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  • Top Ten Ways to Protect Your Building and Pipes from the Polar Vortex

    Don't let this polar vortex get the best of you, be prepared for the cold with these ten ways to prepare and protect your building.  1. Don't Just Turn Off the Water  Drain the water from the pipe leading to the hose bibb and take off the hose if it is still attached to the fixture. 2. Winterize Your Irrigation System  If your irrigation sy...

  • Improving Network Reliability on a College Campus

    Montgomery College consists of over 45 buildings on three campuses in Maryland, serving approximately 55,000 students. From a network perspective, the College operates a point of presence (POP) at each campus, with the three sites connected via a high capacity fiber backbone. Unfortunately, the vast majority of building network infrastructure downstream of the POPs is supported by “N” power and...

  • Tranforming Telephone Closets into Modern Network Centers

    In most buildings constructed before the turn of the century, tenants are fighting a losing battle trying to adapt legacy analog telephone closets to serve today’s internet-enabled digital network equipment.  In the old days (1990’s), phone closets needed little-to-no ventilation, only a few inches of depth, and perhaps one electrical outlet.  Modern network centers (I call them network “center...

  • Key Considerations for White Space Builds

    By Steve Altizer, President - Compu Dynamics, LLC Hyperscale and multi-MW (Mega Watt) colocation deployments are driving the unprecedented development of dozens of large data centers.  Much of this growth has been focused around major cities such as Ashburn, Dallas, Phoenix, and Chicago, where network providers are able to share traffic.  Our experience with data center design and white spac...

  • The Proper Steps for a Successful Data Center Migration

    Data Center migrations are high profile projects because they are risky.  Worries about lost data and excessive downtime haunt executives, users and data center managers alike. Migrating your data center is a complex process that requires a high degree of coordination with little tolerance for failure.  The goals of any move are to:

    • Minimize or eliminate downtime during the move...

    • Infinity QS Network Closet Revitalization: A Case Study

      Due to recent mass migration to the cloud and an increase in colo facilities, on-premise data centers are far less common than they were just a few short years ago.  Those that remain are typically vital to their organization’s mission. For these mission critical data centers, and other on-premise facilities that serve as network closets, it’s crucial that IT infrastructure remains reliably con...

    • Can the Northern Virginia Data Center Continue to Grow?

      History of Northern Virginia Data Centers During the late 1960s, the U.S. Government began experimenting with fiber optic networking. It was Northern Virginia’s low-latency connections to the national fiber network backbone that positioned the area as the top market for network peering serving some of the world’s largest telecommunications firms. Over the last fifteen years,...

    • Where is the Edge and When are we Going to Build It?

      People are funny. It seems that everyone today needs to have change in their lives. It wasn’t long after the entire world got onboard with the idea of consolidating IT systems that people started talking about the need to decentralize again. Thousands of on premise data centers vaporized during the decade following the great recession. Today, hardly a day goes by without someone evangelizing...

    • Handling High Density Customers in Today’s Colo Environment

      Most major colocation facilities today are built with pressurized raised floor cooling systems. This type of air conditioning design is similar to those that have been in use supporting IT equipment for decades. Over this period of time, IT loads have risen, requiring more air volume to be delivered to the space. In the early days of computing, access floor heights were around twelve inches ...

    • Compu Dynamics, LLC Promotes Chris Lydick

      Compu Dynamics announced this week that they have promoted Chris Lydick to Director of Infrastructure Services Sterling, VA – Compu Dynamics, a leading provider of mission critical facility services, announced this week the promotion of Chris Lydick from Global Center Operations Manager to Director of Infrastructure Services. The new position will give Chris...