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3 Key Considerations For Data Center Relocation

By | Data Centers, Equipment Disposal, recycle power equipment, Turnkey Project Management

Considerations For Data Center Relocation

Data center relocation isn’t as simple as unplugging servers, hauling them to a new site, and plugging them back in. It’s a challenging and complex process that, in many cases, puts the entire company on the line. Sensitive business data and expensive machines are at risk during the move and mission-critical systems will be out of play until the transition concludes. A data center relocation is not something to be left to chance.

 

There are three key factors that come in to play in every data center relocation:

 

  1. Recognize the need for professional help and seek it out.
  2. Take time to plan and document everything.
  3. Get your team in place.

 

Recognize The Need For Professional Help And Seek It Out

 

As we mentioned above, a date center relocation (DCR) isn’t something you can take lightly, nor is it something most businesses can handle themselves. Removing, relocating, and setting up such machinery in a safe and efficient manner is something that is best left to the pros. A DCR project manager needs to be experienced in relocations; one who gets all the planning and pre-move work, like risk identification, budgeting, and workflow planning, that needs to be done in addition to the actual physical move. Those are rare qualities to find in an internal candidate, which is why most businesses hire outside data center relocation professionals to help them with their move.

Take Time To Plan And Document Everything

 

Planning is a crucial step in any DCR, as is documentation. You may be wondering what there is a document and the answer is: Everything! Anytime details are left to one person or in someone’s head, there’s just one point of reference and one point of failure. Your business is worth too much to risk having everything rely on one person. Four documents that are a must for every project are:

  • The present method of operation. This is shows what you have now and what will be moved. It includes diagrams and lists describing everything in the existing environment in great detail.
  • The desired future outcome. This is where you hope to be once the DCR is complete. It defines success and details the placement of all relocated components. It should also include any planned changes such as new equipment and capabilities or upgrades.
  • How you’ll get there. This is your roadmap to success. It defines the processes needed to complete the transition and includes budget numbers necessary to make it happen. It also includes known risks and mitigation options, the DCR timelines, and communication plan.
  • The implementation plan. This is a detailed assignment list and timeline that includes the steps, dates, and personnel needed to complete the DCR. Be sure to include a “Day of Move Plan” to outline what needs to occur and when on Move Day.

The Final Countdown: 4 Steps To A Seamless Data Center Demolition

By | Critical Power Products & Services, Equipment Disposal, Hazardous Waste Disposal, Recycle Equipment

Is your company migrating to a cloud? Are you consolidating? Are you relocating or collocating? Either way, you’ll need to start the process of eliminating obsolete and unneeded equipment from your current data center. This begins with an IT asset disposition or ITAD plan. Making an ITAD plan can help you to responsibly dispose of or recycle the data center equipment you don’t need.

Managing Your ITAD Plan


Data center demolition requires a detailed ITAD plan, whether you’re completely overhauling your system, or just consolidating for efficiency. Here are some helpful steps to planning your ITAD strategy.

1. Identify What You Need To Dispose Of And Recycled.data center pic for webiste


Here’s where it’s important to hire a company that offers proper disposal, recycling and data sanitation services. You need to reconfigure and consolidate to maintain efficiency, but you should never sacrifice security to do it.

2. Off-Site Or On-Site Data Wiping?

Your ITAD plan should involve data wiping, but should that data be wiped on-site or off-site? On-site data wiping is more expensive but allows you to oversee the process. Off-site is less costly, however, you cannot oversee the process, but you do receive verification. This decision all depends on how much you trust your data center demolition company and the sensitivity of the information your company stores.

3. Write Your Plan Down

Your ITAD strategy should be written and detailed. It should have a beginning, middle and most importantly, an end. Many times, if you haven’t planned your data center demolition, the process can drag on. This can cost precious time and money.

4. Find A Trusted ITAD Company That Can Take On Your Data Center Demolition

Finding an ITAD company you can trust for your data center demolition is fundamental. Make sure your ITAD company offers environmentally responsible practices, recycling, reselling of refurbished equipment (for you to sell, as well as buy) and a long history of excellent customer service. Remember, communication is key, so if they don’t have good customer service, it can be challenging to communicate your plan or voice your concerns.

Critical Power, The Data Center Demolition Company You Can Trust

Trust Critical Power Products and Services for all of your data center demolition needs. We’re happy to walk you through the ITAD process and review your goals and plans for decommissioning, demolition and reconfiguring your data center.

How Transformer Recycling Can Save You Money

By | Equipment Disposal, Hazardous Waste Disposal, Recycle Equipment, recycle power equipment

Removing an old transformer can be costly and time-consuming, but ultimately it’s a necessary evil if you want your business to grow. However, there are ways that you can save money and even make money on a transformer removal if you consider recycling your transformer.

Consider Transformer Recycling

Transformer recycling ensures that your old transformer is safely removed and the salvageable parts are reused. Here are some services you need to consider when you’re looking for a company to recycle your transformer. These services will save you time and money, and save the environment as well.

Transformer Recycling Services That Can Save You Money

Onsite Teardown And Recycling

Most transformer recycling companies relocate a transformer to what we call a “laydown area.” This is where they tear down the transformer and salvage the recyclable parts. Transporting a transformer is extremely costly, so you should look for a company who offers onsite teardown and recycling services.

Paying You For Your Old Transformer

That’s right! You can find a company who uses transformers and will actually pay you for your surplus. This can take a significant chunk out of the cost of your transformer removal, you could break even or make money on the transaction. This is a win-win situation all around.

Other Services To Look For:

These services may not save a significant amount of money in the long run, but they will make the process smoother and easier to handle, which saves you time. And as we all know, time is money!

Make Sure The Company You Choose Offers:

  • Oil recycling
  • Transformer recycling of various voltages, from 1 kva to 1000 mva
  • Transformer recycling of various types, such as Dry Type, Oil filled, Pole Mount, Pad Mount and Substation Units
  • An Environmentally Sensitive and Safe process

You May End Up Better Off Than You Were Before You Recycled Your Transformer

It’s true. You probably thought that removing and disposing of your transformer would set your business back, but if you choose the right company and services, you can come out financially ahead.

Critical Power Can Guide You Through The Process Of Recycling Your Transformer

Critical Power Products and Services is an industry leader in transformer recycling innovation. We offer onsite teardowns and recycling, oil recycling, environmentally sensitive practices and so much more. Contact us for more information on how you can recycle toys transformer and still come out ahead.

Data Center Relocation: 6 Factors To Consider In Choosing A Cooling System

By | Data Centers, Equipment Disposal

If your data center and/or cooling unit are no longer efficient, you may want to consider a data center relocation. A different data center means different cooling system needs. Here are some ways to assess the cooling needs of your existing data center or a data center you’re planning to relocate to.

Here Are 6 Factors To Consider When Choosing A Cooling System:

1. Parameters

The parameters of your facility will dictate many of the parameters of your cooling system. Consider these factors when thinking about a cooling system:

    • The ambient temperature
    • The type of insulation
    • The size
    • The length of the existing ducting, if any
    • Your data center’s thermal load (or the amount of energy that’s required to cool a space in one hour)?

2. Hot And Cold Airflow

Most cooling units must have access to fresh air in order to operate efficiently. This is sometimes referred to as fresh air intake.

The object of the game is to cool a data center’s equipment so it can operate efficiently. We often talk about cooling capabilities, but we don’t always discuss hot air exhaust. Cooling systems also generate heat that needs to be routed out of your facility and dissipated. You always need to factor in the room necessary to dissipate that hot air.

5. Humidity

Humidity, with or without heat, is another a factor that we don’t always think about when installing a cooling system. You may not need to worry about humidity if you’re in a low-humidity location, like Las Vegas or Arizona. But, higher humidity can cause your cooling unit to work harder. Some units come with a humidification control upgrade, which helps to maintain the overall climate and temperature.

6. Location Temperature

Just like humidity, the temperature can play a large roll in how you cool your data 

center. Much of this is common sense, but if your data center is located in a warmer area, like Florida, you’re going t

o need to use more energy to cool it. If your data center is located in Minnesota or Alaska, you’ll need less energy to cool.

Which Cooling Unit Should Your Choose For Your Data Center Relocation?

Critical Power Products and Services can help! We offer solutions for every type of data center relocation or demolition. Contact us today! Ask about how Critical Power can maximize your data center relocation.

Time To Say Goodbye To Your Generator? Contact CPP&S For Generator Decommissioning

By | Equipment Disposal

Generators are built to last; they can last for literally decades, but at some point the time will come when you’ll need to relocate or replace a generator. What you do then depends on your capabilities. Some businesses manage to decommission generators themselves, but far more turn to outside help such as what Critical Power Products & Services (CPP&S) can provide.

CPP&S’ Team has been buying and selling used industrial generators since 1993. We’ve decommissioned generators as standalone projects, as part of data center decommissioning, and from a wide range of businesses and industries. Sometimes, the generators are replaced with new machines. Others are sold off as part of an asset liquidation. Still others are decommissioned when the businesses needs to relocate due to company expansion.

Whatever your reason, there are a number of factors that must go into a successful generator decommissioning project.

Key Steps In Generator Decommissioning

  1. Documentation of Equipment. All on-site equipment should be documented for inventory accuracy, particularly if you are selling the components or relocating them to a new site. Be sure to include:
    • Generator Specs (kW/KVA, Voltage, Amperage, Phase, Hertz and Weight)
    • Automatic Transfer Switches
    • Transformers
    • Fuel Storage and Tanks
    • Conduit and Electrical Wiring
  2. Inspection of Current Electrical System. A thorough examination of the current electrical set up is vital to safe decommissioning. Examine:
    • Electrical/Fire Room configuration.
    • Incoming and outgoing wires and cables between the electrical room and the generator.
    • Single Phase and Three-Phase layout throughout the facility.
    • Breaker panels so you can disconnect any that power the generator and related equipment prior to decommissioning.
    • The Automatic Transfer Switch location and setup.
    • Any custom connectivity configurations such as remote wiring, paralleling equipment and switchgear, additional air-filtration components, and additional on-site equipment.
  3. Miscellaneous Needs. Consider these factors as you make plans for decommissioning:
    • Safe removal and disposal of fuels and engine liquids.
    • Calculate equipment size and weight to determine crane, rigging, and shipping needs.
    • Identify final destination for the equipment. Will you sell it? Dispose of it? Re-use it? Recycle components?
    • Establish a plan. How will the decommission be carried out? Who is in charge?

Contact CPP&S For Full Service Generator Decommissioning And Removal

As you can see, decommissioning a generator is more complicated than simply disconnecting it from your electrical system. Proper decommissioning requires careful planning and orchestrated process that takes into account several highly technical steps.

It’s because of the many steps and the need to properly dispose of the equipment that many companies decide to hire CPP&S for full service removal. If you need to decommission a generator or need help at any step along the way, contact Critical Power Products & Services for help at 877-699-1296.

Feel Confident About Your Equipment Disposal With CPP&S

By | Equipment Disposal

Do you struggle with what to do every time you need to remove or replace a piece of equipment? Are you concerned about where your old equipment will end up? Worried about the impact your company will have on the local landfill? Wish there was a better, more responsible way to get rid of unneeded equipment?

There is! Just give Critical Power Products & Services a call! We remove and haul away equipment of all kinds:

  • Chillers and Cooling Towers
  • Data Center Equipment
  • Generators
  • Hazardous Waste
  • UPS systems
  • PDUs
  • Raised flooring
  • HVAC units and related pieces
  • Transformers
  • And more!

We Take Responsibility For Equipment Disposal

Once you partner with CPP&S for equipment removal, we take responsibility for the safe and legal disposal of the equipment, including any hazardous liquids, metals, and other materials that may be within the unit. We work with regional recyclers, smelters and re-sellers to find ensure that all waste products are disposed of properly, safely, and in accordance with all laws.

We will even provide you with a Certificate of Recycle, which provides you with reassurance that your waste was disposed of correctly.

Not All Junk Is Waste

“One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” We have definitely seen evidence of this firsthand! There’s a big market for certain types of used equipment and if your old equipment is in demand, we will pay you to let us take it off your hands! Our Equipment Buy Back program is a great way to maximize your equipment investment and help another business get the equipment they need at used prices. This is a great option if your equipment is in good shape, but just not cutting it for your business any longer.

Take Advantage Of The Turnkey Solutions At Critical Power Products & Services

We’ve designed our equipment removal and buyback programs to be as simple as possible. With just one call, we will take care of all the details for you from disassembly and removal to recycler sourcing and disposal. If you have put off getting rid of all equipment because you didn’t want to deal with the hassle of taking it apart, getting it out of your facility, and disposing of it properly, your wait is over!

Contact Critical Power Products & Services at 1-877-832-7120 or visit www.criticalpower.com for more information about our turnkey equipment removal and disposal services.

Where Do Old Wind Turbine Blades Go To Die?

By | Equipment Disposal, Green, recycle power equipment

With wind turbines estimated to last between 20-25 years, some of the earliest turbines are coming due for decommissioning. As these aged turbines start to need replacing, there’s a question of what to do with them. Fortunately, many parts of the wind turbine are recyclable. The foundation, tower, gearbox and generator can all be recycled. The blades, however? That’s another story.

The Trouble With Turbine Blades

Turbine blades are designed for lightweight, aerodynamic performance, not recyclability. They are usually made from composite materials that can’t be separated into their component parts and recycled. At least not for now; though there is progress being made on that front.

Until wind turbine blades can be consistently and easily recycled, turbine owners have to find other ways to dispose of the enormous blades.

Post-Turbine Uses For Wind Turbine Blades

So, where do old wind turbine blades go to die? Turns out, many of them find new life and uses:

  • Architecture and Structures. The Netherlands has seen blades used in architecture and design such as seating, bus shelters, or even playgrounds.
  • New Composite Materials. Broken down wind turbine blades are being explored as a new composite material, similar to wood composite. Possible uses include flooring, road barriers, and more.
  • Fuel. Germany has the only industrial-scale wind turbine blade reprocessing factory in the world. The facility is exploring ways to use broken down blades as fuel by mixing fragments with other waste materials to be used in cement production.
  • Reuse. We can hardly talk about recycling without mentioning reuse. Some larger blades can be cut down and re-purposed as smaller blades for community turbines.

As more turbines are replaced, we hope that even more innovative ideas and practices will arise that will keep the blades out of landfills. There’s also a strong likelihood that new materials will be developed that are more recyclable or biodegradable, making waste less of a concern when an old turbine comes down.

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The Quickest & Easiest Road Back to Core and Shell

By | Critical Power Products & Services, Data Centers, Equipment Disposal, Featured, Platinum Partnership Liebert, Recycle Equipment, recycle power equipment, Turnkey Project Management

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The Quickest & Easiest Road to get your Commercial Property back to Core and Shell

Attention Property & Facility Managers! Did your Tenant leave equipment behind?

Often times, the items left behind is the equipment that was either too cumbersome or time consuming to disconnect and remove. And once it is disconnected and removed, what do you do with it? How are you going to cover all of the heavy costs that accumulate from hiring technicians, engineers, rigging specialists, freight companies and more? And finally, how are you going to accomplish all of this while minimizing unoccupied time between tenants? Let CPP&S help, this is one of our Specialties!

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Critical Power has been providing products and services to professionals in the data center and property management industry for nearly 25 years. With one call, our team of seasoned and motivated Project Managers go to work. Here is a brief rundown of what they can do for you;

  • Walk your site and provide a detailed site survey and asset management plan.
  • Handle all of the calls and meetings necessary to line up the best team to complete the project
  • Utilize Critical Power’s expansive preferred partnership list to source the highest quality, most cost effective and efficient way to complete the project on time and under budget.
  • Monitor and assist in testing, removing, rigging, and shipping the equipment involved.
  • Refurbish and Market the equipment on Critical Power’s website which sees well over 35,000 visitors each month.
  • And ultimately, put capital back in your pocket, instead of a bill.  dollar-sign-profits

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Here is a list of the main types of equipment the Critical Power specializes in:

  • Diesel, Natural Gas and Propane Generators, 20 kW up to 4 MW
  • Uninterrupted Power Supplies
  • Power Distribution Units
  • Batteries and Battery Cabinets
  • Maintenance Bypass Cabinets
  • Computer Room Air Conditioners, 5 Ton and Larger
  • Cooling Towers
  • Chillers
  • Raised Access Flooring
  • Network and IT Gear
  • Transformers

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