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A Good Team is the Key to Success

Mikhail Andreev

In 2013, Hosser Telecom Solutions Co. (HTS) was awarded the Global Partner Award by Stulz GmbH, a German manufacturer of precision air conditioners and cooling systems. Thanks largely to its partnership with HTS, this vendor's equipment has been gaining market share in Russia over recent years, while putting pressure on other manufacturers of precision air-conditioning systems for IT- and telecom facilities. HTS CEO Mikhail Andreev casts light on the reasons for the successful promotion of Stulz's equipment in recent years.

Building an Efficient Data Center: Switching from the Natural Economy to an Ad Hoc Approach

Sergey Belik

Conventionally speaking, the prevailing approach in Russia to data center construction can be referred to as a natural economy approach: every client orders and builds only those facilities that he will subsequently use. At the same time, its not essential whether this customer will use a systems integrator (vendor) or will build the data center on his own. The vast majority of facilities cost more than foreign counterparts, while almost all of them consume more power for cooling purposes. Many Russian data centers become obsolete without exhausting the lifespan of equipment.

What has a proper Data Center got to brag about?

Alexander Shirokov

A data center should first and foremost ensure continuous service rendering. And this directly hinges on its categorization and conformity with international standards. The US-based Uptime Institute ranks data centers using three reliability levels. The author considers one of those levels (Tier III) to be the best choice even for major organizations.

Data Center Lifecycle: Investment Plan

Ilya Ostapolets

The classical concept of data center lifecycle (planning, implementation, operation, and control) has one very extensive stage covering the initial feasibility study, structuring, resource selection and the creation of a project team. This stage refers to the data center creation process and takes place even before project initiation. The author covers the implementation features of the above steps based on his own experience of participation (as CTO) in the construction of a large-scale data center facility called Avantage DataCenter.

One Should Go His Own Way

Natalia Rublevskaya, Denis Sviridov

A data center never stays the same and never scales down. Various changes happen daily and require continuous investments. The art of managing a data center comes down to making sure that investments work efficiently throughout the entire data center lifecycle. While a complete analysis of all investment optimization points in respect to data centers is not required here, the authors share their decision-making experience gained when creating and developing the TechnoGorod data center.

Risk-free Approach to Cooling

Igor Schwarz

This article covers some examples of major blunders occurring when designing a data hall and associated equipment with overheating and power supply issues. The author emphasizes that such blunders lead to a significant risk of downtime, data loss, as well as a damaged corporate image.

From Redundancy Schemes to Saving Reserves

Alexander Nilov

In order to improve data center fault-tolerance, design contractors and customers use different redundancy schemes. But at the same time, they usually don't bear in mind that redundancy protection assumes increased infrastructure CAPEX and OPEX and may reduce data center efficiency afterwards as well. The author offers a reasonable compromise between redundancy level and efficiency.

Modular Solutions a Tool for Effective Data Center Investments

Fedor Klimenko

Being a real estate asset, every data center must be liquid. In the case of real estate, this liquidity determines the return on investment. The highest ROI of data center facilities is achieved when it's current rack deployment level and power parameters are close to the current demand at any given time.

Who Builds Data Centers in a Reasonable Way

Guy Willner

How do you gain the wisdom to make proper investments in your data center, while providing ample time to find customers before running out of money? Anyone who has ever been involved in managing a data center should remember that funds are literally falling into a black hole at the project's beginning an investor has no choice but to wait for the sales team to start generating profit. However, if financial resources are limited, one has to learn how to spend money wisely.

Cost Saving Budget when Building a Data Center

Mikhail Salikov

In the current economic situation, the problem of budget optimization comes to the fore when building a data center. This article covers the possibilities for budget optimization, depending on the relationship model used when dealing with companies involved in such projects. One example is explored: a customer hires a general contractor, while staying actively involved in the entire process of creating a data center and setting no limitations in terms of technical requirements and cost-efficiency.

Cloud DC Moscow 1 ― the 1st Resident of the Alabushevo Special EconomicZone

Top execs of the Cloud DC Moscow 1 facility challenged design contractors to create an engineering infrastructure for cloud service. It was initially decided that this facility would not be used for rendering collocation services. As a result, an engineering infrastructure was created capable of supporting racks with a high power density.

Dear Cabinet

DCJournal.ru surveyed the staff of various Russian data centers to find out what server cabinets are in use in their facilities, what pros and cons they notice when operating this equipment.

CoolW@ll Cools a Data Center: Ultrahigh Energy Efficiency and Maximum Capacity

Sergey Bondarev

When operating a data center, the efficient cooling of the IT equipment is one of the top issues. Cooling costs account for the lion's share of energy consumption up to 50 % and above. But there is a way for a significant reduction in energy costs a well-chosen air-conditioning system.

Designing a Hybrid Cooling System

The Client is designing a commercial ollocation data center and is looking for a solution to optimize expenditures for electricity. The designer is facing the task of using a complex (hybrid) of the newest technologies in creating the data center cooling system.

Climate for Air Conditioners

Alex Volintsev, Andrey Pankratovich, Alexander Saltanov, Anton Shcherbakov, Valery Bahtin, Dmitry Gushchin, Sergey Belik

While ensuring the required climatic variables within a data center, air-conditioning systems themselves are largely dependent on the ambient temperature. They are especially sensitive to operation at low temperatures. The authors share their experience in solving problems related to operating various climate control equipment at facilities located in climate zones with critically low winter temperatures.

Sever - a Multi-function Container-based Mobile Computing System

This article covers an all-welded vandal-proof container called Sever BKS-1 designed for deploying a multifunctional computing complex and technological systems. This product was developed by GrandMotors Production-Engineering Department. Its experts have already created a range of equipment and engineering solutions for designing and creating a mobile data center.

Server for Hosting

Piotr Chayanov

In order to satisfy the demand on dedicated server services, hosting-providers often buy additional server gear. Meanwhile, they need server specs to match a client's needs for avoiding over-spending. Russia-based Cool Systems Co. developed and started supplying its Russian customers with Cool Systems Aero10 solutions that meet such requirements.

Freon Cooling Systems: Reconceptualization

Ilya Nikulin

In previous years, experts often highlighted one critical disadvantage of Freon-based AC-units i.e. a low energy efficiency resulting in high OPEX. However, the cooling systems market recently saw a real technological revolution affecting traditional Freon-based systems among others.

Russia's Top 20 Commercial Data Centers Ready to Cooperate With Foreign Customers

A number of foreign companies processing personal data of Russian citizens are expected to increase demand on services provided by Russian-based data centers in light of certain amendments to the Russian legislation that were introduced by law No. 242-FZ effective 1st September 2015. But these foreign companies can encounter a language barrier among others. Which Russian data centers are currently ready to communicate with foreign customers? The article presents a rating of the top-20 Russian facilities ready for such cooperation.

Will Russian Data Center Owners Become Richer and Happier after 1st September?

Mikhail Emelyannikov

The 1st of Septemberwas marked by the coming into force of the amendments to the Russian legislation introduced by a two year long debate over the Federal Law No. 242-FZ. Thanks to the media, this law got an imposing name On the territoriality (or localization) of databases storing personal data belonging to the citizens of the Russian Federation. This law was covered in a number of publications and clarifications. And yet, there's no clarity on how to abide by it.

Clarifications on Russia's Personal Data Localization Law

Dmitry Marinichev, Alexander Savelyev

The Ministry of Telecom and Mass Communications of the Russian Federation opened for public use a new section called Personal Data Hotline within its official website. To some extent, this tool represents a significant contribution to the solution of the problem related to the univocal interpretation of the concepts and definitions of provisions on localization of personal data 242-FZ. The clarifications are the result of six months of analytical and organizational work.

Tax Implications Caused by the Localization of Personal Data Processing

Irina Dmitrieva

Effective September the 1st, 2015, the requirement on the localization of personal data processing obliges the operators (that are collecting any personal data belonging to the citizens of the Russian Federation) to ensure the recording, systematization, accumulation, storage, verification, and retrieval of such data using databases located in Russia. This requirement is not directly related to taxation, but may cause certain tax consequences for contractual arrangements between Russian data centers and foreign operators, as well as (in the long term, potentially) for foreign operators in Russia.

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