Design


Myths and Misconceptions Regarding the Uptime Institute’s Tier Certification System

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True or false? When it comes to Tier Certification, just ask Uptime Institute By Uptime Institute Staff Uptime Institute’s Tier Classification System for data centers has reached the two-decade mark. Since its creation in the mid-1990s, Tiers has evolved from a shared industry terminology into the global standard for third-party validation of data center critical […]

Luxembourg Colo Provides Multi-Tier Options

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Luxconnect obtains different Tier Certifications to meet the needs of the changing market demands By Christine De Ridder LuxConnect, a multi-tenant, multi-tier data center and dark fiber network operator based in Luxembourg, developed an innovative strategy using Uptime Institute Tiers to differentiate the services and pricing it offers to key customer groups. In doing so, […]

Moscow State University Meets HPC Demands

HPC supercomputing and traditional enterprise IT facilities operate very differently By Andrey Brechalov In recent years, the need to solve complex problems in science, education, and industry, including the fields of meteorology, ecology, mining, engineering, and others, has added to the demand for high-performance computing (HPC). The result is the rapid development of HPC systems, […]

Economizers in Tier Certified Data Centers

Achieving the efficiency and cost savings benefits of economizers without compromising Tier level objectives By Keith Klesner In their efforts to achieve lower energy use and greater mechanical efficiency, data center owners and operators are increasingly willing to consider and try economizers. At the same time, many new vendor solutions are coming to market. In […]

Unipol Takes Space Planning to a New Level

Municipal requirements imposed difficult space considerations for Italian insurance company’s Tier IV data center By Andrea Ambrosi and Roberto Del Nero Space planning is often the key to a successful data center project. Organizing a facility into functional blocks is a fundamental way to limit interference between systems, reduce any problem related to power distribution, […]

Australian Colo Provider Achieves High Reliability Using Innovative Techniques

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 power supply systems and other innovative technologies By Jeffrey Van Zetten NEXTDC’s colocation data centers in Australia incorporate innovation in engineering design, equipment selection, commissioning, testing, and operation. This quality-first philosophy saw NEXTDC become one of 15 organizations globally to win a 2015 Brill Award for Efficient IT. […]

Switzerland’s First Tier IV Certified Facility Achieves Energy Efficiency

Telecommunications company Swisscom AG builds a new data center in Berne, one of seven Tier IV data centers in Europe By Beat Lauber, Urs Moell, and Rudolf Anker Swisscom AG, a Switzerland-based telecommunications company, recently built a new data center in Berne, Switzerland. Swisscom spent three years and invested around US$62.5 million to build a […]

LG CNS Deploys Custom Cooling  Approach in Korean Data Centers

IT services provider develops innovative cooling system for use in its own cloud computing data centers By Jong Wan Kim LG CNS is a major IT services and solutions provider in Korea. Since 1987, LG CNS has acted as the CIO for LG Group’s affiliates. As of the end of 2014, its data centers provided […]

U.S. Bank Upgrades Its Data Center Electrical Distribution

Open heart surgery on the data center: Switchgear replacement in a live facility By Mark Johns U.S. Bank emerged during the 1990s from mergers and acquisitions among several major regional banks in the West and Midwest. Since then, the company continued to grow through additional large acquisitions and mergers with more than 50 banks. Today, […]

A Look at Data Center Cooling Technologies

Sabey optimizes air-cooled data centers through containment By John Sasser The sole purpose of data center cooling technology is to maintain environmental conditions suitable for information technology equipment (ITE) operation. Achieving this goal requires removing the heat produced by the ITE and transferring that heat to some heat sink. In most data centers, the operators […]

Avoiding Data Center Construction Problems

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Experience, teamwork, and third-party verification are keys to avoiding data center construction problems By Keith Klesner In 2014, Uptime Institute spoke to the common conflicts between data center owners and designers. In our paper, “Resolving Conflicts Between Data Center Owners and Designers” [The Uptime Institute Journal, Volume 3, p 111], we noted that both the […]

Improve Project Success Through Mission Critical Commissioning

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Rigorous testing of data center components should be a continuous process By Ryan Orr, with Chris Brown and Ed Rafter Many data center owners and others commonly believe that commissioning takes place only in the last few days before the facility enters into operation. In reality, data center commissioning is a continuous process that, when […]

Case Study: Italy’s First Tier IV TCCF

System efficiency proves more important than equipment efficiency By Paolo Barberis, Leonardo Sergardi, and Ferdinando Ciardullo FastWeb is an Italian telecommunications operator, 100% owned by Swisscom, providing ultrabroadband services to the Italian consumer and corporate markets, in which it holds a 35% market share. Since its founding 15 years ago, FastWeb has invested in infrastructure. […]

Data center design goals and certification of proven achievement are not the same

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On March 13, 2015, Data Center Knowledge published an article “ViaWest Accused of Misleading Customers in Las Vegas”. The following is excerpted from the article. ViaWest, the Shaw Communications-owned data center service provider, is being accused of misleading customers about reliability of its Las Vegas data center. Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt’s office has asked […]

Sun Life Plots Data Center Facilities and Operations Roadmap to Meet Application Demands

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An imminent return of service causes a top-to-bottom examination of data center facilities and operations By Rocco Alonzi and Paolo Piro When Sun Life Financial completed a return of service for its data center operations in 2011, the Enterprise Infrastructure (IE) and Corporate Real Estate (CRE) teams immediately saw an opportunity to improve service stability, […]

Improving Performance in Ever-Changing Mission-Critical IT Infrastructures

CenturyLink incorporates lessons learned and best practices for high reliability and energy efficiency. By Alan Lachapelle CenturyLink Technology Solutions and its antecedents (Exodus, Cable and Wireless, Qwest, and Savvis) have a long tradition of building mission critical data centers. With the advent of its Internet Data Centers in the mid-1990s, Exodus broke new ground by […]

Operational Upgrade Helps Fuel Oil Exploration Surveyor

Petroleum Geo-Services increases its capabilities using innovative data center design By Rob Elder and Mike Turff Petroleum Geo-Services (PGS) is a leading oil exploration surveyor that helps oil companies find offshore oil and gas reserves. Its range of seismic and electromagnetic services, data acquisition, processing, reservoir analysis/interpretation, and multi-client library data all require PGS to […]

Thinking Ahead Can Prevent the Mid-Life Energy Crisis in Data Centers

Turning back the clock at Barclays Americas’ data centers By Jan van Halem and Frances Cabrera Barclays is a major global financial services provider engaged in personal banking, credit cards, corporate and investment banking, and wealth and investment management with an extensive international presence in Europe, the Americas, Africa, and Asia. Barclays has two major […]

Close Coupled Cooling and Reliability

Achieving Concurrently Maintainable and Fault Tolerant cooling using various close coupled cooling technologies By Matt Mescall Early mainframe computers were cooled by water at the chip level. Then, as computing moved to the distributed server model, air replaced water. Typically, data centers included perimeter computer room air condition (CRAC) units to supply cold air to […]

Annual Data Center Industry Survey 2014

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The fourth annual Uptime Institute Data Center Industry Survey provides an overview of global industry trends by surveying 1,000 data center operators and IT practitioners. Uptime Institute collected responses via email February through April 2014 and presented preliminary results in May 2014 at the 9th Uptime Institute Symposium: Empowering the Data Center Professional. To immediately […]

Cogeneration powers South Africa’s first Tier III Certified data center

MTN’s new facility makes use of Kyoto Wheel By Olu Soluade, Robin Sloan, Willem Weber, and Philip Young MTN’s new data center in Centurion, Johannesburg, South Africa, includes a 500-square-meter (m2) space to support MTN’s existing Pretoria Switch. MTN provides cellular telecommunications services, hosted data space, and operations offices via a network of regional switches. […]

Russia’s First Tier IV Certification of Design Documents

Next Step: Preparing for Facility Certification By Alexey Karpov Mordovia Republic-Technopark Mordovia Data Center (Technopark Data Center) is one of the most significant projects in Mordovia (see Figure 1). The facility is a mini-city that includes research organizations, industry facilities, business centers, exhibition centers, schools, a residential village, and service facilities. One of the key […]

TELUS SIDCs provide support to widespread Canadian network

TELUS SIDCs provide support to widespread Canadian network. SIDCs showcase best-in-class innovation and efficiency By Pete Hegarty TELUS built two Super Internet Data Center (SIDC) facilities as part of an initiative to help its customers reap the benefits of flexible, reliable, and secure IT and communication solutions. These SIDCs, located in Rimouski, Quebec, and Kamloops, […]

Data Center Facility Owners See Modules as Efficient Way to Deploy Capital

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Compass sets the course with new modular data center approach. The term modular has been used to describe a variety of approaches to data center design. Historically, the first commercially available modular design was a 2007 Sun Microsystems container-based product called the Black Box. Today, the term describes products that range from shipping containers and […]

Resolving Conflicts between Data Center Owners and Designers

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Improving communication between the enterprise and design engineers during a capital project For over 10 years, Uptime Institute has sought to improve the relationship between data center design engineers and data center owners. Yet, it is clear that issues remain. Uptime Institute’s uniquely unbiased position—it does not design, construct, commission, operate, or provision equipment to […]

Lessons Learned from the Tier Certification of an Operational Data Center

Telecom company Entel achieves first two Tier III Certification of Constructed Facility Awards in Chile Empresa Nacional de Telecomunicaciones S.A. (Entel) is the largest telecommunications company in Chile. The company reported US$3.03 billion in annual revenue in December 2012, and an EBITDA around 40%. In Chile, Entel holds a leading position in traditional data services, […]

ATD Perspectives From Mainframes to Modular Designs

The experiences of Christopher Johnston, Elie Siam, and Dennis Julian are very different. Yet, their experiences as Accredited Tier Designers (ATDs) all highlight the pace of change in the industry. Somehow, though, despite significant changes in how IT services are delivered and business practices affect design, the challenge of meeting reliability goals remains very much […]

ATD Interview: Elie Siam, Pierre Dammous & Partners

Industry Perspective: Three Accredited Tier Designers (ATDs) discuss 25 years of data center evolution The experiences of Christopher Johnston, Elie Siam, and Dennis Julian are very different. Yet, their experiences as Accredited Tier Designers (ATDs) all highlight the pace of change in the industry. Somehow, though, despite significant changes in how IT services are delivered […]

ATD Interview: Christopher Johnston, Syska Hennessy

Industry Perspective: Three Accredited Tier Designers discuss 25 years of data center evolution The experiences of Christopher Johnston, Elie Siam, and Dennis Julian are very different. Yet, their experiences as Accredited Tier Designers (ATDs) all highlight the pace of change in the industry. Somehow, though, despite significant changes in how IT services are delivered and […]

Fuel System Design and Reliability

Topology and operational sustainability considerations must drive fuel system design. When Superstorm Sandy hit the Northeastern U.S., some data center owners and operators discovered that they hadn’t considered and treated their fuel systems as part of a mission-critical system. In one highly publicized story, a data center operator in New York City was forced to use a […]

Accredited Tier Designer Profiles: Adel Rizk, Gerard Thibault and Michael Kalny

Three data center design professionals talk about their work and Uptime Institute’s ATD program. By Kevin Heslin, Uptime Institute Uptime Institute’s Accredited Tier Designer (ATD) program and its Tier Certification program have affected data center design around the world, raised standards for construction, and brought a new level of sophistication to facility owners, operators, and […]

Meeting Data Center Design Challenges in Santiago, Chile

Uptime Institute Accredited Tier Designers address particulates and seismic activity in the Chilean capitol. By Panagiotis Laziridis, ATD and Jan Carlos Sens, ATD The city of Santiago, Chile, is a challenging place to site a data center. It has a history of strong earthquakes, it is close to dozens of active volcanoes, and the nearby […]