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Big Data and the Internet of Things are evolving, the Edge-Computing model is growing, and the deployment of Cloud Computing is accelerating. Emphasis on colocation is driving technological advancements to meet the demand for new services. As a result, data center providers and owners are faced with new challenges in their served markets.

As the owner’s advocate, E-Tech Consulting understands these emerging trends and provides unbiased direction for contracting and the vendor selection process in data center environments. Services are specifically tailored to address new builds versus existing data centers.

Power Distribution Assessment

  • Topology (UPS to Rack PDU)
    • Busway vs Floor-Standing PDU vs Distribution Panel
    • Overhead vs Underfloor Power Distribution
  • Seamless connectivity to Rack PDUs
  • Remote monitoring and management options
  • Arc flash compliance with NFPA 70E
  • Redundancy aligned with varying levels of resilience

Cooling Assessment for White Space

  • Recommendations for optimal cooling topology for rack vs. row cooling solutions
    • In-Row Cooling for primary or supplemental cooling
    • Top-of-Rack or Top-of-Row cooling to maximize floor space
    • Rear Door Heat Exchangers for high-density or isolated rack cooling
  • Environmental monitoring and management for maximum energy efficiency

Airflow Containment Assessment

  • Recommendations for hot-aisle vs. cold-aisle vs. rack-based chimney containment
    • Vertical wall vs. horizontal ceiling
    • Partial vs. full aisle containment as required
    • Rigid vs. curtain analysis
  • Ensure compliance with local AHJ for fire code requirements

Cabling Conveyance Assessment

  • Recommend cable tray, cable ladder, and fiber duct systems
  • Specify under-floor or over-head cable conveyance
  • Power and network cabling in optimum locations for egress into racks
  • Proper separation maintained between power, fiber, and copper cables to minimize electrical interference and provide easy management

DCIM Planning Assessment

  • Evaluate/assess existing tools and current state of environment
    • Integration with existing data protocols (Modbus, BACnet, SNMP)
  • Define business objectives and identify key metrics
    • Power availability, IT asset utilization, carbon emissions, water consumption
  • Eliminate “false” alarms and define alert profiles
  • Set up security controls
  • Phased implementation to minimize business disruption

Capacity Planning Assessment

  • Evaluate/assess current state of environment
    • Power consumption, cooling capacity, rack-mounting space, floor space, aging technology
  • Define business growth objectives
    • Increase power/heat density, improve energy efficiency (PUE=1.2), deploy hyper-converged infrastructure, eliminate security breaches
  • Determine how to regain growth potential in existing environment
    • Identify which of 3 critical components (space/power/cooling) has limited capacity
    • Recommend innovative solutions to support growth objectives

Rack Enclosure Assessment

  • Rack Enclosures for 19-inch, 23-inch Telco, or Open Compute devices
  • Configurations defined for server vs. network vs. patch vs. storage
  • Seamless integration of Rack PDUs
  • Airflow management or “rack hygiene” integration
  • Security options specified from basic key-locks to bio-metric locks
  • Earthquake and floor anchor compliance with NEBS, IBC or OSHPD

Security Cage Assessment

  • Modular cages configured to match the customer’s building requirements
  • Match customer’s aesthetics and security including deck-to-deck partitions
  • Cage walls in various heights easy to install and reconfigure
  • Swinging and sliding cage doors with optional auto-close and panic egress