2NSystems Blog2021-09-29T19:32:53+00:00

TIPS FROM A DATA CENTER MANAGER – Valuable features offered by DCIM

November 30th, 2021|

Six Valuable Features Offered by DCIM Written by Nate Josephs Sr. Systems Engineer/Data Center Manager Prior to data center infrastructure management (DCIM), data center managers struggled to gather data center infrastructure data to understand existing capacity, view monitoring points, predict and proactively plan for future capacity needs, or integrate with [...]

STAGE 4 OF ASSET LIFECYCLE MANAGEMENT: Installation

November 24th, 2021|

The most crucial stage of Asset Lifecycle Management is the installation. In most cases, assets need to be installed before they can be used. During the installation stage, the Design Team develops their capacity to support the implementation of selected assets. This team will then partner with project managers, external [...]

TIPS FROM A DATA CENTER MANAGER – Taking IDF Closets to the Edge

November 2nd, 2021|

Four Ways to Improve IDF Closets for Edge Computing Written by Nate Josephs Sr. Systems Engineer/Data Center Manager IDF closets, also known as telecom or wiring closets, serve as connection points between voice/data carrier circuits entering a building and end user phones, personal computers, etc.  They contain racks, patch panels [...]

STAGE 3 OF ASSET LIFECYCLE MANAGEMENT: Procurement

October 27th, 2021|

Procurement is generally driven by constraints. The third stage of asset lifecycle management is the procurement or acquisition of the asset. The procurement process involves finding and negotiating terms, as well as acquiring goods, services, or work from external sources.  Buying decisions are generally driven by constraints. To make the [...]

STAGE 2 OF ASSET LIFECYCLE MANAGEMENT: Design

October 20th, 2021|

Engineers create a “design” that meets an organization’s business requirements. The design stage of asset lifecycle management is often overlooked. This stage typically requires the expertise of an engineer who thoroughly understands the pros and cons of various equipment options available in the market. This expertise enables engineers to create [...]

TIPS FROM A DATA CENTER MANAGER – Three Ways to Keep Your Data Center Clean

October 19th, 2021|

Written by Nate Josephs Sr. Systems Engineer/Data Center Manager Most data centers are cleaned once or twice per year by contractors who specialize in thoroughly cleaning mission-critical spaces from “top to bottom”.  Cleaning from “top” may mean HEPA vacuuming and scrubbing above the lay-in ceiling plenum, cable tray and wiping [...]

STAGE 1 OF ASSET LIFECYCLE MANAGEMENT: Planning

October 6th, 2021|

Asset lifecycle management begins with "planning". The first step in the planning process is to assess current resources and equipment conditions. This may be followed by verifying whether there are resources available for replacement. The asset's life cycle refers to the process of operating and maintaining the assets from installation [...]

TIPS FROM A DATA CENTER MANAGER – A Practical Way to Label Cables

October 5th, 2021|

Written by Nate Josephs Sr. Systems Engineer/Data Center Manager Standardized cable labeling is a key component of data center best practices.  Consistent cable labeling provides data center staff “at a glance” the location of cable termination points.  A clear understanding of cable connections is important when planning any moves, additions, [...]

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