Hyperscale Data Centers

Technology Consultants Are Becoming Involved in Hyperscale Data Center Projects Earlier Than Ever

Shaun Barnes CNIDP, CDCDP, CTPM and Tim Kuhlman PE, RCDD, CDT contributed to this article. Technology systems are the backbone of an entire hyperscale data center—not just the core network, but the telecom systems that support the building’s mechanical and electrical systems, the security systems that protect the facility, and the distributed antenna systems (DAS) that … Read more

Security vulnerabilities

Are These Security Vulnerabilities Putting Your Company at Risk?

Companies face many security vulnerabilities from external and internal threats, and some of them can have severe consequences, from financial costs, to loss of life, to disclosure of intellectual property. A data breach is one of the types we hear about most often. The average cost of a data breach for a pharmaceutical company is $5 … Read more

A Successful Project Starts With A Constructible Budget

National and global companies that expand their real estate footprint frequently and follow well-established standards are familiar with the true costs of implementing technology systems. They are willing to spend this money without a second thought. Companies building projects less frequently or for the first time often will not develop a detailed technology budget, presuming that … 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

Technology Design Guidelines & Standards: A Playbook for Scaling

This article received contributions from Dave Main, Arnel Avila, Maria F. Gonzalez, and Jeff Smith. All organizations with expanding real estate footprints, whether corporations, academic institutions, or transportation facilities, face the challenge of delivering consistent technology implementations across diverse geographic areas, with different and constrained resource pools, and ever more compressed schedules. Development of technology design … Read more

Technology Consultant Versus MEPT: Which is the Better Value?

Many sizable MEP (Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing) firms offer technology consulting as part of an “MEPT” (MEP+Technology) practice. Within a combined scope of services from an MEPT firm, the cost for technology consulting appears lower than from a technology consultant like TEECOM. MEPTs will often claim a client is getting the same service at a lower price … Read more

Technology That Supports a Safe Return to the Office in the Era of COVID-19

As we look toward an eventual return to working in physical offices, many have speculated about what a post-COVID-19 workplace will look like. Will we have a greater proportion of workers engaging remotely? Will we reduce the density of our open offices? Will we remove seats from conference rooms to ensure everyone can sit a safe … Read more

Thermal Imaging is not a COVID-19 Solution

Suppose you’re the owner of a small business, a local bakery supplying various restaurant customers and local grocers, employing 200 people. You provide an essential product, and your business is an important source of fresh baked goods for the community. Now, because of this pandemic, you can no longer procure health safety products (gloves, masks, hair-nets, … Read more

Don’t Forget to Commission Your Technology Systems

Building commissioning (Cx) is a relatively new but now frequently used quality assurance method. Owners typically contract a certified commissioning authority (CxA) to perform independent oversight of engineered systems, ideally through conception, design, procurement, functional testing, acceptance, warranty, and one year of operation. Independent from the design engineer, a CxA flags issues or opportunities for improvement … Read more

Lobby Security: Making a Welcoming Experience

Co-authored by Jarod Stockdale We’ve all experienced the scenario of entering the lobby of a commercial office building and finding ourselves bouncing around between security stations that feel designed to ensure you arrive at your destination 20 minutes late and exasperated. Technology can seem like the necessary evil, but if designed and coordinated properly, it can … Read more