Data Center World Global Conference 2017

Data Specialties Inc. once again participated in the Data Center World Global Conference for 2017 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The theme this year was Data, Automation and Scale: Building and Managing the Data Center of the Future.

DataCenterDynamics Webscale

DSI_Press_Release_GraphicJuly 19-20, 2016 | San Jose Convention Center, CA

Data Specialties Inc. is pleased to announce our participation at the DCD Webscale conference and expo to discuss current trends in data center design & construction.

DCD Webscale will gather 1200+ senior business, operations and technology professionals from the world’s largest internet companies to discuss the future of digital infrastructure in the Zettabyte era.

The 2-day conference program will run separate content tracks on Design + Build, Colo + Cloud, Open-Source, Software-Defined, Servers + Storage, Power + Cooling, Security + Risk, and Core > Edge.

If you would like to hear more about DSI’s involvement at DCD Webscale, please contact us.

Datacenter Dynamics Converged San Francisco July 30-31

Come connect with Data Specialties Inc. at Datacenter Dynamics Converged in San Francisco at booth #602.


Datacenter Dynamics Converged (Booth #602)
Marriott Marquis, San Francisco
July 30 – July 31, 2015

If you need a pass to come and see us at the event, let us know and we will get one out to you. Thank you and we hope to see you there!

DSI To Attend 7×24 Exchange SoCal July Meeting


7×24 Exchange Southern California July 2015 Meeting

Clean Energy in the Data Center – What Are The Tangible Benefits

Limited Space With 80 Seats Kindly RSVP As Soon As Possible

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Time: 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Venue: UC Irvine’s University Club The Library

801 E. Peltason Dr. Irvine, CA 92697

This is purely an opportunity to network, share information and socialize. There’s no selling, no pressure and only an expectation to network, have fun and enjoy some great food and drink!




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Understanding Data Center Tiers


What is a data center Tier?

The Telecommunications Industry Association, in 2005, published the Telecommunications Infrastructure Standard for Data Centers (ANSI/TIA-942) and since then has been amended in 2008 and again in 2010, giving Data Centers 4 Tiers. Tier 1 being the most basic and Tier 4 being the most redundant, complex and expensive.

Here is a basic breakdown of the Tiers:

Tier 1 = Non-redundant capacity (single uplink & Servers)
Tier 2 = Tier 1 + Redundant site infrastructure
Tier 3 = Tier 1 + Tier 2 + Dual-powered equipment & multiple uplinks
Tier 4 =  Tier 1 + Tier 2 + Tier 3 + all components are fully fault-tolerant including uplinks, storage, chillers, HVAC systems, severs and everything is dual-powered.

What does this really mean? A lot of it has to do with negating downtown and creating redundancy, reliability and maintainability.

Tier 1: trying to ensure 99.671% availability.
Tier 2: trying to ensure 99.741% availability.
Tier 3: trying to ensure 99.982% availability.
Tier 4: trying to ensure 99.995% availability.

These percentages do not seem like a big difference but you must consider that there are 525,600 minutes in a year so acceptable downtime translates into:

Tier 1 allows for 1729 minutes of downtime.
Tier 2 allows for 1361 minutes of downtime.
Tier 3 allows for 94 minutes of downtime.
Tier 4 allows for 26 minutes of downtime.

The official certifying body is the Uptime Institute found here: Hopefully this clarifies the difference in Data center tiers for your new or upgraded data center. If you have more specific questions feel free to email them to

Data Center Security

Data_Center_SecurityA company’s data center  is the lifeblood of its operations. Data Specialties Inc. recognizes that the information stored and continuously passing through the data center represents our clients’ most valuable commodity.

Our data center security systems help protect the data from intrusion or theft. Data Specialties Inc. incorporates proven and reliable structural components into our clients’ data centers. The benefits of our designs and the reliability of our security and fire protection systems depend on quick human responses.

Here are 3 questions our clients have about protecting their data center and the security required for their data center:

  1. Do I need the latest security equipment, like retina scanners and fingerprint readers?
  2. Within a high-traffic colocation environment, what is the best way to protect my clients from one another?
  3. What is the right amount of data to retain on our system?

Data Center Security Services:

o   Alarm
o   Biometrics
o   Card access
o   Entry control
o   Glass break
o   Monitoring
o   Motion detection

Data Center Network Cabling and Communications

CablingToday, a company’s voice and data networks are the conduits by which transactions are completed, decisions made, strategies enacted and records kept. Such mission-critical voice and data systems must be professionally installed, upgraded and protected.

Data Specialties Inc. appreciates how important voice/data cabling is and secures ongoing training and certification in the latest equipment and installation methods provided by our partners and vendors.

Data Specialties Inc. inspect and test our installations in accordance with industry codes and manufacturers’ guidelines. And we label the full installation and provide clear and complete documentation to our clients’ IT managers. These measures ensure that our clients can move, add, change and troubleshoot cabling in the future.

Here are 3 questions our clients have about network cabling:

1. How do I design my cabling infrastructure for reduced footprint and minimize impact to airflow?
2. What is the best design approach for high-density critical equipment?
3. How do I scale and adapt to my future IT infrastructure while minimizing required service times?

Data Center Network Cabling and Communications Services:
o Wireless
o Copper cabling
o Fiber
o Racks
o Cable trays
o EIA/TIA Standards
o Redundant network and carrier diversity
o Carriers/ISP’s

Data Center Monitoring (DCIM)

Date Center MonitoringData Specialties Inc. incorporates proven and reliable systems into our clients’ data centers. We also understand that the operation of the facility itself will have the greatest impact on uptime, which means that those systems will need a human interface. For that, data centers require state-of-the-art monitoring systems.

Whether onsite, remote 
or co-location, we provide the monitoring capabilities our clients need to ensure that
 their data centers are operating efficiently and using the best data available.

In addition to response, monitoring systems allow our clients to make decisions about their infrastructure, optimize cooling, and bring their IT and physical inventories closer together.

Here are 3 questions our clients have about monitoring their data center:

1. With the number of DCIM solutions in the current market, should I buy now or wait? How can I leverage a DCIM application to give me the highest visibility into my infrastructure and IT environments? BMS is used to monitor and control infrastructure components. DCIM is used to monitor and manage infrastructure and IT environments, and to provide for a single integrated user interface.

2. What are the most relevant data points for us to monitor? And which application is best suited for each point?

3. Is my preferred monitoring solution proprietary and will it integrate with my current BMS system? Does my BMS support the protocols of my DCIM package so I can integrate the two systems into a single graphical user interface? Almost all DCIM packages are based on open source protocols and except multiple inputs. Some BMS systems are still based proprietary protocols, although this is fading rapidly.

Data Center Services:
o Airflow
o Building automation and controls
o Branch circuit monitoring
o Leak detection
o Mechanical and electrical system monitoring
o Network controls
o Rack and temperature monitoring
o RFID asset tracking and monitoring

Data Center Cooling

Data Center Cooling Data center electrical systems, as well as the computers and other equipment they supply, generate thousands of watts of heat. Using computational fluid dynamics, Data Specialties Inc. excels in pinpointing the sources and flow of heat within a data center and installing the mechanical systems necessary to keep the facility running within a safe, cost-effective and manageable temperature range. Data center cooling is critical for new designs and of the utmost importance in upgrading existing data centers.

Here are 3 questions our clients have about data center cooling and mechanical systems:

1. Does the existing mechanical systems offer optimal efficiency?
2. Should I look at hot aisle or cold aisle for my containment strategy?
3. How best to I approach modular design and build of my new mechanical system?

Data Center Cooling Services:
o Hot/cold aisle
o Airflow management
o Containment
o Environmental air conditioning systems
o CRAC units
o Economizers
o Direct Expansion, glycol, evaporative, and chilled water systems
o In-row cooling
o Rear door heat exchangers
o Automation and controls