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 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

Q&A With Ying Vang on Opening DSI’s New Services Sales Department!

Q: What is Services Sales?

A: A service plan is like a health plan, but for the data center. It has different levels of coverage depending on the customer’s preference. Whether it’s a comprehensive package, or just routine health checkups, it will ensure your data center is always up to operational standards. This helps prolong the life and use of the data center just like the human body.

Q: Why is servicing your data center important?

A: Service Sales is valuable set of solutions put in place to provide satisfaction to a need that comes with a small fee. Whether things are made with top quality materials or not, in time, it will deteriorate or break. Routine maintenance is required to prolong the life or usage of the equipment.

Q: You were hired to develop service sales at DSI, what do you plan on doing to accomplish this? Do you have any major goals?

A:  My answer goes back to my bio statement. It will start with laying the foundation and by developing a strong pipeline of new customers and projects through direct or indirect customer contact and prospecting; while identifying and assisting with developing strategic relationships with partners and potential customers. We have over 22+ years of install base clients in our database so we start there. One of my major goal will be to expand our service sales department nationwide.

Q: How do you like working for DSI so far? Describe the work environment.

A:  I adore it here! It’s a pleasing and professional place filled with talented people.  

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 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 Specialties Inc. Two-Booth Approach at HIMSS 2013 a Success!

Data Specialties, Inc. was among the list of 1,200 exhibitors at last week’s HIMSS 2013 (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society) conference in New Orleans, Louisiana.  But they were among only a handful of professional design/build contractors supporting the over 34,000 attendees that made their way to the conference.

This year’s theme was “Health IT: Right Time. Right Place. It’s On.”  The one millions square foot show floor was filled with new tech from the likes of Agfa Healthcare, IBM, Hewlett-Packard, and Palantir, all promising to power next-gen health care.

Within the data center services sphere, companies such as Peak Uptime, Razor Insights, Charter Business, and SSI found their place in the exhibit hall.

DSI took a two-booth approach, staffing locations at either end of the exhibit hall to maximize the company’s exposure.  “We felt like this would provide us the best opportunity to reach out to the highest number of attendees about data center consulting and design/build services” said Steve Borley, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for DSI.

According to a HIMSS survey, roughly half of healthcare industry CIOs said their IT budgets would definitely increase this year, and another 29 percent said expenditures would likely go up.

The number of healthcare professions seeking DSI’s data center services supported these percentages.  Overwhelmingly, the majority of end users saw a correlation between IT spending and a net impact on their data centers.  According to Jeff McCartney, Western Region Business Development Manager for DSI, booth activity “…was clearly driven by the need for additional capacity in terms of space, power or cooling to support new IT initiatives.”

Timing within the healthcare was another takeaway.  “There are still many healthcare organizations out there,” McCartney said, “that have delayed upgrades as long as they can.  The flood of IT projects is pushing the tipping point.  In healthcare, this is the year of the data center.”