Category Archives: Electronic Environments Corporation

The Weather Outside is Frightful – Make Sure Your Data Center Is Prepared

As originally written and published on Data Center POST

imgresIt’s that time of year again…winter is almost upon us.  For many data center operators, this means preparing servers and other equipment for the colder temperatures and low winter humidity that lie ahead.  Environmental adjustments are critical to maintaining stable operating conditions and the safety of your equipment, and as such, it’s important to be prepared.

Ed Meier of Electronic Environments to Speak at AFCOM Data Center World National Harbor 2015

EEC’s Vice President of Strategic Solutions to Present “Squeezing Every Penny from Your OPX Budget” September 21st

EEC LogoMARLBOROUGH, MA September 15, 2015 Electronic Environments, LLC (EEC), a leader in mission-critical construction and facility management, today announces that Ed Meier, the company’s Vice President of Strategic Solutions, will present at AFCOM Data Center World National Harbor 2015 in National Harbor, Maryland. His presentation, “Squeezing Every Penny from Your OPX Budget”, will take place Monday September 21 at 11:40am inside Woodrow Wilson B as part of the conference’s Practical Leadership track.

EEC Welcomes Rob Nichols as Vice President of Strategic Solutions

Electronic Environment Infrastructure SolutionsElectronic Environments Corporation (EEC) recently announced the hire of 30-year industry veteran Rob Nichols as Vice President of Strategic Solutions within the Mission-Critical Construction Services Division.  His role will include strategic business development and key account management across three major verticals: healthcare, finance, and life sciences.  EEC’s Mission-Critical Construction Services team has experience in the design and construction of over 20 million sq. ft. of mission-critical data center space.

Electronic Environments Corporation Hires Ed Meier as Vice President of Strategic Solutions

Meier Responsible for Growth of Mission-Critical Facility Services

Electronic Environments Corporation

MARLBOROUGH, MA – April 21, 2015 Electronic Environments Corporation (EEC), a leader in mission-critical facility design, build and maintenance services for nearly three decades, announces the hire of industry veteran Ed Meier as Vice President of Strategic Solutions.  Mr. Meier’s engagement marks the fifth critical appointment made at EEC since July, 2014.

Let Your Data Center Grow Efficient, Not Old

By: Kevin O’Brien, President – Mission Critical Construction Services Division, EEC

Electronic Environment Infrastructure SolutionsWith growing costs of energy in their facilities, energy conservation seems to be on the top of the priority list for many data center operators.  According to Datacenter Journal and other industry sources, today’s data centers consume approximately 3% of global electricity and produce 200 million metric tons of CO2.  And with the imminent growth of the Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data, social media and cloud computing, our reliance on these energy hogs shows no signs of subsiding.  While companies strategize new ways to reduce the astronomical cost required to power today’s data centers, they now also have to factor in a more long-term concern – their facilities’ impact on the environment.  One quick way to improve data center efficiency is through the optimization of environmental parameters, specifically Computer Room Air Conditioning (CRAC) / Computer Room Air Handler (CRAH) units.

2015 Data Center Infrastructure Trends

By: Kenneth Rapoport, Founder and CEO, Electronic Environments Corporation (EEC)

Electronic Environment Infrastructure SolutionsThrough my experience and hands-on approach to running Electronic Environments Corp. (EEC) for 28 years, I’ve witnessed what can make or break a facility. During this time I’ve seen trends within the industry – some that stuck and others that dissipated.

Kevin O’Brien of Electronic Environments Corporation to Lead Panel Discussion at DatacenterDynamics Enterprise USA in New York City

Electronic Environment Infrastructure SolutionsMission-Critical Construction Services President to Explore “Will 380V DC Power in the Data Center Gain Traction?” on March 17

MARLBOROUGH, MA February 26, 2015 Electronic Environments Corporation (EEC), a leader in mission-critical construction and facility management, today announces that Kevin O’Brien, its President of Mission-Critical Construction Services, will moderate a panel at DatacenterDynamics (DCD) Enterprise USA, taking place March 17-18, 2015 at the New York Marriott Marquis in Times Square.

Mr. O’Brien will join fellow data center experts from Bloom Energy, Steel Orca, NTT Facilities, Inc. and Credit Suisse on the panel “Will 380V DC Power in the Data Center Gain Traction?” to discuss the challenges and benefits of Direct Current (DC) power in the data center environment as well as what it could mean for the future of alternative energy resources within mission-critical facilities. The panel, part of the event’s Critical Environment Track, will explore the prevalence and locations of 380V DC data center facilities as well as compare DC and Alternating Current (AC) power costs or efficiency. Taking place at 11:20 AM on Tuesday, March 17, this discussion will also offer audience members expert insight into 380 V DC and its effects on data center services and maintenance; safety factors (working in a ‘live’ environment); implementation within existing versus new facilities; integration with alternative energy sources; and more.

Data Center Trends, Looking Back and Forward

As originally published in Electric Environments Infrastructure Solutions written by By Kevin O’Brien, President, Mission Critical Construction Services, EEC

My experience in the data center industry goes back to the nineteen-eighties while working as a facilities manager for a large financial services company headquartered in NYC. Data centers were commonly located in New York City in the same building where their trading and office spaces were located.

The 1980s and 1990s
Obrien3In 1988, we built our first remote site data center facility outside NYC, dedicated to only data and telecommunications. The site was an old ITT communication HUB in New Jersey that used to house the link for the ‘Hot Line’ between Washington DC and Moscow. Everything was pretty much analog in those days. Having the remote site allowed us to increase the redundancy and reliability of the electrical and mechanical systems. There was no Tier-certification system back then, but we were able to meet what would now be considered an equivalent of a Tier II standard on the electrical and even went to the equivalent of 2N on the UPS. The load-in data centers back then ranged from only 35 to 50 watts per square feet maximum. More and more companies began choosing remote sites throughout the 90s as fiber and demands for more computers at a higher reliability grew. It was not surprising that in 1989, the 7×24 Exchange started to publish articles and share common experiences on how to improve reliability. Then in the early 90s, The Uptime Institute was born, as was the creation and administration of the widely adopted, “Tier certifications”.

Advancements in 380VDC Power Offer Data Centers New Opportunities to Reduce Energy Loss and Improve Reliability

Originally posted by Jim Stark, P.E. Principal of Engineering, Electronic Environments Corporation

Electronic Environment Infrastructure SolutionsWith promises of increased energy efficiency and reliability, the idea of using DC power in the data center is not a new one. But, advancements today in the distribution system make it more viable than ever.

Enhance Data Center Efficiency and Reduce Energy Costs through Accurate, Comprehensive Data Center Diagnostics

 By: Greg Dumas, Construction Operations Manager, Electronic Environments Corporation 

Electronic Environment Infrastructure SolutionsRealizing efficiency and cost-savings across data center operations has become top-of-mind for data centers operators and managers.  The Uptime Institute estimates that today’s power-hungry data center environments collectively consume approximately three percent of all global electricity production.  As the price of energy continue to rise, many operators are searching for new methods, technologies and strategies to save on electricity costs.