When Are Consultants More Beneficial Than Full-Time Staff?

While some Owners choose to engage consultants, others prefer to rely on in-house teams to perform much of the technology design and project management for their building programs. Owners may have had negative experiences with consultants in the past and may believe they can ensure quality by hiring their own staff. They may not want to … Read more

Streamline Hyperscale Data Center Construction by 3D Modeling Pre-terminated Cables

Nearly 100 percent of the fiber-optic cable we see in a data center consists of pre-terminated trunk assemblies. The data center, especially a hyperscale data center, is an ideal environment for this type of cable. We see cable trunk quantities in the 1,000s and fiber strands in the 100,000s. That is a lot of connectors to … Read more

How Data Center Security is Evolving Beyond Cameras and Card Readers

Justin King also contributed to this article. Over the past five years, Owners of hyperscale data centers have raised their security standards as they become more aware of the potential risks. Shockingly, multi-million-dollar facilities have been demolished two weeks after completion due to devices being found inside the walls. Security breaches can result in exposure of … Read more

How to Prevent Data Center DAS From Causing Costly Changes

Data center owners know the importance of in-building wireless systems. Emergency responder radio coverage systems (ERRCS) support two-way radios for security staff outside and inside the building. Cellular distributed antenna systems (DAS) enable technicians to use their cell phones in a data hall, a penthouse, or the mechanical spaces where they need to diagnose equipment. Often, … Read more

Round Table Q&A: Telecom Design for Hyperscale Data Centers

TEECOM engineers participated in a round table Q&A addressing the complexity of telecom design for hyperscale data centers. Participants Alex Cardiasmenos, PE, RCDD, CDT, DCDC – Associate Principal Casey Wittkop, PE, RCDD – Principal Consultant Darrel Scobie, PRINCE2, BICSI Technician, CDCDP – Associate Principal John Pedro, RCDD, CDT – Principal Consultant Mike Candler, DCDC, CDT, RCDD, … Read more

The Three C’s for Cost Savings in Data Center Design and Construction

We’ve watched data center projects become fragmented into separate technology system packages that are designed by different designers and then installed by different contractors. This can result in system clashes, construction coordination issues, and commissioning issues that impact the project schedule and budget. Collaboration, convergence, and construction administration are the three C’s to keep data center … Read more

The Data Center Plenum Cabling Paradox

For commercial buildings, the decision to use plenum cable materials is driven by the mechanical HVAC design, the architectural design, and construction costs. Per the National Electrical Code (NEC®), the exposed data cabling installed in “other space used for environmental air” must be plenum rated (e.g. OFNP, CL2P, CMP)1. One example is the space between the … Read more

Data Center Design: Weaving the Fabric Network

Data center telecom design has moved away from traditional spanning tree networks (depicted below), which can choke the allocation of bandwidth, to fabric networks, which can provide multiple data paths. Fabric network design has had a significant impact on the cabling that runs from the top-of-rack switches in each server cabinet to the meet-me-rooms for off-site … Read more

To the Meet-Me Room and Back: The Most Important Room in Your Data Center

First, let’s answer your question: What is a meet-me room? And why do we call it something that sounds like a commercial office space where your boss is likely to deliver unwelcome news? The “me” suggests you’re meeting an actual person for an intense discussion about why the monthly forecast is falling behind the required revenue stream. In … Read more