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Data Center Power: Best Guide to Efficient Power Management

Last Updated on May 25, 2022 by Alterum Data Center Experts Your business and its operational needs can’t afford to take such information about data centers or their power efficiency needs for granted. every concept of the data center had to incrementally increase in size, function, and power efficiency since the dawn of the internet

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Immersion Cooling: Development & Implementation Guide

Last Updated on April 6, 2022 by Alterum Data Center Experts Data has become the lifeblood of commerce. There’s a problem, though—the heat generated by technology is starting to push legacy cooling systems past their limits. As a result, companies are seeing the necessity of digital transformation to accomplish their goals. With next-gen applications like

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Data Center Fire Suppression: Overview & Protection Guide

Last Updated on April 6, 2022 by Alterum Data Center Experts A fire can cause significant damage, especially in a data center. All of that data and equipment could be lost. If you want to protect your data center, you need to have an adequate fire suppression plan, which can help prevent a fire from

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Best Guide to Data Storage Management [2022]

Last Updated on April 6, 2022 by Alterum Data Center Experts In today’s world, effective data storage management is vital. However, regulatory compliance and security have made data storage more complex and challenging. As data volumes continue to grow, how can you effectively store them? Managers and administrators must understand the tools and procedures for

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CRAC and CRAH Cooling Unit HVAC Differences Explained

Last Updated on April 6, 2022 by Alterum Data Center Experts Are you currently designing your data center and trying to determine which cooling system is best for your enterprise? Your air conditioning system is just as critical to your server performance as the servers themselves.  Data centers need year-round 24/7 cooling in conditions where

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8 Data Center Trends Changing the Industry in 2022

Last Updated on April 11, 2022 by Alterum Data Center Experts The data center industry is ever-changing, leaving many professionals wondering what lies ahead in 2022. We’ve identified eight trends that are most likely to impact the industry this year, and we want to offer you a high-level view of what’s happening and what changes

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Green Data Centers & Sustainability: Outlook for 2022

Last Updated on March 30, 2022 by Alterum Data Center Experts Data centers are powerhouses of potential. They’re also rather unfriendly to the environment and are responsible for a wealth of harmful emissions every year. Sustainable data centers may seem like an odd phrase, but the truth of the matter is quite different. More businesses

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10 Best Data Center Migration Practices [2022]

Last Updated on March 30, 2022 by Alterum Data Center Experts For many people, data center migrations are scary. There is little room for error with all those moving parts and pieces. But remember that a data center migration is just the moving of computing assets or applications from one place to another. Take a

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Data Center Capacity Planning [Ultimate Guide]

Last Updated on March 30, 2022 by Alterum Data Center Experts Data centers house large amounts of data and critical applications equipment. They are the powerhouse of the digital world. Data centers act like banks. Like how a business trusts a bank to store large amounts of money, data centers house companies’ essential communication and

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On-Premise Data Centers vs. Colocation Guide

Last Updated on March 30, 2022 by Alterum Data Center Experts Technology infrastructure is quickly becoming the backbone of the business world. The specific hardware, software, and data capacity configuration is what powers your business. And as technological innovation transforms the way businesses operate, infusing automation, data-driven decision making, and artificial intelligence capabilities into everyday

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Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE): A Complete Guide

Last Updated on March 30, 2022 by Alterum Data Center Experts Today, data centers need adequate processing power to deliver services to their customers and support those vital applications. All of that hardware in the data center’s infrastructure requires a lot of power. For that reason, power efficiency is essential in a data center. By

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What is Arc Flash? What to Know for Prevention

Last Updated on March 30, 2022 by Alterum Data Center Experts Human beings have taken the convenience of electrical systems for granted since the 1890s. And ever since then, we have all taken for granted that electricity will always come out of every plug and port that powers our modern digital world. We don’t appreciate

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Types of Electrical Grounding Systems & Techniques

Last Updated on February 4, 2022 by Alterum Data Center Experts When working with high-powered electrical equipment and appliances, it’s essential to ensure that they are appropriately set up and wired to avoid potential safety hazards and other complications that could damage said equipment or nearby individuals. Electrical grounding systems are a commonly used tool

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Types of Cloud Computing & How They Differ [2022]

Last Updated on March 23, 2022 by Alterum Data Center Experts In the increasingly complex realm of technology, different words and unique terminology often get thrown around and interchanged with little consensus or regard to their singular meaning. This issue causes many problems for many people, from seasoned industry professionals to newbies trying to educate

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5 Reasons to Use Raised Flooring in Your Data Center

Last Updated on November 21, 2021 by Alterum Data Center Experts The raised floor data center concept is not new. IBM pioneered the first raised floor data system concept over 65 years ago. IBM developed its own proprietary and full-room-sized computer systems in the early 1950s. And within a few years, the burgeoning computer corporation

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How to Cool a Server Room Properly [2022]

Last Updated on November 21, 2021 by Alterum Data Center Experts Cooling your server room takes constant vigilance and strict adherence to safety measures. Without proper care, you run the risk of compromising your servers and mission-critical data. Server rooms need to be properly ventilated and temperature controlled to run efficiently and safely. But this

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Hot Site vs Cold Site: Differences You NEED to Know

Last Updated on November 21, 2021 by Alterum Data Center Experts The data center remains the core of our technology infrastructure. It’s how we stay connected to vital services that make our lives comfortable, safe, and efficient.  When a data center doesn’t work? It can cause several operations to grind to a screeching halt, costing

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How to Calculate 3 Phase Power Easily

Last Updated on November 21, 2021 by Alterum Data Center Experts Modern electrical systems are fairly reliable, and most of us don’t give them a second thought until they fail. But as we actively work to find alternative energy sources, working to become more sustainable by replacing carbon energy with greener methods, or simply delivering

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Understanding N, N+1, 2N Redundancy: What’s Right for You?

Last Updated on November 21, 2021 by Alterum Data Center Experts Data centers are in a constant state of adapting and changing. For instance, when a single server stops working – the entire world can feel like it stops turning. As such, data centers need reliable backups to keep businesses running in the event of

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What is HIPOT Testing? Dielectric Strength Test Explained

Last Updated on November 20, 2021 by Alterum Data Center Experts Electrical safety is paramount when crafting — or upgrading — technology. Despite all our advances, we still have to exercise extreme caution when conducting tests. The function of HIPOT testing is to test the voltage strength of a given application. This function allows engineers,

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What is a KVM Switch? 4 Category Buyer’s Guide

Last Updated on October 28, 2021 by Alterum Data Center Experts A Keyboard-Video-Mouse (KVM) switch allows users to access and control more than one computer with a single keyboard, mouse, and user station. The benefits of one user managing hundreds or potentially thousands of computers and servers from a single user station are apparent, but

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Single-Phase vs. Three-Phase Power [Ultimate Guide]

Last Updated on October 28, 2021 by Alterum Data Center Experts In the 21st Century, electricity has made life a lot easier for individuals and businesses. Today, you can find single-phase power supplies in small offices and residential homes. For large firms and industries, three-phase power supplies reign supreme. If you want to know the

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What Is a Power Distribution Unit (PDU)? 

Last Updated on October 28, 2021 by Alterum Data Center Experts As your organization and business evolves, so do your technology requirements. You will probably need more electrical outlets than you have in the building. While power strips are acceptable for homes, you might want to think about a PDU to keep everything powered up

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Understanding True, Reactive, & Apparent Power

Last Updated on October 28, 2021 by Alterum Data Center Experts Alternating current (AC) power is the type of power you use when you plug your technology into the wall, and it provides steady, reliable power generation for most applications. But the power that a circuit utilizes isn’t as straightforward as you might think. There

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Data Center Cabling Best Practices Guide [2021]

Last Updated on October 28, 2021 by Alterum Data Center Experts When it comes to data center cabling, there’s a lot to consider. Where do you lay your cable? What type of cable should you use? How can you create the most efficient system possible? Here are some best practices to utilize when planning your

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Data Center Infrastructure Management | DCIM Software

Last Updated on October 5, 2021 by Alterum Data Center Experts For any tech giant or company that houses a data center, it’s essential to ensure they remain efficient as they continue to collect data from various avenues. However, even with most companies’ technological solutions, it can still be challenging to streamline processes. So how

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Data Center Tiers: Guide to Tier Classification System

Last Updated on October 5, 2021 by Alterum Data Center Experts Data centers are a leading force that powers the global economy. They house the systems, devices, applications, and data that make it possible to do business in modern society. Specialists predict that the total number of data centers globally surpasses 8.4 million, with more

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Environmental Monitoring Systems: Best Practices

Last Updated on October 5, 2021 by Alterum Data Center Experts When your server is threatened, your entire data bank is at risk. Having a system in place to watch for potential threats is critical. Environment monitoring and having a solid strategy is the first step. This article will provide an overview of environmental monitoring

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Server Room Temperature: Guide to Important Ranges

Last Updated on October 5, 2021 by Alterum Data Center Experts Has your phone or computer ever overheated? Due to the rise of the device’s internal temperature, its capabilities became limited and led to immense frustration for you. However, it wasn’t the constant use of the device that increased its temperature; it was the external

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Data Center Colocation

What is a Colocation Data Center? Colocation Facilities Guide

Last Updated on October 5, 2021 by Alterum Data Center Experts The decision to move to a colocation data center must be considered in the context of operational reliability, security, and of course, cost. More companies are discovering that colocation solves many of their problems without managing their own data center. Businesses may use colocation

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Best Guide to Zinc Whiskers Remediation [Easy Removal]

Last Updated on October 9, 2021 by Alterum Data Center Experts Any company that has a data center knows how important it is to mitigate failure risks and maintain an efficient environment that promotes uptime. From layout design to temperature monitoring, there are various factors that can contribute to failures and outages. These disruptions can

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Server Room Humidity: Learn Critical Humidity Control

Server Room Humidity: Learn Critical Humidity Control

Last Updated on October 5, 2021 by Alterum Data Center Experts If your business has a data center or server room, you understand that it’s critical to maintain an optimal temperature and humidity level to ensure your equipment runs efficiently and safely. Several internal and external factors can influence your server room’s environment. But maintaining

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What is a Hyperscale Data Center

What is a Hyperscale Data Center? Full Hyperscale Breakdown

Last Updated on October 5, 2021 by Alterum Data Center Experts Over the past two decades, servers have become more powerful, and data center designers have a better ability to maximize the number of servers in a data center.  A few of the biggest technology companies globally are Google, IBM, Amazon, Netflix, Uber, and Facebook.

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Cooling Capacity

Cooling Capacity: Everything You Need to Know

Last Updated on October 5, 2021 by Alterum Data Center Experts It’s no secret that data centers use quite a lot of electricity. Considering the massive computing power they can fit onto a single data floor and the cooling infrastructure required to maintain an ideal operating environment, data centers consume approximately 3% of the world’s

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Data Center Cleaning Best Practices [2021]

Last Updated on August 21, 2021 by Alterum Data Center Experts Keeping data centers clean and ensuring that they are free of dust and debris is critical to ensure that their equipment continues running safely and effectively without encountering server issues, crashes and system failures, and potential fire outbreaks. The following is a selection of

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Data Center Dust Control & Cleaning | Data Center Vacuum

Last Updated on October 5, 2021 by Alterum Data Center Experts Why is it Critical to Keep Data Centers Free of Dust? Data centers and the advanced technology they contain are highly susceptible to a wide range of impacts caused by the presence of dust and other airborne particles. The dust has the power to

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Data Center Power Design: AVOID THESE MISTAKES

Last Updated on October 5, 2021 by Alterum Data Center Experts Effective power design in data centers is a critical component of their ability to work successfully and accurately without encountering a range of potentially disastrous issues, including instances of total power failure that lead to significant losses. Mistakes are pretty standard when creating optimal

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10 Data Center Cleaning Supplies & Tips

Last Updated on October 5, 2021 by Alterum Data Center Experts General Supplies & Tips for Effective Data Center Cleaning The presence of dirt, dust and other airborne particles in data centers can lead to many potential problems, including system failures, fires, and eventual hardware damage that requires costly repairs and replacements to correct. Because

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How to Calculate Data Center Cooling Needs

Last Updated on October 5, 2021 by Alterum Data Center Experts When it comes to running electrical equipment, especially the highly complex and powerful equipment found in data centers, heat generation is a normal side-effect that needs to be handled quickly and appropriately to prevent system disruptions and extensive damage to servers. Equipment may suddenly

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Server Room Cleaning Practices: Best Guide [2021]

Last Updated on October 5, 2021 by Alterum Data Center Experts Most businesses today spend substantial money on protecting their server rooms. It stores client information, contracts, financial transactions, sales analysis, and more. Spending time and money to increase security from outside threats is always essential. It’s hard to imagine what you would do if

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Data Center Energy Consumption

Understanding Data Center Energy Consumption

Last Updated on May 25, 2022 by Alterum Data Center Experts Think of data centers as the brains of the internet—they process, store, and communicate all of the data behind the services we rely on every day, from social media to scientific computing.  To do this, data centers use various IT devices, all of which

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Data Centers: What They Do & Why

Last Updated on May 25, 2022 by Alterum Data Center Experts If you are in the market to select a data center or rent a colocation facility for your business or service, you must understand a crucial point; the data center is the unseen and unheralded real estate facilitator of the digital world.  The general

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Data Center Cooling

Data Center Cooling 101: From Start to Finish

Last Updated on May 25, 2022 by Alterum Data Center Experts Most data centers use a lot of electricity, especially when you consider the amount of computing power that fits into a single data floor.  Because data centers can be so energy-intensive, it’s essential to have a sound data center cooling system in place. A

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Data Center Infrastructure: What You Need to Know

Last Updated on May 25, 2022 by Alterum Data Center Experts A data center’s infrastructure consists of two tiers of infrastructure: the exterior structure and internal components. The exterior infrastructure involves construction, external energy generation sources, and security. The internal infrastructure comprises computer systems, servers, cooling equipment, redundancy systems, and more. The depth of your

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