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All You Need to Know About Tier Classification

Most every data center request for proposal or list of services will have technical terms like uptime and tier classification that can confuse a business. Here is a precise explanation of these terms so that you can make better and informed data center decisions. The tier classification was introduced by the Uptime Institute, which was …

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The CFO won’t approve two generators. How do I guarantee high data center uptime?

“We’re moving our headquarters and we need to do something about replacing our data center with a more reliable facility. We’ve discussed building a new data center at the new headquarters location. But the CFO won’t approve two generators. How do I guarantee high data center uptime?” A recent visitor to our data center spoke …

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Data Center Power Compartmentalization

Don’t Skip These Best Practices for Data Center Consolidation

Data center consolidation is quite similar to two people who have been living on their own at separate locations move together into the same house. Consolidation often results in the duplication of items and resources. Consolidation should ideally prevent redundancy, remove inactive components of data, and achieve a single face for the same data. Keeping …

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“Clouds are in the sky, and they’re connected wirelessly!”

Yesterday I toured a group of college interns through our downtown data center. I talked about how Lifeline Data Centers clients come from all types of industry: software, manufacturing, health care, retail, IT services, and professional services. I talked about reliable data center power and cooling, and how Lifeline’s high-tech landlord approach suits smart IT …

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99.995% uptime is 28 minutes of downtime per year or less

99.995% data center uptime, also known as “four and a half 9’s” is 28 minutes of downtime per year or less. That’s low downtime. But how do you achieve it? Rated-4 data centers are expected to deliver this level of uptime via two of everything in the power, cooling and telecom infrastructures. This “two of …

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The illusion of Data Center uptime

The illusion of data center uptime Most of the mid-size companies that visit our Midwest colocation facility already have a data center. It’s the one in their home office. These companies have built a data center inside the four walls to take advantage of real estate that is already leased, along with cheap, fast network …

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Does wholesale colocation simplify data center management?

Does wholesale colocation simplify data center management? Does outsourcing the facilities side of your data center make it easier to manage the data center? Consider the what it takes for 99.995% uptime enterprise data center facilities management: F5 tornado resistant data center building– for Midwest colocation Full data center power redundancy – multiple power feeds, …

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Is your in-house data center nickel and diming you to death?

Is your in-house data center nickel and diming you to death? Is your internal data center expensive to operate? Forget what’s in the racks. I’m not talking about servers, networking equipment and storage. I’m talking about facilities: your raised floor, your security, your power, your cooling, your telecommunications infrastructure and your fire suppression. How expensive …

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Data center building, power, and cooling disciplines are not IT disciplines

Data center building, power, and cooling disciplines are not IT disciplines. Your expertise on applications, software architecture, network, server and storage design is not expertise on building Rated-4 data centers with 99.995% uptime. Likewise, experts on mission critical facilities like hardened data center buildings, data center power redundancy and cooling are rarely experts on mission …

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Data Center Power Compartmentalization

What’s the difference between wholesale data centers and cloud computing?

What’s the difference between wholesale data centers and cloud computing? Cloud computing and cloud services receive so much press that many people, even IT professionals, assume that most outsource data centers deliver cloud services including virtualized servers, storage, network and IT services. But not all data centers offer cloud computing. Data center services fall along …

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