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White Papers

Welcome To The Neighborhood: Economic Incentives And The Data Center

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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The IT Capacity Planning Dilemma

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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Pre-Fabricated Data Centers: A Means and Not an End

Despite the fact that no clear definition of Modular Datacenters 1.0 was ever firmly established, the industry is attempting to avoid this ambiguity by proclaiming the coming of version 2.0. Although Webster’s hasn’t published a standard definition just yet, “pre-fabrication” seems to be the concept that many industry insiders view as the fundamental element of part deux. Before this terminology, formerly associated with doublewides and packaged chillers, becomes universally embraced as synonymous with modular it may be a good time to pause and reflect on whether it does represent the next phase of modular offerings.

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The Five-Tool Data Center

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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What Type of Data Center Do You Need?

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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Understanding Data Center Commissioning

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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Data Center as a Strategic Asset

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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Are You Getting What You Paid For?

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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The Ergonomic Data Center

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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The 8 essential data center RFP questions

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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Big Data and the Data Center

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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Case Studies

Compass BNA-IA Green Building Education

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 RDU-IA Green Building Education

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

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Windstream Hosted Solutions

Being a growing business is always a good thing, but even growing companies find themselves with challenges they need help in resolving. For Windstream Hosted Solutions, this meant finding a data center builder that could construct dedicated data centers in two nontraditional data center markets. To address these requirements, Windstream looked to Compass Datacenters.

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Webinars

Holistic Data Center Management as the Key to Executing a Vision

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

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Data Center Commissioning 101

A webinar about the critical elements of data center commissioning.

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Are You Trading TCO for PUE

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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Are You Getting What You Paid For?

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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The Ins and Outs of Data Center Migration

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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Media

Inefficient Data Center Design

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

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Trusted Partner

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

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Opening the DCIM/BMS Door

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

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Productized Approach with Portfolio Breadth

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

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The Evolving State of the Data Center Industry

Click here to view Chris’ presentation at 7×24 Exchange Fall 2013

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