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 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 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 DCIM
o Leak detection
o Mechanical and electrical system monitoring
o Network controls
o Rack and temperature monitoring
o RFID asset tracking and monitoring

7×24 Exchange Conference – The Data Revolution – June 1-4, 2014, Boca Raton, Florida

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Come see Steve Borley, Managing Director for Data Specialties Inc. (DSI), at the IBM booth for the 7×24 exchange conference!

This Conference is designed for anyone involved with 7×24 infrastructures – IT, data center, disaster recovery and network/ telecommunication managers, computer technologists, facility or building managers, supervisors and engineers.

Vendors, consultants, or anyone concerned with uninterrupted access to critical information also will find the conference of value.

Data Center Power and the Questions You Should Ask

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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?

Services:
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

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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?

Services:
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.

If you have a data center that needs upgrading, share your photos with us on Twitter or Facebook #DSIUPGRADE.

Welcome to the Data Specialties Blog!

We would like to welcome you to the Data Specialties Inc. (DSI) Blog! Here, you will find updates, information and tips on anything and everything related to data center build and design! DSI “We Build Data Centers”™ is not only our slogan, but it is our way of life, as we have been successfully building and designing data centers for 22 years!

As we evolve this blog, we hope to keep you-up-to-date on what’s going on in the data center world, providing you with insightful information, while welcoming your articles, your suggestions, your comments and your questions! Feel free to contribute by emailing us at info@webuilddatacenters.com! We hope you enjoy our blog and look forward to your input!