Compass University is a repository for information on all things data centers. Our library of white papers, videos, webinars and infographics provide you with information on everything from commissioning to IoT security. Let Compass University's resources help you make the most informed data center decisions possible.

White Papers

White Papers

The Fundamental Principles of a Data Center Operations Plan

In the 1972 movie, The Candidate, Robert Redford plays an idealistic young man who is recruited to run against an incumbent senator. Through the . . . shrewd and calculated efforts of his campaign team the young neophyte emerges victorious and closes the movie by asking his team, “What do we do now?”.
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THE EDGE IN 2020

In case you haven’t noticed, the “edge” is starting to become a pretty big thing. Makes sense since depending on who is doing the estimating there . . . will be somewhere between 20 billion and a trillion connected devices all looking for a compute and storage home.
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The Fundamentals of Data Center Site Selection and Design

I once knew a couple who built their “dream house.” Each kid had a bedroom, there was a massive playroom with a kitchen and enough bathrooms that no . . . one would ever have to wait– no matter how long someone took to get ready in the morning. Two years later they got divorced. It seems that the home of their dreams was, in reality, a financial nightmare—they went a teeny bit over budget—and the property they built on because of its affordability resulted in commutes that made the Bataan death march look like a pleasant stroll.
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An Edge Data Center Planning Primer

The continued emergence of new technologies and capabilities like IIoT, IoT, Augmented and Virtual Reality (AR/VR) is providing companies with an . . . abundance of opportunity to improve their internal operations, enhance end user experiences and deliver new products and services to their customer bases. The common thread that defines this evolution is the increased degree of “time sensitivity”, referred to in terms of “latency”, associated with the transmission and processing of information to perform the necessary operations.
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The Edge Will Be More Than Faster Netflix Loading

The future of edge computing won’t just be the fast delivery of rich content. Although, no one will get angry with Netflix, and the facilities that . . . support it, for almost instantaneous access to Stranger Things, future applications that will be provided by Edge data centers will be slightly more robust than quicker movie downloads.
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Media

Media

Datacenter Hawk Interview

Compass CEO Chris Crosby and Dave talk about the future direction of Compass and the data center industry.

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Data Center Minute

One Data Center Can’t Do It All

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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Data Center Minute

Is Your Data Center Ready for the Internet of Things? Probably Not.

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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Data Center Minute

The Elephant in the Data Center

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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Data Center Minute

If You Say It, Certify It

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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Data Center Minute

An Inflection Point

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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Data Center Minute

The Demise of the Data Center

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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Data Center Minute

The Calibrated Data Center

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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Case Studies

Case Studies

Case Study: A Rapid Response

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 MSP-IA Green Building Education

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

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Compass BOS-IA Green Building Education

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

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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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Webinars

Webinars

The Edge is More than a Box

Bill Kleyman and Sharif Fotouh of Compass discuss all of the issues related to implementing edge solutions that no one is talking about.

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Unintended Consequences

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

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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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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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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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Blog

Blog

DATA CENTER FREELOADING

Remember when your mother used to chastise you for performing some action that negatively impacted […]

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Raw Punditry: 2019

For those of you who are old enough to remember, Rodney King once asked perhaps […]

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COMPARED TO WHAT?

Although he wasn’t the first to say it, Mark Twain popularized the saying that, “There […]

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WE’VE BEEN HACKED. YOU’RE FIRED.

We’re all familiar with the phrase, “adding insult to injury” and its more succinct cousin, […]

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NOW HOW DOES THIS ADVANCE THE MISSION

Everyone has secrets. While, by definition, we’d prefer that all of our secrets remain well, […]

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DATA CENTER SITE SELECTION: WHAT CAN YOU GIVE ME?

A recent article in the Chicago Tribune posed the question, “Can Illinois Lure Data Centers Without […]

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IF IT WAS GOOD ENOUGH FOR MOLLY RINGWALD, IT’S GOOD ENOUGH FOR YOU

Dust off that Osborne and dig through the attic for your old Commodore 64, because […]

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ADDRESSING THE DATA CENTER SKILLS GAP

Whoever said, “It’s hard to find good help these days” must have been a CIO. […]

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