Yearly Archives: 2007

26 Dec 2007

Data Center Wish Lists


In the spirit of the holiday season, the folks at have taken a look at what’s on data center managers’ holiday wish lists. It’s a fun read – check it out when you have a minute. Here are some of the highlights: “Extra processor horsepower” “Information on building new data centers to carry us more...

17 Dec 2007

Embracing the Expanding Role of IT in Business

Information systems, information technology, IT

I was recently asked by Processor Magazine to answer a few questions about IT’s role in business, and it occurred to me that now might be a perfect time to give a “shout out” to the IT folks out there. A sort of gift, if you will, in the spirit of the season. First, let more...

29 Oct 2007

Server Cabinet Organization Tips

best practices, Server Cabinet Organization

Just in time for Halloween, check out this classic server room cabling nightmare at Tech Republic. Scary stuff. Good data center design is a combination of high-level conceptual thinking and strategic planning, plus close attention to detail. Obviously, things like the cooling system and support infrastructure are critical to maintaining an always-available data center, but more...

24 Oct 2007

The Role of Sprinklers in Computer Room Fire Protection

computer room fire protection, fire risk, mission critical facilities

A number of clients have asked us about the viability of replacing their ‘wet’ sprinkler systems with a dry-type fire suppression system, such as FM-200. Not many IT personnel understand the role of water-based fire suppression systems, but all realize the potential for water in the data processing environment to be a “bad thing.”  The more...

28 Sep 2007

Blogging in Good Company…

data center blogs, data center links, mybloglog

Happy Friday, everyone! A little over a year ago, Rich Miller at Data Center Knowledge put together a list of data center-related blogs, some of which have now become part of my regular reading habit. (Thanks, Rich, for including the PTS blog in that list.) Expanding on Data Center Knowledge’s list, here are a few more...

25 Sep 2007

It Isn’t Easy Being Green: Companies forgo eco-friendly solutions


A number of major corporations in the past year, including News Corp and Citigroup, announced plans to launch significant environmental initiatives. These corporations are paying particular attention to sustainability and are taking steps to build green data centers, in addition to reducing their carbon footprint in other ways. To meet this demand, industry leaders such more...

24 Aug 2007

Plan Your Data Center Move (Part 2 of 2)

data center migration, data center move, data center relocation

A successful data center relocation starts with a good plan. By placing emphasis on pre-design and planning, you can achieve an optimal solution to meet the demands of your data center move. Here are some key points to address when developing your own data center relocation strategy: What equipment really needs to move? An equipment more...

20 Aug 2007

Plan Your Data Center Move (Part 1 of 2)

data center migration, data center move, data center relocation

In my post “Tips for Handling Your Data Center Relocation,” I discussed some basic strategies for streamlining a data center move. Since then, I’ve received a few requests for more insight into handling the data center relocation process. In this post I’ll address whether it’s necessary to call in the pros and how to pick more...

26 Jul 2007

Reflections on the Data Center in a Box

data center in box, data center site selection, moveable data centers, project blackbox

Recently Jack Lyne, Executive Editor at Site Selection magazine, contacted me regarding Sun Microsystems’ new Project Blackbox, colloquially dubbed the “data center in a box.” (Check out his article: “Sun’s Blackbox: A Moveable Feast for Data Centers?”) Jack’s questions led me to reflect on the current rate of adoption I’ve observed for the mobile date more...

16 Jul 2007

PTS Weighs in on Data Center Humidity Issues

data center cooling, data center humidity

Mark Fontecchio’s recent article on data center humidity issues at not only created buzz in the data center blogs, but generated quite a discussion amongst our team at PTS Data Center Solutions. Data center humidity range too strict?While some data center professionals find the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)’s recommended more...