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1An Inside View Todays Data Center

The Gloucester County Institute of Technology, Sewell, N.J., recently embarked on a $500,000 technology infrastructure upgrade. As part of this massive initiative, the school called in integrator Rick Tashman of Syscom Technologies, Blue Bell, Pa., to help design, deploy and service a new data center optimizing the latest virtualization, consolidation, power, cooling and monitoring technologies. Syscom brought in its vendor partners featuring APC and its Hot Aisle Containment System with its scalable, modular design. The data center phase of the project is valued at approximately $200,000 and took just 3 days to build, once the mechanical engineers, electrical engineers and everyone else involved in the project agreed on the implementation.

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All of the data center’s wiring comes in from the ceiling and was installed by electrical engineers ahead of time so when the data center’s equipment arrived it was ready.

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Bernard Ruzzo, District Manager, Philadelphia, APC, stands in the Hot Aisle of the data center showing the cooling technology works extremely efficiently.

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The on-demand architecture includes power, cooling, racks, security and the management of all of these elements.

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This simple looking camera, the APC NetBotz Room Monitor 455, is located directly across the data center on the top wall and monitors motion, sound, temperature, humidity, humidity/water, vibration and smoke.

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The monitor room is adjacent to the data center and provides Brad Watson, Network Administrator, Gloucester County, Special Services School District, with a view of everything going on in the data center. Watson said the current data center services five schools and has plenty of room to grow if it were to take on more. Syscom also provided all the monitor equipment and continues to service the center with after-market monitoring support.