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    • Happy Thanksgiving to all of our clients, partners, and friends!

      We are very pleased to issue our 2H 2020 EYP MCF newsletter! Happy Thanksgiving to all of our clients, partners, and friends! We know that it has been a difficult year for so many and hope that better days are ahead with the positive news about vaccines we have seen lately. Our amazing team here at EYPMCF has continued to deliver for our clients during these past 8 months or so and this has meant traveling to customer sites for commissioning work and design meetings that simply can’t be done remotely. We are incredibly thankful to our staff for their tireless effort and dedication to helping our customers achieve their goals during these tough times. We also believe that despite the challenges of Covid-19, our industry and building type is one of the unique sectors that has been least affected. We believe we may actually come out the other side in an even stronger growth position due to remote work, remote learning, e-commerce, and many other areas that have seen their adoption grow 5 years quicker than expected. This should have positive effects for all of us in this growing industry. In just a few months we will also be marking the 3rd anniversary as a stand-alone firm. We could not be more excited about what we have accomplished in this short time in terms of new customers, exciting projects, and new employees. We have worked for over 70 clients thus far this year and are expanding our reach monthly. We also recently finished the largest single project from a capacity and sq. ft. perspective in our history – dating back to 1997. This could not have been done without the great support and trust of our clients and our team. For this, we are very thankful. In the spirit of thanks, this month we also celebrate Veteran’s Day. We always want to recognize our veteran workforce, which has continued to grow this year, and for which we make a concerted effort to continue building. We also will never forget our own John Rickert, a 16-year EYPMCF’r, and beloved colleague, who passed this year, and was a proud Navy veteran himself. Last year we commemorated and honored our veteran staff with a donation to the Gary Sinise Foundation – a very worthy cause that was selected by our veteran workforce. This year, with John’s passing still fresh on our minds, and the belief we hold that working in the “mission-critical” world is a natural home for retired vets, we have thought that a perfect way to honor the veteran community is to further their transition to civilian life. Thus we are actively exploring working through one of the professional mission-critical or federal engineering organizations (7x24, SAME, etc.) to sponsor a scholarship in John’s name to be awarded to a recent veteran to use in advancing their data center education through one of the many programs cropping up with a focus on engineering and operations in this field. We expect to have this formalized – hopefully by year’s end. As always, we are excited to share some information on new projects we are working on or have recently completed, as well as some technical information that should be of interest to you all. Please enjoy the newsletter, and let us know how we can help in any way. Click here to view our 2H 2020 EYP MCF newsletter: https://conta.cc/2Hmm1Je

    • COVID Challenges Facing Higher Education IT

      Prior to the COVID crisis, higher education institutions were already striving to create effective and flexible short- and long-term strategies for IT infrastructure and data centers. A common challenge for many institutions is that aging data centers are in academic buildings on campus occupying valuable and expensive space that would be better suited to supporting the institution’s core mission. Increasing user and performance demands are overwhelming the existing IT infrastructure, requiring additional data center systems, power, and space. The capital costs associated with IT facilities are often difficult to estimate in campus master planning, and even more challenging to fund amidst multiple departments with competing academic priorities. The COVID pandemic has changed IT/network bandwidth requirements dramatically. Face-to-face course delivery is being combined with synchronous and asynchronous digital learning. Most higher education institutions are not prepared for the facilities and IT/network requirements to manage this radical pivot. Some of the challenges generated from a new hybrid course delivery model include: • Significant increase in data center facility requirements (power, space, density, reliability) to support the delivery of streaming and online courses. • Networks struggle to support the increased bandwidth and hardware needed to deliver courses and research to thousands of remote users and geographically dispersed network nodes on remote campuses. • Dedicated media production studios and purpose-built, or renovated, lecture hall/classrooms are needed to support the creation and delivery of quality, interactive courses. Due to the expectations of an institution’s brand level of education, digital courses need to maintain a standard to stay competitive. There is industry consensus that these changes in the delivery of higher education courses is changed now for the long term. Parallel investment is necessary for the facilities that support face-to-face learning as well as investment in the IT/network infrastructure to support distance learning. Both modes of delivery are critical to provide maximum flexibility to institutions as they strive to meet the needs of students and faculty going forward. From a planning perspective, there are critical short term, tactical steps that can be taken to prepare for the Fall 2020 semester. These initial projects need to be a part of a longer-term strategic plan so that capital is well invested in a building block approach. This requires a partner with a deep skillset in the following areas: • Significant IT and Network Architecture and the ability to translate that into the supporting facility infrastructure design and delivery • Forensic engineering skills to extend existing infrastructure capability to support both tactical and strategic plans • Architectural design and MEP expertise to thoughtfully integrate new systems into existing facilities and infrastructure • Financial acumen and program management skills to develop potential options that identify associated time, cost, and risk to make informed decisions understanding capital and operating costs For additional information please visit our higher education website at: https://www.eypmcfinc.com/higher-education

    • COVID Challenges Facing Higher Education IT

      Prior to the COVID crisis, higher education institutions were already striving to create effective and flexible short- and long-term strategies for IT infrastructure and data centers. A common challenge for many institutions is that aging data centers are in academic buildings on campus occupying valuable and expensive space that would be better suited to supporting the institution’s core mission. Increasing user and performance demands are overwhelming the existing IT infrastructure, requiring additional data center systems, power, and space. The capital costs associated with IT facilities are often difficult to estimate in campus master planning, and even more challenging to fund amidst multiple departments with competing academic priorities. The COVID pandemic has changed IT/network bandwidth requirements dramatically. Face-to-face course delivery is being combined with synchronous and asynchronous digital learning. Most higher education institutions are not prepared for the facilities and IT/network requirements to manage this radical pivot. Some of the challenges generated from a new hybrid course delivery model include: • Significant increase in data center facility requirements (power, space, density, reliability) to support the delivery of streaming and online courses. • Networks struggle to support the increased bandwidth and hardware needed to deliver courses and research to thousands of remote users and geographically dispersed network nodes on remote campuses. • Dedicated media production studios and purpose-built, or renovated, lecture hall/classrooms are needed to support the creation and delivery of quality, interactive courses. Due to the expectations of an institution’s brand level of education, digital courses need to maintain a standard to stay competitive. There is industry consensus that these changes in the delivery of higher education courses is changed now for the long term. Parallel investment is necessary for the facilities that support face-to-face learning as well as investment in the IT/network infrastructure to support distance learning. Both modes of delivery are critical to provide maximum flexibility to institutions as they strive to meet the needs of students and faculty going forward. From a planning perspective, there are critical short term, tactical steps that can be taken to prepare for the Fall 2020 semester. These initial projects need to be a part of a longer-term strategic plan so that capital is well invested in a building block approach. This requires a partner with a deep skillset in the following areas: • Significant IT and Network Architecture and the ability to translate that into the supporting facility infrastructure design and delivery • Forensic engineering skills to extend existing infrastructure capability to support both tactical and strategic plans • Architectural design and MEP expertise to thoughtfully integrate new systems into existing facilities and infrastructure • Financial acumen and program management skills to develop potential options that identify associated time, cost, and risk to make informed decisions understanding capital and operating costs For additional information please visit our higher education website at: https://www.eypmcfinc.com/higher-education

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