application that addresses data center management needs holistically by enabling data center professionals to manage their physical infrastructure while systematically maximizing uptime.

Highlights of the StruxureWare Central v7.0 platform include:

  • Virtual Machine Version – This new platform extends the options for deployment to the virtual environment. The software is available as a free download that includes support for five infrastructure devices and one surveillance camera. A license key is required to add additional devices and cameras;
  • Failover and Redundancy – The virtual machine version allows StruxureWare Central to take advantage of the high availability and fault tolerant options offered by the major VM vendors;
  • Virtual Sensors – Ability to sum and average like sensors for the purpose of graphing, trending and alarming, including determining the average temperature in a row or room, the total power in a rack, etc.;
  • Web Client: StruxureWare Central delivers basic alarm information and device inventory via a browser interface. This new client interface allows instant access to device status, device details, and alarms, optimized for viewing on a variety of devices including smartphones, tablets, and laptop PCs.

“As our customers initiated their server consolidation and virtualization initiatives, it became apparent we needed to adapt our solution to further meet our customer’s needs. The StruxureWare Central v7.0 virtual machine platform is yet another deployment option that gives our customers the ability to run StruxureWare Central on their preferred hardware while also taking advantage of the latest innovations from the major VM vendors,” said CJ Meiser, Schneider’s Vice President of Management Solutions. “StruxureWare Central v7.0 adds on features such as virtual sensors, outlet controls, a web client, virtual machine high availability and fault tolerance to ensure uptime in an ever increasingly dynamic environment.”

StruxureWare Central provides an efficient way for organizations to monitor their company-wide physical infrastructure: power, cooling, security, and environment. Real-time monitoring, user-defined reports and graphs, and instant fault notification and escalation enable quick assessment and resolution of critical infrastructure events that can adversely affect IT system availability. This centralized repository of critical information can be accessed by multiple users from anywhere on the network, creating a consolidated view of the physical infrastructure. StruxureWare Central v7.0 seamlessly operates alongside and integrates with management systems and data center equipment from various vendors.

StruxureWare for Data Centers, including the StruxureWare Central v7.0 application, is available for demonstration at Schneider Electric’s corporate headquarters in Rueil-Malmaison, France as well as the Schneider Electric Technology Center in St. Louis, Missouri. Please click here for more information on Schneider Electric’s complete line of data center solutions.

About Schneider Electric
As a global specialist in energy management with operations in more than 100 countries, Schneider Electric offers integrated solutions across multiple market segments, including leadership positions in energy and infrastructure, industrial processes, building automation, and data centers/networks, as well as a broad presence in residential applications. Focused on making energy safe, reliable, and efficient, the company’s 110,000 plus employees achieved sales of more than $26 billion in 2010, through an active commitment to help individuals and organizations “Make the most of their energy.

Learn More

To learn more about StruxureWare™ for Data Centers please contact Universal Networking Services (UNS).  Feel free to contact Waite Ave at w.ave@apcdistributors.com or 281-825-9790.

View The Next Generation of InfraStruxure

Posted by on April 11, 2011  |  No Comments

InfraStruxure Data Centers Mean Business

Learn more about integrated power, cooling, racks, management and services:

View The Next Generation Of InfraStruxure™

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!

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

Don’s Corner: “Understanding The Average Return On Investment (ROI) After Completion Of A Data Center Assessment”

Posted by on December 7, 2010  |  No Comments

Don Melchert, Critical Facility Specialist

Understanding The Average ROI After Completion Of A CFEP

The Cost of Downtime is Exponential

Every critical facility experiences growing pains throughout its lifespan. Unexpected equipment failures, such as a UPS or HVAC system, can halt productivity resulting in costs that can be hidden, yet are exponential in nature. For instance, a failed UPS must be returned to normal operation as soon as possible in order to continue critical operations. In our competitive market, downtime is not an option. Without expensive, quick response service contracts, we are at the mercy of our vendors when it comes to emergency after-hours unscheduled maintenance. The service technicians will be on site at an increased hourly rate, of course, but what about the premium placed on the parts and materials needed to complete the repair?

Exploring the scenario further, those hidden, exponential costs come to light with a fury. The combination of an after hours (emergency) service bill plus parts is already expensive enough, but, in order to calculate the total cost, one must consider the additional cost of manpower from the staff that will be on-site and the additional resources used to support the corrective maintenance action. Let’s assume that the failure scenario stemmed from a generator failure during a power outage, and, during this outage, some of the UPS batteries failed. An all too common scenario and one that, unfortunately, many an I.T. or Facilities Manager has found themselves at the mercy of. To start from the top, lighting will be needed in the repair location, but what about the staff member’s office? …and the hallways leading to it? …and possibly the break room? …and eventually the restroom? What additional costs might be incurred if an accident or injury occurs during the maintenance action? Don’t forget, even after all of the repairs have been performed and the system returned to normal, additional support resources will be used to make the invoice payments to the service provider.

From the example above, it’s easy to see that calculating the total cost of a service interruption includes a lot more than just the temporary service interruption and what’s on the parts and labor invoice. If a critical facility can find and eliminate just one of the factors that can cause a critical systems failure, then conversely, the savings can be exponential as well!

Our Difference is Value

The majority of critical facility inspections and evaluations are performed while focusing on only the inner workings of the data center. The goal, for most companies performing the evaluations, is to show how much energy making any changes or corrections has made based in what was found during the inspection. Their entire approach is to locate key points in the data center where energy is being wasted or resources are being utilized inefficiently. However, the ability of a critical facility to remain online 100% of the time is the result of all of its Network Critical Physical Infrastructure components working together efficiently, not just what occurs solely in the data center.

A Critical Facility Energy Profile (CFEP) from UNS is different in that the evaluation is holistic, right from the start. Without interrupting the operational capabilities of the facility and its staff, a CFEP inspection actually begins from the moment the Critical Facility Specialist arrives at the site. If permitted, the entire facility and its NCPI components, from infrastructure to security, are inspected and each finding is taken into consideration when establishing an efficiency benchmark. Upon completion, the CFEP Report Card showcases any items where efficiency can be improved and suggests corrective strategies that will immediately reduce costs for a business across multiple cost centers. The total cost savings is dynamic, as savings in one area increase savings in another and another. In the end, it’s the bottom line that’s improved, not just one section of the business.

Seeing is Believing

WARNING: Any dollar value quoted for the ROI after performance of a CFEP will be false (low), as there is not sufficient data to accurately determine future savings gained from making a particular increase in efficiency. However, in this rare occasion, having an inaccurate prediction is definitely an error in your favor! Although the CFEP is holistic in nature, if we dissect just one section, such as a decrease in energy consumption gained by improving air conditioning efficiency, then we can show the savings in dollars for just that section.

As an example, we’ll use a critical facility in Indiana, with a total load of 8000kW consumed per hour at the current average energy cost in Indiana of $.0713 per kWh. If the facility is operating at the nation’s average of 50% efficiency and a PUE of 2.0, then their current annual energy costs is approximately $ 4,996,704 USD.

During a CFEP, it was determined that the orientation of the data racks in interfering with the airflow from the CRAC units, effectively forcing them to run on high at all times. The facility took action, implemented the recommendations from the CFEP and was able to completely eliminate one of their CRAC units and decrease the fan speeds of the remaining systems. If this facility can become just 1% more efficient in their total energy consumption, the cost savings is significant. Their total load has now dropped to 7600kW with a PUE of 1.90. Assuming the cost of energy remains constant, their annual energy cost has now dropped to $4, 746, 869 USD. From making just one change, to only one aspect of their NCPI, resulting in a meager 1% increase in efficiency, they now have a savings of $249,835 USD in the first year, and greater savings in years to come.

Again, although this example is impressive, it’s still very conservative and technically, it’s inaccurately low. The additional cost of savings associated with the elimination of one CRAC unit, including preventative maintenance contracts, consumable parts and all of the reduced man hours necessary to keep it operating at 100% would need to be added to the savings above in order to accurately show the full ROI for just one portion of a CFEP!

Don Melchert
Critical Facilities Specialist

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
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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