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Published on October 29, 2018 By Leo Lee When organisations are considering to house their mission critical environment in a commercial data centre, the immediate question is ‘which one?’   WHICH COLOCATION PROVIDER? Apart from the commercial considerations, it is important to evaluate the colocation data centre providers on both...
Published on October 22, 2018 By Jan Willem Mooren   DCOS is the world’s first complete data centre operations standard. DCOS addresses 11 process domains and 5 maturity levels which at first sight can be overwhelming for some organisations who consider improving their data centre operations based on the DCOS....
Many people probably have this question on their minds if they have not experienced EPI's training before.  These are the reasons why so many global enterprises including Fortune 500 companies have chosen EPI training.    Hands-on Expert Knowledge  The EPI courses are written by a group of data centre veterans...
  The modern IT Manager/Consultant/Teamlead is expected to: 1. Keep up with the ever-growing complexity and integration of business processes 2. Manage IT efficiently and effectively in this fast paced and complex environment 3. Stay relevant and stay ahead of the competition   Many senior IT professionals are very good...
Published on Feb 26, 2018 Edward van Leent Chairman & CEO at EPI Group of Companies Last week an announcement was made that the QTS Data Centers facility in Chicago received the UL3223 certification. The immediate question which floated around in the industry was multi-fold; Why is UL, an international safety...
Take this quick quiz to find out if you know your data centre facilities/infrastructure!   No registration required and answers are provided.   QUESTIONS Q1 What is the maximum Electro Magnetic Field (EMF) strength which data centre equipment can handle without performance degradation or even break down? Q2 Do you...
  JOIN THE WORLD OF ELITE CERTIFIED DATA CENTRE PROFESSIONALS!   Certified Data Centre Professional (CDCP) is the leading globally recognised training course and certification for data centre professionals. If you are working in and around the data centre industry, the CDCP training and certification is a must-have for you,...
Uptime vs. TIA-942: Uptime certification is easy, ANSI/TIA-942 certification is difficult Published on Jul 4, 2017 Edward van Leent Chairman & CEO at EPI Group of Companies Following up on my previous article, we will now have a closer look at a statement which consultants favouring Uptime tend to throw...
Uptime vs. TIA-942: Outcome based or checklist or can it be both? Published on Jun 13, 2017 Edward van Leent Chairman & CEO at EPI Group of Companies In this article, in the series of articles about Uptime vs. TIA-942, I will address a statement often used in favour of...
Uptime vs. TIA-942: What is within the scope? Published on May 22, 2017 Edward van Leent Chairman & CEO at EPI Group of Companies One of the key differences between UTI:TST and ANSI/TIA-942 is the scope. For the TST topology guideline of UTI the scope is very clear as it only...
Uptime vs. TIA-942: Standard or guideline? Published on May 22, 2017 Edward van Leent Chairman & CEO at EPI Group of Companies There have been many debates on the internet to discuss this topic including the confusion about its relation to codes and arguments about using a capital letter to indicate...
Uptime vs. TIA-942: A short history Published on May 14, 2017 Edward van Leent Chairman & CEO at EPI Group of Companies Before getting into the details of Uptime vs. TIA-942, I thought it would be a good idea to provide a bit of background so that some of the matters...
Uptime vs. TIA-942: Introduction, why this series of articles? Published on May 8, 2017 Edward van Leent Chairman & CEO at EPI Group of Companies During a recent one month tour throughout the USA and Asia I had the pleasure to meet numerous data centre owners/operators, consultants and end-users to talk...
The EPI IT Training Framework – Part 2 of 4   CITP – Certified IT Professional Published on February 17, 2017 Managing Director EPI Malaysia In this follow-up to Part 1, we will answer some of the common questions we have received about CITP: ·      What is the course about? ·      Who will...
The EPI IT Training Framework The World’s Only IT Training Framework Fully Aligned with the e-CF – Part 1 of 4 Published on January 20, 2017 Managing Director EPI Malaysia We have often received many questions about the EPI IT Training Framework, CITP, CITS and CITE.  Among the most common questions...
Auditors Conflict of Interest Published on October 21, 2016 Edward van Leent Chairman & CEO at EPI Group of Companies Last week I was attending the Data Centre World Asia which took place in Singapore. We had a lot of traffic at the booth and one of the visitors had a...
In order to measure the performance of a data centre, we require Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). A KPI is a measurable value that demonstrates how effectively a company is achieving key business objectives. Organisations use KPIs to evaluate their success at reaching targets.  Practically therefore, KPIs are designed to benchmark...
The recent Delta Airlines incident sent a shockwave through the data centre industry. According to the airline company, ‘a critical power control module at our technology Command centre malfunctioned, causing a surge to the transformer and a loss of power. The universal power was stabilized and power was restored quickly....
The global release of the EPI-DCOS® has created a big wave in the industry. One of the questions often heard is ‘What are the data centre operations standards out there and how do we compare them’?  With this short article we attempt to provide an overview of standards and guidelines...
What are the data centre operations standards out there and how do we compare them?   The table below provides a quick comparison of the standards and guidelines which can be considered for data centre operations and maintenance processes.   ISO DCOS M&O Stamp of Approval TIMS Owner ISO EPI Uptime...
This question often arises when professionals are faced with the expiry date of their hard earned qualification.  They question how much new information will be in the current version of the training material versus the training material they had when they attended the course. Re-certification has great value for both...
A data centre is a dedicated space where companies store and operate the majority of their information and communications technology infrastructure (data centre infrastructure) that supports their business. A typical data centre will have redundant power quality controls and backup power system, data communications connections, environmental (cooling) controls such as air-conditioning...
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