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The Right Way and the Wrong Way to Address DCOI

Originally published to LinkedIn PULSE,

symmetrical futuristic modern server room in the data center withEarlier this month, the federal government put some real teeth into the mandate to improve efficiency and reduce waste within the massive network of government-owned data centers. By September of 2018, government agencies must take concrete steps to monitor their power-intensive infrastructure and implement energy improvement solutions if they wish to continue operating their own data centers. The Data Center Optimization Initiative (DCOI) will drive many data center managers to close inefficient sites, and others to move aggressively to the cloud. The balance will either enhance their own sites, migrate into shared space, or outsource data center services to commercial colocation providers. (more…)

Floor Utilization Effectiveness: The Data Center Design Metric You’re Not Considering

By Steve Altizer, President, Compu Dynamics, LLC

Steve AltizerAs a service provider to the colocation industry, we see the interiors of many wholesale, large retail and retail data centers both in the mid-Atlantic and around the country.  While power density design parameters have been slowly growing over time, the rate at which rack densities are increasing is clearly outpacing the rise in facility density (W / square foot). (more…)

CompuQuarterly Q2 2015

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Compu Quarterly: Q2 2015
Save Energy & Money with CRAH/CRAC Retrofits. Rebates Are Available!
Before in-row and other close-coupled cooling strategies were introduced 10 years ago, most data center facilities were built using perimeter-style CRAH (computer room air handler) and CRAC (computer room air conditioner) systems. Even today, larger enterprise, colocation, and cloud sites use downflow perimeter unitswith raised access floors for air distribution.
Save Over 50% in Energy Costs
Many people don’t realize, however, that today’s perimeter CRAH/CRAC is very different from those installed a few years ago. Variable speed EC (electronically commutated) fans and intelligent control systems enable today’s designs to more efficiently match a data center’s cooling demand.
So, how do you know if your system is performing efficiently?
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Client Spotlight: CyrusOne. Interview with Chris Napier, Facility Manager
CyrusOne supports the most demanding global customers with flexible and scalable colocation solutions using proven, innovative technologies.
What does Compu Dynamics do for CyrusOne? They’re a full-service provider for us. They’ve done structured cabling and power installations, general construction, security installs, and physical cage wall installs. They literally are our go-to for everything that comes up—especially when there’s an emergency and we need a quick response.
What made you decide to work with Compu Dynamics? How did you hear about them?

We’re new to the market, so one of our business development managers who had been in the market for years already knew Lee and Steve, and he recommended that we talk to them. They fill the gaps that we need.
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Compu Dynamics to Sponsor Bisnow DICE. Where the Nation's Data Center Execs Meet
Compu Dynamics is a sponsor at the 2015 Bisnow DICE Data Center Investment Conference & Expo. Held on July 15 in Tyson’s Corner, Virginia, this conference offers the nation’s data center executives the chance to network and meet with companies like Compu Dynamics.
This year, speakers will discuss the shift to the cloud, construction trends, the growing popularity of co-location, higher levels of cybersecurity, consolidation pressure, fiber trends, the value of energy savings, and more.
Stop by the Compu Dynamics booth and say hi to Steve, Lee, Brian Ducharme, Brian Boswell, Mark, and Kelly!
In addition, Compu Dynamics is sponsoring the following upcoming conferences:
September 16-17: Washington, DC & Mid-Atlantic Data Center Summit September 20-23: AFCOM/Data Center World November 18: Capital Buildings, Engineering, and Facility Maintenance Show
Project Spotlight: Fairfax County, VA, Parking Garage
Compu Dynamics recently worked with Fairfax County, Virginia, to retrofit their parking garage lights to LED lights. We replaced hundreds of outdated, not-so-environmentally-friendly light bulbs with more energy-efficient LEDs—also reducing the number of fixtures. This project reduced the energy used by about 60 percent, saving the county a significant amount of energy and money.
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Employee Spotlight: Jim Cobb, Director of Electrical Operations
You recently joined Compu Dynamics. What brought you there? What’s your background? The opportunity to join a positive work environment that fosters teamwork and mutual respect. I’ve been in the commercial electrical industry for 30 years—the last 20 years have been in the data center arena, working in both traditional and modular data centers. My experience ranges from complete design build data centers to small, pod-style build-outs.
What does your role as Director of Electrical Operations entail? Complete management of the electrical division, to include managing our existing clients, new business development, project management, and some estimating and technical support for the field staff.
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Need Mechanical & Electrical Services? We've got you covered.
From regular monitoring and maintenance to emergency diagnostics and repair services, Compu Dynamics offers complete mechanical and electrical services to keep your facility performing at its best.
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Save Energy & Money with CRAH/CRAC Retrofits

Rebates Are Available!

Save 50 percent

Before in-row and other close-coupled cooling strategies were introduced 10 years ago, most data center facilities were built using perimeter-style CRAH (computer room air handler) and CRAC (computer room air conditioner) systems. Even today, larger enterprise, colocation, and cloud sites use downflow perimeter units with raised access floors for air distribution.

Many people don’t realize, however, that today’s perimeter CRAH/CRAC is very different from those installed a few years ago.  Variable speed EC (electronically commutated) fans and intelligent control systems enable today’s designs to more efficiently match a data center’s cooling demand.

So…what if you’re the proud owner of a handful of 3- to 15-year-old computer room AC units with legacy controls and traditional squirrel cage fans? Call Compu Dynamics, of course. We may be able to retrofit your equipment with upgraded digital controls and network your systems together so they perform as a team. In utility lingo, upgrades like this are often called “custom retrofits,” and they can save you up to 30 percent of your energy bill. Even better, we may be able to replace those old, belt-driven fans with modern, direct-drive EC fans. When implemented together, we’ve seen savings of over 50 percent in energy costs. For a single AC unit, this upgrade can put thousands of dollars back into your organization’s pocket every year.

This isn’t even the best part. Many utility companies offer rebates to customers who invest in energy reduction technologies—even paying 50 percent of the cost! Rebates vary from one area to another, but several local power providers will pay half of the total cost of the upgrade. Utilities are highly motivated to spend their money to reduce the amount of your money that is spent on energy, so let them do it! Their contribution could double your return on investment (ROI) and make you a superstar in the eyes of your Chief Financial Officer (CFO).

Find out more! Call 703-796-6070 and ask for one of Compu Dynamics’ Account Managers.

CompuQuarterly Q1 2015

Compu Quarterly: Q1 2015
Is Your Data Center Performing At Its Best? Compu Dynamics Introduces Professional Data Center Assessments

Although colocation and cloud services are growing in popularity, it’s reported that the vast majority of all data center IT assets are still housed within private enterprise and government agency data centers. The operators of these facilities, affectionately referred to as “server huggers,” are often hesitant to make the move due to concerns about security, performance, cost, and convenience.

Compu Dynamics has provided services to thousands of those sites in the Mid-Atlantic region over the past 33 years. We’ve seen just about everything-the good, the bad, and sometimes, the ugly. This makes us ideally suited to offer a new Data Center Assessment service that’s designed specifically for those who operate an in-house data center.

We’ll tell you how your site compares with other facilities in the area, and we’ll identify opportunities for operational and energy savings as well as points of potential failure. If needed, we can also help you plan and implement your next data center, whether it’s in your own space or in a colo facility.

To schedule your Data Center Assessment, call Compu Dynamics at 703-796-6070, and ask for one of our Technical Consultants.

Is Your Data Center Prepared For A Zombie Invasion?

When you’re faced with downtime, data isn’t available to your customers, which generally means that business—yours and your customers’-stops. This can quickly get expensive. So whether it’s a blizzard or zombies, you’d better have a disaster recovery plan in place.

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First, take an operational risk assessment of your building and its key operating components, including its location, power generation, HVAC, critical systems, network infrastructure, security, work space, fire protection, building floors and walls, and utilities. After you’ve identified potential risks to operations, prioritize the risk scenarios (e.g., fire, flood, earthquake, hurricane, vandalism) in order of severity, potential damage, and likelihood of occurrence. This will help you determine the order of your plan’s response activities, based on the situation.
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Did You Know? We’re on the GSA Schedule!

Government data center operators! You can get fast, reliable access to Compu Dynamics’ mission-critical products, services, and solutions simply by using our GSA Schedule contracts.

Since 2009, we’ve provided HVAC and electrical products and services for government clients across the country through our three GSA Schedule contracts:

  • Facility Maintenance and Management (FAC 03)
  • IT Equipment and Services (Schedule 70)
  • Buildings and Building Materials (Schedule 56)

Our Schedules are not simply for buying products. Compu Dynamics has the unique ability to provide installation, maintenance, and 24/7 emergency repair services using our trained staff of mechanical and electrical technicians. We can even staff your facility, if needed.

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We’re All About Partnerships

Compu Dynamics partners with most of the leading manufacturers in the mission-critical industry.

No matter what brand/type of equipment you have, our in-house, field-tested, factory-trained mechanical and electrical data center experts can offer plenty of options for custom, design-build solutions. We stay up-to-date on the latest technologies so we can offer the right solution every time. Often, our service and installation teams are hired directly by manufacturers to ensure that their customers’ products are installed promptly, started properly, and operated efficiently over the long term.

A few of our partners include:

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Employee Spotlight: Robin Flanigan

Education: Eastern Michigan University

Home town: Wyandotte, Michigan

Favorite book: The Talisman by Stephen King and Peter Straub

How long have you worked at Compu Dynamics? I came to Compu Dynamics in October 2011 during the merger with Loudoun Electric. I had just started with Loudoun in July 2011.

What’s a typical day like at Compu Dynamics? Some days are routine and some are more fast-paced—a day is never exactly what you plan. I’ve had a variety of responsibilities since I started, including accounts payable, licensing, and vehicle tracking. Currently, I mainly do payroll, some HR, accounts receivable, billing, purchase orders, job set up, contract and government billing, and research. I also help answer the door and phones, take shipments in the warehouse when necessary, and assist employees at any given time. Accounting isn’t just paying bills and handling payroll—there’s no typical day. And it continues to change as our team grows.
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