Posts Tagged Data center efficiency

What’s Inside The Datapod System

Posted by on November 26, 2012  |  No Comments

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Universal Networking Services is proud to be the North America Authorized Agent for Datapod™ .  Our partnership with Datapod™ allows us to deliver a unique alternative to the traditional bricks and mortar data center installation. We can provide the data center community an alternative solution that maximizes their investment and increases the reliability and availability of their mission-critical facility.  Datapod is an unique, modular data center system that incorporates innovative design and cutting edge mechanical and electrical engineering. Datapod has extended the concept of modular data center design to include critical site infrastructure such as modular generators, chillers, and deployment services thereby providing a complete infrastructure solution for data centers. By enabling data center users to deploy when they like, where they like and for how long they like, the Datapod system offers performance superior to that of  a “bricks and mortar” data center facility, deploys faster and at a more cost-effective price point.

Please feel free to email us at info@datapodnorthamerica.com or contact us to learn more.

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

Posted by on November 8, 2012  |  No Comments

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

Presentation Details

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

Speaker:  Adam Smith, Datapod Director of Operations

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

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

Presentation Overview

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

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

Who Should Attend

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

About The Guest Speaker

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


About the Sponsors

Universal Networking Services is proud to be the North America Authorized Agent for Datapod™ .  Our partnership with Datapod™ allows us to deliver a unique alternative to the traditional bricks and mortar data center installation. We can provide the data center community an alternative solution that maximizes their investment and increases the reliability and availability of their mission-critical facility.  Datapod is an unique, modular data center system that incorporates innovative design and cutting edge mechanical and electrical engineering. Datapod has extended the concept of modular data center design to include critical site infrastructure such as modular generators, chillers, and deployment services thereby providing a complete infrastructure solution for data centers. By enabling data center users to deploy when they like, where they like and for how long they like, the Datapod system offers performance superior to that of  a “bricks and mortar” data center facility, deploys faster and at a more cost-effective price point.

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


Datapod-Key Facts

Posted by on October 27, 2012  |  No Comments

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

WHAT IS DATAPOD?

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

FIT FOR PURPOSE-THE ENGINEERING SOLUTION

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

CAPITAL EFFICIENCY-THE CFO’S SOLUTION:

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

BRINGING IT ALL TOGETHER (FACTS AND FIGURES):

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Universal Networking Services is proud to be the North America Authorized Agent for Datapod™ . Our partnership with Datapod™ allows us to deliver a unique alternative to the traditional bricks and mortar data center installation. We can provide the data center community an alternative solution that maximizes their investment and increases the reliability and availability of their mission-critical facility.  Datapod is an unique, modular data center system that incorporates innovative design and cutting edge mechanical and electrical engineering. Datapod has extended the concept of modular data center design to include critical site infrastructure such as modular generators, chillers, and deployment services thereby providing a complete infrastructure solution for data centers. By enabling data center users to deploy when they like, where they like and for how long they like, the Datapod system offers performance superior to that of  a “bricks and mortar” data center facility, deploys faster and at a more cost-effective price point.

Please feel free to email us at info@datapodnorthamerica.com or contact us to learn more.

Specification of Modular Data Center Architecture

Posted by on May 17, 2012  |  No Comments

White Paper 160

Modularity is loosely defined as a technique that builds large systems out of smaller subsystems, where the subsystems have well defined rules for interfacing to each other. Modularity also suggests a simplified approach to installation or replacement, ideally with “plug in” of modular elements that require simplified commissioning.

Recent reports by Gartner reflect the growing realization that “The first two generations of data center designs are no longer appropriate for current and future needs. New data centers should be perceived less as a static structure and more as an agile, living organism that evolves as the server and storage infrastructure changes.” In response, Gartner suggests operators should “Include flexible, modular, virtualized design principles in new data center designs.”

Major suppliers of data center equipment and complete data center solutions are promoting the benefits of their modular solutions. Yet the definition of modularity remains vague and can be applied to a single device, such as a UPS, or it can be applied to complete data center buildings. In the case of so-called containerized data centers, the data center itself is can be viewed as a module.

Data center operators are faced with a confusing number of poorly defined terms describing modularity including terms like pods, containers, clusters, zones, rows, rooms, busses, etc.

Clearly, modularity within a data center does not refer to one specific ideal design, but rather to an approach that can yield many different types of design. Furthermore, while some data centers may be said to be “more modular” than others, there is no threshold where a data center becomes modular.

When a modular approach is chosen, the degree to which the data center is cut up into modules must also be considered. Should a specific subsystem in a data center have three modules or forty-seven modules? Modularity does have some costs, so making everything as modular as possible is not always effective.

A recent analysis by Tier 1 Research validates the advantages of modularity for data centers but suggests that the industry impact of modularity will only be maximized when modules become “industrialized” and standardized to reduce their costs and speed the supply chain.

In this paper, we will define what is meant by modularity and define terms used for describing and specifying modularity in relation to the physical infrastructure of data center including space, power and cooling. Modularity in relation to the IT architecture or IT hardware is not discussed in this paper. A graphical method for describing a modular architecture will be presented. The feasibility of standardizing and industrializing modularity will be examined. We will show how data center modularity can be effectively applied and specified, and how the approach should vary with the application.

“Specification of Modular Data Center Architecture” Full White Paper (Click Here To Download)

Executive Summary:

There is a growing consensus that conventional legacy data center design will be superseded by modular scalable data center designs. Reduced total cost of ownership, increased flexibility, reduced deployment time, and improved efficiency are all claimed benefits of modular scalable designs. Yet the term “modular”, when and where modularity is appropriate, and how to specify modularity are all poorly defined.

This paper creates a framework for modular data center architecture and describes the various ways that modularity can be implemented for data center power, cooling, and space infrastructure and explains when the different approaches are appropriate and effective.

Contents:

  • Problems solved by modularity
  • Elements of modular architecture
  • Defining modular architecture for data centers
  • One or many modular architectures?
  • Documenting a modular data center architecture
  • Specifying a data center project using modular methods
  • Containers, skids, and other form factors

Conclusion:

The benefits of modular architecture are becoming widely recognized. This paper has only briefly summarized these benefits. The move toward modular data center is inevitable because the overwhelming improvements in performance and TCO that accrue. This form of advancement can be seen in many industries such as the automotive industry and the IT equipment industry. For data centers the only questions are how quickly this transformation will occur and what form it will take.

This paper defines what is meant by modular data center architecture, so that operators, engineering firms, construction firms, and suppliers can begin to have productive conversa- tions about modular data center design using a common language. This paper has also gone further in describing how modular architecture can be formally specified. The industry will only obtain the benefits of modular data center architecture when the standard specification system described here, or one like it, becomes a commonly accepted way for vendors to describe data center offers, and for customers to use in requesting quotations.

White Paper Written By:

Neil Rasmussen

Universal Networking Services is proud to partner with Datapod™ to deliver an unique alternative to the traditional bricks and mortar data center installation. 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.  Datapod is an 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.

Please feel free to contact Waite Ave at w.ave@apcdistributors.com or contact us to learn more.

TCO Analysis of a Traditional Data Center vs. a Scalable, Containerized Data Center

Posted by on April 29, 2012  |  No Comments

White Paper 164

Power and cooling systems available now are more modular, more standardized, and more efficient than those installed in the majority of data centers today. Whether upgrading an existing data center or building a new one, data center managers will minimize both capital and operating expenses by specifying physical infrastructure with the following attributes:

  • Standardized, pre-assembled, and integrated components
  • Modular infrastructure than can scale as the load increases over time
  • Efficient power and cooling components
  • Cooling design with integrated economizer mode
  • Pre-programmed controls

White Paper 163,“Containerized Power and Cooling Modules for Data Centers”, describes how standardized, pre-assembled, and integrated modules (sometimes referred to as containers) save deployment time and upfront cost compared to the same electrical and mechanical infrastructure implemented in a “stick built” manner with custom engineering and considerable onsite work.

However, significant additional savings can be achieved. The modular nature of facility modules enables scaling and rightsizing to actual data center loads. This, in combination with current power and cooling distribution technologies, results in a TCO savings of nearly 30% over a traditional data center (27.2% capital cost and 31.6% operating cost).

“TCO Analysis of a Traditional Data Center vs. a Scalable, Containerized Data Center” Full White Paper (Download It Here)

Executive Summary:

Standardized, scalable, pre-assembled, and integrated data center facility power and cooling modules provide a “total cost of ownership” (TCO) savings of 30% compared to traditional, built-out data center power and cooling infrastructure. Avoiding overbuilt capacity and scaling the design over time contributes to a significant percentage of the overall savings. This white paper provides a quantitative TCO analysis of the two architectures, and illustrates the key drivers of both the capex and opex savings of the improved architecture.

Contents:

  • Cost Comparison
  • Assumptions

Conclusion:

Traditional designs almost always intentionally incorporate excess capacity upfront because subsequent expansion of power and cooling capacity is extremely difficult and costly in a production data center. This often has the effect of people being overly conservative in capacity planning which then results in higher upfront capital costs and a chronically inefficient data center. The proper deployment of facility modules, on the other hand, eliminate this wasteful oversizing tendency, because its standardized, modular architecture makes adding or reducing capacity to meet real-world, dynamic demand much easier. This, in conjunction with efficient, integrated power and cooling technologies results in TCO savings of 30% compared to a typical oversized data center operating today.

White Paper #164 Written By:

Wendy Torell

Universal Networking Services is proud to partner with Datapod™ to deliver an unique alternative to the traditional bricks and mortar data center installation. 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.  Datapod is an 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.

Please feel free to contact Waite Ave at w.ave@apcdistributors.com or click on contact us to learn more.

“What Is Datapod?” Series-Part I

Posted by on April 26, 2012  |  1 Comment

DATAPOD™ CONTAINERIZED ON-DEMAND DATA CENTER

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The Datapod system means you no longer need to run the risk of construction project cost blowouts, delays and compromised outcomes. Datapod can deliver a quality turn-key solution faster and at less cost compared to legacy data center construction projects.

A key dilemma facing legacy data center construction projects is whether or not to build a large data center to cater for possible growth in capacity requirements over the life of the facility or build a smaller data center in the hope that IT requirements do not exceed built capacity before end of life. The chances of acurately predicting your future IT requirement are low and the associated capital risks are high. In contrast, the modular Datapod system allows you to deploy only what you need when you need it, where you need it. Right-sizing your data center site infrastructure is not only capital efficient it is also operationally efficient.

Deploying the right amount of floor space as you need it means cooling and humidification resources are not wasted on conditioning surplus space. Incrementally deploying power and cooling systems to match the actual power and cooling requirements allows these system to run within their most energy efficient mode of operation. Incrementally investing in capacity only when you need it also gives you the best chance of benefiting from future technological improvements. Datapod’s committment to research and development in the area of energy efficient site infrastructure means you benefit from ongoing product enhancements and improved environmental efficiencies over time.

A productised approach to data center site infrastructure allows you to adopt a procurement model that matches your IT operations. Datapod offers an attractive leasing option that means you can now deploy your capital to more productive endeavors rather than having it tied up in legacy data centre projects that have increasingly rapid obsolescent.

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Universal Networking Services is proud to partner with Datapod™ to deliver an unique alternative to the traditional bricks and mortar data center installation. 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.  Datapod is an 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.

Please feel free to contact Waite Ave at w.ave@apcdistributors.com or contact us to learn more.

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.

Six Reasons Why Modular Power and Cooling Plants Will Make Traditional Data Center Designs Obsolete

Posted by on April 22, 2012  |  No Comments

Neil Rasmussen (Senior Vice President of Innovation, IT Business for Schneider Electric) delivers keynote presentation that asserts that many traditional data centers are inefficient, costly and incompatible with high density IT deployments, and that pre-engineered and pre-manufactured power and cooling subsystems based on standardized modules can provide optimized and predictable performance faster and at lower cost.

Uptime Institute Symposium 2011 Video Clip (Click Here To View)

Six Reasons Why Modular Power and Cooling Plants Will Make Traditional Data Center Designs (Click Here To Download Green Data Center Conference Presentation)

Presentation Highlights Delivered by Neil Rasmussen:

Traditional data center defined:

  • Power and cooling devices from various manufacturers are integrated for a project
  • System performance is predicted by analysis
  • Controls are created for the project
  • Management software is customized for the project
  • Cooling is by CRAC/CRAH units located in the IT room
  • Air is distributed under floor via vented tiles
  • Outdoor heat rejection via dry cooler, condenser, or cooling tower

Modular power and cooling plants defined:

  • End-to-end power and cooling systems are pre-engineered and pre-manufactured
  • Standard building blocks are available
  • Modules may be internally fault tolerant, and can be combined to achieve redundancies
  • Equipment arrives in pre-packaged modules, such as skids, containers, or kits
  • System performance is guaranteed by spec
  • Controls are standard
  • Management software is standard for the modules

Reason #1: Economizer regulations

  • ASHRAE, LEED, and local regulations require economizer modes
    • Old model: Economizer assists mechanical plant, when possible
    • New model: Mechanical plant assists economizer, when needed
  • Maximization of free cooling is a complex design and control problem, difficult to achieve in a unique design
  • An integrated design, that considers IT supply temperatures and airflows, load factors, and ambient conditions is best achieved in a standardized, pre-engineered system

Reason #2: Dynamic power variation

  • Power management functions in IT equipment will play a major role in reducing overall energy use of data centers
    • Old model: Long term adaptations to slow changes in load
    • New model: Cooling plant optimizes for wide swings in IT load
  • Traditional plant design responds through interventions (moving tiles, turning equipment on and off, adding equipment)
  • An optimizing cooling plant adapts to changing load and airflow requirements by design

Reason #3: Speed of deployment

  • Modularity is not automatically faster
  • Modularity allows standardization. It is standardization that makes cycle time faster
    • Old model: 18 month design-build-commission cycle
    • New model: 4 month order-install cycle. Design is off-the-shelf. Systems mainly pre   commissioned.
  • Eventually standard power and cooling modules will be inventory items

Reason #4: Scaling requirements

  • Oversizing remains a major drag on the data center industry
  • It is the dominant contributor to energy inefficiency
  • It causes waste of CAPEX and OPEX
    • Old model: Build it now because it is too painful – slow – risky – burdensome – costly to adapt   later
    • New model: Modular design for scalability
  • Capacity can also be scaled to meet changes in power density and redundancy

Reason #5: Control & management system costs

  • Controls and management system cost in traditional data center is around $.50 -$1.50 per watt (under 10% of system cost)
  • To actually correctly engineer such unique systems for a traditional data center should cost about $5 per watt (nearly equal to expected system cost) if we
    • Optimized for energy savings
    • Did full testing under all operating and fault conditions
    • Documented the system fully
    • Embedded effective diagnostics
    • Did appropriate fault-tree and event-tree analysis
    • Designed to accommodate expected changes

Reason #6: Lower installed and operating costs
Extra installed costs

  • Container / skid / package costs
  • More smaller devices replace fewer larger devices

Installed cost savings

  • One-time engineering
  • Defer costs of capacity not yet required
  • Programming & configuration
  • Rigging
  • Documentation
  • Shipping / installing damage
  • Factory vs. field labor
  • Less field testing

Extra operating costs

  • None identified

Operating cost savings

  • Reduced expertise requirements
  • Energy costs
  • No maintenance costs on capacity not yet required

Conclusion

  • Standardized modular power and cooling plants have lower cost and better performance
  • Challenges such as dynamic power, economizer optimization, and high density will accelerate the end of traditional design approaches
  • Modular approaches to cooling plants just as effective for indoor IT rooms as they are for IT containers

Resources

“Economizer Modes of Data Center Cooling Systems” Full White Paper 132 (Download Here)

“Containerized Power and Cooling Modules for Data Centers” Full White Paper 163 (Download Here)

“Hot Aisle vs. Cold Aisle Containment” Full White Paper 135 (Download Here)

APC White Paper Library (Click Here)

APC TradeOff Tools™ Library (Click Here)

Universal Networking Services is proud to partner with Datapod to deliver an unique alternative to the traditional bricks and mortar data center installation. 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.  Datapod is an 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.

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.

APC Data Center University

Data Center University™ (DCU) offers industry-leading education for IT professionals‚ facilities managers‚ engineers‚ designers‚ consultants‚ and anyone involved in the critical decisions and infrastructure planning of data centers worldwide. The changing nature of data centers‚ and the technology that impacts them‚ makes it even more critical that employees remain up to date on the current theories and best practices for issues around topics of power‚ cooling‚ management‚ security‚ and planning.

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!

Energy University by Schneider Electric

Schneider Electric, the global specialist in Energy Management has launched an e-learning website Energy University to provide the latest information and professional training on Energy Efficiency concepts and best practice! All in ONE Place – All in ONE site!

In addition to learning new energy saving ideas that directly contribute to the overall well-being of the earth; you will also become an even more valuable employee by contributing to the bottom line for your company. Learn something new today and apply the knowledge tomorrow. Become an Energy Efficiency Champion! Read more…

What Is A Business-wise, Future-driven™ Data Center?

Posted by on March 11, 2012  |  No Comments

UNS is critical facilities. Our vision incorporates a “Single Solution Provider” in the data center market that specifically targets the small to medium enterprises.

UNS brings significant value to the customer by viewing the IT and facility as a single entity. This approach allows us to bring highly reliable, cost effective solutions to your organization. The UNS approach reduces acquisition costs, enables faster deployment and brings the best of each component of the data center and makes it available to the customer at competetive prices. Our partnership with Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management, brings together the world’s leading manufacturers of critical components to ensure that your organization gets a reliable, cost-effective, right-sized solution.  A solution that is Business-wise, Future-driven™.

Access Schneider Electric’s 10 Ways for Your Data Center to be Business-wise, Future-driven™ to see how Schneider Electric data center physical infrastructure enables companies to adapt data centers at the speed of business to meet ever-changing business needs—now and in the future.

An excellent example of a Business-wise, Future-driven™ data center is Mercy Health.  Mercy Health is a cutting-edge health care organization that has partnered with Schneider Electric for all their data center needs over the past six years. Schneider Electric’s Business-wise, Future-driven™ data center has allowed Mercy to shift their business model from a hospital supported by a data center to a data center system supporting hospitals.  Please enjoy Mercy Health: Beyond the Digital Hospital” for more information.

To learn more about how Universal Networking Services can help you achieve a Business-wise, Future-driven™ data center please visit www.criticalpowerandcooling.com or contact us.


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