Key Data Center Stakeholders Offer Their Perspectives On PUE in the Mission-Critical Facility

By Dan Bodenski, Director of Strategic Solutions, Electronic Environments Corporation

Power Usbodenskiage Efficiency (PUE) is currently considered one of the most important metrics a data center team can utilize to assess a data center’s current and potential energy efficiency.  PUE is the term we use to define the ratio of total energy consumption throughout a data center including all fuels, divided by the total energy consumption of IT equipment.  This go-to metric was originally developed by the Green Grpueid Association in 2007, created as a way to definitively measure and track data center efficiency.  Since its inception, the PUE metric has expanded its usefulness outside of a simple end-user tool for operators.  Today, PUE is considered by many a Key Performance Indicator (KPI) of a mission-critical data center facility.

According to Green Grid, three separate levels exist for the measurement of PUE, each providing their own benefits and requirements:

  1. The first level, known as “basic” measurement, measures IT equipment energy at Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) output on a weekly or monthly basis;
  2. The second level, known as “intermediate” measurement, allows energy to be measured at the Power Distribution Unit (PDU) outputs;
  3. The third level, the most accurate measurement, requires a high level of technology coordination, data collection and human interaction. A great way for facilities to reach this level of accuracy is to install a PUE measuring device such as a kWh meter with help from an experienced firm.

Whether their roles focus on design and engineering, operations or C-level management, key stakeholders within the data center leverage PUE as a core determinant for evaluating and analyzing a facility’s effectiveness and potential.  When PUE data is used properly within a mission-critical environment, the results can justify added environmental enhancements and enable cost savings through increased energy efficiency as well as revenue growth from monetizing access server capacity.

So, how do the different players in the lifecycle of a data center really view PUE?  Designers, engineers, operators and executives all have their hands in different aspects of the facility, so it would stand to reason that each has their own approach to using PUE in order to fulfill their specific role.  Below, we’ll take an insider look into how each of these stakeholders leverages PUE to satisfy customer demands and create a more efficient, mission-critical environment.

Designers / Engineers

De sign and engineering teams are continually pushed to develop mechanical and electrical designs that will drive energy efficiency while simultaneously ensuring maximum uptime and enabling continued innovation.  This balance can be achieved by understanding and considering the PUE of a facility, which provides a transparent view into its energy consumption.

In some cases, taking advantage of the surrounding environment as well as documented, low risk strategies such as increasing the supply air temperature and/or chilled water temperatures can mean big savings.  To get the best results, design teams should adhere closely to Green Grid’s PUE definition of components during initial design and analysis while properly identifying source energy; this will ensure that PUE calculations presented in the initial design will match the ultimate results.

Operators

Today’s data center operations team are under serious pressure to reduce energy use within existing data centers; however, these solutions must fit within the framework of a live, operational facility. Management of real-time planning activities and ensuring maximum availability of critical infrastructure are at the top of operators’ responsibilities lists. Not far behind is PUE, which provides operations teams with a KPI to deliver and report upon to senior management on a regular basis. Through this deep understanding of a facility’s energy usage, operators justify new and effective ways of reducing power loss and saving energy.

Executives

C-level data center executives take a big-picture approach to data center energy effectiveness, and PUE plays an important role in influencing their overall strategies.  PUE represents approximately 8 to 15 percent of the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO), and requires regular monitoring and analysis because it is a KPI that executives often tout to corporate clients and potential third-party customers.

In order to have a successful, energy efficient mission-critical facility, these varying perspectives on PUE must be considered by the entire data center team, not just each stakeholder for their specific professional purpose. Through this combined effort and 360-degree approach, the full mission-critical team can ensure long-term facility success.

 

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/.

How Mission Critical Lifecycle Services (MCLS) Optimize Performance, Reliability and Value in the Data Center

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By Ken Rapoport, Founder and CEO, Electronic Environments Corporation

Today’s data center operators realize the value in viewing their mission-critical facilities and data centers as a single, integrated system to improve overall performance and reliability.  When all systems, technologies and personnel work together throughout a data center’s lifecycle, companies can experience optimum results and achieve maximum output.. This new paradigm disrupts the traditional lifecycle perspective, namely focusing on each isolated, specialized data center component.

Adopting this principle has enabled mission critical facility management leader Electronic Environments Corporation (EEC) to transform traditional infrastructure solution deliveries using a unique, holistic approach, Mission Critical Lifecycle Services (MCLS).  MCLS offers a homogeneous approach to data center infrastructure that enables simplified management and overcomes the evolving challenges of data center operators.  Creating a paradigm shift from traditional infrastructure lifecycle management, EEC views data centers as one unified structure, addressing all five interrelated areas of the mission-critical facilities lifecycle.

  1. Planning

EEC provides data center operators with the right information and guidance based on years of proven industry experience. For nearly three decades, EEC’s experts have encountered a wide array of infrastructure design flaws, bringing these experiences forward to the planning phase in order to produce a highly efficient infrastructure plan.

2. Design Management

From site feasibility studies to selection analyses or design engineering, EEC’s value exceeds that of typical data center design firms in that it broadens its focus to include the design of facilities’ full lifecycle.  EEC takes into account the construction, maintenance and serviceability for each unique project – and has done so since inception.

3. Construction

Over the years, EEC team members have been entrusted with constructing over 20 million square feet of data center space.  As a result, the EEC team has proven experience in construction management, design build, cost estimation, project management, scheduling, equipment procurement, building evaluation, pre-construction, commissioning management, sustainability / Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), Building Information Modeling (BIM) and quality assurance and control (QA/QC).

4. Operations & Maintenance (O&M)

For the last 28 years, EEC’s maintenance offerings have ensured the optimal performance and maximum uptime of customer sites.  EEC offers monitoring, infrastructure training, legal and regulatory compliance, on-site facility management, mobile 7x24x365 service,; performance and acceptance testing procedures and benchmarking, predictive analysis and maintenance, and rigorous Statements of Work (SOWs) and Methods of Procedure (MOPs).

EEC customers have benefited from cost savings, reduced service calls, improved availability, vendor consolidation / convenience, and more from the integration of its services. Through offering these superior services, EEC has seen a 98% renewal rate, with clients continually reaping the benefits of the company’s constantly tested methodologies.

5. Assessments

Today’s operators need to have a detailed and transparent view into their data center infrastructure and operations.  This helps them identify areas for improvement as well as enhance their ability to meet evolving customer requirements.  EEC provides assessments for reliability, energy efficiency, VFD retrofits, airflow management, CFD analysis, data center refresh, operational processes and quality to help customers meet new business and IT objectives.

EEC’s MCLS approach addresses all aspects of the mission-critical facilities lifecycle and offers operators peace of mind for their total data center environment from a single point of contact (POC).   Having a single POC also leads to simplified data center management and increased productivity.  EEC’s comprehensive response and rapid deployment capabilities also lead to high reliability and system availability.

Many EEC customers realize substantial cost reductions with EEC; customers selecting more than one service or solution benefit from lower rates through economies of scale.  For enterprises or companies with multiple sites, leveraging a single provider like EEC across all facilities enables more manageable standardization and scale.  Each EEC customer also receives custom predictive and preventative maintenance programs tailored to their specific needs.

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Electronic Environments Corporation Expands Mission Critical Construction Services Division and Welcomes Kevin O’Brien to its Executive Team

New innovations and rising demand for data center colocation facilities are driving the rapid growth of today’s data center construction market.  To address these emerging demands and technologies, businesses are looking to optimize and transform their data center operations.   Recent research from TechNavio predicts a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) rise of 21.99 percent in the global data center construction market from 2013 to 2018, while Markets and Markets forecasts the global data center networking market will grow from $12.49 billion in 2013 to $21.85 billion by 2018, a CAGR of 11.8 percent within the five-year period.

Leading mission critical facility management company Electronic Environments Corporation (EEC) recently announced the expansion of its Mission Critical Construction Services Division.  The division enables EEC customers to overcome data center and wireless infrastructure challenges and reach their Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) and Service Level Agreement (SLA) objectives leveraging unique, comprehensive and integrated facility services, spanning:

  • Data center construction
  • Consulting
  • Design
  • Comprehensive assessments
  • Maintenance programs
  • Data center efficiency solutions

In addition to the expansion of its Mission Critical Construction Services Division, the organization also appointed a new Division President, Kevin O’Brien.  An industry veteran with over 30 years of engineering and construction experience, Mr. O’Brien brings to EEC in-depth expertise in preconstruction, estimating, procurement, construction and commissioning.   Over the last 15 years, the new Division President has solely focused on mission critical construction, serving a wide array of industries.  Throughout his professional tenure as Director of Mission Critical at Structure Tone and Gilbane, Inc, O’Brien was entrusted with over 13 million square feet of critical construction projects.  He also worked at Bear Stearns, a global investment bank and securities trading and brokerage firm.

EEC has been providing mission critical facility management and turnkey Mission Critical Lifecycle Services (MCLS) to data center and telecom sites across the U.S. for over 28 years.  For more information about Electronic Environments Corporation and its expanded Mission Critical Construction Services Division, visit www.eecnet.com.

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