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Nov 30 2010   5:43PM GMT

Top ten data center facilities stories of 2010

Matt Stansberry Matt Stansberry Profile: Matt Stansberry

Here is a list of the top data center facilities stories and tips from in 2010:

NFPA drops data center EPO requirement
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) worked with data center industry leaders to come up with an alternative to the data center emergency power off EPO button.

Uptime Institute rolls out data center Operational Sustainability standard
The Uptime Institute unveiled a new data center standard, Data Center Operational Sustainability, which will help data center pros benchmark their team’s staffing, processes and more.

Getting started with hot or cold-aisle containment
Is containment right for you? Should you do hot-aisle containment or cold-aisle containment? Should you do it yourself or buy vendor products? What about fire code issues? How do you measure whether containment actually worked as hoped? Find out in this article.

Taking a look at Kyoto Cooling
The Kyoto wheel seems to have solved the challenges of air-side free cooling in the data center. Although it has been well proven since its introduction in 2007, the innovations that make the Kyoto wheel such an energy-efficient cooling device have not been well understood.

California faces data center consolidation challenges
When IT pros talk about California’s planned data center consolidation, they often use the word aggressive to describe the timeline. Indeed, some think the timeline is so aggressive that it could render the consolidation project impossible.

Biodiesel causing data center backup problems
Some states require the use of biodiesel over traditional petro-diesel — mandates that are designed to wean states off petrol dependence and move toward more environmentally sustainable fuels. But these alternatives pose risks. Derived from vegetable oils or animal fat instead of petroleum, biofuel blends can increase water and biological contaminants in fuel supplies.

Where to turn for data center design standards?
The Uptime Institute, BICSI and TIA all have produced data center design reference standards, and in this tip our expert parses out how each standard can work for your data center.

Will a transformerless UPS work for your data center?
Over the past five to seven years, the transformerless UPS has come to dominate the smaller three-phase (30 kVA and under) marketplace. These units are much smaller, lighter and lower in cost than the previous generation of transformer-based units. What are the tradeoffs?

Dr. Bob Sullivan on the future of data center cooling
In this Q&A, Dr. Bob, the father of hot-aisle cold-aisle, weighs in on containment, variable frequency drive fans, and other data center cooling issues.

Microsoft vs. Facebook: Data center container smack down
Microsoft data center mastermind Christian Belady debates now Facebook data center manager Chuck Goolsbee over containerized versus brick-and-mortar data center design.

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