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Your Data Center Decommissioning Can Be Manageable

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Ways To Make Your Data Center Decommissioning Manageable

Preparing for Data center decommissioning is a daunting task. There is so much to remember, even more to prepare for and the materials you’re working with are sensitive. Suffice it to say, a full decommission is a huge undertaking. But there are ways to make this task more manageable.

Hiring A Reputable Data Center Decommissioning Company

Hiring a reputable data center decommissioning company is the ultimate key to a successful decommissioning. This is a delicate operation and it requires a company that’s thorough, has experience, and is willing to work with the needs of your company. Testimonials are a great way to determine a company’s reputation. One way to get a good read on testimonials is to ignore the ones with evaluative words like “good” or “bad” and look for testimonials that describe qualities, like “reliable” and “professional”.

Checklists Work

Once you’ve hired a company that you trust, now it’s time to prepare. What better way to prepare than to use a checklist. Checklists are crucial: it’s a proven fact that if you manage a task with a checklist, you’ll suffer fewer mistakes. This is why so many institutions, including the government, hospitals, military and aviation academies all use this simple but genius way to keep track of complicated tasks.

Preparing for data center decommissioning is definitely a complicated task. But our list breaks the preparation for this task up into manageable steps, so you know that you’ve gotten each part 

completed and correct. This checklist also helps you to keep track of which task is done and which needs to be done.

Below is a comprehensive checklist that will help you get through the difficult, but necessary task of data center decommissioning.

Your Decommissioning Prep Checklist:

  1. Identify or discover the servers that need decommissioning and log them.
  2. Schedule the servers to be decommissioned. Make sure to create a buffer for unforeseen circumstances.
  3. Collect and tag the software licenses for the scheduled servers
  4. Cancel any vendor maintenance contracts connected to the software or server
  5. Back up all important information and data.
  6. Disconnect the servers from the network.
  7. Remove subnets, access control lists (ACLs) and firewalls.
  8. Cut the power from the equipment that’s ready to be decommissioned.
  9. Let the data company you hired know that you’re ready to begin your decommission.

Data Center Decommissioning Frees Up Resources For Bigger And Better Things

Data center decommissioning can be difficult, but ultimately consolidating your data centers will save time, energy, and money. It will also free up resources for expansion in productive and lucrative ways.

Critical Power Products and Services can help you through your data center decommissioning and you can free up those vital resources, so your company has the room to grow. Contact us for more information on how we can help make your data center decommissioning more manageable.

Signs To Determine If You Need A Data Center Consolidation

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3 Signs That Your Company Needs A Data Center Consolidation Or Decommissioning

Technology is always advancing and it’s difficult to know how and when to keep up with all of the changes. You know that responding to these changes is necessary. It may be one way your company can retain it’s competitive edge, but how can you determine when you need a data center consolidation or decommissioning? Here are three warning signs that may help your company make this crucial decision:

 

1. The Age Of Your Data Center

Think of hardware and software aging like dog years; just like man’s best friend, one year for us may be an entire lifetime for your hardware and software. If your data center is old, it’s probably struggling with a lack of space and it’s power capacity is waning. These problems are inevitably caused by an aging system.

Aging data centers can’t adapt quickly, nor do they respond well to new software or software updates. The result is a system that operates slowly, inefficiently and may lag or crash. This kind of downtime is not the image your company wants to portray. Not to mention that unhappy customers and employees are more costly than happy ones in the long run.

Sometimes, in these cases, you can free up data center space or power capacity thorough a data center consolidation. You can enact this consolidation through energy management or virtualization. Archiving unused servers with low CPU utilization can also help and save floor space. Asking a reputable data center consolidation company can point you in the right direction.

2. Lack Of Efficient Cooling Methods

Over time, data center hot spots are inevitable and sometimes the existing cooling distribution can’t handle the new, more concentrated heat. Also there is a stark reality if you have a traditional, uncontained, raised-floor center: you have cooling leakages. Realistically, 40% or more of the climate-controlled air you supply will be bypassed to compensate for those leakages. It varies how much this diminishes the effectiveness of your cooling system and data center, but needless to say, you’re still wasting money.

Data center consolidation that includes adding row containment, brush strips to raised floors and blanking panels to racks can increase the efficiency of your original cooling system. This is a temporary solution and may prolong your need to decommission your data center for a period of time.

3. Higher Maintenance Costs

An antiquated system that runs hotter, requires more artificial cooling and needs more software patches will inevitably cost more money. When the data center is running hot, the manufacturer no longer supports software and spare parts become more difficult to acquire, cooling, supporting software and acquiring replacement parts cost more time and money.

Higher Maintenance Costs Point To Decommissioning

Unfortunately, there are no temporary fixes that can prolong the need for decommissioning in this case. You can spend the money cooling, finding repair parts and pay for software maintenance, but the gap between your setup and what is cost effective and efficient continues to grow. It’s time for a data center decommission or an update and relocation.

Critical Power Can Help

Whether you need a full decommission or a data center consolidation, Critical Power Products and Services has you cover

ed. Contact us today. We can help you determine which option is the best for your company.

Micro Data Centers Make Inroads In-House

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Data centers are often thought of as large, sprawling complexes that can’t be missed; and that’s an accurate description for many of them. But there are also the smaller, forgotten data centers that are located within an enterprises’ own facility. They may not go by the name “data center”. They might be the “tech closet” or “IT department”, but when it comes right down to it, they’re data centers.

Many small and mid-sized enterprises choose to outsource their data center operations, but just as many are choosing to keep those operations in-house and they are changing the face of the in-house data center. The advance of these “micro data centers” has seen a decline in the old way of doing things: take your best guess at capacity needs, build a room that supports that max load, and implement a siloed approach to data center management.

As many organizations have discovered, that’s a time-consuming and cost-heavy approach that usually over compensates for actual demand. It’s no surprise, then, that organizations have sought a new way to manage the data center that moves away from this piecemeal approach: the micro data center.

The Hyperconvergence Connection

Just as hyperconvergence has become the next big thing in the management of large data centers, it’s being used on a smaller scale at in-house data centers as well. Hyperconvergence is the integration of computing/processing, storage, and networking resources into a single chassis. Increasingly, those components are being deployed in a single rack referred to as a micro data center.

Advantages Of Micro Data Centers

Micro data centers are readily available; some are even preconfigured for even easier set-up and administration. This makes managing a data center in-house much more attractive for small and mid-sized businesses that don’t have the resources to manage a large data center themselves but don’t really need all of the services of a contract data center. What makes these micro centers even more attractive is their modular nature; scale up or down as needs change.

Using micro data centers in this way reduces much of the upfront cost of a traditional data center build while capitalizing on existing space and power costs. There’s even some tax advantages since such systems can be classified as business equipment as opposed to building improvements. Equipment depreciates faster than building investments.

Finally, micro data centers provide strong resilience benefits. If one micro set-up fails, the loss can be absorbed by others on the same network.

The micro data center is proof that not all advancements in IT require huge investments and are only available to the big guys. This type of smart use of technology is helping even the smallest of organizations reap many of the same benefits as their bigger competitors!

Heat Wave Of 2017 Expected To Impact Farming And Livestock

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June saw an unexpected heat wave sweep over the southwestern U.S. Temperatures were so high that flights were grounded, power was knocked out, and roads were buckling. To no one’s surprise, farmers have been hit hard by this extreme heat. Crops will undoubtedly suffer stress and lead to lower yields. Livestock and poultry suffer from the heat too. Farmers had their hands full trying to protect animals from heat stress and losses. From physically moving animals to installing sprinklers and shade structures, the efforts are commendable, but will they be enough?

Protecting Against Climate Extremes

While we can’t say for sure that climate change is at work here, we also can’t deny that heat waves have become more frequent and more severe. Unfortunately, ranchers may have to start planning for this type of extreme heat by:

  • Establishing cooling houses. Heat susceptible animals may require specially cooled areas or even air-conditioned barns.
  • Adding shade to pens, enclosures, and pastures. Natural shade like trees can be complemented with sunscreens and man-made structures.
  • Increasing roof heights. Higher ceilings and roofs allow heat to rise higher and away from the animals.
  • Increasing ventilation. High-powered fans can force hot air out and help keep the inside of barns cooler.
  •   Adding water stations. Increasing the number of water stations can help ensure livestock are well-hydrated. Add more wallow ponds or natural sources of water for animals to drink or wade in. Keep water shaded if possible.
  • Adding sprinklers. Sprinklers can help animals stay cool and find some relief from the heat.

Protect Against Power Loss

Although not often associated with extreme heat, power loss does happen. Increased use of cooling systems can overload local power grids and lead to brownouts, blackouts, or system shutdown. Farmers and ranchers can protect against this risk by adding backup power systems to their facilities. Backup generators will keep the fans going, A/C units running, and water chillers chilling even if the rest of the area is without power.

The investment is well worth it when you consider that the cost of not installing such backup protection is your livelihood.

Learn more about backup power systems by contacting Critical Power Products & Services at 877-475-5322.

8 Steps To Preparing For A Data Center Demolition

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Data center demolition involves disposing of the entire data center infrastructure, but not just getting rid of it. It involves getting rid of it in a way that eliminates the risk of business data being leaked or lost and ensuring that the physical equipment is disposed of in a way that meets all environmental guidelines. That’s a tall order that makes the project a complex process rather than a quick “over the weekend” type of project.

Critical Power Products and Services has been handling data center demolition projects for over 20 years. We’ve developed a reputation for getting the job done on-time and on-budget with minimal disruption to our clients. Here’s a list of 8 steps that we recommend every business take to successfully manage a data center demolition. Decom in Progresss

8 Steps To Successful Data Center Demolition

  1. Develop a plan. Successful data center demolition decisions start with a comprehensive plan that includes projected costs, transition management, disposal options, construction/deconstruction costs, environmental impact, and a timeline to completion.
  1. Review your lease agreement. This is an important step. What does your lease agreement say about decommissioning equipment? In what state must the space be left once you vacate? Make sure you’ve got a firm understanding of what your obligations are under the agreement to avoid surprise costs.
  1. Inform all stakeholders of the plan. You will likely have to make adjustments to day-to-day business operations during a demolition project. Make sure employees know what to expect and when well in advance so they can adjust their workloads accordingly and plan for the transition to the new system.
  1. Create an inventory of assets and what to do with them. An inventory of assets can help identify assets than can be recycled, reused elsewhere, or sold for cash and helps ensure that nothing is lost in the transition.
  1. Terminate existing service contracts. It’s easy to forget to terminate existing service contracts if you are simply getting rid of equipment. Don’t waste any more money than you have to by paying for services you no longer need. Use the inventory list created in Step 4 above to identify which equipment has a contract that must be terminated or adjusted.
  1. Relocate systems. Got everything checked off on your list? Know what is being decommissioned, what is being reused, and the new space is ready to go? The big day is finally here! You are ready to relocate your systems! 
  1. Dispose of old equipment. Once you’ve relocated all of your reusable equipment, the time has come to get rid of the unusable pieces. You should have researched equipment disposal options early on in the process and have vendors lined up to help you clear out  the facility. 
  1. Restore the site. Everything gone? Go back to Step 2 and restore the site to the conditions specified in your lease agreement.   machines inside navisite demo

Line Up Professional Help From CPP&S

Although this is only an 8-step list, it can be overwhelming when put into action. That’s why so many companies count on Critical Power Products & Services to help them manage the data center demolition process. Hiring CPP&S to manage your data center demolition ensures that your equipment will be decommissioned in accordance with EPA-certified standards and the most current best practice security measures to prevent data loss or theft.

Visit our Data Center Relocation page to learn more about our services or call 877-315-4176 to discuss your project with a team member.