Author Archives: Industry Perspectives

Data Center Development Diary: Meet The Planners


Planning commission meetings are generally a cure for insomina, but Chris Curtis of Compass Datacenters hangs in at the local planning commission to further his project. Day 3 proves educational as he learns about the commission’s requirements for “vegetative screening” and a “public gathering” place on the data center site. Read More

Health Care: What HIPAA Means for Data Centers

Since data centers typically store, transmit or process electronic protected health information (ePHI), they must comply with the HITECH standards and citations to meet HIPAA compliance, writes Mike Klein of Online Tech. His column outlines the considerations for data centers in complying with the health care regulations. Read More

Energy Efficiency in Today’s Data Center


Energy efficiency is where sustainability pays for itself because the return on investment (ROI) for efficiency is measured in weeks or months and not years, writes Ron Vokoun, Gray Construction. Also, using less energy as a whole means less renewable energy will be required to power your data center. Read More

Debunking Data Center Power Myths


A data center manager recently raised a seemingly simple question in an online discussion thread: “How do I calculate per rack power consumption in my data center?” The forthcoming advice highlighted that there are as many answers to this question as there are vendors providing data center solutions, writes Jeff Klaus of Intel. Read More

Data Center Development Diary: Day 2


In order to begin building a data center you must first complete the site approval process. Although the methodology differs slightly between municipalities, the underlying goal here is to follow the city’s published guidelines to be able to present a plan that adheres closely enough to their requirements, writes Chris Curtis of Compass Data Centers as he continues his series of posts from “The Developer’s Diary.” Read More

Data Center Development Diary: Day 1


Although development is rarely in the spotlight, it plays a major role in the success of a data center project, writes Chris Curtis of Compass Data Centers in Day 1 of the Developer’s diary. The goal in this series is to take Data Center Knowledge readers through the development process of a project and share tips, best practices and head shaking anecdotes. Read More