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White Paper App by Schneider Electric

Posted by on January 10, 2013  |  No Comments

Schneider Electric is proud to release a new White Paper App that provides over 200 White Papers designed to enable you to have this knowledge and thought leadership at your fingertips. To download, simply visit the app store on your mobile device, search for “Schneider Electric White Papers,” and install the app.

The Top 9 Mistakes in Data Center Planning

Posted by on April 3, 2012  |  1 Comment

White Paper 145

How can you avoid making major mistakes when entering the build and expansion world?

The key lies in the methodology you use to design and build your data center facilities. All too often, companies base their plans on watts per square foot, cost to build per square foot, and tier level—criteria that may be misaligned with their overall business goals and risk profile. Poor planning leads to poor use of valuable capital and can increase operational expense.

Many organizations get overwhelmed, focusing on “speeds and feeds,” green initiatives, concurrent maintainability, power usage effectiveness (PUE) and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. All of these criteria are critical in the decision making process. However, the details often overshadow the big picture. Most companies miss the business opportunity in a data center expansion—an expansion driven by a holistic approach.

While there are numerous consultants in the field to help you find your way, assessing ideas and input can be overwhelming. Organizations with critical capacity requirements in the 1-3 megawatt range may fall into this risk category. The critical nature of mid-size users is no less important than mega users; however internal technical expertise to drive proper expansion plans may be limited. The result is information overload from multiple sources, leading to confusion and poor decision making.

“The Top 9 Mistakes in Data Center Planning” Full White Paper 145 (Click Here)

Executive Summary:

Why do so many data center builds and expansions fail? This white paper answers the question by revealing the top 9 mistakes organizations make when designing and building new data center space, and examines an effective way to achieve success through the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) approach.

Contents:

  • Big mistake 1:  Failure to take TCO into account
  • Big mistake 2:  Poor cost-to-build
  • Big mistake 3:  Improper design criteria
  • Big mistake 4:  Site selection before design criteria
  • Big mistake 5:  Space planning before design criteria
  • Big mistake 6:  Designing into dead-end
  • Big mistake 7:  Misunderstanding PUE
  • Big mistake 8:  Misunderstanding LEED certification
  • Big mistake 9:  Overcomplicated designs

Conclusion:

Although many data center builds and expansions result in failure, yours doesn’t have to. By avoiding the top 9 mistakes outlined in this paper, you will be well on your way to achieving success. In summary:

  • Start with a Total Cost of Ownership approach:
    • Evaluate your risk profile against your business expense profile.
    • Create a model that incorporates CapEx, OpEx and energy costs
  • Determine your design criteria and performance characteristics
    • Base this criteria on your risk profile and business goals
    • Allow those criteria to truly determine the design, including tier level, location and space plan—not the other way around
  • Design with simplicity and flexibility
    • Use a design that will meet your uptime requirements, but will also keep costs low during construction and throughout operation—simplicity is key.
    • Accommodate unplanned expansion by incorporating flexibility into the design
  • If PUE and LEED are part of your criteria, become educated on the common misunderstandings and expenses associated with each.

Through proper planning using the TCO approach, you can create a data center facility that meets your organization’s performance goals and business needs today and tomorrow.

White Paper #145 Written By:

Mike M. Hagan

John Lusky

Tuan Hoang, P.E.

Scott Walsh, P.E., LEED A.P.

Find out how Universal Networking Services brings a comprehensive solution from the utility pole to the server and assists with navigating the complex waters of most size and scope of projects. Whether you are upgrading, retrofitting or developing a new design-build, UNS and its partners generate efficient, scalable, reliable and manageable critical infrastructure solutions to your organization. Our holistic, common sense approach lowers our clients Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) and maximizes efficiencies offered by the advancements in critical power and cooling infrastructure.

Please feel free to contact us to learn more.

Top 10 Mistakes in Data Center Operations: Operating Efficient and Effective Data Centers

Posted by on March 29, 2012  |  No Comments

White Paper 2

For years, the data center industry has accepted that human operational error, not poor data center design or engineering, is the number one cause of data center downtime1. Uptime Institute recognizes this with its Tier Standards on Operational Sustainability. As the industry begins to adopt these ratings, regulators, insurers and end users are all going to be increas- ing their scrutiny of data center operations.

Now is the time for companies to evaluate their data center operations programs. They must be able to clearly articulate operational requirements and design an operations program based on the risk profile of the data center. However, the road to creating an industry-best operations program will not be easy, especially for those companies whose core expertise is not in business critical facilities.

While numerous consultants in the field can help you find your way, very few have data center or mission critical expertise—a vital component if you are looking to achieve operational sustainability. White Paper 145, The Top 9 Mistakes in Data Center Planning, discusses the nine top mistakes businesses make when building or expanding their data centers. Now we’re going to reveal the ten biggest mistakes you can make in the next logical step: data center operations.

“Top 10 Mistakes in Data Center Operations: Operating Efficient and Effective Data Centers” Full White Paper 2 (Click Here)

Executive Summary:

How can you avoid making major mistakes when operating and maintaining your data center(s)? The key lies in the methodology behind your operations and maintenance program. All too often, companies put immense amounts of capital and expertise into the design of their facilities. However, when construction is complete, data center operations are an afterthought. This whitepaper explores the top ten mistakes in data center operations.

Contents:

  • Introduction
  • The Big Mistakes:
  1. Not including your operations team in facility design
  2. Relying too much on data center design
  3. Failure to correctly address the staffing requirement
  4. Failure to train and develop your talent
  5. Failing to consistently drill and test skills
  6. Failure to overlay your operations program with documented processes and procedures
  7. Failure to implement appropriate processes and procedures
  8. Failure to develop and implement Quality Systems
  9. Failure to use software management tools
  10. Thinking you can build a best in breed program as quickly as a data center

    Conclusion:

    Now more than ever, companies must realize the importance of a sustainable operations program. To achieve operational sustainability, organizations must act quickly to assess their current programs and begin building an operational methodology that avoids common mistakes. A complete program integrates people, processes, and systems in a manner that promotes quality assurance and continuous improvement.

    Companies ill equipped to quickly design a program of this magnitude should seek the assistance of mission-critical subject matter experts. The alternative invites unnecessary delay, risk, and expense. By implementing a best in breed program, you will protect your capital investment and ensure stronger returns years after year.

    White Paper 2 Written By:

    Bob Woolley is the Senior Vice President of Critical Environment Services at Lee Technologies, a Schneider Electric company.

    Mr. Woolley has been involved in the critical facilities management field for over 25 years. Bob served as Vice President of Data Center Operations for Navisite, as well as Vice President of Engineering for COLO.COM.  He was also a Regional Manager for the Securities Industry Automation Corporation (SIAC) telecommunications division and operated his own critical facilities consulting practice.  Mr. Woolley has extensive experience in building technical service programs and developing operations programs for mission critical operations in both the telecommunications and data center environments.

    Universal Networking Services brings a comprehensive solution from the utility pole to the server and assists with navigating the complex waters of most size and scope of projects. Whether you are upgrading, retrofitting or developing a new design-build, UNS and its partners generate efficient, scalable, reliable and manageable critical infrastructure solutions to your organization. Our holistic, common sense approach lowers our clients Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) and maximizes efficiencies offered by the advancements in critical power and cooling infrastructure.

    Please feel free to contact us to learn more.