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Telecom Data Center Downtime: An Expensive Busy Signal

on Tue, Nov 8, 2016 By | RF Code | 0 Comments | asset management environmental monitoring downtime RTOI
:What use is a 99.9999 per cent uptime promise when the data center goes down? As we discussed previously, banks depend on data centers; so do Telecoms carriers. It takes only a few seconds of downtime for the ripples to be felt far and wide.
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Resilient Data Center Equals Resilient Bank

on Wed, Nov 2, 2016 By | RF Code | 0 Comments | environmental monitoring uptime asset management downtime
The moment that bank customers are denied access to their money - whether at an ATM, through telephone banking or online - alarm bells ring. All too often the issue can be attributed to a software problem or faulty servers in the data center.
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SE Marty Johnstone: From Customer to Colleague

on Fri, Oct 28, 2016 By | RF Code | 0 Comments | environmental monitoring asset management RTOI
In the second part of our Q&A with Marty Johnstone, Sales Engineer at RF Code, we discussed his move to RF Code and his opinion on the industry.
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SE Marty Johnstone: The RF Code Customer Perspective

on Thu, Oct 20, 2016 By | RF Code | 0 Comments | asset management environmental monitoring RTOI
In the next installment of our Q&A series with members of the RF Code team, we spoke to Marty Johnstone, our newest sales engineer. Marty was previously a customer of RF Code at CME Group, and as such he brings a unique perspective on how RF Code's real-time operational intelligence brings value in the marketplace. In this first portion of a two-part interview we asked him to tell us of his experience.
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Infographic: The World's Hottest Data Centers

on Thu, Aug 18, 2016 By | RF Code | 0 Comments | infographics environmental monitoring
Is it getting warm in here? If you're standing in a cutting-edge data center the answer may very well be "yes!" Data center operators know that with sufficiently granular environmental monitoring and visibility they can raise their CRAC set points and still stay within ASHRAE guidelines, ensuring uptime while drastically reducing power and cooling costs. But the result can mean your work wardrobe consists of shorts, t-shirts, and flip-flops. In our latest infographic, we take a look at some data centers around the world that are utilizing heat in some inventive ways. Whether they're pushing the limits of just how warm a data center can get, or utilizing high temperatures to control the environment in innovative ways, these are some red hot data centers.
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The Evolution of Real-Time Operational Intelligence in the Data Center (Part 1)

on Tue, Aug 2, 2016 By | RF Code | 1 Comment | RTOI asset lifecycle management dcim environmental monitoring
Part 1: The Importance of Asset Management, Monitoring, and Data Utilization The term “Real-Time Operational Intelligence” or RTOI is beginning to gain traction in a variety of technology and business verticals, but it’s an idea that RF Code has been developing for years. At its most basic, RTOI is a concept whereby businesses are able to take incredibly large amounts of data and quickly convert it into informed and intelligent actions. As you might expect, the benefits of properly executed RTOI are great: immediate response to potential threats before they can cause downtime, ongoing improvements made to increase optimization (with low staff hours needed for tasks like data analysis), and the ability to take vast amounts of data and funnel them through one channel for ease of interpretation. Like many other methods of operational improvement in the data center industry, RTOI has also been evolving to meet a variety of needs.
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Confessions of a Data Center Manager: Water, Water Everywhere

on Wed, Jul 6, 2016 By | RF Code | 0 Comments | environmental monitoring disaster avoidance downtime
Often our customers and colleagues in the industry come to us with stories that they wouldn’t want their management or the public hearing about. In this blog series we discuss these experiences and how they could be solved - with all names and confidential information kept a secret of course!
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The Role of Energy Star Ratings in Increasing Energy Optimization and Reducing Data Center Costs

on Wed, Jun 29, 2016 By | RF Code | 0 Comments | energy savings environmental monitoring
For many of us, Energy Star ratings are a useful benchmark we use when purchasing a new washer, dryer, refrigerator, etc. It’s hard to find a downside in reducing our household power usage, lowering our utility bills, and helping the environment. And frankly, it’s not that different for those of us who work within the data center industry: there isn’t really any downside to reducing the operational expenses associated with energy use so long as uptime and service delivery is unaffected. 
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Data Center Efficiency: You Can’t Change What You Can’t Measure

on Fri, Jun 3, 2016 By | Tom Larson | 0 Comments | environmental monitoring power management energy savings
Today’s data centers are taking the heat both literally and figuratively. With equipment generating enormous amounts of thermal energy, data centers continue to shovel operational funds into cooling as energy costs steadily climb. Environmental optimization is so demanding that Emerson Network Power cites that cooling and energy make up 44% of the average data center’s cost of ownership. These shocking levels of energy consumption have led to much rebuttal in the media — particularly the negative environmental impact of the data center industry’s staggering 200% increase in power consumption between 2005 and 2010 in addition to the more modest, but nonetheless concerning, 36% increase between 2005 and 2012 .
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RF Code Gets Test-y: We Have the Technology!

on Wed, Jun 1, 2016 By | Sylverre Polhemus | 0 Comments | environmental monitoring corporate asset tracking
Here at RF Code, we are dedicated to improving the range and usability of our asset management and environmental monitoring solutions. Our testing includes serious quality testing in real-world data centers and our labs. We also encourage our employees and families to try out our solutions in real-world and simulated situations...
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