Welcome to Tate’s Blog!

Through our data center optimization audits, meetings and projects, Tate has the opportunity to visit numerous data centers throughout the world. This provides valuable insight into industry best practices.

We post timely and relevant content several times a month. Please contact Brad Johnson if there is a topic which you would like to see covered.

Friday, August 7, 2015

A Roomba or Hoover Data Center?

Published by Daniel Kennedy
After some deliberation, I finally purchased The Roomba, a robotic vacuum cleaner. Although somewhat late to the Roomba Revolution, typically I am quick to embrace new technologies after they’ve proven their usefulness to those I know. After a few short days of ownership, I found my house cleaner and better maintained. No need to manually operate a vacuum ever again!

Friday, July 31, 2015

4 Advantages of Using Factory Applied Finishes

Office buildings have changed dramatically in the last 50 years; from the size of an employee office, to the layout, to the overall ‘look’ - which includes how raised floors have been incorporated into designs.  

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Past or Future? Aisle or Rack Level Containment? Part 2.

Published by Daniel Kennedy
Part one of this blog post discussed the clear advantages of rack level containment when it comes to the future of air side economization in the data center.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Past or Future? Aisle or Rack Level Containment? Part 1.

Published by Daniel Kennedy
In the data center world the use of cold or hot aisle level containment has obvious merits when it comes to air flow control, and ensuring that the power expended for heat rejection is not wasted by inefficient air flow delivery. Many in the data center industry wonder out loud why it took so long to adopt such a simple concept.  A quick look back in history shows that airflow separation isn’t exactly a new concept.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Comparison between 2011 and 2008 ASHRAE Thermal Guidelines

Published by Ahmed Adly
Comparison between 2011 and 2008 ASHRAE Thermal Guidelines The ASHRAE Guidelines suggest a mix of parameters to balance the energy savings of the cooling system versus the reliability, performance and acoustic behavior of equipment in a data center. The metrics used to determine the Data Center operating environmental envelope are: Server Power versus T Ambient. Server Performance vs T Ambient.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

2014 Q3 Newsletter

The Ultimate in Airflow Containment

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

How to Integrate your Raised Floor System into BMS or DCiM Software

Published by Justin Blumling
At face value, this seems absurd. A raised floor is a system of steel panels and pedestals, none of which have moving parts or contain onboard intelligence. How can I do this? Or more importantly - Why would I? Let’s take a look. Why: Most consumers tend to purchase raised floor systems for their inherent flexibility and rigidity. For years, these two needs were considered to be the most important.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

You Can't Manage What You Can't Measure: Challenges with Conventional Airflow Measurement

Published by Daniel Kennedy and Justin Blumling
Since the EPA’s 2007 Report to Congress ushered in the era of data center efficiency, data center professionals have encountered a similar refrain: You can’t manage what you can’t measure. This catchy slogan encourages owners and operators to develop a monitoring framework that will, first, benchmark data center efficiency performance and, later, gauge the impact of efficiency improvements over time.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

2014 Q1 Newsletter

You Can't Manage What You Can't Measure

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

2013 Q4 Newsletter

How Much is Bypass Airflow Costing Your Data Center?

Monday, July 1, 2013

2013 Q3 Newsletter

Room for Improvement? Well Managed Co-Location Provider Aims to Improve Facility's Efficiency

Monday, April 1, 2013

2013 Q2 Newsletter

Large Co-Location Provider Aims to Lower Energy Consumption with Directional Airflow

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

2013 Q1 Newsletter

Large Co-location Provider Fights Tough Hotspots and Lowers Energy Consumption with Data Center Optimization Audit Report