Early Warning Signs of Power Equipment Trouble

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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Purge those Unused Servers

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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Tin Whiskers

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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What do we want from CFD?

Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) analysis of data centers has been going on for some time, but how does it help us?  For an existing data center, do you want a CFD model to show you things you already know, such as hot or cold spots? 90% of the time we are using a CFD report…

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