Data Center Maintenance

At Data Specialties Inc., our work doesn’t end after we have designed and built your data center. We understand that systems provide reliability, but the true key to uptime is the proper maintenance and operation of the facility.

Data Specialties Inc. provides preventive maintenance to provide the support needed to ensure a fully operational facility at all times. No company has more experience supporting the reliability of your data center than Data Specialties Inc. We have partnerships with all of the leading data center equipment vendors and work with them, and with you, to design a long-term approach to protecting your equipment investment.

More than anything else, Data Specialties Inc. looks to assume responsibility for the day-to-day physical operations of your data center. Whether it’s load balancing, maintaining your cooling system, or simply making sure your data center stays clean and well-managed, Data Specialties Inc. will work with you to provide a single point of contact for the service and maintenance of your facility.

Here are 3 reasons our clients sign up for our maintenance services:
1. Providing operation reviews to insure no issues have developed over time that could threaten your reliability.
2. Single point of contact to quickly and accurately assess issues and provide service.
3. Knowledge that an industry leader in data center design and build services is on your team.

Data Center Maintenance Services:
o Electrical service entrances
o Generators
o Automatic transfer switches
o Switchgear
o Uninterruptible Power Systems (UPS)
o Batteries
o Powder Distribution Systems (PDU) systems
o Buss track
o Mechanical and HVAC Systems
o Fire detection and suppression systems
o Build automation and Monitoring systems
o Communication fiber optics and cabling
o Data center cleaning
o Infrared thermography
o Site Documentation
o Airflow management systems

Data Center Construction

Data_Center_PreconstructionAs the final stage in our data center design/build projects – or as a construction management contractor – Data Specialties Inc. provides turn-key services to meet the client’s performance requirements and to deliver a facility built to the approved design specifications. Today’s mission critical facilities provide for around-the-clock performance, 365 uninterrupted days a year.

Data Specialties Inc. brings each client the experience of completing projects nationwide, with each project representing the latest in planning and data center construction expertise. Our team of construction managers, advisers, and experts oversee all materials, equipment, personnel, processes, and specialty services required for final turn-over of your data center.

Data Specialties Inc. was founded to design and build data centers. We have developed our leading design-build capabilities in pace with ever-changing technologies and new demands from our clients’ high-technology facilities.

Here are three reasons why our clients choose our approach to construction:

1. There is a single source controlling the project and holding team members accountable.
2. We save time on the project by shortening the design, bid and procurement processes – often by 20 to 30%.
3. The budget is lower: fewer entities, fewer markups, less time, and more control.

Data Center Construction Services:
o Construction Management (CM) and coordination services
o Data center construction services
o Financing and real estate services
o Hot site construction services
o Existing data centers moves, adds, changes
o Owners representative services
o Ongoing cost management
o BIM model coordination
o Functional Testing and Commissioning
o LEED and sustainable design certifications
o Migration and consolidation of IT assets
o As-built documentation
o Owner training

Data Center Pre-Construction Services

Data_Center_PreconstructionData Specialties Inc. has found that proactive involvement during the pre-construction phase has the greatest potential influence on a project’s final outcome. At the core of our pre-construction service, approach is the belief that your project will benefit from our years of experience.

Data Specialties Inc. has had the opportunity to learn from every project we’ve been involved in over the past 23 years, and we are committed to working with you and your team to leverage the full benefit of our expertise. During pre-construction, our goal is not limited simply to defining project parameters such as cost and schedule, but also offering valuable conceptual design assistance with our experienced engineering staff.

While this is an important step for every project of even greater importance is our ability to help identify and actively plan for construction issues that may place the budget and schedule objectives at risk. Therefore, we believe it is important that we establish ourselves as an integral part of your team very early in the process.”

Here are 3 reasons why our clients use data center pre-construction services:

1. Providing the assessments and recommendations necessary to make timely, informed and data-driven business decisions.
2. Helping to manage the overall process by tracking details and holding team members accountable
3. Better serving the interests of the project through relevant suggestions and hands-on partnership with owners, designers and construction teams.

Data Center Pre-Construction Services:
o Code agency coordination
o Conceptual planning
o Constructability analysis
o Cost modeling
o Design management
o Estimating
o Equipment procurement
o Sustainable design analysis and enrollment
o Market value analysis
o Schedule development
o Site logistics and planning
o Site assessment
o Subcontractor pre-qualification
o Multiple bid package planning

Data Center Design

Facility Assessments SmallWorking with the engineering community, Data Specialties Inc. provides professional data center design/build drawings and specifications for the construction of the client’s new, expanded, consolidated or relocated facility. Data Specialties Inc. data center design and construction documents include technical details, schedules, diagrams and specifications necessary to set forth the requirements for construction.

The guiding principals of our design philosophy provide for a modular, scalable approach in conjunction with the requirements of energy-efficient design. The result is a mission-critical environment that can grow with the demands of the business while minimizing its impact to the bottom line.

Our drawings address every aspect of the project’s architectural, structural, electrical, mechanical, security and fire protection requirements. We also provide general specifications and contract provisions for all vendors and trade contractors. These instructions set forth the specific requirements for bid submission, award of contract, progress payments, change order applications, scheduling, quality control, start-up, testing, and as-built documentation, as well as operations and maintenance manual standards.

Here are 3 reasons our clients use our design services:

1. A comprehensive design approach means more accurate, lower bids.
2. Our attention to detail and coordination of disciplines create reduced RFI’s and change orders.
3. Design approach future-proofs your facility and ensures lasting value from the investment.

Data Center Design Services:
o Schematic Design
o Design Development
o Construction Documents
o Electrical engineering
o Mechanical engineering
o Fire detection and suppression
o Building management and monitoring
o Access control and CCTV
o Planning and Zoning reviews
o Permitting
o CAD/3D/BIM modeling
o Owner’s representative services

Data Center Assessment

Excellent RatingYou have questions, and we have answers. Data Specialties Inc. provides a full line of data center assessment services that give you control over your data center facilities. Our team of data center professionals has the experience and expertise to identify issues and risks related to your operation. We can also point out all of the things you and your team are doing right.

Our consultative approach provides answers relative to risk, capacity, reliability, and efficiency. Our methodology starts with an understanding of how IT supports the business, and translates those requirements into the load and reliability needs of the data center.

The results of our assessments get translated into the language of business: Capital Expense (CAPEX) and Operating Expense (OPEX). Our financial analysis allows for better financial decisions making and ensures a comfortable move forward.

Here are 3 reasons our clients use our assessment services:
1. Deep-domain expertise in all of the systems that comprise the modern data center.
2. We provide value day one and year ten through energy efficiency: it’s our corporate responsibility.
3. Our budgets are based on timely market data and accuracy that comes from over twenty years experience inside mission critical facilities.

Data Center Assessment Services:
o Airflow analysis
o Arc flash and coordination study
o Single points of failure analysis
o Best practice review
o Budgeting
o Capacity planning
o Colocation vs. construction
o Energy analysis
o Financial analysis – TCO and ROI analysis
o Site selection
o Real estate due diligence
o Utility incentives
o Workshops

Data Center Fire Safety

Data Center Fire SafetyAn integral component of any data center design accounts for the geographic risks
 a site may pose. These can be seismic or weather related. One of the highest risks, however, is common to every data center: fire.

Given the heat, equipment and electrical systems concentrated within each center, the possibility of a fire is a constant concern. Data Specialties Inc. makes smoke detection and fire suppression a priority in its data center designs.

As with most of the elements of today’s data centers, fire detection and suppression technology is constantly being improved. Data Specialties Inc. stays abreast of the developments and incorporates the latest and most appropriate systems into our clients’ facilities.

Here are 3 questions our clients have about data center fire safety :

1. Does my insurance carrier have any control over which suppression system I use?
2. I have an older Halon system – do I need to change it out?
3. How do current OSHA regulations affect my data center project and subsequent operations and maintenance plan?

Services for Data Center Fire Safety:
o Clean agent systems
o Fire detection
o Fire suppression
o Early warning systems
o Pre-action sprinkler
o Hydrogen and gas detection
o OSHA requirements and safety training

Data Center Monitoring

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 data center monitoring capabilities that our clients need to ensure that 
their data centers are operating efficiently and using the best data available.

In addition to response, data center 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 coming onto the 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 Monitoring 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 Power and the Questions You Should Ask


In any mission-critical facility, the electrical system is the most important component in ensuring reliable, uninterrupted operations. Data Specialties provides power systems of all types from basic to complex. Data Specialties starts by determining the available power capacity and compare that to our client’s current and projected needs.

Data Specialties continuously study advances in technology and techniques, and are confident in advising our clients about the most reliable and cost- effective system configurations.

Here are 3 questions our clients have about electrical systems:

1. What options do I have for bringing alternate voltages to the rack?
2. Is it worth running my UPS in eco mode?
3. What is the most cost-effective way to feed dual power supplies?

o Busway
o Energy storage systems
o EPO systems
o General lighting systems
o Generators
o Grounding systems
o Power distribution systems
o Power cabling
o Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) systems

Data Center Space: The Top 3 Questions You Should Ask


Often overshadowed by the electrical and mechanical details of the project is the importance of the data center shell itself. The design of the facility blends the functional requirements of the data center program with the spatial, structural, and aesthetic requirements of the end-user.

In looking at the data center itself, Data Specialties Inc. focuses on a scalable, modular platform that will support the future of the facility. Data Specialties also drive the requirements for spaces that support the way your company operates, including electrical and mechanical areas, storage spaces, labs, NOCs, staging areas, meeting areas, offices, and break rooms.

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

1. What is the optimal data center layout to improve the efficiency of our workflow?
2. What kind of options do we have for hardening our facility?
3. How do we take into account future expansions or growth?

o Access floor
o Building shell
o Coordination
o Core and shell
o Hardening
o Modular architectures
o MEP support spaces
o Space planning
o Structural
o Workflow

Is Your Organization Due for a Data Center Upgrade?

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It is 2014, are you still running Windows 3.0 on a Pentium 486? No? What about your data center? With the recent advances in technology is it time to upgrade your data center? Are you getting notices from manufacturers that they will no longer support your equipment?

Upgrading now is the financially responsible way to go. It can cost up to four times more to recover from a “data center disaster” last minute, than it can to do a planned upgrade. There are many gains to upgrading your data center: efficiency, heat density, redundancy and control being some of the top benefits.

We constantly upgrade laptops, desktops, terminals and the software needed for our employees, so why wait to upgrade our data center, the very lifeline to our business.
Here are the 7 steps to a data center upgrade:

1. Assessment: Identify deficiencies & determine the requirements.
2. Schematic Design: Review load requirements, evaluate technologies & systems options (modularity, redundancy, efficiency).
3. Design Development: Develop design concept, review and develop project budgets.
4. Construction Documents: Finalize designs & develop construction drawings and specifications.
5. Construction and Implementation: Execute the plan, develop method of procedures for existing facilities.
6. Commissioning: Perform integrated systems testing.
7. Project Closeout: Client training and operations manuals.

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