Top 3 Data Center Infrastructure Trends of 2015

By Kenneth Rapoport, Founder and CEO, Electronic Environments Corporation (EEC)

Technologies such as cloud, mobile and the Internet of Things (IoT) are proliferating at an incredible rate.  For instance, U.S. businesses spent over $13 billion on cloud computing last year and global mobile data traffic grew 69 percent.  By 2019, there will be 11.5 billion mobile-connected devices.  Their rapid adoption is giving rise to emerging trends and forcing mission-critical data center owners and operators to change the very ways in which their facilities operate.

In this industry, staying ahead of the curve is critical.  By embracing these trends, owners and operators will be able to attract more business by offering the most modern technology solutions for customers. Here are the data center infrastructure trends to watch for in 2015:

In-Row Cooling

in rowToday, many smaller enterprise data centers and server room operators are choosing in-row cooling units instead of the traditional perimeter Computer Room Air Conditioning (CRAC) units.  In-row cooling maximizes efficiency by providing heat exchange in close proximity to server loads and eliminating the need to cool the entire room – an especially beneficial feature for high-density loads.  In-row cooling also allows operators to choose from several cooling methods including air-cooling, water/glycol, chilled water or liquid refrigerant.

Eco-Mode for UPS Systems

Eco-mode provides modern data centers operators with substantial savings on energy costs.  In eco-mode, the UPS will automatically switch to operate in bypass mode with some minor filtering.  The system provides the load with energy from the bypass source without the electrical load of the inverter.  Eco-mode allows the UPS to switch back to online mode without disrupting the load if the utility source goes out of tolerance.  An ideal application of this technology is within redundant facility architectures in which one UPS system is online feeding the A-side distribution, while the other is feeding the B-side in eco-mode.

Rack-Mounted PDUs

Rack-mounted PDUs place the power where it is most needed in a data center – directly in the racks near equipment.  These PDUs can also monitor current and control outlets right over the clients’ network to streamline and ease operational management. Although effective, rack-mounted PDUs can be quite expensive and require regular maintenance to run at peak efficiency, making them much more likely to be used within a large enterprise setting.

If you’re interested in learning more about the latest in data center technology or looking to find the right solutions to fit your unique needs, Electronic Environments Corporation (EEC) is here to help with hands-on attention and customized solutions to help you get the most out of your mission-critical facility.  Learn more about EEC by visiting www.eecnet.com, or emailing info@eecnet.com.

Electronic Environments Corporation Named One of CRN’s Data Center 100 Top 20 Designers and Builders


By: Laurie Samper, Technical Writer, iMiller Public Relations

EECWhen it comes to the planning and construction of data center facilities, Electronic Environments Corporation (EEC), are truly the industry experts.  Through combining proven methods and extensive experience, the company has developed a formula to generate success for data center operators, while continuing to educate the industry on modern and upcoming trends including energy technology, cloud-based infrastructure, network virtualization and more.

EEC was recently recognized among the top 20 Designers and Builders within the mission-critical facility industry in CRN’s Data Center 100.  With an end goal of assisting businesses in the discovery of field experts, this list showcases the top players in the industry that possess the right tools to ensure overall efficiency, scalability and success within their customers’ facilities. CRN’s Data Center 100 is comprised of companies that have proven the highest level of innovation, technological capability and superior market presence.

This recognition follows NTTF FACILITIES, INC.’s announcement of its investment and support of the EEC mission.  NTTF, a proven leader within the design and construction of modern and advanced facilities, through its investment and support in EEC will improve customers’ experience by enhancing performance and providing extensive service offerings.  After three decades of assisting customers in lowering costs and achieving pivotal goals such as availability and Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE), EEC can now further strengthen its offerings to increase benefits for customers thanks to the support of NTTF and its extensive pool of resources.

EEC maximizes customers’ efficiency and enables them to anticipate the future utilizing a unique, holistic method of data center planning, design, construction, operations and maintenance, and assessment.  To learn more about EEC and its Mission Critical Lifecycle Services (MCLS)™, please visit www.eecnet.com.

Reminiscing Past and Predicting Future Data Center Trends

By: Kevin O’Brien, President, Mission Critical Construction Services, EEC

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After nearly 30 years in the data center industry, it’s interesting to see how the advent of new technologies and current events have impacted the data center’s evolution and shaped the structures we see all over the world today.  Here’s a blast from the past and a look into the future of data center facilities:

The 1980s and 1990s

I began my career in the data center industry in the ‘80s as a Facilities Manager for a large financial services company headquartered in New York.  At this time, it was commonplace that data center facilities be located within the same building as trading and office spaces.

1988 marked the year that we began construction of our very first remote site facility outside of New York, solely dedicated to data and telecommunications.  Prior to our data center, the site was home to an ITT communication HUB in New Jersey that functioned as the headquarters for the “Hot Line” link between Washington, DC and Moscow.  During this time, the majority of functions were analog and having the remote site gave us a way to increase the redundancy and reliability of electrical and mechanical systems.  Back then there was no Tier certification system, but through this we were able to reach what is now considered a Tier II standard for electrical systems and additionally achieved the equivalent of 2N on the UPS.  In the late ‘80s, load-in data centers ranged from a mere 35-50 watt maximum per square foot.

To meet the rise in demand for fiber and reliable computers, many companies began choosing remote sites during the ‘90s.  In 1989, coming as no surprise to industry professionals, the 7×24 exchange started publishing articles sharing the common experience on seeking ways to improve overall reliability throughout mission-critical facilities.  Stemming from this in the early ‘90s, the Uptime Institute was created, bringing with it the widely used Tier certifications.

The Dotcom Era

The next noteworthy paradigm shift occurred during the dotcom boom.  To meet exploding demand, companies began constructing data centers containing more than 100,000 square feet filled with racks equating to roughly 50-75 watts per square foot at full capacity.  Companies were able to build anywhere in the world thanks to the rapid proliferation of fiber as well as the economic upswing.  With unbridled optimism, companies overbuilt only to watch the stock market plummet following the events of September 11.  However, after a few years, the predication of demand for servers was finally brought to fruition.

Following the dotcom collapse, the Sarbanes Oxley (SOX) law was developed in 2002, requiring data centers that supported financial trading to locate their facilities within a designated number of fiber miles from Wall Street.  In addition to its proximity standards, SOX also required the construction of a separate, synchronous data center for redundancy, resulting in construction growth throughout New Jersey.  By this point, sites began to encroach upon the 100 watt per square foot barrier, while many reached Tier III & IV status.  Square footage and costs continued to rise as additional space was needed to support more robust infrastructure.

Demand for Density and Redundancy

Alongside the need for greater density and redundancy, this era saw the development of the building square foot ratio of raised floor to infrastructure.  For example, 100,000 square feet of raised floor area (also known as white space) at 100 watts per square foot in a Tier III configuration would have a ratio of 1-to-1.  If at this time the density of the space increased to 150 watts per square foot, then the ratio would also increase to 1-to-1.5.  In other words, one would need 150,000 square feet of space to support the infrastructure with the same 100,000 square feet of raised floor.  This type of infrastructure was developed to meet the need of IT load support that – in most cases – never actually materialized.  As density increased, the industry began utilizing a proper measurement of kilowatt (kW) per rack instead of watts per square foot for a more accurate measurement.


More Power/More Efficiency

Once the new measurement model took hold and the industry began rating in kW or cost for kW, people began to clearly understand how much power was actually being used and at what cost.  This shift triggered an energy rating system known as Power Utilization Effectiveness (PUE), creating a universal measuring system of the efficient or inefficient use of energy throughout a facility.  As a result, data center managers were now held accountable for energy consumption causing them to seek free cooling and higher levels of efficiency, despite the fact that densities were increasing from 3 to 4 kW per rack to 16 to 25 kW per rack. In response, some facilities such as Yahoo! completely eliminated mechanical cooling (chillers) in favor of utilizing outside air to provide “free cooling” through a simple structure called the “chicken coop”.  While this worked well for Yahoo! and other similar data centers, it was not an ideal solution for most enterprise data centers and “hot aisle, cold aisle” became the norm.  Through this practice, operators were able to isolate the load, resulting in higher levels of energy efficiency and the trend of elevating temperature inside the data call.  The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) helped clarify the raised temperatures of server inlets, but the battle still remains to determine which PUE is smaller.

The shift towards energy efficiency and “greener” facilities propelled industry leaders to develop more innovative data center technologies including high efficiency chillers, adiabatic cooling, fuel cells, solar power and 380V Direct Current (DC).  These recent developments may foreshadow the future elimination of multiple Alternating Current (AC)/DC conversion and mechanical compressors, making way for a more distributed generation of clean power.  Likewise, alternative energy sources are also growing in cost efficiency.  One example are Bloom Box fuel cells from Bloom Energy.

For the the past 26 years, I’ve had a front row seat to the continuous evolution of the data center and with each change, I’ve had to adapt my environment to new design and construction standards.  Whether it’s an Internet or cloud data center, big open box space or modularized data halls and pods, I’m excited to see all of the growth and change that the next 10 years will bring.

Rising Demand for Data Center Construction Yields Three Strategic Appointments to the Electronic Environments Corporation Team

By: Laurie Samper, Technical Writer, iMiller Public Relations

According to analysts at TechNavio, the global data center construction market is projected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 21.99 percent over the period 2013-2018. With growing customer demand for new data center construction, Electronic Environments Corporation (EEC) appointed three new members to its dynamic team: Mike Walsh, Technical Services Manager; Robert Hoffman, Project Executive; and Scott Willard, Northeast Region Senior Project Manager/Construction Manager.  The news of EEC’s expansion comes shortly after the recent onboarding of Mission Critical Construction Services Division President Kevin O’Brien in July.

Mr. Hoffman joins EEC as Project Executive, Mission Critical Construction Services, where he is responsible for overseeing all aspects of service quality as well as the development of the project management team along with its strategy, systems, controls and performance.  Prior to EEC, Mr. Hoffman served as Senior Project Manager at CBRE, where he oversaw several large technology infrastructure projects.  He also worked at Skanska USA as a Senior Project Manager for its Buildings Mission Critical team and Structure Tone, where he was one of the first employees of its mission-critical group handling national data center roll-outs for companies such as Teleglobe.

Mr. Walsh has played a key role at EEC, creating the company’s Technical Services Division as well as setting the standards for critical infrastructure construction.  As Technical Services Manager, he is responsible for executing all facets of pre-construction initiatives.  Prior to EEC, Mr. Walsh developed formulas to build a $200M data center for AT&T and has served as Technical Services Manager for numerous companies including the New England Center for Excellence for Gilbane Builders and Structure Tone Mission Critical.

As EEC’s Northeast Region Senior Project Manager/Construction Manager, Mission Critical Facilities Services, Mr. Willard is responsible for managing project schedules, developing project scopes and pricing, creating and maintaining EEC construction standards, and overseeing quality control functions during construction projects.  Prior to joining EEC, he served as a Senior Project Executive, Construction Division at Tocco Building Systems.

With over 25 years of industry experience, EEC is committed to supporting its customers through all phases of the mission critical lifecycle leveraging its unique, holistic approach, Mission Critical Lifecycle Services (MCLS).  This includes all aspects of planning, design management, construction, operations and maintenance and assessments.  The company’s new appointments bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to the EEC team, enabling it to further build on its customer commitment and propelling the company to the forefront of the data center and telecommunications facility design, build and maintenance services industry.

For more information about Electronic Environments Corporation and its Mission Critical Lifecycle Services, please visit www.eecnet.com and http://www.eecnet.com/Home/Mission-Critical-Construction-Services/.

International Digital Asset Hosting Survey Launched by Host in Ireland 

Survey Launched to Gather Insights into Key Statistics Surrounding the International Digital Assets Hosting Industry

Dublin, Ireland – August 4, 2014 – Host in Ireland, an industry-led initiative to promote Ireland as an optimum location to host digital assets, launches a key market measurement survey titled: Strategic Opportunities and Drivers Surrounding Hosting Digital Assets Internationally. The goal of the survey is to measure market sentiment, gain insights and gather necessary information to assist companies on the best practices to host digital assets in the EU region.  All survey respondents will be entered to win a grand prize of an iPad or one of two Google Chromecasts for the second and third ‘runner up’ winners courtesy of Host in Ireland.

“Through this survey we’re looking to truly understand the heart of the digital assets hosting industry, which are the companies,” explains Garry Connolly, President Host in Ireland. “This type of insight is invaluable to our mission, as it will help us meet the needs of the market more expeditiously and propel our message to engage consumers in ways that will suit their most pressing wants and needs.”

Host in Ireland specializes in providing timely and accurate information to companies of any size looking to expand internationally. Combined with the collective power of their sponsors, Host in Ireland is able to communicate and assist growing companies in multiple areas leveraging Ireland’s array of benefits including strong public policy; economic and political stability; a young, highly skilled and affordable workforce; an established pedigree of leading companies that have hosted digital assets in Ireland for over five decades; ample worldwide connectivity; and renewable and affordable energy resources.

Sponsors of Host in Ireland include: CBRECitadel100Comsys, DataplexDigital RealtyHibernia NetworksINEX, InterxionNorlandManaged Services, Seafibre NetworksTelecityGroupViatel, and Zayo Group.

To participate in the short survey please visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DigitalAssetHosting.

To learn more about the Host in Ireland, visit www.hostinireland.com or email hostinireland@imillerpr.com.

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About Host in Ireland

Host in Ireland is an industry-led marketing initiative that provides timely and accurate information on the Ireland’s Digital Asset Hosting Ecosystem at all times including demonstrating why Ireland is more cost effective, efficient, reliable, secure and accessible than most other regions across the EU.  There’s a reason companies like Microsoft, Zendesk, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, Adobe and beyond have sought to host their solutions in as well as to/from Ireland.  Many of these reasons are immediately realized due to access to affordable power, redundant network and bandwidth capacity along with a variety of data center providers that offer an array of services sustained by the 5 Ps: Policy, People, Pedigree, Pipes, and Power.  On top of that is a very attractive business management structure, implemented by Ireland, which is keenly interested to bring new businesses into the market. Ireland supports this initiative through attractive fiscal structures, access to a skilled workforce and full support of the U.S. Safe Harbor and Patriot Acts – ensuring data asset compliance for companies large and small.  For more information about Host in Ireland, visit www.hostinireland.com.

 

Electronic Environments Corporation to Host a Free Webinar June 24

Webinar to Explore How Utility Incentive Programs Affect Equipment Upgrade Decisions

MARLBOROUGH, MA – JUNE 17, 2014 – Electronic Environments Corporation (EEC), a leader in mission critical facility management for nearly three decades, announces the date for its webinar, ‘How Utility Incentive Programs Affect Equipment Upgrade Decisions’, to be held June 24 at 11AM ET

EEC’s web conference will review issues associated with aging equipment including rising maintenance costs, energy efficiency and threats to reliability.  Attendees will also learn best practices for estimating the life of equipment, identifying whether it should be upgraded or even replaced.  This one-hour webinar seeks to address these questions and concerns with viable options and alternatives to implementing a solid, cost-effective plan for equipment upgrades.  The key take away will be the role utility incentive programs can play in these decisions.

Along with representatives from ConEdisonNationalGrid and NSTAR, EEC’s Engineering and Construction Manager, James Stark, P.E., will provide insight into these issues and more.  Mr. Stark has extensive experience in delivering mission critical data center projects, site assessments and power quality studies.  His experience with EEC spans more than 15 years.

Registration for the June 24 webinar at 11AM ET is free, and can be found here: http://blog.eecnet.com/how-utility-incentive-programs-affect-equipment-upgrade-decisions

For more information regarding Electronic Environments Corporation and their services please visit http://www.eecnet.com/ or e-mail eec@imillerpr.com

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About Electronic Environments

Founded in 1986, Electronic Environments Corporation (www.eecnet.com) provides critical facility services to information technology and telecommunication throughout all phases of data center lifecycle. EEC offers a single source for fully integrated data center design, mission- critical construction, and 24×7 support services. Its proven practices help IT and facilities managers eliminate downtime and reduce energy consumption within data centers and telecom sites. EEC is headquartered in Marlborough, MA and has offices located throughout the United States.

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Facility Gateway Corporation receives multiple awards from Inc. Magazine…again!

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Inc. Magazine recently published their annual list of the Top 5000 revenue earning companies for 2013.

For the second year in a row, the magazine recognized the remarkable growth of Facility Gateway Corporation (FGC). This data center professional services and physical layer infrastructure provider logged in a staggering 749% growth over the last three years.

Inc. recognized FGC as:

In addition, FGC was recognized as:

  • #2 of the Top 100 Environmental Services Companies
  • #5 of the Top 100 Wisconsin Companies
  • 31 jobs added

FGC is no stranger to the Inc. annual list. They recorded a score of #663 on the list for 2012.

Looking at these remarkable achievements, I decided it was time to spend some time I spent some time with the people at FCG. I wanted to understand how they have been able to achieve such remarkable and prolonged growth in our highly competitive industry.

The first thing I heard from FGC when I asked about their success was a crystal-clear commitment to serving the needs their existing customers. It was also clear that FGC places profound value on feedback from those customers. FGC said,

“FGC can attribute our growth to our dedicated focus on great customer service and ensuring that our current customers are well taken care of. We are constantly listening to their feedback on the solutions we provide in an effort to constantly be improving our services and software.”

Another important factor in their success appears to a custom software package called “Facility Keys” that FGC developed to manage physical layer infrastructure. According to FGC,

“Proper asset maintenance management is critical to ensuring a reliable data center. Facility Keys is the tool we created to make this daunting task an organized and easy process. We take our customers feedback or specific requests and can customize our software and solutions based on their specific needs.

Once again, it’s clear that the voice of the customer is of paramount importance to FGC. A customer feedback management process is built right into the Facility Keys software package. This feature allows FGC personnel to swiftly respond to their customer’s suggestions and requests.

Finally, FGC has not forgotten about the importance of skilled personnel in reliability operation of data center environments. They explained,

“The human component to Facility Keys makes it different than other asset management software out there in that we have human eyes on each item that is uploaded, ensuring completion and accuracy of all operational reports.”

Facility Gateway Corporation (FGC) has clearly found a winning recipe that includes laser focus on customer needs, industry leading software tools and skilled human capital. These core values should keep them on a winning track for a long time. We hope to see FGC on the Inc. 5000 list for a third year in a row.

For more information on Facility Gateway Corporation please visit their Data Center Discovery profile.

MLK Day Quote

It’s MLK Day here in the States. In honor of the day and of the man, my favorite Martin Luther King Quote:

“Cowardice asks the question, “Is it safe?” Expediency asks the question, “Is it politic?” And Vanity comes along and asks the question, “Is it popular?” But Conscience asks the question “Is it right?” And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must do it because Conscience tells him it is right.”