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Whitepapers

Have you ever been to a social gathering, a cocktail party let’s say, where you didn’t know anyone, and it seemed like everyone was talking about something you couldn’t understand? While you stood by that fern hoping that no one would come up and ask you about the evening’s main topic of chit-chat, didn’t you wish that you knew something about the subject so that you could at least nod knowingly and laugh at the right times?

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In the average data center, cooling accounts for almost 40% of the site’s power consumption, so doing things right, or wrong, can have big financial ramifications. Since we all know that “it’s the little things that get you” this white paper examines the most common cooling errors made by data center operators.

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For the data center operator, a time to sit back and rest on your laurels simply does not exist. They said you needed to virtualize your servers and you did it. Move some applications to the cloud they said, and you did it. Implement DCIM, you did it, and you’re not even sure why since it doesn’t really do the one thing you wanted it to do.

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No one denies that the volume of information traversing the Internet is growing at a rate faster than the rabbit population at your local pet store. The anecdotal evidence surrounds us. In almost any public environment, the guy who stands out is the one who isn’t hunched over a glowing screen with his thumbs tapping out a message faster than a woodpecker assaults a tree trunk.

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The demand for more efficient and cost effective computing has driven organizations large and small to reevaluate their strategies. This examination can incorporate many aspects, encompassing system architecture and software platforms, as well as the IT hardware, and of course the data center facility. Moreover, there are many strategic options for the enterprise CIO and CTO to consider, such as the possibility of direct or indirect ownership and operation of their own data center facility, as well as colocation, cloud, or hybrid combinations thereof. Nonetheless, the IT hardware must ultimately reside in a physical data center that will provide conditioned power and safe environmental conditions for the IT equipment.

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“We’re putting everything into the Cloud”
Has any phrase in recent years been so universally adopted to serve as the summation point for corporate IT strategy than this one?

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When any person, product or technology reaches the level of public awareness where nuance has given way to ubiquity, and the singularity denoted by the word “the” has become the accepted prefix to a name or descriptor, opportunity for competitors often begins to arise from their long shadows. For a number of customers, the shared nature of public clouds is an acceptable negative element of the solution’s experience, but as in the case of dedicated data centers, the unique requirements of a sizeable segment of the marketplace have led them to a perspective that is totally at odds with your mother’s admonishments regarding the relationship between your toys and your siblings and friends, in other words: it’s not so nice to share.

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As Coleridge made clear, water is essential for survival. In California for example, people are finding new meaning in the phrase, “water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink”. Since data centers hadn’t been invented when he published The Rime of the Ancient Mariner in 1798, he didn’t mention them. But if they had, he certainly would have included them in his epic poem since water is too often a common requirement for their operation. This water dependency is an area of consideration that businesses should factor into their plans for upcoming data centers.

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Your data center, and the applications that run with it, are often required to comply with one or more standards organizations and/or regulatory bodies. This white paper explains who these groups are and how we can assist you in identifying and completing your compliance requirements.

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The Calibrated Data Center and the Data Center Life Cycle

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Remember Economics 101? Sure it’s been awhile, and for many of us it wasn’t the most riveting subject—they don’t call it the “dismal science” for nothing—but a few things probably still stand out. “Supply and demand” ring a bell? Another common term from that time that we all probably remember is “economies of scale”–probably because it made so much sense.

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Type “Big Data” into the search engine of your choice and you’ll get over 1 billion possible results. That’s even more than Miley Cyrus gets. Obviously, this means that you need to be thinking about how Big Data might impact your data center since it’s mor e likely that you will have to accommodate that within your facility than Miley.

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Requests for Proposals (RFPs) for mission critical data centers are interesting documents. For those of you who have never had the pleasure of responding to one, think of them as your “Christmas List” for your next data center…

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When designing a data center, a wide variety of factors are considered. If you’ve spent much
time in these facilities, you quickly realize that customer usability isn’t one of them…

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As industries mature they tend to adopt standards. These are typically best practices that have been formally adopted that provide customers with a level of assurance that the product they are purchasing meets a proscribed level of measurement for performance, safe operations, etc. Customers rely on standards as a method of performing comparative analysis on competing suppliers. As part of the maturation of this standards-development process, qualified third parties verify the legitimacy of providers’ claims.

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For many CIO’s data centers are, for lack of a better phrase, a necessary evil. In relation to the applications and hardware that they house, they are don’t change on a regular basis. It’s kind
of like buying a Ferrari and realizing that you have to have a garage to put it in. Required yes, sexy no. In most instances the decision regarding what type of data center to obtain, and who to get it from, is a process of determining who gets the most checkmarks on a feature summary check sheet. Power, check; 36” raised floor, check; and so on.

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IT capacity planning has long been the “Gordian Knot” for data center professionals. Trying to account for the business’ hardware and software needs, coupled with the vagaries of short and long term corporate strategies, typically makes projecting your organization’s capacity requirements an exercise akin to nailing jell-o to the wall. These efforts are hardly aided by the product offerings of data center providers who view capacity planning as a euphemism for “you need to lease your future space NOW”. This paper will examine the issues that have long characterized the process of capacity planning and explore a new alternative that serves as the metaphoric equivalent of Alexander the Great’s sword as the solution to the Gordian Knot.

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As corporate computing and storage needs continue to grow, the need to for more data center space follows. This continued escalation of demand is generating the need for customers to demand more from wholesale data center providers. In a recent series of blogs we described the new requirements for providers as being the data center industry’s version of baseball’s five-tool player. This white paper is the compilation of that series.

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Within the past five years data center providers have found that it is more cost and energy efficient to build out these facilities in an incremental fashion. As a result, many providers have developed what they refer to as “modular” data centers. This terminology has been widely adopted but no true definition for what constitutes a modular data center has been universally embraced.

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Imagine this scenario: You’re a passenger on the inaugural flight of the latest luxury jet liner. Everyone is excited, you’re sitting in your comfortably appointed seat, the flight attendants areservi

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When you think of the leading data center markets in the country a few cities and states immediately come to mind: New Jersey, Northern Virginia, Santa Clara California, Dallas, Texas, Jackson, Mississippi… While the capital city of the Magnolia state may seem more likely to conjure visions of mint juleps rather than rows of racks and servers, that won’t always be the case if the state’s governmental leaders have their way.

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Case Studies

An Urgent Need
As a result of power outages experienced at their primary 32-year-old data center, American Electric Power (AEP) management directed their IT team to seek a new facility with an accelerated delivery schedule.

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Compass Mission:
Develop an Energy Efficient and Environmentally Sustainable Data Center capable of earning LEED certification for our customers.

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Compass Mission:
Develop an Energy Efficient and Environmentally Sustainable Data Center capable of earning LEED certification for our customers.

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Compass Mission:
Develop an Energy Efficient and Environmentally Sustainable Data Center capable of earning LEED Gold certification for our customers.

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Compass Mission:
Develop an Energy Efficient and Environmentally Sustainable Data Center capable of earning LEED Gold certification for our customers.

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Data Center Quarterly

Data Center Minute

In this monthly video commentary from Compass Datacenters our CEO, Chris Crosby, will briefly talk about new and emerging issues that are important to the data center industry.

This month Chris discusses the increasing instances of arc flash within the data center and the implications for end users and providers

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The issue with many new “next big things” is that they tend to skip one or more essential steps. In this brief video, Compass Datacenters’ CEO, Chris Crosby, will explain why calibrating your data center is the essential step required to accurately measure and model data center performance and provides the necessary bridge to new capabilities like the Software Defined Data Center.

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Predictions are tricky things. Big Data was going to be the “next big thing” and now folks are saying that it’s sinking faster than the Titanic, so obviously in the making of any prediction there is a margin for error. In this month’s Data Center Minute, Chris offers his thoughts on the predicted demise of the data center.

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Industries change over time. Sometimes for the better. Sometimes for the worst. The one common element they all share is that at some point in their maturation process they reached an inflection point. In this month’s Data Center Minute Chris discusses how the data center industry has reached its own inflection point and where it needs to go from here.

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If you’ve ever heard the phrase, “it looked good on paper” then you know that there is often a real difference between what is bought and what is delivered. Data centers are no different. In this month’s data center minute Chris explains the difference between the Uptime Institute’s design and constructed facility certifications and how most Tier III facilities really aren’t.

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Everyone wants to save money on their data center operations, but most operators overlook one of the most cost intensive elements of their facility. In this month’s Data Center Minute, Chris explains how you should re-examine your network to uncover the potential for substantial savings.

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Everyone is talking about the Internet of Things, and if you’re not, you probably should be. Excitement alone, however, doesn’t guarantee effective implementation. The high volumes of data and latency requirements that come with the IoT dictate that many current data centers may be a part of the solution but they won’t be THE solution. In this month’s Data Center Minute, Chris talks about the elements you need to consider in planning to join the IoT.

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The nature of data is changing the demands on today’s data centers and many current structures will not be up to the coming challenges. In this month’s Data Center Minute, Chris discusses how elements like the IoT and increasingly packet rich applications will be changing the way data centers will be planned for and deployed in the months ahead.

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Webinars

A webinar about the critical elements of data center commissioning.

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Recorded version of our December 10, 2012 webinar with Schneider Electric.

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Compass CEO, Chris Crosby and Romonet COO, Liam Newcombe, discuss how data center efficiency efforts should be evaluated using ROI and TCO rather than just PUE.

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Compass Datacenters and Uptime Institute discuss the advantages of data center facilities that have achieved the Uptime Institute Tier Certification of Constructed Facilities award, which ensures that the facility delivered to customers truly adheres to Uptime Institute standards.

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Watch and listen as Compass CEO Chris Crosby and Crag MacFarlane, CTO of Transitional Data Centers discuss what you need to know to successfully execute your next data center migration.

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Watch and listen as Compass CEO Chris Crosby discusses the unintended consequences of some data center improvements.

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Media

Watch Chris Crosby’s Uptime Symposium presentation on the Inherent wastefulness of non-productized data centers.

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Compass CEO Chris Crosby and Schneider Electric VP Mark Bidinger discuss the companies’ partnership.

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Compass CEO Chris Crosby and Schneider Electric VP Mark Bidinger discuss the benefits of an open DCIM platform.

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Compass CEO Chris Crosby and Schneider Electric VP Mark Bidinger discuss Compass’ product approach to data centers.

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