Power Utility in the Data Center

By Dan Fanning The power for a data center, as with everything else, comes from its electric utility. The utility generates power from any number of burning and turning means. The utility then distributes the power across the transmission network to its customers. Our concern at EDI focuses mainly on electrical capacity and the reliable delivery of the power the client needs to run the data center. In this article, we are not going to concern ourselves with specifics of…

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Smart Buildings of the Future

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By Mark McComb The term “Smart Building” is used quite frequently to describe a facility that is energy “conscious” and can adapt to the changing needs of the occupants as well as the changing availability of the required energy to operate the building. By definition, a truly intelligent building should be able to vary its state or action in response to fluctuating situations, changing requirements, and past experience. This is the future of smart buildings, and it relates to…

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Lessons Learned: The Big Move

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By: Andy Parsons No matter how hard you plan, the days leading up to a big office or patient move are filled with stress, anxiety and anticipation. Will the move be a success or an utter failure? You’ve done all you can to prepare. It’s time. Recently, EDI worked with St. Mary’s Medical Center in Grand Junction to build out the remaining four shell floors of their Century Tower. In July, the final two floors were completed and ready…

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Data Center Outages: Three Decades of Lessons Learned

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By: Jeremy Gilbertson EDI has been in business for 30 years and in that time, we have seen just about everything in the data center world. Any data center expert worth their salt has been in the middle of an outage scenario, but for me, one particular experience will always stand out. The quality of day that a data center operator experiences can be affected by a multitude of factors. However, the appearance of TV news vans in the data…

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Data Center Readiness: The Basement Office

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By: Jeremy Gilbertson   Healthcare data center requirements have quickly grown from low density IT environments to high-density, high resiliency environments. The main problem, in most cases, is that many hospitals are still dealing with the same compromised room on campus that they’ve had since before the term “data center” was coined. These rooms are usually in the basement and not conducive to support the IT loads and critical cooling requirements driven by the converged infrastructure of healthcare IT….

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Improving the Patient Care Experience Through Technology

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By: Mike Maselli Enhancing the patient experience is a major focus for today’s healthcare providers. Leveraging technology is one solution that can greatly improve the patient throughput and the overall patient experience. RTLS (Real-time Locating System) and Bluetooth beacons are being implemented now to help hospitals reduce wait times and improve patient flow. Both the patients and care team wear these lightweight badges that emit low powered RFID signals. These badges help the care team know at any time…

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What Are Your Data Center Concerns?

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By: Jeremy Gilbertson   Data center decisions are complex. Data center growth can be a moving target. The market is littered with countless solutions that have potential to either solve your challenges or introduce risk and inefficiency. Our job is to apply our expertise, communicate with the market and find solutions that meet your challenges. As IT, Facilities and Executives work to solve the puzzle, they are confronted with questions like: Does my current data center portfolio meet the…

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The Future of Healthcare: Takeaways from ASHE Annual Conference

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“Thinking out of the box”: Future trends in healthcare discussed at the ASHE Annual Conference By: Carl Emery I recently returned from a wonderful trip to Chicago to attend the 51st ASHE Annual Conference. I was glad to see that the event was well attended, and everyone was eager to learn more about the state of the Healthcare Industry especially how providers respond to the new challenges. The Conference title was, “Survival of the Fittest”. A fitting name for…

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Tales From A Data Center Owner

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You know you’re good, now prove it! By: Rich Jordan Data Center Facilities Management is a role that I wouldn’t wish on the inexperienced and unprepared. After 25 years of operating these power hungry, heat belching monsters, I’ve learned that even 125 years would never be enough time to say you’ve seen it all. I can say without reservation, that I’ve seen enough to know that Murphy’s not so distant and more data center-minded cousin, is always lurking nearby and…

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The Impact of Low E Glass on Your New Building

Are you prepared for BYOD (bring your own device) in your new facility? Is your new low e glass blocking an outside cell signal? By: Mark McComb One key element of building communications and technology system design within a building is the trend for people to BYOD (Bring Your Own Device). This not only impacts a client’s wireless network, but their ability to support cellular service within a building. There is an expectation with today’s workforce that their smartphones…

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