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Tips For Maintaining Your Data Center In The Winter

By | Data Centers

Your data center fulfills so many functions for your business, keeping it running smoothly in all year round is a must. Managing your cooling system is a huge part of keeping your company’s data center running smoothly and efficiently, but this isn’t just a task for the warmer months. Your data center cooling system needs to be maintained in the winter, too. Here are some tips to follow to keep your data center in tip-top shape all winter long.

Yes, You Do Need To Cool Your Data Center In The Winter

Here’s a question we get asked quite a bit: “Do we need to cool our data center in the winter?” The answer is, “Yes, you do.”data center pic for website Even if you’ve relocated your data center to a colder climate, you still need to run your data center cooling system. Although, it won’t have to work as hard as it would in warmer climates. Relocating your data center to a colder climate is just one step you can take to maintain your data center cooling system. Here are some more to steps to help you manage your cooling system this winter.

Tips To Help You Maintain Your Data Center Cooling System:

Use Row And Rack Cooling To Help Your System Work More Efficiently

This method uses rows and racks to cool controlled area in your data center, focusing more energy on areas that need more cooling and focusing less energy on areas that don’t. Concentrate on your “high-need” areas will take some stress off of your data center cooling system because you won’t be wasting energy cooling areas that don’t need it.

Check And Maintain Your Insulation

Your data center generates a lot of heat, even in the winter. If there are cracks in your insulation, that heat can escape, causing snow and ice to melt and refreeze. This melting and refreezing can expand tiny cracks into major holes, which makes for major repairs. This can eventually let water trickle into your data center, and that can damage your equipment and cause you to lose data.

Perform Regular Maintenance Before Winter Hits

We can’t stress this enough, regular maintenance can prevent so many significant issues. Make sure you maintain your data center cooling system before the weather makes it too difficult.

Do You Need More Info On Maintaining Your Data Center Cooling System This Winter?

Critical Power Products & Services can help you keep your data center cooling system in peak shape this winter. Contact us for more tips and information on how you can keep your data center cooling system working longer and more efficiently.

When Should You Consider A Data Center Relocation?

By | Data Centers

Data center relocation is a big undertaking and commitment. However, keeping your current data center equipment could be costing your business. It’s

 important to determine whether your company’s data center needs to be relocated or not. Here are some helpful tips and signs to determine whether or not you need to relocate your data center.

Changing Requirements: Technology and demands change, so logically the demands on data center equipment also changes. If you’re considering a cooling system upgrade or you plan to increase the power to an existing data center, it may be wise to reassess your equipment. Run a cost/benefit analyses to find out if your current data center is running as efficiently as it should.

Increasing Costs: Times have changed, so having data centers in key urban areas isn’t as essential as it used to be. Plus, highly populated areas can experience spikes in energy costs that other, less densely populated areas don’t experience. Researching an area with lower energy costs may benefit your company in the long run.

Issues With Security: Cyber and “on-ground” security have changed drastically even over the past few years. What may have been secure just a short while ago might not be secure today. Data security should be one of your top priorities, so reassessing your security periodically is a must. If you find your security lacking, you may want to consider a relocation.

Acquisitions And Mergers: Acquisitions and mergers happen often, and they offer added resources and many other benefits. 

However an acquisition or merger may propose a problem: you may have duplicate data center equipment. This means your company may have to consolidate and relocate data centers.

Reevaluating Your Service Level Agreement: If your company is renting from a colocation or “colo” data center, you may want to revisit your SLA or service level agreement. If your needs have changed, or your colo provider is no longer providing what you need, you may want to consider a relocation.

Business Growth: Business growth is the aim for any company, but that growth includes changes as well. Your current data center and data center equipment may not be able to keep up with your growing business. You may need more space and bandwidth, which might point to a relocation. 

Trust Critical Power For Your Data Center Equipment And Relocation

Critical Power Products and Services understands the many different reasons a company might need to relocate and we can accommodate them all. Contact us for more info on how we can relocate and consolidate your data center and data center equipment.

 

Data Centers At Cell Towers? It’s Not Impossible

By | Data Centers

As more and more content is accessed on mobile devices, there is more and more strain placed on “edge networks”. It’s becoming increasingly more difficult for these edge locations to keep up with demand, sending data to and from far-flung data centers and cloud providers. There’s been some talk of creating micro data centers at cell tower sites to help support this load.

This is an interesting idea that has a lot of potential. Doing this kind of computing locally can reduce logjams at the central data center/repository and increase the speed at which data is processed. Google already does this, though not at cell towers. Learn how Google’s edge network functions by clicking here.

Why Micro Data Centers At Cell Towers Could Be a Good Idea

Edge computing is basically a hybrid cloud environment where smaller data centers share information with larger, more centrally-located centers. A micro data center located at a cell tower could be an ideal way to provide faster data services and siting micro data centers at cell tower sites could be a good way to maximize use of already developed land. Micro data centers are small, compact, self-contained footprints that could provide a much needed service without taking up much space at the tower site. Requiring as little as 100 square feet of space, a cell tower-based micro data center isn’t impossible. They’re also increasingly affordable thanks to an increase in out-of-the-box solutions and modular capabilities.

Of course, there are a lot of questions still to be answered and logistics to work through like site and data security, and translating radio traffic and packets, but the idea has merit and we’re curious to see where it goes and how this concept develops.

This is just more evidence that the data center world is ever-changing! It’s always interesting to see what’s up-and-coming in this industry!

What do you think about placing micro data centers at cell tower sites? Do you currently rely on micro data centers for your business?

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.