Is On-prem Dead? Why the Cloud is Heading to the Stratosphere

As part of our blog, we have created a space for our team to voice their thoughts, insights on their technical expertise, and trends in the industry. Team members are encouraged to provide their points of view and let their voices be heard through content submissions. This article was written by Nick Orlowski, Associate Principal, located … Read more

Closing the Skill Gap in Mission Critical Education

Shaun Barnes, CNIDP, CDCDP, CTPM and Sherif Sabry, CDCDP contributed to this article. We recently published a blog post addressing the competition for talent within the ever-expanding Mission Critical industry. When writing the post, it became apparent that the lack of direct Mission Critical knowledge and training is what is fueling the competition for talent between clients … Read more

Addressing the Talent Tug of War Within the Mission Critical Market

Those who work in the Mission Critical industry are already aware of its tremendous year-over-year growth. The demand for cloud services is reaching an all-time high and it is estimated that global spending on data center systems will grow to $226 billion in 2022! Though this rapid growth shines light on an exciting future to come, … Read more

Hyperscale Data Centers

Why Technology Consultants Are Needed in Hyperscale Data Centers

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. They are 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 … 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

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

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

Technology Consultant Versus MEP-T: Which is the Better Value?

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

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