Monday, February 25, 2008


New Data Center - Update

I had the pleasure of taking a tour of the new data center where NextComp will be living starting on March 1st.

It's truly state-of-the-art. There's a huge (seriously, it's big) generator near the back entrance to the building. The building and the server room are both physically secured. NextComp will have it's own "rack" which is basically a cabinet to hold the servers. The cabinet is locked and access to the front panels of the server machines are all physically locked as well.

NextComp has always been protected by a firewall and this will continue to be the case after the move.

Here's a photo of the front corner of the building:


Here are some stats on the data center:

* UPS (Uninterruptable Power Supply): Powerware 9315-80kVA 40 battery support cabinent
* 250 KW Synergy Standby Generator Model #207492

* Pre-action and FM-200 Gas Suppression System w/ FIKES DACT Control

2 CRAC Units:
What is a CRAC unit? I didn't know either.
I guess it's like a very specialized air conditioning unit.

What does all this mean?

NextComp will be more reliable, faster, more secure and have few, if any, periods of downtime after the move on Saturday. Good news all around!

Please let me know if you have any questions at all about his move.


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