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Universal Networking Services Institute for Data Center Professionals

Posted by on April 6, 2012  |  No Comments

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

Data center efficiency should be a topic of significant importance to all data center operators. At Universal Networking Services (UNS), our philosophy is simple: knowledge is key to data center efficiency!  UNS Institute for Data Center Professionals offers the data center community priceless educational opportunities through numerous gateways:

Educational Gateways:

“Educational Series For Data Center Professionals”

“Breakfast and Learn Series For Data Center Professionals”

Universal Networking Services Blog

Data Center Critical Power and Cooling LinkedIn Group

Universal Networking Services Twitter

About UNS “Educational Series For Data Center Professionals”:

The “Educational Series For Data Center Professionals” is a customized training series conducted at YOUR facility that provides the education that will lay the critical foundation for your organization to run an efficient data center.  UNS works diligently with you and your staff to customize a curriculum specific to your facilities requirements that educate and showcase the latest in technologies and best practices for data center power, cooling, monitoring, security and management.  Choose either topics from current course curriculum (see course curriculum below) or customize your training.   At UNS, we believe education is key to controlling your data center costs.  With that in mind, we couple your customized training session with our signature Critical Facility Energy Profile (CFEP) assessment.  To highlight, our CFEP service provides an on-site, non-invasive, risk free analysis of your current Network Critical Physical Infrastructure (NCPI) to determine the baseline efficiency of your data center.   On the first day, we will perform a site/data center assessment (CFEP), during which, items that are affecting efficiency and reliability are compiled.  On the second day, we return to the facility to perform a customized education/training session on today’s best strategies for power, cooling, monitoring security and management using examples from YOUR facility.  The education provided will drive your organization’s total-cost-of-ownership (TCO) as low as possible.   UNS is committed to understanding our clients challenges and provide the tools needed to operate their businesses with reliability and maximum efficiency. Contact us today to learn more about this unique educational opportunity.

Current “Educational Series For Data Center Professionals” Course Curriculum:

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

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

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

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

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

About UNS “Breakfast and Learn Series for Data Center Professionals”:

The “Breakfast and Learn Educational Series for Data Center Professionals” offers the data center community multiple opportunities to learn from their peers, share experiences, and expand industry knowledge.  Our educational sessions are conducted throughout the United States quarterly and will be advertised via our Data Center Critical Power and Cooling LinkedIn Group and/or follow us on Twitter.  Our “Breakfast and Learn Series” can also be customized and conducted at your own facility.  For more information on our “Breakfast and Learn Series” please contact us.

Current “Breakfast and Learn” Discussions:

“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 right-sizing.  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 to 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.  This discussion is available through our “Breakfast and Learn Educational Series For Data Center Professionals”.

“IS PERIMETER COOLING DEAD?”-Traditional data center “room” cooling is unable to accommodate the latest generation of high and variable density IT equipment resulting in cooling systems that are inefficient, unpredictable, and low in power density.  To address these problems, row-oriented and rack-oriented cooling architectures have been developed.  Our presentation, “Is Perimeter Cooling Dead” examines and contrasts the 3 basic cooling approaches:  room, row, and rack architectures.  Each approach has an appropriate application but row-orientated cooling is emerging as the solution of choice for most next generation data centers.  Next generation data centers demand the flexibility, predicability, scalability, reduced electrical power consumption, reduced TCO and optimum availability that row and rack-oriented cooling architectures can provide.  Additionally, the factors that gave rise to the establishment and use of the raised floor is no longer justified or desirable.  To learn more about this topic, “Is Perimeter Cooling Dead” is available for your organization through our unique “Breakfast and Learn” Educational Series For Data Center Professionals.

About Universal Networking Services Blog “Don’s Corner”:

Data center industry blog that discusses the most relevant topics challenging the data center industry today.  Don Melchert, Critical Facility Specialist, shares in “Don’s Corner” his extensive knowledge and experience from the mission critical arena.  “Don’s Corner” highlights real world experiences to provide you the tools to maximize your efficiency while lowering your operating costs.

About Universal Networking Services LinkedIn “Data Center Critical Power and Cooling Group”:

Join UNS and industry peers on an open forum to discuss the following topics relating to data center “best practices”.  Key areas are:

– Power

– Cooling

– Racks- Security

– Management

– Fire Suppression

– Personnel

Submit your questions or comments on issues that affect your data center and have them answered by our Critical Facility Specialist.  We provide valuable insight to common problems that often plague modern data centers. Join the discussion at Data Center Critical Power and Cooling LinkedIn Group.

About Universal Networking Services Twitter:

Follow us on Twitter as we tweet/share industry related news, event postings, and company updates.

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Don’s Corner: “Is Perimeter Cooling Dead?”

Posted by on March 6, 2012  |  No Comments

Don Melchert, Critical Facility Specialist

“IS PERIMETER COOLING DEAD?”

Traditional data center “room” cooling is unable to accommodate the latest generation of high and variable density IT equipment resulting in cooling systems that are inefficient, unpredictable, and low in power density.  To address these problems row-oriented and rack-oriented cooling architectures have been developed.  Our presentation, “Is Perimeter Cooling Dead” examines and contrasts the 3 basic cooling approaches: room, row, and rack architectures. Each approach has an appropriate application but row-orientated cooling is emerging as the solution of choice for most next generation data centers. Next generation data centers demand the flexibility, predicability, scalability, reduced electrical power consumption, reduced TCO, and optimum availability that row and rack-oriented cooling architectures can provide. Additionally, the factors that gave rise to the establishment and use of the raised floor in the data center environment are presented.  For many applications the use of the raised floor is no longer justified or desirable. To learn more about this topic, “Is Perimeter Cooling Dead” 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 found 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.

The Advantages of Row and Rack-Oriented Cooling Architectures for Data Centers (White Paper #30) Overview:

Executive Summary:

Latest generation high density and variable density IT equipment create conditions that traditional data center room cooling was never intended to address, resulting in cooling systems that are inefficient, unpredictable, and low in power density. Row-oriented and rack-oriented cooling architectures have been developed to address these problems. This paper contrasts room, row, and rack architectures and shows why row- oriented cooling will emerge as the preferred solution for most next generation data centers.

Highlights:

  • Discuss the following cooling approaches:  room, row and rack-based cooling architectures.
  • Benefit comparison of cooling architectures:  challenges in agility, availability, lifecycle costs, serviceability, and manageability
  • Special issues:  capacity utilization, humidification, electrical efficiency, water near IT equipment, location and redundancy.
  • Elements of the raised floor and problems associated with using a raised floor.
  • Hurdles to eliminating the raised floor
  • Designing without a raised floor.

Conclusion:

The conventional legacy approach to data center cooling using room-oriented architecture has technical and practical limitations in next generation data centers. The need of next generation data centers to adapt to changing requirements, to reliably support high and variable power density, and to reduce electrical power consumption and other operating costs have directly led to the development of row and rack-oriented cooling architectures. These two architectures are more successful at addressing these needs, particularly at operating densities of 3 kW per rack or greater. The legacy room-oriented approach has served the industry well, and remains an effective and practical alternative for lower density installations and those applications where IT technology changes are minimal.

Row and rack-oriented cooling architecture provides the flexibility, predictability, scalability, reduced electrical power consumption, reduced TCO, and optimum availability that next- generations data centers require. Users should expect that many new product offerings from suppliers will utilize these approaches.

It is expected that many data centers will utilize a mixture of the three cooling architectures. Rack-oriented cooling will find application in situations where extreme densities, high granularity of deployment, or unstructured layout are the key drivers. Room-oriented cooling will remain an effective approach for low density applications and applications where change is infrequent. For most users with newer high density server technologies, row-oriented cooling will provide the best balance of high predictability, high power density, and adaptability, at the best overall TCO.

References:

Avoidable Mistakes that Compromise Cooling Performance in Data Centers and Network Rooms (White Paper#49) Overview:

Executive Summary:

Avoidable mistakes that are routinely made when installing cooling systems and racks in data centers or network rooms compromise availability and increase costs. These unintentional flaws create hot-spots, decrease fault tolerance, decrease efficiency, and reduce cooling capacity. Although facilities operators are often held accountable for cooling problems, many problems are actually caused by improper deployment of IT equipment outside of their control. This paper examines these typical mistakes, explains their principles, quantifies their impacts, and describes simple remedies.

Conclusion:

The air distribution system is a part of the data center that is not well understood, and facility operators and IT personnel often take actions involving airflow that have unintentional and adverse consequences to both availability and cost.

Flawed airflow implementation has not been a serious problem in the past, due to low power density in the data center. However, recent increases in power density are beginning to test the capacity of cooling systems and give rise to hot-spots and unexpected limitations of cooling capacity

Decisions such as facing all racks in the same direction are often made for cosmetic reasons to project image; but as users and customers become more educated they will conclude that people who do not implement airflow correctly are inexperienced, which is the opposite of the original intent.

Adopting a number of simple policies and providing a simple justification for them can achieve alignment between IT and Facilities staff resulting in maximum availability and optimized TCO.

References:

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.







Hot-Aisle Containment vs. Cold-Aisle Containment….A Lesson In Efficiency

Posted by on February 6, 2012  |  No Comments

Waite Ave, Vice President of Operations

High energy costs and spiking data center energy consumption rates have forced data center professionals to rethink their data center cooling strategies. Although traditional cooling approaches (such as perimeter cooling through a raised floor plenum) are still quite prevalent, new approaches such as hot aisle and cold aisle containment are making significant inroads.

The Cold Aisle Containment System (CACS) is typically deployed in traditional perimeter-based cooling environments. Traditional cooling environments use the entire room as a hot air return plenum and use deliver cold air via the raised floor plenum to the cold aisles. The CACS encloses the cold aisle allowing the rest of the data center to become a large hot air return plenum. By containing the cold aisle, the hot / cold air streams within the data center are separated.

The Hot Aisle Containment System (HACS) encloses a hot aisle to collect IT equipments hot exhaust air and cools it to make it available for IT equipment air intakes. This creates a self-contained system capable of supporting high density IT loads.

Mixing of hot and cold air streams in the data center lowers availability of IT equipment. Returning the warmest possible air to the computer room air conditioners increases the efficiency and capacity of the system. The HACS ensures proper air distribution by completely separating supply and return air paths.

The design of HACS assimilates many of the advantages of the CACS and avoids many of the pitfalls. When upgrading a data center to be more efficient and less costly to operate, any move away from the traditional perimeter cooling approach is a step in the right direction. While CACS is a “better” scenario compared to traditional approach, the “best” scenario is embodied in a HACS system.

Watch the video from Hot-Aisle vs. Cold-Aisle Containment:  HACS vs. CACS Video

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

Hot-Aisle Containment vs. Cold-Aisle Containment….A Lesson In Efficiency

Posted by on May 10, 2011  |  No Comments

Waite Ave, Managing Partner

High energy costs and spiking data center energy consumption rates have forced data center professionals to rethink their data center cooling strategies. Although traditional cooling approaches (such as perimeter cooling through a raised floor plenum) are still quite prevalent, new approaches such as hot aisle and cold aisle containment are making significant inroads.

Watch the Video from Hot-Aisle vs. Cold-Aisle Containment:

HACS vs. CACS Video

The Cold Aisle Containment System (CACS) is typically deployed in traditional perimeter-based cooling environments. Traditional cooling environments use the entire room as a hot air return plenum and use deliver cold air via the raised floor plenum to the cold aisles. The CACS encloses the cold aisle allowing the rest of the data center to become a large hot air return plenum. By containing the cold aisle, the hot / cold air streams within the data center are separated.

The Hot Aisle Containment System (HACS) encloses a hot aisle to collect IT equipments hot exhaust air and cools it to make it available for IT equipment air intakes. This creates a self-contained system capable of supporting high density IT loads.

Mixing of hot and cold air streams in the data center lowers availability of IT equipment. Returning the warmest possible air to the computer room air conditioners increases the efficiency and capacity of the system. The HACS ensures proper air distribution by completely separating supply and return air paths.

The design of HACS assimilates many of the advantages of the CACS and avoids many of the pitfalls. When upgrading a data center to be more efficient and less costly to operate, any move away from the traditional perimeter cooling approach is a step in the right direction. While CACS is a “better” scenario compared to traditional approach, the “best” scenario is embodied in a HACS system.

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

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.

Universal Networking Services, LLC and Datapod Proudly Announce Inclusion In “Modular/Container Data Center Procurement Guide: Optimizing for Energy Efficiency and Quick Deployment”

Posted by on February 25, 2011  |  No Comments

Universal Networking Services, LLC and Datapod Proudly Announce Inclusion In “Modular/Container Data Center Procurement Guide: Optimizing for Energy Efficiency and Quick Deployment”

Lafayette, Indiana, February 20, 2011: Universal Networking Services, LLC with partner Datapod, leading providers of mission-critical power and cooling infrastructure products and services, today announced inclusion in the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory publication: “Modular/Container Data Center Procurement Guide: Optimizing for Energy Efficiency and Quick Deployment”

Waite Ave, Managing Partner of UNS, states “We are proud to be listed alongside an elite line of companies in the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Modular/Container Data Center Procurement Guide. Today’s IT departments face complex challenges that demand forward looking IT solutions. Whether you need a server room or data center for a new site, a refurbishment or a temporary facility, the problem is always the same.  From its conception, a traditional ‘bricks and mortar’ installation can take up to 2 years to design and build.  Our organization, Universal Networking Services, LLC proudly partners with Datapod to deliver an award-winning approach to this growing problem.  The Datapod system provides a unique, modular data center system that incorporates innovative design and cutting edge mechanical and electrical engineering.  It has extended the concept of 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.  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. With Datapod 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.”

About Universal Networking Services, LLC

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

About Datapod Australia

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

About Datapod Containerized System

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

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

To view the procurement guide please visit: Modular/Container Data Centers Procurement Guide: Optimizing for Energy Efficiency and Quick Deployment

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 Proudly Announces Strategic Partnership with Datapod

Posted by on August 4, 2010  |  No Comments

Denver, Colorado, July, 27 2010: Universal Networking Services, LLC (UNS, LLC)  a leading provider of mission-critical power and cooling infrastructure products and services today announced strategic partnership with Australian based company, Datapod.

Scott Carr, Managing Director for Datapod, explains “The enterprise IT landscape has to be able to adapt to changing business needs. Whether you need a server room or data center for a new site, a refurbishment or a temporary facility, the problem is always the same.  From its conception, a traditional ‘bricks and mortar’ installation can take up to 2 years to design and build.  Often by the time the facility is ready to be commissioned, the needs of the business have changed and the installation is no longer fit for purpose.  The challenge is to correctly estimate the ideal size of the installation without oversizing it, blowing out costs, or undersizing and delivering a sub-standard solution to the business. The trouble is that once the traditional data center is built, it is difficult to move so extending the physical size of the installation comes at a prohibitive cost.  Datapod proudly introduces  a unique, modular data center system that incorporates innovative design and cutting edge mechanical and electrical engineering.  It has extended the concept of 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.  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.”

Waite Ave, Managing Partner of UNS, LLC states “Forecasting and measuring the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) for Data Center Physical Infrastructure is essential for return-on-investment (ROi) analysis.  Oversizing is the main contributor to excess TCO. Additionally, oversizing creates inefficiencies in the data center, including excess capital cost, operating cost, and energy cost.  The average data center operator can achieve the highest return investment through rightsizing. UNS, LLC is proud to partner with Datapod to deliver an award-winning approach to a growing problem. With Datapod 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.”

About Universal Networking Services, LLC

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

About Datapod Australia

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

About Datapod Containerized System

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

Learn More

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