Hyperspeed for Hyperscale: Speeding up data center projects
Dave Sterlace presented ideas for speeding up data center upgrade projects called, "Hyperscale: Speeding up data center projects."
At Automation & Power World 2015 in Houston, Dave Sterlace, ABB’s Market Development Manager for Data Centers and Critical Power, presented ideas for speeding up data center upgrade projects called, “Hyperspeed for Hyperscale: Speeding up data center projects”
A few topics that Dave covered were:
- When to upgrade?
- Cost of downtime/cost of upgrades
- Time is of the essence
- Prefab isn’t just for shipping containers
- Total solutions
When to upgrade?
Knowing when to upgrade requires industrial-class, real-time visibility and performance metering of both IT and facility systems, including status change, predictive maintenance, energy consumption, environmental and physical data from any location. ABB’s Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) is a solution.
Dave mentioned a few tools to begin an upgrade, including:
- Building Information Modeling (BIM), a process involving the generation and management of digital representations of physical and functional characteristics of places
- National Electric Code (NEC)
- Restriction of Hazardous Materials (RoHS), which originated in the European Union and restricts the use of six hazardous materials found in electrical and electronic products.
- Material Safety Data Sheet(s) (MSDS). In the U.S., the Occupational Safety and Health Administration requires that MSDSs be available to employees for potentially harmful substances handled in the workplace under the Hazard Communication regulation.
Cost of downtime/cost of upgrades
The typical hourly cost of downtime by industry (in US Dollars):
Brokerage Service – 6.48 millin
Energy – 2.8 million
Telecom – 2.0 million
Manufacturing – 1.6 million
Retail – 1.1 million
Sources: Network Computing, the Meta Group, and Contingency Planning Research
Time is of the essence
Prefab isn’t just for shipping containers
Dave stated that prefabricated solutions can offer quicker solutions to data center power needs. One example is ABB’s UL1558 Abbreviated Switchgear. The switchgear offers:
- Modular design for quick deployment
- Configurable to match existing lineups
- 100kAIC bracing
- Up to 10kA through bus
UL 1558 Abbreviated Switchgear
Dave wrapped up by discussing some advantages to ABB’s DCIM offering, and how it can help solve companies’ need to speed
- DCIM can help with complexity and timing of upgrades
- BIM and online toolbox are invaluable for planning
- Break fix is the most expensive strategy for upgrades
- Breaker retrofit can significantly upgrade functionality without the lead time and expense of new power infrastructure
- Innovative construction components speed projects and lower installed costs
- Prefab solutions for metal framing and wire management streamline time and remove errors during projects