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November 2018

Do You Need A Data Center Relocation, A New Cooling System, Or Both?

By | Data Centers

Replace, relocate or both? That is the question. If you’ve noticed that your data center isn’t running as efficiently as you would like, it may be time to reevaluate your cooling system and your data center. This will help to determine if you need a new cooling system, data center relocation, or both.

Here Are Some Factors To Consider When Choosing To Either Relocate Your Data Center Or Replace Your Cooling System:184 Ton Reymsa Cooling Towers

  • What is the size of your current cooling system?
  • What is the size of your current data center?
  • What type of insulation are you using?
  • What is the ambient temperature?
  • What is the length of the ducting?

Consider Your Data Center’s Thermal Load

What is a thermal load, you ask? It’s the amount of energy that you need to cool your data center for one hour. This number can help you both determine costs and compare your thermal load calculations with more efficient estimates.

Is Your Data Center Located Somewhere Humid?

Humidity by itself can affect data center function dramatically. Your cooling system will always have to work harder in a humid climate, regardless of whether it’s hot or cold outside. If your data center is located somewhere humid, you may want to consider data center relocation. If relocation isn’t an option, many newer cooling systems do come with a humidification control option, which can help regulate humidity more efficiently.

Is Your Data Center Located Somewhere Hot?

Logically, if your data center is located somewhere that’s typically hot, your cooling system will work harder regardless of whether it’s new or older. If your business is located somewhere hot and it’s essential that your data center is close by, upgrading to a newer, more efficient cooling system will help. But, ultimately, relocating your data center to a cooler, less humid climate will cut down on cooling and operating costs significantly.

Are You Still On The Fence About Whether You Should Replace Or Relocate?

Critical Power Products and Services has the answers you need! We offer solutions from data center relocation and upgrades, to demolition. Contact us today! Ask us how we can help your cooling system and data center run more efficiently.

3 Things You Don’t Know About The Uninterruptible Power Supply

By | Backup power

If your company rents, owns or has a collocated data center, you have probably heard the term “UPS” before. No, we’re not talking about the package delivery company. We’re talking about an uninterruptible power supply, one of the most essential elements of any data center. The name uninterruptible power supply is not deceiving, it allows you to supply uninterruptible power to your data center at all times. This is imperative in power outages or crises. But here are some things you may not know about the elusive UPS.

1. Your UPS Supports A Wider Variety Of Devices Than You Think

You may be wondering what devices a UPS supports. There are so many! Here are some of the most fundamental data center equipment and devices that your uninterruptible power supply supports:

  • PCs
  • Mainframes
  • Servers
  • Data Centers
  • VoIP
  • PBX
  • Phone System
  • ATM
  • ABM
  • A wide range of Telecom Equipment
  • Cash Registers
  • Debit Machines
  • Other Point Of Sale Equipment

Because many hospital devices are essentially computers, these devices are also supported by UPSs. Some of them literally save peoples’ lives.

  • Heart Lung Machines
  • Dialysis Machines
  • IV Pumps
  • Ventilators
  • A wide range of Lifesaving and life support machines

People who need constant life support and care rely on uninterruptible power supplies to keep their devices working, regardless of any infrastructure crises.

2. Your UPS Goes By Several Aliases

Your UPS can be referred to by many different names. Here are some of the most common names for a UPS.

  • Uninterruptible Power Source
  • Uninterrupted Power Supply
  • UPS Backup
  • Battery Backup
  • Power Backup

So, if you hear salespeople or tech employees use any of these terms, you know they’re referring to an uninterruptible power supply.

3. Its Inventor Is A Mystery And Its First Official Name Was A Failure

No one person can lay claim to inventing the first UPS, however a man names John Hanley was first to patent one. He called that device an “Apparatus for maintaining an unfailing and uninterrupted supply of electrical energy.” This proved to be too long and cumbersome to say. It was later shortened to “uninterruptible power supply,” then shortened even further to “UPS.” These are much easier to say (and much shorter)!

There Are Many More Things You Still Don’t Know About UPSs

But, rest assured, Critical Power Products and Services knows uninterruptible power supplies. Their team can offer useful information about this essential data center and business tool. Contact us to find out more about how an uninterruptible power supply can help your business.

The Right Cooling Tower Components Can Help You Manage Ice Buildup

By | Chillers

There’s nothing you can do about ice buildup on your cooling towers. There’s also nothing you can do to avoid icy cooling towers and chillers. Although you cannot prevent the ice, you can manage it better by choosing the right kind of cooling tower components.

Choosing The Right Components Matters500 Ton Marley Cooling Towers

Certain cooling tower components manage ice better than others. Here are some of the cooling tower components that will help you to manage icy weather better.

Choose Induced Draft Cooling Towers Over Forced Draft

Induced draft cooling towers control ice better than forced draft cooling towers because it has a fairly efficient deicing sequence. If ice does form, it runs the axial fan in reverse at half speed in short bursts to minimize the buildup.

Choose A Counter Flow Over Cross Flow

When you compare cross flow technology and counter flow technology, counter flow has the winter weather advantage. It provides a layer of protection from the winter weather, because the heat transfer media in counter flow towers is totally encased within the unit. Cross flow towers have fewer cooling temperature gradient throughout the heat transfer media, whereas counter flow has more, so the water is cooled at a more even rate, which prevents pockets of water from causing condensation and freezing.

Choose VFD Controls Over Two Speed Fan Motors

It’s important to keep the water at an above freezing temperature of about 42°F. Using variable frequency drive controls or VFD controls is the most efficient and flexible capacity control method. The two-speed motor does work reasonably well, but it’s not as efficient.

Choose A Multiple Cell Over A Single Cell

Many cooling systems are designed to run on reduced water in the winter to accommodate the lower heat load in the winter. Water can be diverted from one cell to another, which can mediate uneven eater distribution. Uneven water distribution is more prone to freezing and ice production.

Does The Winter Weather Make You Worry About Your Cooling Towers?

Does the winter weather make you worry about how you’ll manage the ice and snow on your cooling towers? Just making a few adjustments to the components of your cooling tower can save you so much time in the future.

For more advice on how your cooling tower can survive the winter weather, contact Critical Power Products & Services. Critical Power can help transform your cooling tower experience.

Prepare For Cold Weather Outages With An Industrial Diesel Generator

By | Emergency Preparedness, Generators

Winter is indeed coming and that can mean cold weather power outages. Unfortunately, whether it’s tree limbs on power lines, a car skidding into a utility pole or ice affecting the connectivity of your infrastructure, you can always expect power outages during snowy, icy weather. Lucky for us, there is a solution. You just need to buy, service and maintain your industrial diesel generator.

A Generator Is A Powerful Tool

A generator is a powerful tool in the fight against power outages. But, an industrial diesel generator isn’t the only weapon you’ll need. Here are some other ways you can combat power outages and triumph over the cold weather outages.

Come Up With A Plan

Regardless of whether they’re caused by human error or weather alone, you know that cold weather outages will happen. Come up with a comprehensive plan to keep your business afloat during an outage. Be as detailed as possible and factor in any scenario you can think of.

Make Sure You Have The Right Tools For The Job

Determine how much power you want your generator to cover, whether you just need emergency power, or your business needs full power. Calculate how much power you need and make sure your generator can handle about 10-20 percent more than that, in case of a dire emergency. A trusted generator retailer can help you to find a generator that fits your business’ needs.

Maintenance And Fuel

You should always have enough fuel to power your business through the worst storm. Ask your county for data on the length of storms and how often they cause outages. Also look for data on how often outages are caused by winter accidents. Estimate how often and how long the outages are, then buy enough fuel to sustain you through that time. Approximate fuel consumption charts can help you to make those calculations. Be aware of laws regulating which ways and how much fuel you can store.Winter Storm

Also, before the winter gets too unmanageable, if you have an older industrial diesel generator, make sure you’ve had it maintained. This way, you know it’s in proper working order.

Winter Is Tough, But Critical Power Is Tougher

Winter may be on its way, but that doesn’t mean you can’t triumph over the cold and snow. Critical Power Products and Services can help you to find an industrial diesel generator that will help your business to battle through the winter. Contact us for more information on how we can help you prepare.

Budgeting Your Data Center Decommissioning

By | Data Centers, Turnkey Project Management

Decommissioning your data center is a huge decision. While your operation and cooling costs may be dragging you down, you may wonder if it is worth demolishing or decommissioning your data center and relocating to a new facility or a cloud-based facility? Most often the answer to that question is “Yes.” When you find that your operating costs are becoming insurmountable, data center decommissioning and relocating can revitalize your data center’s performance. 

Consider Turnkey Services And Solutions

Much of the revenue you lose during data center decommissioning is lost manpower. Employees who usually contribute to your business will now be overseeing your decommissioning and those losses add up. Turnkey services and solutions free up your employees to continue earning for your business, while your trusted data center decommissioning company takes care of your demolition, relocation or transition to the cloud.

Selling Salvageable Equipment

Decommissioning and demolishing your data center does not mean every bit of equipment is unusable. There are many companies that will buy data center equipment to repurpose or refurbish it. This may add more money to your data center decommissioning budget, but it also keeps more equipment out of landfills.

Donating Electronics

This seems more charitable than lucrative, but it’s actually a bit of both. Many charitable organizations will take slightly outdated electronics and techno trash that have been cleaned and wiped. Your company may not get paid, but legitimate charitable organizations, like a 501c3, consider donations tax deductible.

Evaluate Your Lease

You may be able to rearrange your lease agreement in order to accommodate your data center decommissioning, especially if you’re completely demolishing your data center. Your lease may have certain parameters and conditions that accommodate your data center. See if those parameters and your costs change if you decommission your data center. 

Critical Power Can Help You To Budget Your Data Center Decommissioning

Critical Power Products and Services understands that data center decommissioning is no small decision or task. We have the know-how and experience to help you budget your decommissioning project.  Contact us for more info on how we can begin revitalizing your data center.

How To Cool Your Data Center More Efficiently

By | Data Centers

The great data center paradox is that data center equipment generates a lot of heat, but they need to be kept cool so they can work efficiently. So, climate control is always a push and pull struggle, which can result in a huge data center cooling bill. Here are some ways to cool your data center more efficiently and maybe save some money on your company’s next energy bill.

  1. Check Hotspots By Testing Your Airflow

Hotspots are exactly what the word suggests, pockets or spots of unusually hot air. Too many hotspots could mean danger for your data center equipment and it could add up to a large utility bill.

  1. Check Your Air Supply

Don’t confuse air supply with airflow. Airflow is how much air your cooling system pushes through your data center. Air supply refers to what each unit is putting out. Making sure each unit has sufficient and efficient air supply can improve overall airflow. Improving airflow and air supply keeps your equipment from working too hard, which saves money.

  1. Check Your Air Temperaturedata center 1

You may have sufficient airflow and air supply, but you also need to make sure the actual temperature of the air is cool enough. This might mean your cooling system may need to be maintained or replaced with an updated, more efficient system.

  1. Check Your Ventilation

Whether you have a raised floor, perforated tiles, holes or gates, make sure they aren’t blocked. Data equipment can get moved and it can shift, which can fully or partially block ventilation and wreak havoc on your air supply, causing your cooling system to work harder.

Critical Power Can Help You To Assess Your Data Center Cooling System

Critical Power can help to make your cooling system more cost-efficient. Contact us for more information on how we can optimize your cooling system.