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Blanking Panels

By on September 11, 2015

With the increased focus on making our data centers as efficient as possible, blanking panels have become a necessity for all of us. However, they do come in many shapes and materials – and at different prices!

Many data center operators buy thousands of these, with the manufacturers logo or no logo at all. However, if you have a lot of racks filled up with these, and perhaps have presence in multiple data centers, why not use all this space to brand your company? See examples of how it can be done below:

Branded Blanking Panels

Through one of our partners, we are able to offer you very cheap blanking panels – optionally branded with your own logo, or as traditional blanking panels without any logo at all. The pricing per blanking panel is as follows:

  • 120-3,000 pcs: €1 / $1.15
  • 3,001-5,000 pcs: €0.95 / $1.10
  • 5,001-10,000 pcss: €0.90 / $1
  • Logo embosed: €1,150 / $1,300 (one time fee)
  • Custom color plastic: No extra charge, but minimum order of 3,000 pieces

The blanking panels are packed in boxes of 120 per box and the default color is black.
Logo printed in color, rather tham embosed, is also possible – custom pricing will apply.
The maximum dimensions of the logo are 30 x 110 mm (height x width).

The blanking panels are in plastic and can be mounted toolless  (they are just clicked in to the rack), unlike traditional steel blanking panels that typically require screws.


Click here to contact us with a description of your requirements, then we will get back to you as soon as possible!

Installed Blanking Panels

September 11, 2015

Data Center App

By on April 16, 2014

Following up on our launch of Data Center Research last month, we have now launched an Android/iOS DCR app!

The DCR app provides you with the ability to stay up-to-date with data center related news on your phone or tablet. Furthermore it also enables you to see the most recent white papers, analyst reports and industry events added to DCR. For now the app is very simple and basic, but as time goes it will be improved and expanded.

The DCR app can be found in the respective app stores, if you search for Data Center Research. Alternatively you can also access it directly via the links below:

Have You Tried Our Tracker?

Set up your own custom tracker on DCR, to be alerted of news, reports, white papers and events matching your interest!

You define which companies, industries, technologies and/or geographic areas you are interested in, and then you can be alerted of news via one or more of the following methods:

  1. Daily, weekly or monthly e-mail digest
  2. RSS feed in your favorite RSS reader
  3. Custom overview on our website
  4. On your phone/tablet via our Data Center Research App.

The tracker service is of course completely free of charge and can be cancelled again at any point. Click here to check it out!

Latest Free White Papers:

Laterst Analyst Reports:

To get a sense of what kind of quality you can expect from the analyst reports, check out a complimentary report here and here.

April 16, 2014

Data Center News, White Papers & Analyst Reports!

By on March 4, 2014

We have some exiting news to share! This week we launched a sister site to Data Center Map, called Data Center Research.

Data Center Research is a new portal that helps you keep up with the industry and research topics of your interest. Over the years we have built a database of more than 15,000 data center-related news articles and around 5,000 analyst reports/white papers, from the leading media and research companies in our industry. We have analyzed all these data and linked them together, based on various criteria such as companies covered, geographic markets, technologies etc., to make it as easy as possible for you to keep track of what has happened in the past and what is happening moving forward!

For example if you would like to research Equinix, take a look here. Alternatively if you are looking to get on top of the data center market in Japan, take a look here. Looking for something completely different? Go have a look, we can definitely help you find it – as long as it relates to data centers! Below you can see a few examples of white papers and reports in our database:

Analyst Reports:

Free White Papers:

In addition to using our website to search for relevant data, we also offer the ability to set up a custom tracker. The custom tracker can be used to alert you about new articles, white papers or reports, relating to a specific company, market or other criteria. Either via an e-mail digest (daily, weekly or monthly), an RSS feed, a custom website overview or via our new mobile app for Android/iPhone/iPad, that we will be launching very soon!

DCR is also a great way for publishers of news, white papers and reports to reach a wider audience that might not come across their publications elsewhere. Are you an analyst or media company? Reach out to hear more about what we can do. Are you looking for lead generation or branding? Consider submitting to our white paper database.

Like what you are seeing? Spread the word, join our LinkedIn group, follow @DataCenterRes on Twitter and/or +1 us on Google Plus.

Click here to visit Data Center Research

March 4, 2014

3 Reasons to Consider Data Center Relocation

By on February 11, 2014

Just like anything else, trends come and go; this is especially true for data center relocation. Although such a move may seem too important to undertake without careful consideration, not taking into account new trends and hot topics can leave a data center owner or operator out in the cold.

While companies may have a number of reasons to consider a data center relocation, here are three that you may not have thought about:

1) Improved energy efficiency
Although moving may seem like an overly dramatic response to energy efficiency concerns, data center relocation may become a more popular option as this becomes an increasingly prevalent issue.

In the past, server rooms and data centers were built without too much thought to energy usage. As long as air conditioning units were able to keep equipment from overheating and unplanned downtime was avoided, data center owners and operators were happy. However, after an October 2012 report from The New York Times claimed that data centers waste 90 percent of the energy they intake and that these facilities worldwide use as much electricity in a given year as is generated by 30 nuclear power plants, power usage effectiveness became a far more prevalent concern.

Part of this issue stems from the ability of the data center to maintain ideal internal temperatures. According to statistics from the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers cited by Energy Star, most servers should be in a room that is between 65 degrees and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. However, if the data center facility is poorly insulated, then much of the cold air pumped in via HVAC units quickly dissipates, forcing managers to use more electricity to keep equipment under ideal conditions. As such, some organizations may find it more cost effective to conduct a data center relocation to a more energy efficient building to significantly reduce these kinds of costs.

2) Mitigate new external threats
Unplanned downtime has always been a constant threat to data center owners and operators, but until recently it has taken a backseat to other concerns. While geographic proximity has long been – and continues to be – one of the core factors considered in a data center relocation, the threat presented by natural disasters has now slightly shifted this focus.

For instance, New York City and other major metropolitan areas along the Eastern Seaboard of the United States are among the most sought-after locations for a data center relocation due to the sheer number of businesses and individual customers headquartered in and around these cities. However, as natural disasters such as hurricanes become more prevalent in these regions, some organizations have considered relocating inland. In particular, InfoWorld blogger Paul Venezia wrote last November that the damage brought by Hurricane Sandy should make data center owners and operators reconsider the costs and benefits associated with building in New York and New Jersey.

3) For tax breaks
Business owners are looking to lower their overall tax spending, and this is definitely true among companies that operate a proprietary data center. Increasingly, states and municipalities are willing to oblige these requests in order to lure the direct and associated economics benefits that come with a big-name tech firm setting up shop in a given area. According to a report from the Washington Post from June, approximately 15 states have set up data center-specific tax breaks since 2008. Although a data center relocation presents a number of upfront costs, those may be mitigated in the long term by the savings a company may see by paying less in taxes every year.

“States are seeing $500 million up to $1 billion data centers, and they want to have a piece of that action,” John Lenio, managing director of CBRE’s Economic Incentives Group, told the Post. “Without incentives, they weren’t landing on the short list.”

This post is a guest post from our partner SeverLIFT. ServerLIFT manufacturers specialized lifts to safely move equipment during a data center relocation.

February 11, 2014

Data Centers Affected by Hurricane Sandy

By on October 31, 2012

As states on the US East Coast are struggling with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, so are multiple data center operators in the affected areas. We have tried to gather an overview of some of the data centers that are affected by the power outages and flooding below.

  • Equinix experienced generator failures multiple times, at their NY9 data center on 111 8th Avenue. Apart from that they have experienced water leaks in New York and Washington data centers, which affected a customer in one of their NY data centers.
  • XO Communications also suffered power loss at 111 8th Avenue according to media.
  • Cogent had a generator failure at their 33 Whitehall St data center in New York.
  • Datagram has a data center in the same building at 33 Whitehall St, that was also knocked offline due to the fuel tanks and electric systems in the basement being under water.
  • Atlantic Metro experienced power outages in multiple of their data centers in the area. Including their LGA4 data center on 121 Varick St. in NY and LGA1 data center on 325 Hudson St. in NY.
  • Internap lost power to their data center at 75 Broad St. (NY), as a result of the fuel tank and pumps being flooded and causing their generators to run out of fuel.
  • Peer 1 also encountered problems at their 75 Broad St. (NY) data center, forcing them to perform controlled shutdown on some of their customers due to temperature problems. Lack of fuel almost forced them to do a complete shutdown, but 30+ customers helping Peer 1 staff haul fuel up to 17th floor in buckets saved them. What a story!
  • Zayo Group (zColo) experienced a temperature rise to 100 degrees fahrenheit in their data center at 111 8th Avenue, after being forced to shut down their cooling due to generator problems.
  • Telx asked their customers at their 111 8th Avenue data center (NYC2) to shut down equipment that was not essential to conserve fuel for the generators.
  • Probably many more, got any info to share? Feel free to drop a comment or write us an e-mail.

Facing natural hazards like Hurricane Sandy, data center operators are normally very well prepared by going through their emergency procedures, making sure their diesel tanks are filled up and by having staff available onsite or nearby. As you can see from the above, not all providers were well enough prepared or were affected by failing equipmentthat did not perform as intended.

While some of these were just hit by bad luck, there are also some serious issues to consider once the dust settles. Fuel tanks and electrical equipment in basement level, that cannot be utilized upon flooding? That seems like a no-go in data center design. Likewise not having diesel enough onsite prior to an expected hurricane of this magnitude? That is just bad preparation.

We wish the best of luck to data center operators and customers, as well as all the other people affected by this tragedy.

October 31, 2012
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