Recent Posts by Rob Coyle

What Is the Open Compute Project (OCP) and How Is It Revolutionizing the IT Industry?

Data center architects are continually developing new strategies to make data centers more efficient, easier to integrate and scale. However, when designing a data center, you often have to mix and match switches, servers, storage components and other hardware, which makes it more difficult to design for superior performance or better energy efficiency. The Open Compute Project (OCP) was created to form a global community where vendors can collaborate on designs, specifications, and lessons learned from data center projects to ultimately make computer hardware more efficient, scalable, and versatile.

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How to Shape Your Green Energy Goals, Starting with the Data Center

Energy conservation is a universal concern, especially with the impact that fossil fuels are having on the environment. Due to data centers being among the biggest consumers of energy, adopting green energy strategies as part of data center design and operations will result in fewer carbon emissions and substantial energy savings. Within this space, data center architects and operators are finding new ways to reduce energy demand and identify alternative energy sources to promote greener data centers.

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8 Ways Technology Is Expected to Revolutionize the Construction Industry

Technology continues to have a substantial impact on building techniques and construction trends.  Whether it’s digital technology, computers, wireless networking or other critical innovations, the goals are always the same—cut costs, shorten time to completion and increase safety. In addition, technological innovations are helping many companies deal with endemic problems, such as the growing national skilled labor shortage

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Why Effective Data Center Design Requires Vendor-Agnostic Partners

When it comes to data center design, you want flexibility as well as economy. Any data center design will require upgrades and changes over time, so you want to be sure that all the components meet your center’s specification and can be swapped out as needed. That’s why when you are designing a data center, you want to be sure to work with vendors that use standardized technology and are truly vendor-agnostic.

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Understanding the Pros and Cons of Prefabricated Electrical Power Distribution Solutions

The concept of using prefabricated components in construction certainly is not new, but with new technologies and techniques, it continues to become more cost-effective and efficient. In the realm of electrical power distribution systems, we have seen preconstruction and prefabrication grow in popularity. This is due to the rise of new building information management (BIM) systems that make it easier to plan out wiring in advance, as well as the increasing demand for greener building strategies with a smaller footprint. Those who have not worked with factory-built electrical power distribution systems before, will find that the benefits keep stacking up.

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6 Key Data Center Trends as We Head into 2020

Nothing seems to change as fast as technology, and that includes data center trends. As demand for more analytics, data processing, and storage increases, data center infrastructures have to adapt. As a result, we are seeing new developments, such as modular micro data centers (MMDC), hyperscale data centers, and new modular data center designs. Here are just a few of the data center trends we see coming in 2020.

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Key Benefits of a Modular Data Center

As businesses become more data-driven, demand for ready access to computing power continues to expand. Due to this climate, data centers are in extremely high demand. However, setting up a data center is not a trivial task. In addition to constructing a secure building, you have to install cooling systems, wiring, redundant power, high-speed data connections, and more. And while you are waiting for that new data center, your business may be losing its competitive edge, due to a lack of access to critical data and analytics. The faster you can get your data center up and running, the sooner you can make data-driven business decisions.

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Commercial and Legal Considerations in Modular Construction

Modular construction in commercial, industrial and datacenter projects is rapidly displacing on-site “stick built” construction methods.  Modular systems are factory built “off-site” and then transported by truck to the jobsite for installation.  This construction methodology has always been the wave of the future but most recently it has become mainstream.

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How to Implement a Modular Construction Solution

 As I wrote in a previous article, modular electrical solutions allow us to improve construction. If you can change the process, you can save more money and time over the conventional approach. In this article, I will give you an overview of how a modular electrical solutions provider like PCX gets involved in the construction process.

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When Modular Electrical Construction Won't Work

Modular construction has been touted as the cure for many of today's construction problems. Unfortunately, the skilled labor shortage, rising costs, and tightening schedules will not be solved by just buying a modular solution.

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