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- A new world for data centers: is your team ready?
By: David Eisenband, Partner, EYP MCF, Part of Ramboll It’s 2022, and we in the data centers industry are feeling the impacts of the most taxing moment in our short history. A new landscape has arisen, bringing with it challenges fundamentally different than what we faced with Y2K, the dot.com bubble, and even the 2008 subprime financial crisis. We’re in the midst of a perfect storm – and we must right the ship to weather it. Solutions for increased data usage With the onset of the global COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, many businesses found themselves shifting immediately from primarily in-person office operations to mandating that the majority of eligible employees work remotely from their homes. Thus the data centers arena – for industry leaders, personnel, and clients – has been impacted dramatically. Moving from collaborating with a team in a shared space – with shared, substantive technical resources – to working alone, remotely, with no on-site support has changed the way that projects are managed. We now coordinate over distances, creating virtual command centers and relying on innovative technology to ensure seamless business continuity. This has led to unprecedented stress on personnel, as well as on the data centers industry as a whole as we evolve to meet the ever-increasing demands on data usage. Talent, budget, and managing expectations around supply chain issues are paramount considerations to run a data center properly and meet the client's needs. Learn more about Ramboll’s services to data centers and mission critical facilities. Talent to meet the demand Factors related to the additional stress employees have experienced under the cloud of COVID-19 have also led to a phenomenon known as The Great Resignation. Particularly in the US, Europe, and China, remarkably high numbers of employees at all levels are resigning from their posts, citing stress, wages, and illness concerns as their primary reasons. Financial and sociological experts predict it will take years to recalibrate and adjust to our collective, newfound approach to work. In alignment with Ramboll’s mission and values, prioritizing people above all else, we encourage employees to strike the balance that best enables them to thrive. Leading by example, we hope to inspire clients to do the same. Through these ever-shifting circumstances, data centers and mission critical facilities must keep pushing forward. Should clients find themselves with a hard-to-fill vacancy, we can step in and provide consulting services to bridge the gap. This relieves the burden from project managers when hiring and training may prove challenging, allowing them to focus instead on timely and cost-effective delivery. Contact us With expert services for all project stages throughout Buildings, Energy, and Environment & Health, Ramboll offers a full suite of sustainable solutions to data centers and mission critical facilities. Contact us to learn more. About Author David Eisenband is a proven leader in Business Development. David’s experience in the Critical Facilities environment began eleven years ago when he joined the EYP Mission Critical Facilities team. He worked with top-tier financial institutions, pharmaceuticals, technology industries, and top colleges and research universities. He helped attract new business including the first Data Center Co-Location within a world-renowned stock exchange. David also maintained relationships with the top real estate firms, architects, construction managers, and OEM organizations. David built and led the Critical Facilities Service Line in Latin America for a Fortune 50 worldwide technology leader. He conducted business with “C” Level individuals and participated in steering committees related to large projects. David's experience includes Data Center projects that received “Uptime” tiered 3 & 4 certifications in the region. David joined the Worldwide Technology Services Consulting team for this fortune 50 organization. He ultimately served as a Global Program Manager where he directed the Intellectual Property Program. This program included global strategies to bring emerging technologies to the market, resulting in business initiatives with multi-million dollar revenues. David's experience includes managing an Energy Savings Performance and HVAC Contractor. He participated in negotiations with the Port of Miami, The Miami International Airport (MIA, and Florida’s Main Utility Company, The Florida Power & Light (FPL). David has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the Florida International University, Chapman Graduate School of Business. firstname.lastname@example.org
- Data Centers - Strategizing for Flexible Air Quality Permits
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…air quality permits were simply a few pages allowing construction and operation of data centers. By: Ali Farnoud, Principal at Ramboll With the exponential increase in the number of data centers across the United States and the quantity of emergency generators employed, air quality permits have grown increasingly complex, resulting in conditions that could impact operational flexibility. However, data centers may utilize various tools to allow more flexibility in their air permits. For example, a limit of 4,000 hours per year may obstruct a data center operator’s ability to run the engines during an emergency for a facility that operates 120 engines, whereas the same facility may not feel as stifled with a limit of 700,000 gallons of fuel consumption per year, which meets the exact same regulatory purpose. In a world of convoluted air quality permits, data centers should strategize the approach to air permitting early in the design process to ensure that they will not be blindsided by impractical air permit conditions. Multiple factors impact a facility’s air quality permit strategy, including: - Attainment status: The attainment status of an area describes the area’s proximity to the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for a certain pollutant. Multiple areas in the United States are considered “nonattainment” with respect to ozone and particulate matter, resulting in strict regulations for emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOX) and volatile organic compounds, ozone precursors, and particulate matter (PM). As NOX and PM are also the two main pollutants generated by diesel combustion, nonattainment areas could result in lower allowable emissions for data centers before stringent permit requirements apply. For example, an area in attainment for ozone typically has allowable emissions of up to the Title V major source threshold of 100 tons per year of NOX before the need to study emission controls while an area in severe nonattainment means that NOX emissions of 25 tons per year could trigger such requirements. The ability to later modify the data center is also severely limited in nonattainment areas. For projects exceeding the major source threshold and certain modification threshold, the facility is required to purchase Emission Reduction Credits (ERCs), which are expensive and, in some locations, unavailable. - Runtime Hours: Most data centers prefer to stay below the Title V and/or Nonattainment New Source Review (NNSR) major source threshold(s) to avoid stricter regulations. In other words, in an area with a major source threshold of 100 tons per year, the requested regulatory limit would be, at most, 99.9 tons per year. The main question then, is the number of hours the emergency generators can operate before bumping against this limit. If, for instance, the limit is 50 tons per year of NOX in a serious nonattainment area and each generator emits up to 50 pounds per hour of NOX, there will be 2,000 hours of runtime available for the entire facility. This may be enough runtime for a data center with 40 generators, but certainly not enough if 100 generators are involved. In most cases, a fuel limit would allow additional flexibility. If the permit includes an hour limit, any operations of the generators will count towards the hour. However, if the permit includes a fuel limit instead, typical maintenance and testing operations that combust a small amount of fuel will not have a significant impact on the facility’s ability to operate. Calculating the emissions directly using the load percentages, guaranteed emission rates at each load, and hours of operation at each load is another flexible methodology if such data could be easily obtained, but this approach requires a conversation with the permitting agency. Regardless of the approach, by planning the air permitting process with a target amount of emergency runtime hours needed after the planned maintenance and testing hours are excluded, we are able to provide immense clarity to the entire air permitting process and need for emission controls. Should emission controls such as selective catalytic reduction (SCR) be necessary to achieve the desired emergency runtime hours, this decision can be made in advance to avoid long permitting times, significant changes in engineering design, and unexpected increases to project capital budgets. - Emergency vs. Non-emergency Operations: While the operation of emergency generators is primarily limited to maintenance, testing, and emergency, federal regulations recognize that the engines can be used for certain non-emergency operations outside of peak shaving and generating income for the facility and grant an annual 50-hour allowance for such purposes. The definition of emergency generators in some states differ from the federal definition and, therefore, some states do not allow for such non-emergency operations. The regulatory nuances should be reviewed prior to obtaining an air permit. If certain operations are essential to the facility, alternative permitting options can be considered. - Expansion Plans: The full build for a data center is rarely permitted at the outset. Data centers usually permit individual expansions as new customers approach them or as certain design milestones at the company solidify. There should be multiple considerations that are made prior to such phased permitting approach. First, it usually benefits the data center to consider the possibility of any future expansion plans from the beginning. The facility may be able to live with a limit of 50 tons per year of NOX with the first two phases but not after additional phases are implemented. If the facility decides to stay below the regulatory threshold, the potential for additional control equipment and retrofitting should be reviewed to ensure that the design will allow for such retrofits in the future. Secondly, there are certain regulations related to project aggregation that could apply to the facility which could prevent a phased permitting approach. Each phase should conduct a project aggregation analysis to ensure compliance with the regulations. - State Regulatory Requirements: Various states have implemented permitting policies either covering all industries or specific to data centers. Such regulations should be reviewed before obtaining an air permit. For instance, some states require air dispersion modeling, which could mean significant limitations on facility operations or require emission control installation. Other states require a Best Available Control Technology analysis regardless of the major source threshold. These situations could result in significant limitations for the facility. Pre-planning as well as a pre-application meeting with the state could inform data centers about any potential state policies. Each of the items noted above comes with significant caveats. For example, a state could require air dispersion modeling only if the facility exceeds a certain threshold separate from the major source threshold. However, the alphabet of an initial permit strategy remains the same, and given the difference among state regulation and policies, it always starts with the location. In his fantasy novel, The Hobbit, J.R.R Tolkien says, “It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, if you live near one.” That is particularly true if the live dragon could significantly impact construction schedule or the capital expenditure. About Author: Ali Farnoud is a Principal with Ramboll focusing on air quality permitting and regulatory compliance. His consulting experience spans over 15 years and various industries, but given his familiarity with the engine regulations, he serves as Ramboll’s global air quality subject matter expert for data centers. Ali holds a doctoral degree in Environmental Engineering with a research focus on controlling diesel particulate matter. He has taught various air quality courses, including over 40 workshops discussing state regulations. email@example.com
- Water Conservation in Data Centers
Data center cooling system designs of the past have used a great deal of water to achieve a low Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) while at the same time fitting the client’s capital expense (CAPEX) and operating cost (OPEX) business goals. By: Scott Wilson, PE Partner at EYP Mission Critical Facilities Today, there is mounting pressure to reduce water consumption as well. We are starting to hear corporations pledging to be “water positive” which means restoring more water than what they use. In most climates (except for the most humid or most cold environments), the benefits of cooling using the evaporation of water is well established and beneficial from an energy consumption standpoint in all but the most humid or most cold environments. Unfortunately, what is also often true is that water can be expensive or have limited/ inconsistent availability in dry climates. There are a number of options available. A business model approach yields a clear path to the best option. Here are a few: A simple solution is to build the data center in a more favorable climate. A data center designed with a refrigerant-based cooling system augmented with evaporative cooling for Sterling, VA will use less cooling-related energy if built near Chicago, IL, and also use less water. From a business perspective based on location or latency, a favorable CAPEX and OPEX cooling climate may be quickly ruled out. Another option is to use refrigerant-based cooling systems that do not consume water like air-cooled chillers. All things being equal, these systems will consume more energy than those that leverage evaporative cooling but may have a lower CAPEX. From a business perspective, the CAPEX vs. OPEX may be acceptable, possibly making it a preferred choice. One of the fundamentals to understanding cooling energy consumption in data centers is the entering temperature of the heat transfer media (i.e., air or liquid) cooling the IT. The other is how the media is delivered to the IT (e.g., air handling units, cooling distribution units) and heat is rejected to the environment. Designers of water-cooled IT and immersion cooling systems have for many years recognized that given their system's ability to remove heat from the chips more efficiently than air-cooled IT, they can raise the coolant temperature high enough that in some climates no mechanical refrigeration is required. If the business goal is to eliminate water use, converting a data center to a liquid IT environment should reduce evaporative cooling needs. These days it is not practical for most owners to convert to all liquid-cooled IT overnight. However, if the piping systems and associated cooling and heat rejection equipment are divided into separate systems, a strategy can be developed for long-term migration to liquid-cooled IT which will reduce the consumption of both water and cooling energy. In conclusion, the balance of IT spending and the facility CAPEX and OPEX will drive the decision for any owner, but liquid-cooled IT offers a substantial opportunity to reduce a data center cooling system’s water and energy consumption. We should expect to see a steady growth in the use of liquid-cooled IT as we see more pressure to conserve water. About Author: Scott Wilson is EYP MCF, Part of Ramboll CEO and leads the mechanical department on Government Projects. Scott’s experience started in 1978 in mechanical systems design for institutional, government, commercial and industrial buildings, Scott Wilson is a Partner, and senior hands-on engineer for EYP MCF, Part of Ramboll. Scott’s project experience includes data center projects in the health care, higher education, science research, colocation and Hyperscale industry. Scott’s tenure with EYP MCF, Part of Ramboll started in 2005, follows his long tenure with EYP Architecture and Engineering. Much of Team EYP MCF, Part of Ramboll’s continued collaborative data center work is often coordinated and performed under Scott’s leadership. Scott’s project experience includes work across the United States and for the US State Department in more than 20 countries worldwide firstname.lastname@example.org
- Staff Augmentation | EYP Mission Critical Facilities, Part of Ramboll | United States
Add skilled professionals to your existing workforce providing engineering and subject matter services on demand supporting one or multiple data center projects. Service Overview Creating a next-generation data center requires multiple challenges including the maintenance-friendly, scalable, energy-efficient, and sustainable design. Data center owners, operators, and developers are rolling out new facilities at a furious pace. Often, simply keeping up with the review of design and construction submittals, and keeping projects moving is not an option with their just-in-time delivery demands. This puts their internal staff demands under significant pressure. EYP MCF, Part of Ramboll brings this level of skilled support to the entire data center planning, design, and build process. Working side-by-side with your development, planning/design/construction, and operations teams, our EYP MCF professionals help assure your business objectives and design standards are incorporated and ultimately delivered throughout your project portfolio’s execution. How can we help? Working on a T&M basis, our engineers are there to support the owner/operator throughout the entire planning, design and build process, releasing the pressure of meeting the challenging timelines, design requirements, equipment procurements, building permits, vendor relationships, and any other additional challenges that can affect the project timeline or budget. Common to all our work is our ability to customize every project to meet specific technologies and data center objectives, even if it has a prototype or a duplicate design, each project is different, and multiple circumstances can affect the design of it, including the location of the project and its climate constraints (i.e. Water scarcity), the procurement challenges of not finding the specified MEP equipment to meet the project timelines, or in some cases the technology demands from the client client's (i.e. Liquid cooling, HPC, or Immersion cooling). Key Differentiators Our engineers have the experience of designing over 70 million sq. ft. of data center raised-floor space. We lead the way in energy-efficient, cost-efficient, and performance-efficient data center design. EYP MCF, Part of Ramboll is a leader in the development of LEED-certified data centers, and that skill can be applied to optimize any data center. You will work with consultants who advise governments on data center energy policy to reduce costs and energy consumption, water usage, and greenhouse gas emissions. Extensive worldwide data center project experience, we leverage our proven high-density cooling, critical power, and energy-reduction design strategies for each new business case. Our proposed resources are engineering professionals who have significant experience in completing complex projects, including data center designs with over 100 megawatts (MW) of power capacity and over 700,000 square feet of raised floor. Experience in design using liquid cooling technologies that support extreme high-density servers in a High-Performance Computer (HPC) or Supercomputer. Provide Design capabilities to work with renewable energy and off-grid solutions including a hydroelectric power source. Extensive experience in different market sectors to provide a unique design up to the raised floor area using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) analysis to predict and optimize design calculations of air volume and setpoint temperatures to enable savings in capital investment and system operating costs. Case Studies 15+ Data Center Campus Project (Recurrent) Multiple Locations +1.25 Million SF (Raised Floor) ~750 MW EYP MCF, Part of Ramboll has been providing ongoing Staff Augmentation & Technical Support Services to supplement the owner's design team for multiple build-outs simultaneously. Our subject matter expert's role includes reviewing, validating, and commenting on the multiple data center designs and deliverables to establish general acceptability of services content and general compliance with the Contract documents, local codes, and the Owner Project Requirements. Providing these services relieves the client from the need to hire and train new talent while allowing them to focus on timely and cost-effective delivery. Our scope also includes working with the Engineer of Record (EoR) and local construction teams to evaluate any Cost Optimization opportunities that are identified and ensure the implementation does not contradict with the OPR. Near Zero Planned Water Utilization Efficiency (WUE) is near zero (liters/kW/hr) Phoenix, AZ 800,000 SF 160 MW Campus EYP MCF, Part of Ramboll provided Staff Augmentation & Technical Support Services throughout the process of planning, designing, contraction selection process, construction, and commissioning of the client's Data Center Project. a highly efficient closed-loop chilled water system generated through air-cooled chillers. The cooling system will also include an integrated economizer capability that allows reduced compressor energy based on outside ambient temperature, with a planned Water Utilization Efficiency (WUE) is near zero (liters/kW/hr). Multiple power density options with an average of up to 250W/SF Highly Scalable, Flexible and Efficient Data Center Ashburn, VA 720,000 SF (Raised Floor) 142 MW EYP MCF, Part of Ramboll provided Staff Augmentation & Technical Support Services throughout the process of planning, designing, construction, and commissioning of the client Data Center Project. Our subject matter experts provided a peer review of the design, and guidance during the basis of design, schematic design, design development, and construction documents phases. The project included the overall data center program master schedule/time assistance with RFP development and/or the contractor selection processes. This opportunity led EYP MCF, Part of Ramboll to provide similar services at future client's data center projects Data Center is located in one of the nation's lowest power rate areas Quincy, WA Tier III 16 MW The client selected EYP MCF, Part of Ramboll to provide Subject Matter Expert (SME) services for this project in Quincy, WA. The scope included EYP MCF, Part of Ramboll to act as representative for this Co-Lo provider be responsible to ensure the Co-Lo’s design standards and business objectives are respected and reflected in the projects, validate compliance of the project BOD, local code requirements, local conditions, and work with local construction teams to evaluate any cost optimization opportunities. The project consisted of a Tier III Data Center, with a 16MW One Design shell, with 8MW stacked DM spaces. EYP MCF, Part of Ramboll provided Staff Augmentation & Technical Support Services throughout the process of planning, designing, construction, and commissioning of the client Data Center Project. Data Center located in the Silicon Valley area Santa Clara, CA 64 MW Shell with 16MW build-out The client selected EYP MCF, Part of Ramboll to provide Staff Augmentation & Technical Support Services for his largest project in California. The project consisted of a Tier III Data Center, that will have a 64MW of critical IT Load. EYP MCF, Part of Ramboll provided subject matter engineering support by acting as a representative for this client and was responsible to ensure the Company’s design standards and business objectives are respected and reflected in the projects. Trusted Advisor Services throughout the process of planning, designing, construction, and commissioning of the client Data Center Project. Our subject matter experts provided a peer review of the design, and guidance during the basis of design, schematic design, design development, and construction documents phases. Services The following will detail our general services. Attend meetings as outlined. Review and comment on the design and deliverables to establish general acceptability of services content and general compliance with the Contract documents. Validate the compliance of the design against local code requirements and local conditions. Validate the compliance of the project Basis of Design (BOD) and project design against Owner Project Requirements (OPR) and review any deviations to the OPR with the client’s engineering team. Work with the Engineer of Record (EoR) and local construction teams to evaluate any Cost Optimization opportunities that are identified and ensure the implementation does not contradict with OPR. Review project RFIs and provide responses upon review of response from EoR. Review strategic project submittals and provide responses upon review of response from EoR. Support Sales and Solutions Engineering with Customer RFP response. On-Site and office engineering support as required. Any additional SME service(s) related to Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, Fire Alarm, Fire Protection, and Fuel Oil upon request. White Papers & Blogs The Case for Natural Gas Generators: Standby power generation considerations for reducing data center carbon emissions By: Yigit Bulut, PE, ATD Partner, Lead Electrical Engineer, Chief Technology Officer at EYP MCF, Part of Ramboll. West 7 Center: Using a Data Center Water Side Economizer on an existing facility to reduce water and energy usage By: Gardson Githu, PE, Senior Mechanical Engineer and Consultant at EYP MCF, Part of Ramboll. Sustainability in Data Center Lighting Design By: Angelica K. Hermanto, PE, LC, LEED AP, Senior electrical engineer at EYP MCF, Part of Ramboll. Podcasts Net-Zero Carbon Data Centers: Decentralizing Consensus Among Utility and Microgrid Power Supply. Special Guest: Matthew J. Karashik is an Electrical Engineer at EYP MCF, Part of Ramboll. Data Center 2030: Sustainability and Greenhouse Gas (GHG) abatement - Special Guest: Yigit Bulut, PE, ATD Partner, Lead Electrical Engineer, Chief Technology Officer at EYP MCF, Part of Ramboll Staff Augmentation & Technical Support Services Description Case studies Services Articles & Blogs Podcasts Contact us
- Higher Education | EYP MCF | USA
The Transformation of your College, University & Research Institution data center strategy can ultimately play a significant role in improving student success. Many factors contribute to the need to transform. These include rapid data growth, exchange of information within applications and multiple providers, and the need to maintain privacy standards, resiliency requirements, backup, synchronization, latency, and connectivity within the multi-cloud environment. Our experts will assist in developing a plan to address these issues and more. What's driving the change The challenges facing information technology needs in Higher Education are growing exponentially. Historically, facility support has largely led to multiple data centers serving Academic, Administrative, and other distributed Departmental and Research needs. The very nature of the academic mission led to this diversity of facilities, generally housed in buildings where competition for space to support that mission made expansion or remediation of data centers difficult and costly. Additionally, the distributed nature of older facilities keeps operating costs high and limits the adoption of new technologies. Some of the many challenges and observations that Colleges and Universities are facing includes: Facility budgets under pressure and have difficulty competing for the capital and operating expense budgets needed to support a growing, diverse demand. Growing costs for third-party services to help manage and operate older data centers. Existing data centers, those 10 to 20 years old, that are part of a potential consolidation plan, do not have a clear path to a solution that is institution-wide in consensus for change. Operating costs continue to be high due to older design and energy efficiency capabilities. Out of date governance and operations procedures impede rapid deployment or do not enforce standards needed to safely operate all types of data centers. Moving workloads to the Cloud or to Software as a Service is often done in an uneven fashion and do not take advantage of good decision analysis for their use. Many times, these decisions are done at the departmental or application level and do not take advantage of the potential for total institution scale. Expected cost savings may not be achieved or may not take into consideration the collateral effect on cost to the data centers that supported the migrated workloads. “Ghost IT and Cloud” use (casual, unauthorized, or unknown use of cloud or on-premise use of space for IT assets) represents a cost and risk that can be difficult to capture but can be critical to understanding total costs. The need for High-Performance Computing (HPC) has expanded beyond the traditional mathematics and scientific communities. The need to support “Big Data” is a growing part of every curriculum and research area. HPC demands higher density capabilities for power and cooling that most existing Higher Ed infrastructure cannot accommodate. Alternative data center sourcing strategies need to be seriously considered. Often the use of Colocation facilities that might not be in close physical proximity to the institution are difficult to gain consensus for even though considerable cost savings may attach, and there isn’t a critical, confirmed, requirement for daily on-site access. Ability to cope with special circumstances such as the Covid 19 lockdown: Older on-premise data centers were not designed to be low touch or lights out and rely on facility and IT personnel for daily operations. The requirement to support online delivery of courseware is challenging network, compute, and storage capabilities. Increased need for media production facilities for distance learning. Preventing “guard down” security attacks due to volume of network activity or launching of new services. How can you meet these requirements? Solutions to data center facility and associated challenges are complex but they can be faced through focused campus-wide analysis and short/long term master planning. It is common to react with tactical solutions that are not useful in the long term. A Data Center Strategy meets the objectives of addressing the challenges detailed above by developing solution scenarios that vary in cost, time, complexity, and risk to implement. It starts with a rapid assessment of your current environment and pivots to the needs of your future state IT, application, and cloud / SaaS architectures. It should also include an assessment of the network infrastructure inclusive of bandwidth requirements to match any future state changes. The process itself helps to gain consensus through the inclusion of multiple communities of interest. It helps build a plan that is focused on coping with change rather than being a static solution. It addresses capital and operating costs as equal in importance to the technical solution. It develops total cost of ownership forecasts for each solution scenario to understand the impact of technology, implementation, and growth in scale of any plan. What services are included ? Present state data center analysis including IT and network architectures, application portfolio and opex/capex budgets. Evaluation of the technical infrastructures of each legacy data center to understand capacity, resiliency, remediation, and growth potential. Cost and associated risks are used as measures for determining if any legacy facilities are good candidates for modernization. This might include any off-premise data center including the use of exiting colocation deployments and cloud / SaaS environments. Workshops with the academic. administrative and research communities to understand: Future state planning. Key data center technical requirements. Application portfolio needs and growth. Security and compliance issues. Financial guidelines for developing solution scenario opex and capex budgets. Development of the future state through: Modeling of IT requirements. Developing the right mix of on-premise and colocation data center space, use of cloud and SaaS. Creating alternate strategies with associated costs. Analyzing best-phased implementation timelines and associated risks. Develop a set of presentations to assist in the dissemination of results and report outs to gain both technical, financial, and senior-level approval. Case Studies University of Iowa Iowa City, IA LEED Platinum Data Center Design One of the University’s old data centers, serving the core Information Technology Services (ITS) group, was outgrowing its space in a 100-year-old building, which was far from ideal for an optimized IT environment. The Health Care Information Services (HCIS) group, serving the university’s hospitals and clinics, was also outgrowing its home. EYP MCF, Part of Ramboll helped University of Iowa providing the design and commissioning of a Tier III Data Center Facility, this Information Technology Facility became the university's first LEED Platinum building. and is believed to be the first educational institution data center with that certification. Confidential University and Research Institution Data Center Multi-Cloud Strategy 1.5MW Data Hall with HPC The client was looking to perform a comprehensive Data Center and Multi-Cloud Strategy that included the capacity of the existing facilities, a cloud adoption analysis to quantify the IT infrastructure cost drivers that move to the public cloud, a future state planning and a co-location RFI process and Load requirements. EYP MCF, Part of Ramboll evaluated the condition and capacity of four main data centers and up to 15 server rooms. The project includes an application Cloud Adoption Service, Co-Location selection and a data center hall MEP design of a new High-Performance Data Center. This 1.5 MW data hall will house an HPC computer that will put this university in the top 15 research institutions in the US. University of Exeter Exeter, England Site Evaluation/Master Plan EYP MCF, Part of Ramboll conducted a site survey at Exeter University. EYP MCF, Part of Ramboll determined the extent of the infrastructure build-out required to provide the necessary power and cooling to the computer system. The proposed infrastructure solution took into account the relatively short-life expectancy of the system (4 years) and provided the necessary power and cooling to suit the exact requirements of the computer equipment, which will allow for the most economic power and cooling systems to be installed. University of Illinois System Chicago, Springfield, and Urbana, IL Data Center Master Planning EYP MCF, Part of Ramboll provided a master planning that included determining the best options for data center consolidation, feasibility study, programming, data center layout, development of power and cooling loads and high-level design concepts, and ROM construction cost estimating. The University of Illinois data center building has 81,000 SF and is capable to host almost 30,000 SF of scalable HPC machine rooms. University of Notre Dame Notre Dame, IN Data Center Master Plan EYP MCF, Part of Ramboll interviewed key stakeholders, users, and executives, including the new VP of Research, and provided strategic consulting services to deliver a high-level assessment of the overall enterprise data center technologies and facilities architecture. Completed a study outlining existing deficiencies and gaps with the current data centers and provided the University recommendations for remedies for moving forward. Determined the best options for data center and server room consolidation and determined the requirements for a purpose-built data center to accommodate future enterprise and supercomputing needs. Services Data Center Strategy Data Center Sourcing Strategy Application Cloud Readiness Assessment Data Center Design Data Center Commissioning Infrastructure Condition and Capacity Analysis Data Center Trusted Advisor Co-Location Strategy Data Center Due Diligence Webinars Top issues when considering a Data Center Transaction: Co-location Services Understanding the economic advantages of a hybrid cloud environment Podcasts Technology for Higher Education & Research Special Guest: Kevin Sanders Managing Principal, Data Center Consulting & Strategy EYP Mission Critical Facilities, Part of Ramboll Indiana University Bloomington, IN Space, Power, Cooling TCO Strategy Tier III 80,000 SF EYP MCF, Part of Ramboll provided a space, power and cooling strategy that included the cost estimating, design, and construction administration of a Tier 3, 80,000 SF data center as part of Indiana University's Cyber Infrastructure Building. The research portion will be designed so it is expandable to accommodate petascale computers at anticipated load densities of over 300 W/sq. ft. Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute Troy, NY Nanotechnology Data Center Design EYP MCF, Part of Ramboll provided design for a new Computational Center for Nanotechnology Innovation (CCNI). The computational power of the current hardware configuration is rated at over 12 PF peak. The project included the conversion of an existing manufacturing building into a new, state of the art computing facility. The data center will include 5,000 SF of 48" raised floor area at 250-300 Watts/SF. Louisiana State University Baton Rouge, LA Site Evaluation and Data Center Design EYP MCF, Part of Ramboll was selected by LSU to provide a Feasibility Study that encompasses the following planning services: • Site Utilities Infrastructure Capacity Assessment, Gap Analysis and Planning • Conceptual Design to Develop ROM Construction Cost Estimate • Assistance with Design and Construction Schedule Development (including identification of major long-lead procurement items) Northwestern University Evaston, IL Data Center Master Plan EYP MCF, Part of Ramboll conducted group interviews with the research and administrative computing committee, provided a technology and facilities needs analysis, gap assessment, master planning, and facility specifications. EYP MCF, Part of Ramboll's master plan included current- and future-state data center tier classification and space, power, and cooling requirements; future-state facility, technology, and infrastructure recommendations; conceptual spatial, electrical, and mechanical layouts/specifications and ROM cost estimates Purdue University West Lafayette, IN Data Center Master Plan EYP MCF, Part of Ramboll collaborated with Purdue to provide an independent analysis and assessment of their entire data center enterprise, encompassing both business and research computing, that involves a current-state assessment, analysis of ITaP’s (IT at Purdue’s) master plan and proposed capital expenditures on facilities an infrastructure, and a validation of Purdue’s cost estimates and priorities. These analyses were used to provide improvements to the current facilities infrastructure, as well as move forward with future-state plans and developments to the overall data processing capabilities for the entire university model and operations. University of California at San Diego San Diego California Site Evaluation/Master Plan/Retrofit The San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California at San Diego plays a major role in building a national cyberinfrastructure. SDSC engaged EYP MCF, Part of Ramboll for Data Center Assessment, CFD Modeling, and Master Planning services for upgrade/expansion scenarios. EYP MCF, Part of Ramboll provided the design for upgrades to the data center based on the findings and recommendations presented in its study. University of California, Berkley Berkley, CA Energy Efficiency Assessment/Energy Monitoring Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory (LBNL), home of the Department of Energy’s National Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) and the Energy Sciences Network (ESnet), is a global leader in scientific computing and networking. The University of California and LBNL selected EYP MCF, Part of Ramboll to collaborate on a data center benchmarking project. The project consisted of collecting data from a series of data centers to establish a best practice protocol with respect to energy efficiency. Energy monitoring was used to quantify the energy use of the racks, HVAC systems, and other loads, as well as supply temperatures and flows. HIGHER EDUCATION & RESEARCH Description Case studies Services Webinars Podcasts Contact us Covid-19
- Pharmaceutical | EYP MCF | USA
The transformation of the data center strategy in the pharmaceutical industry, associated life sciences and biotech research can ultimately play a significant role in improving their success. Many factors contribute to the need to develop new data center sourcing strategies. These include rapid data growth, the growing need to exchange research information between therapies in a company, the integration of research partners as well as new set of security challenges from nation state hacking all contribute to a growing complex environment. Pharma is also challenged by the need to maintain strict regulations and privacy standards, and stringent resiliency requirements. Core to all their data needs are strong disaster recovery plans, and connectivity within a multi-cloud hybrid environment. Our experts will assist in the analysis of present state capabilities and the development of a long-term strategic plan to address all these issues. What's driving the change The pharmaceutical industry easily faces one of the most complex environments, particularly as it pertains to their data center facilities and enterprise IT architectures. Their challenges directly link to their distinct heterogeneous requirements. Some of the many challenges pharmaceutical companies face include: Integration: With multiple divisions, each with its own therapeutic missions spread throughout the world, harnessing the total data center investment necessary to meet these diverse requirements is the main challenge facing these organizations. Enterprise data centers: Breaking down the normal data center approach by designing solutions that focus on the enterprise application base and its adoption/integration of cloud and SaaS-based solutions Research data centers: Defining and understanding the overriding role of research applications and their data warehousing requirements will have a profound effect on their design. Whether dedicated to High-Performance Computing (HPC); wet-lab data collection; or collaborative scientific research with peers, colleges and universities, and other biotechs, not all research data centers need the same strategy and design. Challenges in data center design: Legacy air-cooling systems in existing data centers are becoming less effective, and more inefficient. As hardware footprints decrease and processing power increases the density produces an exponential heat footprint and the need for cooling solutions, like immersion and liquid cooling, that can meet the challenge. This drives costly data center reconstruction or the need for specialized colocation capabilities. The economics of either solution can be significant if not forecast correctly. Multiple levels of regulation, validation, and certification for systems supporting research, clinical trials, and maintaining associated personal information/patient data: Any transformation and associated strategy is subject to both internal and regulatory review which can challenge the rapid deployment of new data center sourcing solutions. Pharmaceutical sales and marketing support to keep track of the order process and supply chain: Important to monitoring the communication and interconnectivity between doctor's offices, clinicians, other pharmaceuticals, distributors, and patients. Increase in Big data: Dealing with the massive data sets looking for trends, problems, or issues with each drug that is being developed or manufactured. Multi-Cloud Strategy: Evaluating the cost to run applications in the public cloud, and the complex environment of validating and regulating these systems and data in the cloud. Covid-19: How do you develop methodologies to support the basic and applied research necessary to attack this threat and future pandemics, and adroitly move to the manufacturing step? This will require data center resources prepared to support this surge and process and the development of alternate but immediate data center sourcing capabilities. Mergers, Acquisitions, and Partnerships (small boutique biotech's), to support the development of a particular therapy or drug. How do create the timely and appropriate data center infrastructure to address this development? Do you bring assets into your data center, do you coexist in separate facilities and simply maintain a network presence; or find a neutral third space or colocation facility to meet the need? How can you meet these requirements? The pharmaceutical industry requires consultants who understand the unique requirements of their field. The data center strategy is not just a technical strategy, it also requires a series of playbooks to address these complex situations that will require governance requirements for control and management of the data center and the IP that it's working on. A Data Center Strategy meets the objectives of addressing the challenges detailed above by developing solution scenarios that vary in cost, time, complexity, and risk to implement. It starts with a rapid assessment of your current environment and pivots to the needs of your future state IT, application, and cloud / SaaS architectures. It should also include an assessment of the network infrastructure inclusive of bandwidth requirements to match any future state changes. The process itself helps to gain consensus through the inclusion of multiple communities of interest. It helps build a plan that is focused on coping with change rather than being a static solution. It addresses capital and operating costs as equal in importance to the technical solution. It develops total cost of ownership forecasts for each solution scenario to understand the impact of technology, implementation, and growth in scale of any plan. What services are included ? Present state data center analysis that includes your IT and network architectures, application portfolio, and OpEx/CapEx cash flows. Evaluation of the technical infrastructures of your legacy data center(s) to understand capacity, resiliency, remediation, and growth potential. Cost considerations and associated facility risks are driving measures in determining if legacy facilities are good candidates for modernization. This analysis will also include any off-premise solutions including the use of exiting colocation data center deployments and cloud / SaaS environments. Workshops with the team to understand: Key data center technical requirements. Application portfolio needs and growth. Security and compliance issues. Financial guidelines for developing solution scenario OpEx and CapEx budgets. Future state planning. Development of the future state through: Modeling of IT requirements. Developing the right mix of on-premise and colocation data center space, cloud, and SaaS solutions. Creating alternative strategies with associated costs. Analyzing best-phased implementation timelines and associated risks. Developing a set of presentations to assist in the dissemination of results and report outs to gain both technical and financial senior-level approval. Case Studies Confidential Drug Development Company Princeton, NJ Data Center Consolidation Plan and TCO Analysis A global contract research organization, one of the world’s most comprehensive drug development company. They needed to consolidate their infrastructure and selected EYP MCF, Part of Ramboll to aid in understanding, creating, and populating high density data center facilities, as well as select, design, and build a world class data center under a very aggressive timeline. EYP MCF, Part of Ramboll worked to provide: A strategy to consolidate the company’s worldwide data centers down to three regional facilities, as well as a disaster recovery and data bunker data center. A “right size” disaster recovery data center topology. Operational, design, computing, redundancy, and resiliency standards across all data centers. Tier III level for all facilities. Ultimately, the company experienced: An increased speed to market for medication and other treatments. Reduced cost to public for medication. The lowest TCO scenario for each regional data center including collocation and expansion of client owned facilities. Reduced operational costs/complexity and PUE. A forecast of the SPC requirements for each of the new facilities. Confidential Laboratory Capacity Modeling, Consolidation Strategy Development Chicago, IL A top confidential laboratory engaged EYP MCF, Part of Ramboll to perform a high-level data center analysis on a select number of data centers and develop future state planning options for the data centers. The driver of the project was a recent acquisition which brought more data centers into the client’s portfolio. The goal of the project was to consolidate data centers where possible and develop a plan to accomplish this. The tasks performed included the following: Capacity projections – determining power and space needs for current and future facilities. Facilities review – consultative documentation review and interviews of facilities “owners” to evaluate data center reliability and use in future state scenarios. Future state planning – defining the data center topology based on IT, business, legal and contractual requirements, integrate capacity models, existing and new facilities into future state scenario options. Financial analysis – model the TCO of each developed scenario – data center capital and operations costs, remediation costs, migration costs etc. Express Scripts Fairlawn, NJ Data Center Design +25,000 SF of RF Express Scripts, Medco, a leading pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) with the nation's largest mail order pharmacy operations, Express Scripts assists its customers to moderate the cost and enhance the quality of prescription drug benefits provided to members nationwide. EYP MCF, Part of Ramboll provided design services of a 2,200 sf data center, which is part of a new 325,000 sf state of the art robotic prescription processing facility. Additionally, EYP MCF, Part of Ramboll provided the concept design of a new 50,000 sf data center that will include 25,000 sf of raised floor area. Confidential Global Pharmaceutical Global Master Planning and Site Evaluation This Global Pharmaceutical company was looking for a company that can support with their facility assessments of their data centers and local server rooms associated with manufacturing and research sites. These assessments included: Review of all major MEP systems, identification of single points of failure, and remediation recommendations. IT Deployment assessment: Development of IT inventory, layout, and rack elevations for existing inventory as well as planned deployments of new systems and layout, IT deployment and structured cabling. Develop a Data Center sourcing strategy to define In-house/Colo/Cloud environments. Support on identifying and selecting Colocation candidates in multiple countries around the globe. Golden Omega Micro Data Center Design & Implementation Santiago, Chile Golden Omega is a Chilean Company focused on producing high quality Omega 3 concentrates up to 85% of EPA and DHA obtained from fish oil. Their business relies on an improved technical infrastructure, therefore, Golden Omega required the creation of a remote support system based upon the latest technologies to gain operational efficiencies, agility in anticipation of lower support costs. EYP MCF, Part of Ramboll designed a micro data center which provided an end-to-end solution to transform Golden Omega’s manufacturing capabilities to support localized manufacturing and research and development, and fitted with a hyperconverged platform for virtualization. Confidential Manufacturer of Medical Devices Spot Colocation Market and Financial Analysis Boston, MA EYP MCF, Part of Ramboll was engaged by client to assist in a data center search within the greater Moscow area in Russia. Specifically, EYP MCF, Part of Ramboll issued a request for information (RFI) to known Colocation providers in the greater Moscow area that could potentially meet the client's IT and business requirements. The goal of the effort is to provide industry indicative pricing for hosting the identified capacity needs, along with providing EYP MCF, Part of Ramboll’s assessment of the providers facility and operational experience within the response. The report included a Total cost over 5-year analysis. National Institutes of Health (NIH) Bethesda, MD 5,400 SF A portion of an existing office building (Approx. 5,400 SF) was repurposed into a new data center facility or Consolidated Computational Research Facility (CCRF). Work included extensive coordination with mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection, landscaping, vibration, and technology consultants. Mechanical systems work includes construction of a new bidirectional fault-tolerant chilled water distribution system teamed with in-row type chilled-water cooling units situated on the raised data floor. New heat exchangers, redundant chilled water pumps, chilled water storage tanks and controls, along with a local low ambient emergency air cooled chiller will be installed to support the data center cooling needs. Systems to include new interior and exterior distribution gear, automatic transfer switches, uninterruptible power supplies, transformers, power transformers, and remote power supplies. Special systems include fire alarm systems, access control, video surveillance, and paging. EYP MCF, Part of Ramboll commissioned the new data center facility, wrote complete operational procedures for all components and systems, and worked with the client to vet those procedures Services Strategy Data Center Design Data Center Integration Data Center Assurance Data Center Commissioning Trusted Advisor Data Center Due Diligence Industrial Control Systems Infrastructure Cyber Security Colocation Strategy Application Cloud Readiness Assessment Webinars Operate your data center effectively The Future of UPS Systems Top issues when considering a Data Center Transaction: Co-location Services Understanding the economic advantages of a hybrid cloud environment Podcasts Technology Strategy for Pharmaceutical Special Guest: Kevin Sanders Managing Principal, Data Center Consulting & Strategy EYP Mission Critical Facilities, Part of Ramboll PHARMACEUTICAL Description Case studies Services Webinars Podcasts contact us