Posts Tagged energy cost

Make Your Data Center More Efficient-TradeOff™ Tools

Posted by on April 25, 2012  |  No Comments

APC TradeOff ToolsTM, are web-based applications with easy-to-use interfaces designed for use in the early stages of data center concept and design development. By enabling data center professionals to experiment with various scenarios regarding virtualization, efficiency, power sizing, capital costs, and other key design issues, APC TradeOff Tools break down major data center planning decisions into a series of smaller, more manageable decisions. Use of these tools helps validate, through modeling, the overall design of a data center.

What are TradeOff Tools?

TradeOff Tools are simple, interactive tools, based on data and science, that make it easy to vary parameters, experiment with “what if” scenarios and make tradeoffs during data center planning.

  • Simple, automated tools to support specific planning decisions
  • Models complex interactions of systems based on data and science
  • One-screen, standardized user interface
  • Instant output allows for rapid creation of “what if” scenarios

When should they be used?

Used early in the planning process, TradeOff Tools help avoid planning roadblocks by making informed and accurate decisions

How do they help in planning a data center?

TradeOff Tools help show quantifiable, tangible benefits of implementing certain technologies and justify project decisions.

Video Tutorial Presentation of APC TradeOff Tools™

Data Center Efficiency Calculator (Click Here To Download):

Impact of alternative power and cooling approaches on energy costs.

The purpose of this tool is to show how various design decisions and operating conditions affect the efficiency and electrical costs of a typical generic data center.  As the user inputs details regarding the power and cooling configuration results are calculated based upon a tested and validated three parameter model.

Profiles a data center and calculates the resulting efficiency and electrical cost based on data center characteristics. Users can then understand the impact each key data center decision has on the data center’s efficiency.

Cooling Economizer Mode PUE Calculator (Click Here To Download):

Impact of geography and cooling characteristics on PUE, energy cost, and carbon emissions.

The purpose of this tool is to compare seven common cooling architectures and demonstrate their expected annual PUE, energy cost, and carbon emissions.  As the user inputs details such as the data center location and power & cooling configuration inputs such as IT inlet temperature, % load, and type of power & lighting, results are calculated.

UPS Efficiency Comparison Calculator (Click Here To Download):

Impact of UPS efficiencies on energy costs and carbon footprint.

The purpose of this tool is to compare the efficiencies of two UPS systems and to show the impact these efficiencies have on electricity cost and carbon footprint.  UPSs may be selected from a pull down list, or users can define their own UPS (Schneider Electric or other vendor).  Pre-populated data was obtained by curve fitting to measured efficiency data .  All measurements were taken in normal operating mode, at typical environmental conditions, with nominal elctrical input and balanced resistive load (PF=1.0) output.

Data Center Carbon Calculator (Click Here To Download):

Impact of changes in data center efficiency on energy costs and carbon footprint.

The purpose of this tool is to recognize how “green” a data center is by converting energy usage rates into carbon emissions. The tool illustrates how hypothetical changes to a data center’s location, efficiency, and power load can impact carbon dioxide emissions and the electric bill.

Illustrates how changes to a data center’s location, efficiency, and power load can impact carbon dioxide emissions and the electric bill. This provides management with a general indication of how “green” their data center is today and how “green” it could be.

Data Center Design Planning Calculator (Click Here To Download):

Impact of physical infrastructure technology and growth plan strategies on key design parameters.

This tool allows key decision makers to analyze these parameters, evaluate tradeoffs, and make decisions, to avoid costly mistakes that can magnify and propagate through later deployment phases.

IT Carbon & Energy Allocation Calculator (Click Here To Download):

Impact of efficiency, load characteristics, and location on energy and carbon allocation for IT users.

The purpose of the tool is to help data center operators assign carbon and energy costs to IT users. Energy (cost) and carbon allocations are computed on a per-server basis, based on an “average” server.  The units of “average” server can then be apportioned to the IT users using a method od choice depending on the business model.  This tool allows IT users to make smarter decisions regarding their total cost, as they consider options such as virtualization and server retirement.

Virtualization Energy Cost Calculator (Click Here To Download):

Impact of server virtualization and data center design choices on energy and space savings.

This tool illustrates potential IT, physical infrastructure, and energy savings resulting from the virtualization of servers. It allows the user to input data regarding data center capacity, load, number of servers, energy cost, and other data center elements.

Comprehends IT and physical infrastructure characteristics and calculates energy savings resulting from the virtualization of servers. This allows the user to test the impact of virtualization and various physical infrastructure improvements on their data center floor space and on their energy consumption.

Data Center Capital Cost Calculator (Click Here To Download):

Impact of physical infrastructure design changes on capital costs.

This tool identifies calculates capital costs based on parameters including load, redundancy, density, and power/cooling characteristics, the tool can project the number of racks required and the floor space required.

Identifies key data center physical infrastructure parameters and calculates capital costs based on those parameters. This allows data center users to judge how changes to data center location, IT load, and cooling and power infrastructure can impact overall capital costs

Data Center Power Sizing Calculator (Click Here To Download):

Impact of server and storage configurations on IT load capacity and required utility input power.

This tool defines basic characteristics of the IT load and calculates how much utility input power would be required to support that load, allowing users to experiment with “what if” scenarios by modifying the load characteristics of servers, mainframes, and storage. Total load is then calculated and the tool generates a corresponding utility power requirement.

Defines basic characteristics of the IT load and calculates how much utility input power would be required to support such a load. This provides users with a general idea of how much power in kilowatts they will need to run their data center.

Data Center AC vs. DC Calculator (Click Here To Download):

Impact on data center efficiency of various AC and DC power distribution architectures.

Users can compare the energy efficiency of four different power distribution architectures, including Legacy AC (typically 208 V with older data center UPS, PDU, and IT power supplies), Best Practice AC (208 V with latest generation UPS, PDU, and IT power supplies), 415 V AC (same modern components as Best Practice AC, but eliminates the PDUs and assumes 230 V AC power supplies), and 380 V DC (uses a theoretical DC UPS, no PDUs, and IT power supplies with 1.5% efficiency benefit).

Compares four different AC and DC power distribution architectures and calculates their respective efficiencies. This allows the user to make an educated decision on the optimal architecture for their data cente

Data Center InRow™ Containment Selector (Click Here To Download):

Impact of preferences and constraints on the recommended containment approach.

This tool generates a prototype rack and row cooling configuration based on the user’s layout preferences and the physical constraints of the room.

Generates a prototype rack and row cooling configuration based on the user’s preferences and the physical constraints of the room. This provides the user with their optimal InRow cooling containment configuration.

InRow Ancillary IT Equipment Cooling Calculator (Click Here To Download):

Impact of IT, cooling, & room characteristics on ability for row-based cooling to support ancillary IT loads.

This calculator helps the data center designer determine if additional cooling must be provided or if the existing row-based cooling is sufficient as miscellaneous ancillary IT equipment is added outside of the rows, such as tape silos, storage equipment, and networking gear.

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.

Avoiding Costs from Oversizing Data Center and Network Room Infrastructure

Posted by on April 15, 2012  |  No Comments

White Paper 37

This paper will show that the single largest avoidable cost associated with typical data center and network room infrastructure is oversizing. The utilization of the physical and power infrastructure in a data center or network room is typically around 50-60%. The unused capacity of data centers and network rooms is an avoidable capital cost, and it also represents avoidable operating costs, including maintenance and energy.

This paper is constructed in three parts. First, the facts and statistics related to oversizing are described. Next, the reasons why this occurs are discussed. Finally, an architecture and method for avoiding these costs is described.

“Avoiding Costs from Oversizing Data Center and Network Room Infrastructure” Full White Paper (Download Here)

Executive Summary:

The physical infrastructure of data centers and network rooms is typically oversized by five times the actual capacity at start-up and more than one and a half times the ultimate actual capacity. Oversizing statistics from actual customer installations are presented. The TCO costs associated with oversizing are quantified to be in excess of 30%. The fundamental reasons why oversizing occurs are discussed and an architecture and method for avoiding it is described.

Contents:

  • Facts and statistics related to oversizing
  • Why does oversizing occur?
  • Fundamentals reasons for oversizing
  • Architecture and method to avoid oversizing

Conclusion:

Data centers and network rooms are routinely oversized to more than 1 1/2 times their ultimate actual capacity. Oversizing drives excessive capital, maintenance, and energy expenses, on the order of 30%. This is 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.

White Paper #37 Written By:

Neil Rasmussen

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.

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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DCU provides a full curriculum of courses that educate and deliver up-to-the-minute information when and where you need it. Our online program is intended to be manageable and attainable‚ and with our Certification exam‚ you can quantify your learning and experience as a true data center professional!

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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.

References:

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.

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

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.







Introducing the Symmetra PX 250/500 kW

Posted by on February 6, 2012  |  No Comments

Grow in bigger increments with the Symmetra® PX 250/500.

Now, the modular power you know from our acclaimed Symmetra PX 40/80 is more flexible than ever with the all-new Symmetra PX 250/500. Featuring modular power in larger increments of 25kW up to 500kW, it configures in parallel up to 2 MW, for enterprises with consolidated servers that are experiencing growth on a larger scale.

APC’s Mark Tarantelli provides a demo and overview of the Symmetra PX 250/500kW UPS: Introducing the Symmetra PX 250/500 kW

To learn more about the Symmetra® PX 250/500 please contact Watie Ave at w.ave@apcdistributors.com or 1-888-486-7725, ext. 201.

Introduction to StruxureWare™ Energy Online

Posted by on January 19, 2012  |  No Comments

Leverage the power of a cloud computing environment to more easily and quickly manage your energy usage — driving awareness and reducing your operating expenses.

Introduction to StruxureWare™ Energy Online Video

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

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