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Security & HVAC

By Green Data Center Man | Dec 06, 2019

We are about to begin a new decade and in so consultants will be more responsible for designing the controls systems to be safe and secure.  ASHRAE released the latest in the Handbook series, HVAC Applications, in 2019 with updates to chapter 59 on HVAC security.  Now this isn’t to be read as a comprehensive […]
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Early Warning Signs of Power Equipment Trouble

By Green Data Center Man | Sep 13, 2019

There are quite a lot of components that go into a data center, with their operations expected to be reliable 24/7.  Arguably the most important are those providing the power to the IT equipment as well as the other supporting systems that keep the data center cool, secure, and operational.  Preventative maintenance and a good […]
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Cryptocurrency and the Data Center

By Green Data Center Man | Jan 06, 2019

As blockchain and cryptomining were starting, people were attempting to do the same in their garages and other ad-hoc locations with little thought to scaling or efficiency.  But once those power costs started to add up, it was clear that they needed to relocate even if they did have to rent in a new space […]
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Balancing Density & Size

By Green Data Center Man | Dec 15, 2018

Data centers have become larger, more dense, and taller over the last decade. This growth is fueled by the expansion of data; of course, as every industry realizes how data can be used to improve their processes and every company collects and processes more information than ever before. But the deciding points of whether to […]
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Densification: Power & Cooling

By Green Data Center Man | Nov 09, 2018

Another option that continues to grow year-over-year is not going up or out at all, but solving the need for more compute by increasing IT density. The computing power density has risen from 5 kW per rack a decade ago to an average closer to 15 kW per rack for today’s new data centers. The […]
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Purge those Unused Servers

By Green Data Center Man | Feb 03, 2018

In many data centers the motto is to leave servers where they are until the owner or manager of it requests a change.  This is a common practice of supporting processes and applications with dedicated, unvirtualized servers that may or may not be performing work. Then, add to this that most IT groups and data […]
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Environments to be Monitored

By Green Data Center Man | Nov 05, 2017

Monitoring a data center is an important part of managing how it operates and making decisions for the future.  Knowing what is important to measure and monitor is crucial, as the deluge of information and misleading metrics can begin to lead you astray. About one in three facilities will have an outage of four hours […]
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3+ Billion Users, 30+ Billion Connected Devices

By Green Data Center Man | Jun 06, 2017

Sometime in the next year the world will have about 3 billion users of the internet.  This expansion will continue to increase to about 3.5 billion or more by 2018 as access to new markets continues.  India and southeast Asia will see double-digit growth, assisted by Google, Facebook and others as they create new ways […]
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Software Defined Data Center

By Green Data Center Man | May 06, 2017

Sometime in the next year the world will have about 3 billion users of the internet.  This expansion will continue to increase to about 3.5 billion or more by 2018 as access to new markets continues.  India and southeast Asia will see double-digit growth, assisted by Google, Facebook and others as they create new ways […]
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Tin Whiskers

By Green Data Center Man | Apr 06, 2017

Tin whiskers form when tin plating on component leads is under pressure.  The tin squeezes out to form filaments as thin as a human hair.  The whiskers grow long enough to potentially cause a short circuit.  This concern has come about since the European Union adopted restricition of hazardous substances, which has led manufacturers to […]
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