Installing Electrical Whips
Author: Darain Dillion
Many people think installing electrical whips in a mission critical space is a trivial task. At TechSite, we disagree. We feel it is important to take every task done in your mission critical space seriously. With that in mind, below are some guidelines to use when installing power whips in your mission...
Data Center Design Study Benefits
How a Data Center Design Study can benefit your next Mission Critical Facility Upgrade
When your database administrator calls for the umpteenth time asking when she can schedule installation of her new storage array, do you get that familiar queasy feeling in your stomach? No room at the inn… no space, no power, no cooling, ok, you fill in the blank. So your computing facility is near or at...
Data Center Temperatures: A Hot Topic
One of the most common questions TechSite gets from our customers and a much discussed topic in the data center industry is “What is the ideal temperature for a data center?” Many clients assume there is one correct answer to this question, when in actuality it is quite complex. There are many factors that need to be taken into consideration for each individual case including, but not limited...
Sprinkler Suppression System Selection and Reducing Data Center Risk
Site assessments are one of TechSite’s core offerings and a valuable service for IT and facilities personnel to gain a better understanding of their critical data center infrastructure. In addition to evaluating and documenting the critical electrical and mechanical elements of a data center, observations and recommendations for the fire detection and suppression systems are often included with...
Can you "Pull the Plug" on Your Data Center?
Data Centers require power and the vast majority of them use the local utility company as their primary power source. Inevitably utility power will fail and that is why multiple utility feeds, Uninterruptable Power Supplies (UPSs), Standby Generators and other on-site redundancy systems are common components in a data center’s infrastructure. Many of these infrastructure...
Who is Watching the Store?
The holiday season offered a great opportunity to spend time with friends and family. Your facility staff worked hard the entire year and many took well-deserved time off. While they were off, who was watching over your data center infrastructure?
There are many ways to monitor your data center infrastructure. A simple way is to schedule regular rounds of your facility. While doing these...
OhioHealth Taking care of Safety and Maintenance
OhioHealth is a company that takes employee and contractor safety seriously. They are also a company that knows the importance of preventative maintenance when managing a mission critical facility. This is illustrated by several recent system studies and equipment modifications at OhioHealth’s corporate data center facility.
In 2015, OhioHealth hired TechSite to perform a Short Circuit, Arc...
Does Your Design/Build Team Have Experience In Mission Critical Spaces?
You have finally received approval to move forward and perform your mission critical facility upgrade project. You have spent years developing the design requirements and getting approval from management for your project. Now it is time to select the best team to perform the work. Do you select a team that is a design/build generalist or do you select a team that specializes in designing and...
Getting All The Life From Your Batteries Vs. Putting Your Facility At Risk
This is a very good article and touches on most issues and just to add my 1 ½ cents worth, here are a few things that come to mind. We all know that the best way to avoid a failure is to change the battery string before end of life. With the tight budgets and relative high cost of batteries, most data center managers want to get all they can out of each battery string. There is a fine line...
Your UPS(s) are 20 Years Old - What Do You Do?
You realize your UPS(s) are 20 years old when you get a letter from the manufacturer saying they will no longer be supporting the older model – What do you do?
Start by answering these questions: –
Do you do a push pull - old for new?
Do you install a new unit and transfer and/or refeed the critical loads?
Do you upgrade capacity?
Do you schedule an outage for change or is there a way...
Arc Flash Mitigation, Part 2
In Part 1 of this discussion we covered the increasing emphasis on Arc Flash hazards in relation to working on your facility’s electrical distribution systems. We also emphasized the importance having an Arc Flash Hazard study performed if you do not yet understand the hazard ratings of your gear. Now we want to discuss mitigation techniques that can be considered.
The incident energy of an...
Arc Flash Mitigation, Part 1
As more and more industries and data center operations address arc flash electrical safety concerns, the high risk associated with what used to be normal maintenance and operations task is becoming apparent to owners of these facilities. Often the existing arc flash incident energy levels make it necessary for work on equipment to be done de-energized in order to be in compliance with OSHA...
Are You Data Center Proficient?
As a pilot, I recently passed the 35th anniversary of my first solo flight. With my dad as an instructor, I was flying at a very young age, even before I started my career in mission critical facility infrastructure. That anniversary put me to thinking about the similarities between being a pilot and running a data center.
TechSite uses a 1978 Cessna 310 to travel to our more distant...
Data Center Fundamentals
TechSite is often involved in high profile Data Center enhancement projects. These projects may include creating a dual bus in a data center that only has a single power path, changing out switchgear, push-pulling UPS systems, or other major upgrades. These projects are often done with the mission critical equipment on-line. We often feel these projects are similar to changing the engines on a...
Turnkey Award for UPS Upgrade
TechSite has been awarded a contract to design and install an upgrade to the UPS system for the corporate data center of a Columbus-based Critical Health Care provider. The existing single bus system will be modified to a dual bus UPS system. TechSite won this project due to our proven ability to plan and implement additions such as this without requiring a data center outage.
High Rise Electrical Infrastructure Upgrade
TechSite is working with Mid-City Electric to upgrade the electrical infrastructure for a high rise office building on the campus of an information services organization in Columbus. The building was constructed more than 30 years ago and has a distribution system that has seen minimal upgrades over the years. With a penthouse-mounted double ended substation and an associated campus loop power...
Data Center Cooling Upgrade and Commissioning
TechSite is the engineer for a Parkersburg, West Virginia company that is upgrading the cooling systems in their data center. This project includes replacement of four 20 ton air conditioning units with new 30 ton units. The new ones are networked together so they can function as a team rather than 5 individual units. The temperature control for the new systems is also determined by server...
Pharmaceutical Company Data Center Upgrade
TechSite recently performed a turnkey engineering design and installation for a Morgantown, WV company involving improvements to several aspects of their data center’s critical infrastructure. Hardware and software components were installed to provide infrastructure monitoring for a standby generator and automatic transfer switch. A data center grounding system was installed to provide proper...
Service a Successful Diverse Spend for Cardinal Health
TechSite performs Operations Management Services for Cardinal Health's corporate data center in Dublin, Ohio. We are honored to be selected as one of the success stories in their 2012 Supplier Diversity Year End Review.
“The proper functioning of our Dublin data center’s physical environment is critical to our operations. TechSite Planners fulfilled an urgent need to transition...
Design of Laboratory for Analysis of DCIM Products
TechSite is serving as a consultant and engineer for the manufacturer of some of the world's leading brands of data center infrastructure equipment and monitoring systems. One of this manufacturer's newest product lines is a DCIM or Data Center Infrastructure Management system. In order to fully evaluate and test this system, they wish to have a laboratory that is constructed similarly to a...
First Responder Service for Central Ohio Data Center
A Central Ohio company, headquartered in Hilliard, OH, has engaged TechSite to provide monitoring services of their main data center in Hilliard and satellite data centers across the US and has also engaged TechSite to provide “First Responder” alarm response and critical system repair services.
The company had limited alarming of critical equipment failures that was reporting through an...
Generator, UPS and Cooling Containment Design Project
TechSite is serving as a consultant and engineer for a Parkersburg, West Virginia company seeking to upgrade several of their data center core infrastructure systems. Upon completion of this project, the owner will be equipped with a higher capacity redundant UPS system (going from 300 to 600 kVA) and a higher capacity generator (going from 1000 to 2000 kW). In the main data center facility, a...
Integrated Systems Commissioning Project for LEED Silver Data Center
TechSite was the Commissioning Authority for a new 32,500 square foot data center in a 113,000 square foot facility being built in Northeastern Ohio. The intent for this project is to attain a LEED certification. TechSite worked with the Owner, Owner's Representative, Construction Manager and Building Contractors throughout the entire design and construction process, providing technical expertise...
Securing Your Data Center
How do you control access into your data center? Can anyone walk in? Do visitors need to stay within the line of sight of their escorts? Those are two diverse standards for data center access control. More than likely, your needs fall somewhere in between these examples. When developing your data center access control plans, below are some of the items you need to consider.
Personnel List: Who...
Do you want to have a Monday morning meeting with your company executives?
You have work planned in your data center over the weekend. You feel sure that nothing will go wrong. But just how confident are you? Are you willing to have a Monday morning meeting with your company executives to discuss who is to blame for an outage? A well thought out Method of Procedure (MOP) and a Risk Management Plan will help prevent those Monday morning meetings.
Writing for monday...