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White Papers

White Papers

IoT: The Present and the Future

The Internet of Things (IoT) is one of the world’s fastest-growing technology segments. Over the next ten years, the IoT will become a pervasive . . . presence. It has the potential to make a substantial impact on every aspect of our lives, whether it’s in the home, our place of business, in airports and other transportation hubs, in hospitals, or in the cities and towns where we live.
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5G: What, Where, When and Why

5G has been getting a lot of press exposure and promotional efforts recently, although it has been under development for many years, even as 4G and 4G . . . Long Term Evolution (4G LTE) were still being rolled out.
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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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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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Case Studies

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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Case Studies

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 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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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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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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Webinars

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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Blog

Blog

Compass Datacenters’ Sharif Fotouh Sits Down with datacenterHawk to Talk All Things Edge

In one of the best conversations about the edge, David Liggitt and Sharif Fotouh discuss […]

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IoT: The Present and the Future

The Internet of Things (IoT) is one of the world’s fastest-growing technology segments. Over the […]

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Compass Datacenters and Salute Mission Critical Put Veterans to Work

Salute Mission Critical transforms military veterans into world-class data center technicians and as a result, […]

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Existentialism and the Edge Data Center: The Importance of Asking the Right Questions about the Edge

When a new concept or technology like edge data centers is introduced into the marketplace, […]

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Bandwidth Economics: It’s the Number of Lanes, Not the Length of the Highway

When discussing the economics of the bandwidth market, the primary equation is this: how much […]

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Data Centers: From Tech to Utility

Data Center Business Change is the hallmark of any thriving industry. The data center business […]

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5G – What, Where, When and Why

5G has been getting a lot of press exposure, although it has been under development […]

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Sharif Fotouh Talks Edge Data Centers with Dean Perrine of JSA TV

Our very own Sharif Fotouh was on JSA TV recently to discuss all things edge […]

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