Category Archives: Electronic Environments Infrastructure Solutions

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.

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”.

Uptime Institute “Start With the End In Mind” Presentation at 7×24 Exchange Promotes Benefits of Operations-Focused Data Center Planning and Design

Originally posted by Electronic Environment Infrastructure Solutions

Electronic Environment Infrastructure SolutionsLast week at 7×24 Exchange in Boca Raton, The Uptime Institute presentation “Start With The End in Mind” promoted the methodology of leveraging Operations teams in the planning and design phases of data center construction, retrofits and upgrades.

As a company that has specialized in integrated, design, build and management of mission critical infrastructure for almost three decades, EEC couldn’t agree more!