DSI will be at Data Center World & Interop 2015 in Las Vegas, NV!

Data Specialties Inc. invites you to visit us at one of our upcoming Las Vegas shows!

DSI at Data Center World

Data Center World (Booth #1213)
The Mirage, Las Vegas, NV
April 21 – 22nd, 2015

*DSI team members in attendance: Steve Borley (Managing Director), Jeff McCartney (Business Development), Sharon Tye (Southern California Business Development) & Ying Vang (Service Sales Manager)


Interop (Booth #1117)
Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, NV
April 28 – 30th, 2015

*DSI team members in attendance: Steve Borley (Managing Director), Jeff McCartney (Business Development) & Mike Shipman (Director of New Business)

If you need a ticket to come and see us at the event, let us know and we will get one out to you.

We look forward to meeting you all!

For more information about our Data Center Design / Build Capabilities, please click here to view flyer.

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: www.uptimeinstitute.com 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 info@webuilddatacenters.com.

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 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 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