Posts made in April, 2014

Risky business – creating clarity around data center risk

Posted by on Apr 3, 2014 in Facilities Management, Incidents/Downtime | 0 comments

What does it mean to your client when you place a static switch or UPS in bypass? Most clients won’t understand that it means their business is now at the mercy of the utility supplying power. Most clients won’t associate risk with the statement at all — let alone imagine their company on the front page of the Wall Street Journal because of an outage. When you communicate with your client about maintenance or your process, is there any way to know what they really understand? Many years ago when we were running one of our first data centers, we tried to come up with a way to relate what we did in facilities to our clients. Shawn Patrick came up with an idea that we started calling “Level of Readiness.” We rated the risk to our customers based on our equipment and process conditions. Ever since, I have used a very similar idea to communicate to the clients of data centers the level of risk our operations pose to their processes, systems, and business....

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News Release: Sapient Services, LLC, to build twin state-of-the-art data centers

Posted by on Apr 1, 2014 in General | 0 comments

Foster City, California, Tuesday, April 1, 2014 For Immediate Release Sapient Services, LLC, has procured funding to build and operate two new, cutting-edge data center facilities in the northern and southern hemispheres. Sapient is extremely excited about the project, which stands to push the boundaries of PUE to 0.94. Built in different geographic locations, these twin data centers (NP1 and SP1) are to operate as one. Data will be mirrored to capitalize on their unique operational abilities. SP1, the site located at the South Pole, will operate entirely on solar power during the summer there. With all that free cooling, the initial calculations indicate a PUE of 0.94. This remarkable design will be mirrored at NP1, the North Pole site that will operate only during the summer there. Engineering for NP1 was a little more advanced due to the entire site having to be built on movable tracks to compensate for ice-floe movement. As for operations, Terry Vergon stated, “We only need a single crew to operate both sites since only one will be in operation at any given time, reducing cost.” As one data center is placed into what we call ‘deep freeze’ for the winter, the team will transition to the other hemisphere to do a ‘cold startup’ of the other site. Each data center is completely self-contained with its own waste recycling processing, just like the space station.”...

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