Cool Vendors research helps companies stay ahead of the IT technology curve and make better strategic decisions about technology and services.
So, why was TDS honored with this designation?
Cool Vendors research helps companies stay ahead of the IT technology curve and make better strategic decisions about technology and services.
So, why was TDS honored with this designation?
Westborough, MA—June 5, 2015—Transitional Data Services (TDS), a leading provider of services and software to manage the end-to-end process for data center and IT transformations, announced today that it has been recognized as a “cool vendor” by analyst firm Gartner in a report titled “Cool Vendors in Data Center Management, Power and Cooling, 2015.” (authored by Henrique Cecci, Jay E. Pultz and April Adams, May 6, 2015).
TransitionManager was initially developed by TDS for internal use to accelerate velocity of migration projects by cutting through complexity and dramatically increasing staff productivity. While TDS uses the system to support their own client IT transformations, TransitionManager has also been available as a stand-alone application and has been installed at leading companies in healthcare, retail, finance and energy. TDS also recently signed a strategic supply agreement with a large global IT services company who plans to use the TransitionManager system for their own delivery of transformation services.
One of the most common questions that we are asked is “How can I shorten my Data Center move window?” After more than 10 years of move events and hundreds of lessons learned sessions, we’ve developed procedures and methodologies design for the shortest downtime window possible. Here is our list of the Top 10…
1. Set Up Your Network Ahead Of Time
This sounds obvious, but believe it or not, we have some customers ask us to move their network the same day as the move, and even re-use cables. Neither of these are good ideas, and we would strongly advise against both. In order to ensure success, which is the ultimate goal, installing a shiny new network in the target data center is a must.
Take this opportunity to upgrade your core switches, routers, etc. Make sure you test all your connectivity so that there are no surprises on move day. And, oh by the way…do not re-use existing cabling. Considering the overall cost to move your data center, cabling is way less expensive versus unwanted downtime to your business.
2. Buy New Cabinets
The largest block of time spent in a data center move is in the process of un-racking and re-racking equipment so it must be faster to move servers in the cabinet instead, right? Our experience is rarely, if ever. If you’re talking about a storage cabinet then yes, move it in the cabinet, but make sure you get the proper OEM packing materials. Moving servers in cabinets introduces new and different risk factors.
▪ Most cabinets are not designed to take lateral loads and the more servers in a cabinet the higher the chances you will experience a collapsed cabinet, especially if it’s top heavy. If a cabinet tips over you lose multiple servers and it increases the potential injuries to your crew. If you don’t believe us, ask the server cabinet manufacturers…
During data center migrations, one of the more interesting and challenging areas in the entire project is in the development of the move bundles. It is during this phase of the project where the “art” meets the “science”. The challenge is to balance the needs of the business, i.e. “I don’t want any down time for my applications” with time, technology, budget and human resource constraints. Advanced automation and replication technologies in the market place have eased some of these concerns, but the balancing act between these entities must still be maintained.
We’ve had instances where we were able to do a large migration event during a weekend that had hundreds of devices that were successfully moved, and other more critical moves were much smaller. These required advanced replication techniques and very little outage was experienced. More often the limiting factor in determining the size of a move bundle is the availability of the application testing personnel. Often during the strategy development a negotiation between the business and IT managers can help strike an acceptable middle ground.
This is ultimately a good thing, as these projects tend to force disparate groups together to solve challenging problems and thus break down perceived barriers and improve overall working relationships.
Christopher Columbus was at sea 71 days before discovering America. If your Data Center Migration project plan includes more than 71 days for discovery, something’s probably wrong.
Obviously, the Data Center Discovery phase is one of the most important stages of a Data Center migration project. If performed efficiently, discovery focuses on a set of key interviews with SME’s (subject matter experts) from within your organization coupled with experienced consultants who know what to ask for and where to look for it. The interviews generally last an hour and are aimed at understanding dependencies between infrastructure, applications and business requirements. It’s these dependencies which most affect the size and quantity of migration events and that’s ultimately the goal right? Move it as quickly and efficiently as possible while limiting the risks.
Frequently however, we hear of projects with discovery phases lasting 180 days or even longer. In these cases, the consulting organization or customer is likely collecting hundreds or thousands of unnecessary data points that have very little impact on the overall move strategy. We refer to this as “boiling the ocean”. In fact, too much data can often be crippling to the project team and prohibit efficiency and effective decision-making.
TDS is pleased to announce that it has been recognized as a “cool vendor” by analyst firm Gartner for its TransitionManager software.
Why Cool? “Based on client inquiries, we see high interest and activity in data center consolidations requiring the relocation of equipment and workloads to another purpose-built facility, or a hosting or colocation facility. However, many clients find that the existing I&O staff often has little experience here. The reason is simply that these major migrations do not happen very often…” Gartner Group
Gartner’s definition of a Cool Vendor is a small company offering a technology or service that is:
Cool Vendors research can help users/clients stay ahead of the IT technology curve, and make better strategic decisions about technology and services.
Source: Cool Vendors 2015: Business and Things, the Next Innovation Frontier – May 14, 2015
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Anyone who has been through a data center migration will tell you that the key to success is planning, planning and more planning… and they are not wrong. There are several times throughout the process that will require you look at the data that’s been collected and analyzed and to make sure your plan matches the desired results of the upcoming migration event. Walking through the migration execution plan in advance of the actual move is one of the more critical data center migration best practices. We call this a Tabletop exercise, others may call it a dry run. Whatever you want to refer to it as is fine… as long as you do it! Some think simply conducting a test move to prior to migrating any production applications or servers is sufficient. While a test move is always advised, doing so in place of a Tabletop would be irresponsible.
Customers and internal users alike expect quick, dependable access to both online sites and internal applications, and network issues can negatively impact customer satisfaction, brand reputation, and revenue. When the systems are essential to your business, and the number of visitors is in the thousands or millions, you need to be sure that your network can scale to meet performance and availability requirements.
Design decisions made when planning the network’s architecture are critical to building and operating a high-performance, high-availability network. Following a set of real-world proven architectural best practices can make that task much less daunting.
But saving money is never easy and unfortunately companies cannot always judge their budget situation objectively without getting tripped up over common vendor and internal staff bias. Tremendous savings can be achieved by eliminating this vendor bias, bridging the boundaries of internal operating silos (facilities, IT and business) and taking immediate action.
Choosing a new colocation facility can be a daunting task for even the most well-informed buyer. For years, Transitional Data Services has helped clients across North America, Europe and Asia select optimal facilities, and confirm the facility’s use of industry best practices. Our principal partnership team includes former data center owners who have direct experience building, operating, and selling co-location space to customers just like you. Additionally, with years of data center assessment/design/build experience, the team at TDS will assist you in critical infrastructure inspections of potential sites….
We’ve seen that IT organizations struggle with executing on their initiatives, and often this uncertainty stems from not having a complete picture of the IT landscape.
There is tremendous industry buzz surrounding IT Transformation. While many customers have bought into the value and benefits of IT Transformation, it is unclear how many clients have fully realized this potential. Why is this the case? One area that we see is that IT transformation is such a complex and daunting challenge that many organizations fail just because of the enormity of the problem.
This issue may boil down to data management. While there are CMDBs and other management and monitoring tools, all of these focus on their particular area. There is also the plethora of information which any IT technician or executive must grapple with on a daily basis, wondering “Can I make sense of this information”?
As we’ve evolved our Data Center Transformation capability that same problem exists in a data center move. What information is truly needed to make appropriate analysis and decisions? What we’ve found is that working through data normalization to agree on what information is needed, and what information is NOT needed, thus saving unnecessary time collecting information which has little to no value in the greater scheme of things.
Thus focusing on what information is truly important, and ignoring the noise can allow IT executives to take action based on facts.
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“Differences of opinion” among stakeholders are fairly common when it comes to the task of choosing a new data center. Geography, availability, reliability and technology are just a few of the decision points stakeholders may prioritize differently.But satisfying all the needs of multiple user groups is vital to the project’s long-term success, albeit challenging at times. One recent success story highlights the benefits of engaging an experienced partner like Transitional Data Services (TDS).
In March of 2012, TDS was engaged to assist a $2B company choose a new co-location facility to house its production data center needs. Knowing the diverse interests at stake and the likelihood of a board-level justification at the project’s conclusion, the customer requested TDS to assist with the selection process.
10 companies were thought to meet the initial data center requirements criteria, and 4 were ultimately chosen for site visits, two of which then proceeded to contract negotiations. When the co-location vendor was chosen in late May, TDS’s RFP template, customizable scoring system, and site visit evaluation checklists were highlighted as essential components of the board-level presentation as well as the project’s overall success.
Contact us to review the tools and processes you’re considering to maximize stakeholder input.
The point is…carefully defining your company’s data center requirements in the early stages of your site selection project will alleviate wasted effort throughout the process.
While it’s always important to thoroughly search the available inventory, 25 separate data center tours isn’t a good use of time either. When beginning your search, chances are you’ll be amazed how many people have an opinion or know someone in the industry. Instituting a process and tracking system for qualifying vendors in and out of your selection criteria will be critical when it comes to making a final decision and managing last minute suggestions, re-starts, etc…
Summary: Relocation of Major Travel Web Site with Zero Downtime
Kayak is a search engine that crawls hundreds of travel sites all over the world to provide its customers with the best options for their travel plans, enabling them to book airline tickets, find cruise destinations and schedules, make hotel reservations, arrange for car rentals, and receive travel news and updates. Kayak has become highly popular because it is easy to use and finds the lowest rates.
If you don’t know much about computational fluid dynamics (CFD) tools, think of them like weather-maps for your data center. As part of our scientific approach to data center optimization and energy efficiency, TDS uses CFD tools to analyze a data center’s expected cooling capacity.
CFD (computational fluid dynamics) is the use of numerical modeling techniques to analyze and solve problems that involve fluids (including air). These tools provide full color visualizations of a data center environment and have emerged as a powerful analysis tool to help data center operators understand the airflow in a data center.
With today’s high energy costs, and the focus on “green” data centers, proper tuning of your cooling environment is critical. Do you have the right amount of cooling? Too much? Not enough? Is it located in the right places? Are the cooling units working against each other in some cases? How much “free” cooling do you utilize from outside airflow? All these questions and more can be addressed by our Data Center Optimization Team of experts.
Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) Re-Certification is clouded with fear, uncertainly and doubt and for good reason. Most OEMs do not offer relocation services, nor do they require any post-move re-certification. However, a few OEM’s have very strict relocation and re-certification policies and it’s important to review all your warranties and service contracts before moving forward with any relocation plan. Obviously, pricing can vary greatly.
Transitional Data Services assists its customers with the coordination of any needed OEM re-certification. Common sense dictates that it’s easier to partner with one data center relocation vendor rather than the multitude of OEM vendors involved in many move events. Over the years, TDS has moved almost every type of device there is to move, and through our Transition Manager™ tool, we’re careful to identify any special requirements associated with moving your equipment. And if vendor-supplied power-down and/or power-up services are required, vendor participation will be coordinated or resources will be provided to perform these duties, as well. Learn more about TDS and its equipment re-certification services.
These are just a few of the manufacturers with whom TDS has worked:
The TDS data center relocation methodology follows a specific process to ensure smooth and successful data center relocation events.
Learn more about this topic in our white paper “Smart Moves – Five Steps to a Successful Data Center Relocation”
Transitional Data Services (TDS) is a leader in professional services for the Virtual Data Center with offerings including cloud migrations, data center migration and consolidation, network and infrastructure design, and technical operations. TDS created proprietary software, TransitionManager, to empower our consultants and clients to inventory IT assets, visually display application dependencies, and create interactive run-books to execute transformation tasks collaboratively…
Based on over a decade of data center relocation, migration and consolidation experience, TDS has created TDS TransitionManager, the industry’s premier data center migration solution. TDS TransitionManager was built specifically to implement a complete set of best practices for planning and managing all aspects of both physical and virtual data center migrations. By providing all parties with real-time visibility into all relocation activities, TDS TransitionManager improves communications and collaboration across the team and accelerates migrations while also reducing the risk of unplanned outages.
Today’s data center has evolved beyond its roots as a “traditional enterprise data center” — it is substantially more diverse and fluid than its previous incarnation. The core of this fluidity springs from data center managers embracing the concept of a “virtual” data center: in essence, a pool of physical and virtual resources that can be scaled as needed. The flexibility of a virtual data center allows its managers to tailor departmental infrastructure for increased responsiveness for their internal and external clients’ needs.
A virtual data center’s resource pool includes — computational, storage, network, and security infrastructures. These easily scale up and down as requirements change. As a result, more data centers worldwide are adopting a New Normal-informed paradigm. At the same time, the rate of change is soaring inside these increasingly dynamic data center environments…
An industry-wide increase in both “virtual” and physical data center migrations is being driven by the ever increasing infrastructure demands of high-density, high capacity servers and other IT devices. What’s the biggest challenge? For most IT executives, it’s not the project itself that scares them, as much as it is: “What if I don’t know what I don’t know?”
The interdependencies between applications, databases, servers (virtual and physical), storage, network and other devices are complex and critical to post move performance and availability. When planning a data center migration it is essential to completely understand these interdependencies to minimize the risk of unplanned downtime and ensure project success.
Summary: Over 1,000 Devices Relocated With no Unplanned Outages
The 15 year old data center at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center was suffering from inefficiency and insufficient cooling capacity. The existing infrastructure was incapable of providing the operational sustainability that this nationally recognized hospital required, and the facility’s PUE reflected its age. The hospital knew it needed a new facility and turned to TDS for help with relocation planning and execution.
If you’ve been in the business long enough, the stories are endless. Some funny, some horrific! Here’s a short list of the mistakes common to data center relocation events:
#10 Going for the Big Bang vs. Multiple Move Events It’s not necessarily easier or cheaper, to move everything in one weekend. Explore your options.
#9 Hiring the wrong logistics partner – Joe’s Trucking moved your servers along with office furniture, pallets of fruit, and broken headlights. “Packing material? We don’t need ‘no” packing material!” Or our favorite of all time, “Sorry, l, just had to dart off the travel route to “visit my sick grandmother.” We’ve heard it all. Check your references. Do your homework!
#8 Too many projects / not enough people – People have limits, and working a 40 hour move weekend after a 50 hour work week never turns out well. Make sure your resource plan is realistic!
#7 Used Racks and Used Rails – It’s absolutely worth the money to “Buy New” for move weekend. Don’t skimp on cabinets, cabling and rails. These purchases will help lessen your downtime as well.
#6 Ordering too much Bandwidth – It’s better than not ordering enough bandwidth, but why not order the correct amount when it comes to such a large recurring expense? Pre-move network and application performance benchmarking are valuable investments and will help ensure that you accurately order the correct bandwidth.
#5 Lack of Change Control – One more server, 5 more servers, now 20…STOP! At some point, you have to draw a line in the sand or risk the whole move event. Change control processes are important and must be well administered
#4 Not Un-Racking the Equipment – Do server racks ever tip over with equipment inside? Yes – it can happen! Most racks are not meant to be moved with equipment inside, and, believe it or not, un-racking the equipment does not lengthen the move window much, if at all.
#3 Intelligent packaging – Don’t underestimate the importance of packing the truck in an organized manner, enabling you to unload the servers in the order they’ll be re-racked. And make sure your rails are packaged together with their respective servers.
#2 Pathway Obstructions – Trial runs help to uncover unexpected obstacles that can rear their ugly heads on move day. Tight corners, narrow corridors and floor or elevator weight limitations are just some of the items you’ll want to know about ahead of time.
AND — the #1 Mistake People Make When Moving a Data Center…
Bad Stakeholder Communications – Communication, in so many ways, can affect a move greatly. Executive dashboards, application owner updates and user awareness are all essential to a successful move.
Data Center World Fall 2013
From Sunday, September 29th through Wednesday, October 2st, TDS will be exhibiting in Booth #733 at AFCOM’s Data Center World conference in Orlando, Florida. Held at the Orlando World Center Marriott, Data Center World positions itself as the premier educational conference and Expo for data center and facilities management professionals. The new agenda features over 50 education sessions focused on “Aligning the Data Center with Business Strategy.” It draws upon the knowledge and experience of the more than 3,500 AFCOM members to create an end-user driven program that focuses on providing real solutions for today’s data center and facilities managers.
In the booth, TDS will be showcasing TDS TransitionManager™, as well as our range of vendor-independent data center services including data center relocations, critical infrastructure assessment and strategy. Several TDS Principals will be in the booth, so stop by to discuss your projects, and meet the team.
In addition to the main conference program, attendees can register for a full-day ‘deep-dive’ educational tutorial presented by industry-leading experts. These tutorials are taking place on Sunday, September 29, 2013, 9:00am-2:00pm. TDS Principal Steve Gunderson will be speaking as part of “Tutorial 2:
| Colocation and the EnterpriseSunday, September 29, 2013, 9:00am-2:00pm.
TDS Principal Steve Gunderson will be speaking as part of “Tutorial 2: Colocation and the Enterprise: Best Practices and Strategies for Your Business.” He will be speaking in the Cypress Foyer, Grand Salon 9-11, on how you can choose the best colocation provider for your needs.“We will be sharing the site selection tools and methodologies that have helped customers evaluate and select their colocation facilities. These are the same tools we use when we deliver $20,000 to $50,000 site selection engagements.”
Data Center World Expo Only Pass
With Data Center World-Orlando just a few weeks away, AFCOM is offering an opportunity to visit Data Center World with an “Expo Only” pass. For just $250 you can attend more than 9-hours of the exhibit hall on both Monday, September 30 and Tuesday, October 1, 2013. Here are the details:
2013 Data Center World – Orlando Expo
Auditing Data Center IT Assets
Because of the continuing growth in the number and complexity of IT applications, and the ever increasing server and storage resources they require, most IT organizations are faced with a constant demand for additional data center power and space. The ability to meet these demands in a timely fashion, and without unexpected budget surprises, is critical to business success. In order to establish capacity trends, and thus to plan for future requirements, IT organizations must accurately track IT assets and their power and space demands, as well as overall data center utilization.
However, the task of keeping a fully accurate and up to date inventory of all of the equipment in a data center is difficult, time consuming, and expensive because of the labor-intensive manual process. Many organizations find that this task is not only time consuming and error prone, but also takes in-house staff away from their “normal” responsibilities.
Given these in-house constraints, it is probably unsurprising that TDS typically finds a 20% discrepancy in data center audits,discovering 20% more assets and applications.
To help IT organizations better manage their data center assets, TDS offers comprehensive on-site data center audit service by providing on-site data center audit services. Our expert engineers perform a detailed inventory of data center infrastructure and populate the collected data into our on-line data center management tool which will provide your IT and Facilities teams with access to key operational and capacity planning information, including:
Additionally, TDS is available to perform recurring data center audits, typically monthly or quarterly, to provide a detailed report of changes since the prior audit event, as well as on-going capacity utilization trend reports.
Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions concerning this new offering and how it can be beneficial to your organization.
This white paper describes the power density paradox, and how to avoid its consequences by balancing facilities capabilities with core IT needs. Such an approach can optimize the life span of your current facility or help you create a new data center optimized to meet the needs of a modern, high-density environment.
In addition to the changes previously discussed in our March newsletter, the TDS TransitionManagerTM development team has been hard at work, and recently released several new or enhanced capabilities. TDS TransitionManager is our “purpose-built” tool that accelerates the pace of data center migrations and relocations while simultaneously reducing the risk of human errors.
During a data center migration, every activity for every asset (server, virtual server, application, database, storage device, router, etc.) needs to be planned and documented, step-by-step. The resulting plan, the “runbook” is the master guide for each migration event. Without TransitionManager, creation of the runbook (or runbooks) is a painstaking, error-prone manual process that can take weeks or even months to complete. Now, the creation of runbooks has been automated by TDS TransitionManager; with TransitionManager, the creation of complex runbooks with even thousands of tasks takes only minutes.
At its core, TransitionManager maintains a comprehensive database of all the attributes of all data center assets involved in a migration event, including the interdependencies among them. Combining this knowledgebase with a set of customizable move activity rules allows TransitionManager to eliminate the tedious manual process of runbook creation, guaranteeing a fast, efficient, and most importantly, accurate, move plan for your data center’s relocation project. Beyond the migration event, runbooks, and the ability to quickly re-create them, has ongoing value as an important part in a disaster recovery planning process.
We are excited to welcome Chris Sullivan to the TDS team. Chris joins TDS as a Principal Consultant with 17 years of experience in the data center and technology consulting industry. As a Senior Consultant/ Senior Project Manager, Chris successfully lead some very large, very high profile IT projects in the financial services, retail, and life sciences industries. Two of the larger projects included a VoIP implementation consisting of over 2,000 devices across 6 global offices, and a data center consolidation from 4 in-house data centers to a colocation facility and a single in-house data center.
Chris has a B.S. in Business Information Systems from University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, and is PMP (Project Management Professional) certified, and also has the Six Sigma Green Belt certification. At home, Chris enjoys spending time with his family on the beach, and is learning to play the guitar. In his spare time, Chris also enjoys learning and working with PHP, MySQL, and Python development.
From Monday, April 29th through Wednesday, May 1st, TDS exhibited in Booth #117 at AFCOM’s DataCenter World conference in Las Vegas. Held at the Mandalay Bay Hotel Conference Center, Data Center World positions itself as the premier educational conference and Expo for data center and facilities management professionals. The event draws upon the knowledge and experience of AFCOM members to create a program that focuses on providing real solutions for today’s data center and facilities managers.
The TDS booth in the Expo hall highlighted our range of vendor-independent data center services including data center relocations, assessments, site selection, master planning and technical operations services. New features in TDS TransitionManagerTM were demonstrated a number of times and seemed to strike a chord with many attendees Several TDS Principals were in the booth to answer questions and explore attendees’ data center challenges.
On Monday, prior to the main conference program, some attendees took part in a full-day ‘deep-dive’ into educational tutorials from industry-leading experts. TDS Principal Steve Gunderson spoke as part of the “Colocation Strategies” tutorial; discussing how to choose the best colocation provider for your needs. At the conclusion of his presentation the session organizer dubbed Steve the “Data Center Doctor”, and many participants stopped by the booth to learn even more about their best options for migrating all or part of their data centers to colocation facilities.
Tony Baker and Martin Boeker recently achieved Microsoft MCTS certifications in MS SQL Server. Microsoft provides these certification paths to ensure engineers develop the necessary skills to support their complex products.
Tony Baker, has been working at TDS for the past six years. Tony is a Sr. Systems Engineer providing Windows Engineering, Database, Storage and Virtualization services to our customers.
Martin Boeker has been as a Systems Engineer at TDS for the past two years. Martin specializes in Linux Engineering and Database services. Additionally, Martin deploys and maintains TDS monitoring services for our Managed IT Services clients.
On Tuesday, May 21st and Wednesday, May 22nd, along with our partner, Chenega Logistics, TDS will be exhibiting at IDGA’s 3rd Annual Data Center Consolidation Summit. The event is being held in downtown Washington, D.C. at the Washington Plaza hotel.
According to the Institute for Defense and Government Advancement (IDGA);
In 2010, the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative was implemented across all government departments and armed service branches. Spearheaded by the Executive Office of the President of the United States, the FDCCI intends to close 40% of our nation’s 2900 data centers by 2015, with predicted savings of $3 to 5 billion. The initiative is one of many strategies taken by the federal government in order to increase IT efficiency while lower the cost to the taxpayer and the environment.
Though seemingly achievable on paper, government departments and agencies across the board are facing serious difficulties in meeting FDCCI deadlines. Common problems at this stage are taking accurate inventories of IT equipment, measuring data center power usage and adapting federal data centers to the cultural implications of inter-agency consolidation. TDS and Chenega logistics will be highlighting our combined ability to help federal agencies accelerate their consolidation timelines, together offering a suite of services ranging from data center inventory and assessments to relocations, migrations, and colocation facilities.
DCC 2013 will feature a number of government and industry speakers, including Mr. Bernard Mazer, Co-Chair Federal Data Center Consolidation Task Force, Mr. Dennis Wisnosky Former CTO of the Department of Defense Business Mission Area, and Mr. Peter Fonash, Cyber Security Chief Technology Officer of the Department of Homeland Security.
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From Monday, April 29th through Wednesday, May 1st, TDS will be exhibiting in Booth #117 at AFCOM’s Data Center World conference in Las Vegas. Held at the Mandalay Bay Hotel Conference Center, Data Center World positions itself as the premier educational conference and Expo for data center and facilities management professionals. The event is unique in its field since it draws upon the knowledge and experience of the more than 3,500 AFCOM members to create an end-user driven program that focuses on providing real solutions for today’s data center and facilities managers.
In the booth, TDS will be highlighitng our range of vendor-independent data center services including data center relocations and critical infrastructure assessment and master planning. The new features in TDS TransitionManagerTM (see the article below) will be on display. Several TDS Principals will be in the booth, so stop by to discuss your projects, and enter our show drawing.
In addition to the main conference program, attendees can register for a full-day ‘deep-dive’ into educational tutorials from industry-leading experts. These tutorials are taking place on Monday, April 29, 2013, 9:15am-2:30pm. TDS Principal Steve Gunderson will be speaking as part of “Tutorial 3: Colocation Strategies.
A recent release of TDS TransitionManager included significant new capability, including the ability to dynamically create a runbook formula, saving time and resources when planning your migration. In the past, creating a runbook was a painstaking process done within an ever changing static document and took weeks or even months to create. Today, TDS can create a runbook within a day and is able to see the latest information changing in real time.
TransitionManager’s Dependency Mapping capability (to the right), is a multi-stage process that begins with a complete inventory of assets involved in the migration, and culminates with the creation of “move groups” (virtual and physical) which are assigned to specific migration “move events.” The interdependencies between applications, servers (virtual and physical), storage servers, and network and other devices are complex and critical to post move performance and availability. When planning a data center migration it is essential to completely understand these interdependencies to minimize the risk of unplanned downtime and ensure project success.
There have been a number of attributes added to create additional checks in your migration project. Having “predecessor” and “successor” tasks ensures that steps cannot be taken too early or in the wrong order. Milestones and Gateways create a single task at a current point in a project that all tasks will funnel through, until that milestone or gateway has been checked by a project leader, no additional steps can be taken, further ensuring the projects safety.
For both physical and virtual migrations, project managers review workloads, recognize bottlenecks, and direct teams as needed without the delays inherent in manual processes. Simultaneously, senior management has a real-time view of the project’s progress through TransitionManager’s web-based executive dashboards.
Craig Macfarlane, TDS Co-founder and CTO, will be giving a “Tech Talk” in New York on Thursday, April 11th at Tech Target’s Modern Infrastructure Decisions. He will be discussing how to optamize infrastructure in a hybrid data center by balancing on-premise, co-location and cloud resources.
Earlier this month TDS welcomed Glen DiPalma as Principal, VP of Process and Program Management. Glen comes to TDS with 29 years of experience helping IT service organizations rise to a level of excellence. His knowledge and skill for delivering scalable and reliable IT services was established while managing teams within the financial, banking, manufacturing and medical device industries. Most recently as a consultant, Glen was responsible for leading large regional and international data center migration projects.
Prior to consulting work, Glen was Vice President, Chief Technology Officer, for a US regional bank and before that worked for several Fortune 500 companies such as IBM Global Services of New Zealand, Charles Schwab and Fidelity Investments, managing technical operations teams to deliver strategic services for their organizations.
Glen has a B.S. in Industrial Management from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. When he is not working to provide project leadership to TDS customers, he can be found sailing in New England waters or kite boarding off the beaches of Cape Cod.
Exclusive use trucking is a term logistics companies use to describe a shipping method where the shipper requests exclusive use of the truck, meaning their freight is the only freight on the truck from origin to destination. TDS uses only exclusive use trucking when transporting our customer’s equipment from one data center to another. It’s an important note, because unless specified, any of a myriad of alternatives are possible. A variety of other factors must also be considered when choosing the right shipping method. A good general rule of thumb when shipping high value equipment is that trucking is far cheaper and almost always quicker when the destination is less than 1200 miles away. The US Department of Transportation has very specific regulations surrounding the number of hours a driver is allowed to operate a vehicle in a specific time period. For this reason, TDS often uses multiple drivers to accommodate straight through driving and ultimately a faster and less risky delivery for our customers.
A leading distributor of team sports apparel and equipment had an aging internal data center hosting their production environment, and had experienced several recent power outages. Upgrading the existing facility was determined to be too costly, but the risks of staying put were too high. In order to determine the best course of action they turned to TDS. TDS initially evaluated the cost and risk of staying put vs moving to a new facility. It was decided from this analysis that the best option would be to contract with an external colocation hosting provider.
TDS was then engaged to assess their current network infrastructure and provide architecture, implementation and migration support to build out a new, parallel network at the chosen colocation facility. The colocation provider had been selected, with the help of TDS, after a comprehensive site selection process. TDS developed an improved network architecture, as well as build out and network integration designs. Plans are to use the old data center as a disaster recovery center in the future.
TDS implemented a high-availability, automated failover LAN with MPLS and Internet WAN connectivity. OSPF and BGP dynamic routing protocols were utilized to provided automated Layer 3 redundancy. The old corporate network was also remediated and integrated with the new colocation environment.
The result was a single move event where all data was migrated with a seamless cutover and minimal scheduled downtime. With the help of TDS, this company reduced costs and outage risks while improving their hosting environment. Going forward, they have architecture and as-built documentation sets for the new environment and all network integration points developed by TDS. Click here to read more Customer Success Stories or learn more about our Network Services.
We are excited to introduce the most recent addition to our team – John DuPont.John has over 25 years of experience in the IT industry with extensive involvement in voice and data network infrastructure management, design, implementation, and support.
John has an impressive portfolio of professional certifications including Cisco Certified Network Professional, Cisco Certified Design Professional, Ciena Certified FlexSelect 4200 Optical OAM&P (Operations, Administration, Operations, and Provisioning), and a Certificate of Professional Achievement in Data Communications Systems Technology from Northeastern University. Prior to TDS, John held network architect and engineer positions at several prestigious companies, including ACS, IBM, and John Hancock. He also served in the US Army Reserve.
John is the newest Senior Network Engineer on TDS’s IT Infrastructure Services team, which specializes in 24/7/365 support of high-performance, high-availability systems, including networks, physical and virtual servers, storage and security. TDS is excited to welcome John to the team!
TDS’ IT Infrastructure Services team supports all IT needs, and provides “always on” availability for everything from individual applications to your entire network. They provide 24/7 IT monitoring, troubleshooting and remediation, and remote and on-site support, across a broad range of technologies. To be fully competent and competitive in today’s complex, rapidly changing IT industry, a company needs to have the best and brightest on board. That is why TDS prides itself in encouraging its employees to stay current with the most recent industry certifications.
TDS would like to congratulate two employees who recently have been awarded certifications in their areas of expertise. James Bradford has received his MCTS (Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist) certification in Windows Server 2008 Active Directory Configuration and Tony Baker has received his MCTS certification in Microsoft Exchange Server 2010. Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist certifications are in depth validations of skills on the features and functionality of Microsoft technologies.
Earning certifications demonstrates proven experience and knowledge, and allows employees to stay current with evolving technologies in today’s ever-changing IT marketplace. James’ and Tony’s certifications add to the list of accreditations held by TDS employees, including: VMware Certified Professional 5 (VCP 5); VMware Certified Professional 4 (VCP 4); Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA); 5 Product Consultant – LTM; Juniper Networks Internet Certified Associate, and many others.
As a follow on to our recent relocation to new, expanded office space, we’re pleased to announce the introduction of a revamped TDS website. Launched on August 20th, the updated site also displays our new corporate colors and updated logo.
We hope the new site will allow users to easily browse through our offerings, including data center, IT infrastructure, and enterprise application assessment, deployment and operation services. The goal is to provide a place where readers can not only learn about what TDS offers, but also learn how to make smart and informed decisions for their company.
We’ve tried to make it easy for you to find the information you need, such as white papers, instructional videos, data sheets, tools and planners. All these are located in one section of the site, and the need to fill out a registration for each download has been eliminated. TDS specializes in independent assessments, recommendations and improvements for IT, and we hope our new website will tell that story.
Computational Fluid Dynamics, or “CFD,” is a tool that can be used to visualize, analyze and predict temperatures and air flows in all areas of your data center. CFD models are similar to animated weather-maps for a data center, and can be used to evaluate and optimize cooling solutions and maximize energy efficiency. Due to the ever increasing power densities and cooling demands of modern IT equipment, and the wide variety of our customers’ unique requirements, TDS has upgraded its CFD capabilities, providing even more accurate analysis and modeling.
CFD is a branch of fluid mechanics that uses computers and numerical algorithms to perform thecalculations needed to simulate the interaction of air with the surfaces and equipment in a room. In this way, CFD measures airflow velocity, temperature and even air pressure throughout the entire the data center. This allows us to accurately measure and predict the behavior of heat generating IT equipment and cooling technologies under different scenarios such as various IT equipment layouts and CRAC unit configurations and alternative cooling strategies like in-row cooling and hot or cold isle containment.
CFD helps TDS identify cooling challenges, improve efficiency, reduce downtime and cut operational costs. The best part is that by modeling alternative cooling strategies and technologies beforedeployment, the use of CFD eliminates guesswork and helps you avoid wasting money on
Using CFD, our team of experts can answer questions like: “Do we have the right amount of cooling in our data center?” “Are my CRACunits operating efficiently, or are they fighting each other?” “Can my data center handle my planned expansion over the next two years? Five years?” “Which is better for my facility, hot aisle containment, cold aisle containment, or chimney systems?”
As part of our data center consulting and relocation services, TDS helps customers analyze alternatives and select the new facility that best meets their business needs. As the range of choices continues to grow, and as more and more companies expand or relocate into new facilities, these choices are becoming ever more critical. This new short video is designed to help you understand some of the issues and challenges involved in selecting a new site, and focuses on the need for the right expertise, tools and processes to ensure you select the best facility for your business and financial needs.
The video showcases the 7 step process that we apply to each site selection engagement, as well as our custom built tools and evaluation techniques. We have helped hundreds of clients select data centers all over North America, Europe and Asia, so we understand what to look for as well as what is important to ask about during site visits and in RFPs.
Summary: NTB (TBC) Saves Money while Increasing Floor Space and Efficiency
After an initial assessment, NTB (TBC) decided to build a replacement data center. While TBC knew they would use the architect and engineering firm with whom they’ve had a long standing relationship, they also wanted to take advantage of deeper expertise specific to data center design, construction and operations. TBC turned to Transitional Data Services.
TDS is wrapping up the first half of 2012 with strong growth in all business segments. In the past six months, we have expanded business across the country as well as across the globe. TDS has supported our clients in projects across Western Europe and has even broken into Asia Pacific. Our recently developed Site Selection Practice, which helps customers find the data center facility best matched to their unique needs, has rapidly taken off and introduced TDS to several new markets. The map below shows the different locations in which TDS has provided business solutions during the last 6 months.
A past TDS client owned a recently built, fully redundant, fault tolerant internal data center. After just three years of operation, and with only half of the designed IT load installed, the data center began facing problems cooling servers in the upper half of many of the cabinets. To solve the problem, various vendors recommended purchasing their company’s latest cooling technology. One proposed fan tiles, and another proposed additional CRAH units. When our client saw the breadth of potential solutions, they came to TDS for advice.
Our data center experts performed their own analysis of the data center’s air distribution. They discovered that the problem was not the lack of cooling units or cold air supply, but rather inadequate return plenum capacity. This caused the heat to stay trapped in the data center, raising temperatures beyond acceptable levels.
The solution, which cost a fraction of what the product vendors were proposing, was to increase return air exhaust capacity, allowing the trapped heat to escape. This solution did not require any additional power, and finally allowed this top of the line data center to operate more efficiently, and at full capacity. Click to learn more about our
TDS has opened up shop in our new Westborough, MA headquarters. The move took place over the weekend of June 8th and the new office was up and running on Monday morning. All planned downtime for local systems took place over the weekend, to not disturb the workplace environment, and no unexpected outages occurred. All email addresses, phone numbers and the web site URL have remained the same.
With over 40% more space in our new location, we are able to support our recent period of rapid growth and scale for any future expansion. The movers finally finished collecting the last of the scattered crates and dollies around the office and now the place finally feels like home to the TDS family. Check out the pictures of our new office, and we welcome you to stop by and see it for yourself!
A recent Pike Research study claims that widespread implementation of data center best practices and green initiatives could significantly lower related carbon dioxide gas emissions (“Green Data Centers,” Pike Research). “Greening” the data center has become a popular solution for companies looking to reduce cost as well as demonstrate corporate social responsibility – but what is the price your company will pay?
According to a study sponsored by The New York Times, in 2010 data center power consumption from servers, storage, communications, cooling and power distribution equipment accounted for between 1.7 percent and 2.2 percent of total electricity use in the United States. The Pike Research study asserts that if current trends continue for several years, the amount of greenhouse gas emissions from data centers will be equivalent to 1,326 million tons of carbon dioxide. Also, according to the study, energy efficient data centers using industry best practices could reduce this number by 13% to 1,156 million tons of CO2.
Greening your data center appears to be the perfect solution – you can reduce operating expense, save energy, and better the environment all at once. But when do these efforts become more about political appearance than reducing opex, and which technologies and products really improve cooling and power distribution efficiency, and which are pure hype? At some point you have to ask yourself, what is the cost of “going green”? Sorting through the claims of a multitude of vendors can be daunting, especially if you’re not evaluating, implementing, and managing these technologies on a daily basis.
TDS is working with these solutions on a daily basis, and we have the expertise to know the difference between solutions with real payback versus those that promise big returns but don’t deliver in the long-term. Our consultants have years of experience selecting and implementing energy efficient technologies and products into data centers. Let TDS help you “green”; your data center in the most effective way possible.
Recently, a leading online retailer, whose e-commerce site was hosted at a large cloud and fully managed services hosting provider, engaged TDS for help. The existing provider did not provide a scalable pricing model that matched the planned growth of the retailer’s business and web traffic. Additionally, the “shared” hosting environment was sub-optimal in terms of application performance, and the provider was unable to meet many of the business’s custom support requirements.
TDS helped this client architect a new network, server and storage architecture and then managed the build out and deployment into a new leading “colocation” data center. As part of the transition, TDS executed a complete application/data center migration with no unplanned outages. TDS now provides 24/7 NOC, monitoring, and managed IT operations. As a result of the upgraded, dedicated architecture, combined with TDS managed services, the new operating environment is better performing and provides much more cost-effective scalability. Because TDS is not a VAR or data center lease broker, the customer was assured that our recommendations were in their best interest, as demonstrated to this client by the results they are achieving.
TDS offers 24/7 NOC, monitoring, managed IT operations and outsourced technical services to clients of all sizes and environments. We understand how to keep operations at peak performance while also staying cost-effective.
As we mentioned briefly in April’s Transitional Times, TDS is moving into new offices. After a period of rapid growth, we’re bursting at the seams here in our Hopkinton HQ, so, effective June 11, we’re relocating a few miles up the road to Westborough, Mass. With over 40% more space immediately, the new location also gives us access to adjoining space for future growth. Change of address notices are being included with all our invoices and other “official” documents, but please pass along our new address to other members of your team. All our other contact mechanisms, including email addresses, phone numbers and web site URL will remain unchanged.
Our new address is:
Transitional Data Services
3700 West Park Drive
Westborough, MA 01581
TDS announced the release of a new version of its industry-leading TDS TransitionManager™ tool. This new version both enhances its capability for planning and managing data center relocation as well as adds easy to use data center asset management features for ongoing use by its clients.
The new version of TDS TransitionManager helps TDS relocation teams by geographically tracking every asset’s source and destination locations, both within the data center and within the individual rack. While this feature allows teams to more effectively plan and execute data center relocations, it also opens opportunities to clients post-move. The database underlying TDS TransitionManager tracks a diverse set of information about each asset. Two TDS clients are now piloting the use of TDS TransitionManager for managing key asset information on an ongoing basis. Besides generating “live” computer room and rack elevation graphics, these clients are using TDS TransitionManager to track and report on information like asset age, service contract renewal dates, and update status.
Asset data is updated, verified and loaded into TDS TransitionManager, making it much easier to keep all information up to date. Since all the reports and drawings are generated by TDS TransitionManager in real-time, both management and line personnel have the information they need to more efficiently manage their data centers.
TDS recently unveiled its new video promoting its relocation practice. The video focuses on the relocation team’s expertise as well as its independent and vendor-neautral position in the market.
Transitional Data Services has been located in Hopkinton, MA since it was founded in 2002. Recent financial and employee-related expansions have created a need for more space and a different environment. TDS plans to move its headquarters this summer to a new location on Technology Drive in Westborough, MA right outside I-495. We expect this to be the first of many developments ahead this year. Stay Tuned!
As part of our data center consulting and relocation services, TDS helps customers analyze alternatives and select the new facility that best meets their business needs.
There are a rising number of companies turning to the cloud to host their enterprise applications. The much vaunted benefits such as lower cost, reduced need for physical data center space, and flexibility undoubtedly make it an attractive option, but many factors should be considered before leaping in head-first.
With the development of our new tool, TDS CostModeler™, TDS helps its clients examine one critical factor, long-term hosting cost. This tool analyzes each application’s cloud migration cost and compares itto the cost of deploying the application in other environments, such as a private data center, or a colocation facility, allowing the client to understand the long term and short term costs of different options. The costs of cloud computing vary greatly depending on size and infrastructure environments, and therefore should not be considered the standard low cost computing option.
Another factor to consider is application security, which appears to be a growing concern in the industry. Just last month Global Payments, one of the world’s largest processors of MasterCard and Visa payments, fell victim to a cyber attack on its cloud-hosted solution,where about 1.5 million credit card numbers were stolen by hackers. At first there were reports of up to 10 million numbers stolen, but fortunately, after further investigation, that number has been brought down. It is still unclear whether cloud security is to blame, but it is bringing a lot of attention to the issue…
According to a recently published annual survey from Digital Realty Trust, there has been major expansion in data center capacity in North America, and we can expect to see an even higher rate of growth in the coming two years. Over 90% of the survey participants expect to add data center capacity within the next year. 92% of the firms planning to expand are expecting to increase operations in the US, making it the most popular market for growth. Half of the firms anticipating capacity expansion also expect to expand in Europe or Asia.
The New York / New Jersey market tops the list of the most popular locations where companies anticipate additional growth in 2012 and 2013, according to the survey. Following New York were other major US cities including Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Phoenix. Possible explanations for the increase include the new interest in, and implementation of, public, private and hybrid computing solutions; increasing demand from companies that deferred expansion plans during uncertain economic times; an improved economic position and the explosion of high density data storage and server technology that requires associated environment improvements.
TDS just completed a multi-facility data center site selection project for a major multinational law firm, including searching for a facility in the New York Metro area. TDS began by developing a list of potential data center facilities in the New York / New Jersey area, then contacted them all to compile basic information about their infrastructure, redundancy, and power and space capacities. RFPs based on the client’s requirements were drafted and sent out to the qualified sites. TDS drafted a short list of the best matched vendors, and accompanied the client to on-site visits. The client and TDS were impressed with the options available in the New Jersey market, and a great facility was selected for the client’s new data center.
Implementing an ERP solution can be time-consuming and expensive, but the long lasting benefits make it worthwhile. A recent study from leading research firm examines trends, benefits and implementation practices in the ERP industry by compiling responses from 246 participants from 64 countries. To ensure accurate findings, only respondents that had implemented an ERP system within the past year were allowed to participate.
Availability of information and increased interaction across the organization were the top two benefits that appeared consistently with 75% and 60% (respectively) of respondents noting the advantage. Other common benefits included improved lead time, improved customer interaction, reduced operating expense, reduced IT costs and improved supplier interaction. Only 6% of the respondents stated No Benefits Achieved.
So what is your company’s most useful benefit from implementing an ERP system? If you have not recently explored this solution, TDS offers a solution with a full suite of design, deployment and operational services for complete integration with your existing systems and processes. We customize solutions to align with your needs and provide deployment, training, hosting, and operational support services as appropriate. Find out how many benefits your company can find with TDS’s agile ERP solutions.
It is estimated that data centers in the US consume 2% of the nation’s electrical capacity, adding up to $2 billion per month in energy costs. Rising energy costs and efforts to reduce our carbon footprint have resulted in a rapid growth of “green” initiatives in the private sector as well as in government agencies. The US Department of Energy has created a target energy savings of 10%, overall, for US data centers, and companies throughout the country are looking for ways to optimize their infrastructure’s energy utilization. In the past, IT and cooling equipment have been targeted for efficiency improvements, but most recently the UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply) has been the primary focus.
This is where a data center’s PUE comes into play. A data center’s Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) is a ratio of the total facility power consumption divided by the IT equipment power consumption. It identifies and tracks the site’s energy efficiency and is considered by many to be the number one metric for analyzing a data center’s energy performance. A typical PUE is around 2.0, and 1.5 in newer data centers. To attain a PUE lower than 1.5, experts agree the first step is to optimize the UPS. A low PUE means lower energy costs and higher returns, but it is important to remember the big picture. Demanding a lower PUE is only effective when considering the data center’s health as a whole.
TDS is pleased to announce their recognition as Openbravo North America Partner of the year for the second consecutive year. This award is based on the continued success TDS has demonstrated in deploying and supporting Openbravo Agile ERP across North America.
Openbravo is the leading web-based, open source ERP provider, delivering business solutions to organizations across industries. TDS helps these customers deploy, customize and maintain these ERP solutions and enhance business performance, as an Openbravo network certified implementation partner.
TDS brings world-class ERP expertise to help customers accurately scope their ERP needs and ensure successful implementations that are on time and on budget. TDS has been delivering enterprise solutions since 2006 across a broad range of industries, company sizes, and customer needs.
A recent article on Indeed.com highlights Puppet, the leading open source solution for enterprise systems configuration management as one of the top ten highest job trends at the moment. Indeed.com is a search engine for employers and employees that searches millions of jobs from thousands of job sites. As seen from the graph, Puppet job interest has spiked in the past couple years, making it the sixth highest job trend, following other recent trends like HTML5 and Android.
TDS has been using Puppet for two years, with several fortune 500 and 1000 clients, as well as internally on our own systems. Puppet is an automatic configuration management system, which automates repetitive tasks and standardizes system configurations.
For a recent data center relocation project, TDS implemented Puppet to ensure a successful move and customer satisfaction. This client was moved from a hosted solution environment to a co-location facility, and had a very complex application environment, including half dozen application types in six environments. This variety of environments and application types resulted in over a thousand different files, each requiring manual management during and after the move. TDS implemented Puppet into their environment by reviewing partial documentation and reverse engineering their environment. The end result was as a self-documented dynamic configuration management system that will allow the company to scale their environment and move to the cloud with ease. Puppet was also integrated into their release process, automating a formerly manual process that used to require hours of updates, but is now completely automated process taking only seconds to deploy their applications. There is no question why Puppet is a growing trend, and TDS has the expertise to help you successfully deploy Puppet in your environment.
As we analyze hundreds of collocation providers’ bids for our site selection customers, we have seen just about every possible way a provider can quote pricing. Space, power, recurring costs and non-recurring costs all vary depending on the provider and location. We have even seen a few providers squeeze unknown fees and charges deep within the contracts, fees that were not mentioned in their original quote. Comparing prices between different collocation providers is like comparing apples and oranges, and can be a dangerous without an experienced partner, like TDS, looking out for your best interest.
TDS is pleased to announce the most recent addition to our Managed IT Operations practice – Edward Cohen, Senior Network Engineer. Edward has an impressive background of certifications, including Cisco CCSP, CCNP-S, CCNP, CCNA-S, CCNA and A+ as well as a broad range of technical skills. Edward’s specialties include Routing and Switching, Network Security, and PCI. He received a degree in Advanced Networking from CCRI in 2001.
TDS’s Managed IT Services practice provides 24/7 monitoring, on-site support and a broad range of technical skills. This practice consults, implements and manages all IT operations and infrastructure for a wide range of organizations. The practice, as well as TDS as a whole, is excited to welcome Edward to the team!
Summary: Relocated 6,000 Devices in Under 60 days – Avoided $500K Penalty
A major service provider based in Virginia faced a deadline to move out of a leased data center. Once the company decided on their data center strategy, they needed to relocate to a new facility on a compressed schedule or face a $500K penalty in addition to operations charges if they missed the deadline.
HOPKINTON, Mass., September 20, 2011 – Transitional Data Services (TDS), the best-in-class provider of independent services for IT, today announced that Brian Ritchie has joined the company as Principal, and VP of Business Development.
“Brian is a senior executive with over 25 years of sales, marketing and business leadership experience. Before joining TDS Brian spent 8 years at GlassHouse Technologies, where he was SVP and General Manager of Infrastructure Operations Services and SVP of Sales. While there, he grew the services business from $9M to $17.5M in 2 years, and as SVP of Sales grew revenue from $1.4M to $21M.
Brian joins TDS as a noted business and organization builder with a background in management, sales and marketing, business development, professional services and customer service,” said Michael Bullock, TDS President and Co-founder. “His experience and skills complement those of our other executives and concretely round out our team at a time when we’re growing quickly and believe that Brian will help us take fullest advantage of the opportunities ahead.”
Prior to GlassHouse, Brian held senior executive positions at several technology companies, including Blackstone Computing, and Alphatronix, where he negotiated the acquisition of Alphatronix by Auspex Systems.
Brian holds an MBA from Northeastern University, and a BS, Electrical Engineering, from the University of Rhode Island.
Transitional Data Services is a consulting and IT services company which has provisioned, transitioned and managed over 1 million square feet of IT space for companies such as Kayak.com, The University of Texas, Boston Red Sox, Liberty Mutual, Cedars-Sinai, Devon Energy and many other companies of all sizes.
TDS works closely with clients through full deployment cycles – from design, implementation and ongoing operations. This experience brings a holistic, real world perspective when evaluating and transitioning to hybrid enterprise computing. With experience spanning all facets of enterprise computing including facilities, virtualization, cloud, SaaS, business applications and 24/7 operations, TDS provides unique perspective and insight for supporting migrations to these mixed environments.
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