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Posted on: June 22nd, 2011 by Bill

I received an interesting article from our CEO last month. It dealt with a successful lawsuit against the design professionals on a design-bid-build project. The design team, as part of their contracted services, produced a virtual building model indicating the location of a majority, if not all MEP building systems. The crux of the complaint [Read more]

Posted on: April 15th, 2011 by Bill

Since I have been asked to present on the metrics for container and modular data center deployments at the 2011 7×24 Exchange Spring Conference (www.7x24exchange.org/spring11/brochure), one of the main issues I have with non-stick built deployments is the metric used to measure success. Here are a few nuggets for thought: How much are you willing [Read more]

Posted on: April 15th, 2011 by Bill

It’s been over a week since Facebook published all of their server, power supply and data center design. They can be found on the Open Compute Project at http://www.opencompute.com/. I’ve been involved with Facebook since before the patent application, and now for those who follow my blog, you can see where we have been going [Read more]

Posted on: January 21st, 2011 by Bill

I got several comments on my predictions for 2011, specifically on containers and innovations. Addressing manufacturer innovation, I believe what really started the trend was a drive to differentiate. The Eaton 9395 UPS power module drive many to multi-mode operation with their introduction of their Economy mode. That, and Eaton FINALLY produces a 750+ kVA [Read more]

Posted on: January 16th, 2011 by Bill

I was reading the Data Center Dynamics Focus Dec 2010/Jan 2011 edition, and they had several touts speak to what the biggest developments in 2010 and what they feel is in store for 2011. Here’s my two cents on that one:   Cloud Computing With the rise on location independent content, specifically in the social [Read more]

Posted on: October 14th, 2010 by Bill

In a parallel blog, we’ve been discussing the death of the modern data center. It’s not as dire or alarmist as it sounds – merely the realization that data centers are evolving as both real estate-based solutions outside the enterprise and the use of cloud computing for social media, entertainment and now more traditional corporate [Read more]

Posted on: October 14th, 2010 by Bill

Many of us in the industry have discussed why data centers of the past are changing. I contend that it’s not an unanticipated shift, but merely a return to either a generic or highly bespoke solution for a mainfame computing environment. And if you ever worked in a Cray shop, you know how specific the [Read more]

Posted on: September 10th, 2010 by Bill

I’m not the most radical person on the planet. After some consideration, I’ve come to the realization that in an effort to drive energy efficiencies into the data center, we may have inadvertently changed how users view the relationship between the critical utility infrastructure and the hardware and systems they power and cool. While this [Read more]

Posted on: July 27th, 2010 by Bill

For those of you who have been following additions to the NEC and have missed the impact of the new Article 708. The intention has been to protect facilities and to provide a certain level of survivability to buildings focused on national defense or vital civil operations. What we have found is that this requires [Read more]

Posted on: March 30th, 2010 by Bill

Sorry for the break everyone, but I had some trouble with my Blogspot account, now solved! This post is about the EPO. There’s been a major shift in the industry considering EPO. Presently, the EPO is being negotiated out with the Jurisdiction or, in a longer plan, being excluded as a requirement to NEC 645. [Read more]