DATA CENTER INFRASTRUCTURE MANAGEMENT (DCIM)

DCIM is about taking YOUR DATA and presenting it in MEANINGFUL WAYS for YOUR USE.

DCIM involves integration of many departments with competing priorities, many systems with different communication protocols, and many processes of workflow that are often undocumented.

To accomplish this, you need a consultant who can serve as an INTEGRATOR, controls specialist, software developer, process expert, and technology specialists.

Most importantly, you need a consultant who is vendor AGNOSTIC and who understands how to develop an OPERATING SYSTEM centered on PEOPLE and PROCESSES specific to your company.

Collecting data, performing ANALYTICS, wrapping these results in company specific workflow, and PRESENTING that data in a USEFUL manner is a core focus of DLB. We use this same method for our daily operating system for all employees. At DLB, we don't just talk DCIM, we walk the walk.

Ultimately the goal of DCIM is to provide competitive TOP LINE ADVANTAGES and BOTTOM LINE SAVINGS that create a STRATEGIC, OPTIMIZING, PREDICTIVE, & PROACTIVE RESULTS.



SAMPLE PRE-FABRICATION / MODULAR EXPERIENCE

Recent trends include modular construction approaches for data centers.

We have significant experience in the implementation of prefabricated / modular techniques across many industries.

  • Google – design and deployment of data center containers (2004)
  • Patents – named on patent with Google for modular data centers
  • Level 3 Communications – design and construction of Inline Amplifier Huts every 60km
  • Institutional Facilities – design of prefabicated / modular school buildings, embassies, and prisons (since 1980)
  • Confidential Clients – R&D and consultation with manufacturing companies to develop modular data solutions
  • Cooling Plants – design, deployment and commissioning of modular cooling plants for data centers, hospitals, and manufacturing facilities


SEAWATER COOLING

We helped to deliver the Google data center in Hamina, Finland using an Integrated Project Delivery methodology.

This facility was formerly a paper mill and takes unique advantage of its location on the Gulf of Finland by using seawater to dissipate the heat from the computer loads.

  • Site investigation and selection
  • Conceptual design and master planning
  • Design of power and cooling infrastructure
  • Consultant and contractor selection
  • Construction management, onsite oversight and reporting
  • Commissioning / system testing
  • Operations training and closeout


ASHRAE TC 9.9

ASHRAE Technical Committee (TC) 9.9 Mission Critical Facilities, Data Centers, Technology Spaces and Electronic Equipment was co-founded by DLB President Don Beaty.

Its mission: To be recognized by ALL areas of the datacom industry as the unbiased engineering leader in HVAC and an effective provider of technical information for the datacom industry.

TC 9.9 Mission Critical Facilities, Data Centers, Technology Spaces and Electronic Equipment is concerned with the design, operations, maintenance, and efficient energy usage of modern data centers and technology spaces.

DLB's involvement with ASHRAE TC 9.9:

  • DLB staff have been significant contributors on ALL of the Datacom Series publications
  • Don Beaty was the co-founder and first Chair
  • David Quirk is the current Chair
TC 9.9 DATACOM SERIES OF PUBLICATIONS


COOLING SOLUTIONS
AIRSIDE ECONOMIZER

The use of airside economizer solutions has increased in popularity over the past 5-years:

  • Economizers are now MANDATORY in some States
  • ALLOWABLE IT inlet temperature of ~80°F increases the available airside economizer hours

We have evaluated and deployed direct, indirect, and indirect adiabatic systems; selection is influenced by:

  • Total cost of ownership evaluation (Capex + Opex)
  • Typical annual outdoor wet-bulb temperatures
  • Level of concern regarding humidity ranges and contaminants (for some clients)


COOLING SOLUTIONS

CHILLER QUICK-START FEATURE

Warmer supply air temperatures & higher density IT equipment has led to increasing concerns around the impact of cooling outages during momentary power loss events.

  • Our commissioning team worked closely with York to improve chiller restart algorithms resulting in significantly faster restart times
  • This approach has enabled a reduction or elimination of thermal storage tanks on many of our projects
  • Our thermal transient analysis studies have identified that with quick restart of chillers, the most important items to consider are the circulation pumps & CRAH unit fans