September 2013 - TDS Newsletter

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 Enterprise: Best Practices and Strategies for Your Business“.

 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.”
Steve Gunderson

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
Monday, September 30, 2013
2:45–6:45pm (Includes Cocktail Reception)
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
10:00am–3:00pm (Includes Dessert & Raffle)

Please note: this pass does not give you access into sessions or lunches
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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:

•           Accurate data center floor layouts
•           Detailed rack elevations
•           Cabinet space capacity and utilization
•           Cabinet level power allocation and utilization
•           Device power supply to PDU connection data
•           Asset inventory

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.


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