Tuesday, March 23, 2021

The Key to Cutting Data Center Construction Costs? Use Minimal Infrastructure

The average enterprise data center costs between $10 million and $12 million per megawatt to build, with costs typically front-loaded onto the first few megawatts of deployment. What's more, the typical edge data center costs between $8 million and $9 million. And if data center builders want to keep a lid on ever-rising costs, they need to keep the installation of supporting infrastructure to a minimum from the outset.

That’s the advice of seasoned data center builder Peter Sacco, founder and CEO of PTS Data Center Solutions, who claims that it is possible to drive down costs by around 25 per cent or more, simply by being more disciplined on design.

“When I start working with clients and I ask, ‘What should be the facility’s goals?’ they are clear that, first, it needs to cost less to build. And, not only that, but it needs to cost less to operate, too. And it needs to be deployed faster and it needs to perform better,” said Sacco. 

While that may sound somewhat challenging, the only way in which these potentially conflicting demands can be satisfied is by designing, from the outset, to install “the minimal amount of supporting infrastructure needed to achieve [your desired level of] resilience,” said Sacco. “If you do all that, you improve all four, simultaneously.” Costs, of course, will also depend upon the desire Uptime Institute tier (or equivalent) that the operator wishes to achieve. 

Friday, March 19, 2021

AFCOM NYC/NJ Metro Chapter Quarterly Meeting: March 25, 2021

Join PTS at AFCOM’s second Virtual Event. With lots of help from AFCOM members, and some hard work from the Board, this should serve as a great format for everyone to enjoy. And there will be some great education from all of the sponsors.

AFCOM NYC NJ Metro Chapter

Quarterly Virtual Meeting of the NYC/NJ Metro Chapter
March 25, 2021, from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm
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Schedule of Events
  • 1:00pm – 2:00pm – InVue Education Presentation, Trivia and Music Bingo 
    • Presentation: Zero Trust Architecture in the Modern Data Center 
    • (2) Trivia Questions with Prizes by Sponsor 
    • Music Bingo with Prize 
  • 2:00pm – 3:00pm – PTS Data Center Solutions Education Presentation and Music Bingo
    • Presentation: The Evolving Edge Data Center: Minimize On-Site Construction for Faster Deployment 
    • (2) Trivia Questions with Prizes by Sponsor 
    • Music Bingo with Prize 
  • 3:00pm – 4:00pm – World Wide Technology Education Presentation and Music Bingo 
    • Presentation: The Affects of COVID-19 on the Industry 
    • (2) Trivia Questions with Prizes by Sponsor 
    • Music Bingo with Prize 
  • 4:00pm – 4:20pm – State of the Chapter – Mr. Keith Jackson 
  • 4:30pm – 6:00pm – Cocktail Hour and Virtual Networking

We Hope to See You There!


Friday, February 26, 2021

Powering the Digital Economy: The Data Center Reimagined

How can data center operators insulate themselves from the increasing risks posed by aging centralized power grids prone to outages and vulnerable to natural disasters? 

Data centers are the critical link between the digital and physical world. They power almost every aspect of our economy today, consuming close to 3% of global electricity in the process. Increasing demands on data center infrastructure are being propelled by the shifts to the cloud, machine to machine communication, mobile technologies, VR/AR, AI, 5G and IoT. 

As the world continues to innovate, data center builders and operators grapple with the question of how to navigate a myriad of facility design complexities – balancing 24 x 7 x 365 operations with growing power demands, elevated risks, and the urgent need to reduce the sector’s carbon emissions. 

Elevated risks to critical power infrastructure 

Covid-19 has highlighted our economy’s digital dependence, elevating risks and exposing harsh new realities. 

An aging centralized power grid that is prone to outages and natural disasters, coupled with a dangerous cyber-threat landscape has left society heavily reliant on an electric delivery system that has simply not kept pace with the evolution of its surrounding environment. 

Wednesday, February 03, 2021

Webinar: The Data Center Reimagined – Lower Cost to Build and Operate Your Facility


Webinar: The Data Center Reimagined – Lower Cost to Build and Operate Your Facility

It’s vital for companies to invest in data center operations that are simple in design, easy to operate, and minimize infrastructure needed to achieve data resiliency. By doing so, companies can realize energy efficiency and resiliency by building and operating mission-critical data centers that cost less, can be deployed faster, are easily scalable, and perform better.

In this webinar, Peter Sacco of PTS Data Center Solutions offers groundbreaking views for data center operators pursuing solutions to key operating challenges. Leveraging advanced technology like fuel cells, microgrids, and indirect evaporative cooling, PTS offers revolutionary solutions to cost and resiliency challenges.


Key takeaways from the event to include:

    • Balanced approach to cost, performance, speed of deployment and ease of management
    • Complexity reduction in both data center facility and IT systems
    • Step change reductions in CAPEX and OPEX without sacrificing resiliency
    • A data-centric workload strategy focused on latency, cost, security, application performance, platform reliability, and regulation

Date: Wednesday, February, 10, 2021
Time: 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM Eastern Standard Time


Thursday, September 03, 2020

Contactless Body Temperature Scanning for Safer Reopening

Reopen with Confidence

As the world enters the next phase of the pandemic, businesses are forced to make changes to accommodate not only a changing workforce, but also a changing workplace.  Brick and mortar businesses need to reopen a safe environment in order to protect their employees, clients, and visitors.

Zero-Contact Body Temperature Scanning 

Near the building entrances, employees and visitors will now pause to have their body temperatures checked. The scanner resembles a small tablet on a stand, and produces an accurate temperature reading in seconds. A voice confirmation assures “Your body temperature is normal,” and entry is allowed. All visitors should be scanned every time they enter the building. 

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  • Complies with U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) COVID-19 Policy
  • Non-Contact Touchless Scanning
  • +/-0.5°F Accuracy for use in the fight against COVID-19
  • 0.1 of a second scans keeps lines from forming
  • Suitable for adjunct use in public areas, entrances, doorways
  • Easy to install
  • Easy to use
  • Integrates with management system to manage alerts

Non-Contact Body Temperature Scanner 

The new normal is anything but normal. The modern workplace will require both employees and visitors to be screened for any indication of high temperatures. 

Technology designed to keep everyone safe.

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Bloom Energy Webinar: Microgrid Strategies for Hospitals and Healthcare Organizations

Bloom Energy Webinar
Strategies to Continue Operating During Power Disruptions and Improve Air Quality

Title: Microgrid Strategies for Hospitals and Healthcare Organizations Webinar 
Date: Thursday, August 20, 2020 
Time: 1:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time (10:00 AM Pacific Daylight Time)
Duration: 1 hour 
The nature of today’s hospitals — 24-hour services provided by teams of specialized professionals, supported by an expanding use of technology — creates an extraordinary demand for energy. Now, as the health care field is tackling the most challenging pandemic of our lifetime, resiliency in healthcare energy systems is getting even more critical. Hurricanes, storms and wildfires are unavoidable, but when coupled with viral threats such as COVID-19, reliance on the central grid alone is no longer an option. 

This webinar will consider a strategic focus on how health care systems can prepare themselves for resiliency under pandemic situations. Our speakers will address energy procurement strategies, onsite energy generation technology, , how to reduce energy costs, mitigate revenue loss from canceled procedures, and doing all this while deploying clean energy solutions that improve air quality by eliminating smog-forming pollution and particulate matter. 

What You Will Learn:
  • How to reduce energy costs and mitigate revenue loss from canceled procedures.
  • How to create energy security during pandemics, natural disasters and planned and unplanned outages.
  • How to implement sustainable energy sources, without emitting NOx, Sox and particulate matter and improving local air quality for sensitive patient populations.


  • Nirupama Prakash Kumar, Bloom Energy, Senior Product Manager – Healthcare Microgrids
  • Ryan De La Cruz, Ecom Energy Inc,  Director of Business Development

We invite you to join this discussion and Register Now!

Monday, June 08, 2020

What is DRaaS, and How is it Different from Backup?

Backing up critical data is clearly a major component of any comprehensive Disaster Recovery (DR) plan, but is that all that is needed to ensure your business is safe from catastrophe? What is the difference between DR and Backup? Is DR the same as DRaaS (Disaster Recovery as a Service)? Some definitions of these terms will help create a better understanding of the best way to preserve business continuity, in case disaster strikes. Of course there is no "one size fits all" solution to address the areas of backup, DR, and business continuity, but these definitions will help direct you towards the most suitable DR plan for your enterprise.

What is Disaster Recovery/DRaaS?

  • Disaster Recovery (DR) is the replication of hosting of servers (physical or virtual) from a primary "production" location (typically, your onsite data center) to a secondary "DR" location (a co-located data center, or to the cloud). This replication provides fail-over in the event of catastrophe, as well as fail-back (recovery) when the production data center becomes available.
  • Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) is DR that uses a service provider's cloud-based secondary data center location and compute/storage infrastructure. This is especially critical if your enterprise does not have a secondary data center location.
  • DRaaS On-Demand is DRaaS that uses a service provider's cloud-based secondary location, but you only pay for server fail-over/recovery when it's needed. However, you will still have to pay for the ongoing backup data costs.

What is Backup?

  • Backup can refer to data backup, or in a DR context, virtual server environment backup.  Data backup is simply an extra copy of data. Virtual Server Backup is a snapshot of your virtual machine(s), taken regularly (typically daily), stored in a separate location. This backup serves the short-term purpose of restoring the virtual environment.
  • Backup-as-a-Service (BaaS) is backup to a service provider's cloud-based secondary data center.
disaster recovery RPO RTP PTS

What About RPO and RTO?

Recovery Point Objective (RPO) and Recovery Time Objective (RTO) are two fundamental components of a disaster recovery plan. Each addresses business decisions that must be made as part of a disaster recovery plan:
  • Recovery Point Objective (RPO) determines how frequently data backups are created to addresses the acceptable level of data loss a business is willing to handle between backups. Businesses need to consider how much data they are prepared to lose if disaster strikes.
  • Recovery Time Objective (RTO) is the time it takes for a business to resume regular activities following a catastrophic event. The business consideration here is: how much post-disaster downtime is acceptable before recovery is completed?

The Difference between Disaster Recovery and Backup

Disaster recovery covers the plan to be used to quickly reestablish business operations following an outage. This includes access to applications, data, and IT resources. Paramount to this recovery process is how fast and how non-disruptively you can recover. Keep in mind that data recovery alone, although part of the recovery process, are NOT sufficient to guarantee business continuity. Understanding that backup does NOT equal DR is a major move toward mastering the data protection challenges every enterprise will face.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

On-Demand Webinar: 10 Minutes to DRaaS with PTS and Datrium

PTS Datrium disaster recovery webinarWith the rampant rise in ransomware attacks, the ability to recover quickly and without paying the attackers has never been more critical. But traditional DR has been expensive, complex and unreliable. In this webcast, you'll learn about:
  • The most important capabilities in a DR solution according to IT leaders
  • How to get started with cloud-native DR in 10 minutes
  • How to get 10x savings on DR with an on-demand model using the public cloud
Datrium disaster recovery as a serviceJoin Datrium and PTS Data Center Solutions for a virtual event and learn how to recover instantly after a ransomware attack. After you attend the webinar, we will email you a complimentary $25 Uber Eats gift card you can use to support your local restaurants or we can make a donation in your name to Feeding America.

Date: May 13, 202
Time: 12:30pm - 1:30pm ET
Peter Sacco, Founder & President, PTS Data Center Solutions
Datrium Keith Mossberg, Sales Engineer, Datrium

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Friday, April 17, 2020

Bloom Energy Webinar: Stepping up in a Crisis: Rapidly Deployed, Clean Microgrids for Healthcare Facilities


Title: Stepping up in a Crisis – Rapidly Deployed, Clean Microgrids for Healthcare Facilities 
Date: Tuesday, April 28, 2020
Time: 2:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time (11:00 AM Pacific Daylight Time)
Duration: 1 hour

  Bloom Energy Webinar

As companies step up across the globe to combat the crippling effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, Bloom Energy is fighting the war on two fronts by helping COVID-19 patients breathe easier in very different ways. 

As the U.S. faces a critical shortage of ventilators, a critical medical device used to treat respiratory failure in COVID-19  patients, we are exercising our manufacturing expertise and capabilities to refurbish thousands of out-of-service ventilators across the U.S working with state agencies and healthcare customers.

Bloom Energy logoDue to the success of the ventilator refurbishing efforts and to further our support of essential businesses on the front lines of this pandemic, we have launched a new, rapid deploy microgrid solution to power existing and temporary hospitals, as well as biotech facilities with resilient and pollution-free power. Recent medical studies show a sharply higher mortality rate among coronavirus patients in areas with even slightly increased levels of air pollution. Respiratory disease requires clean air systems, and traditional backups like diesel generators create pollution and air quality issues that are harmful to coronavirus patients. This solution is initially targeted at healthcare facilities but can also be utilized for any facility in need of a rapid power resiliency solution.

Please join us in this discussion when we will showcase this new solution and detail its application at two first-of-its kind projects at temporary field hospitals in California.

We invite you to join this discussion and Register Now!

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

PTS Partner Bloom Energy Repurposes Old Ventilators for Coronavirus Duty

Bloom Energy logoAs the number of COVID-19 cases continue to grow, the number of patients in dire need of expert care has already begun to put a strain on our healthcare systems worldwide. In the U.S. specifically, hospitals have been unable to supply enough ventilators for critically-ill patients during this pandemic.

California Governor Gavin Newsom called on Bloom Energy to see if the Bloom team could repurpose some old ventilators. While other manufacturers are studying and looking at the feasibility to help support production for new medical devices such as ventilators, the Bloom team took action and answered the Governor’s call. As you may know, ventilators are critical to preventing respiratory failure in patients with COVID-19. While the original ventilator service provider told the Governor it might take a month to begin refurbishing, Bloom Operations knew that wasn’t an option with lives at risk. Less than 24 hours later, Bloom's manufacturing team had refurbished 24 ventilators and is now refurbishing an additional 25 more in California and expect to begin similar refurbishment work in Delaware this week.

Bloom Energy Repurposes Old VentilatorsAt this rate, Bloom estimates they can refurbish hundreds of ventilators a week, helping to meet the anticipated high demand. The Society of Critical Care Medicine estimates that 960,000 coronavirus patients in the U.S. may need to be put on ventilators, but there are only about 200,000 such working machines available – while thousands sit idle, having reached their end-of-service life.

Bloom's team's willingness to innovate, solve tough challenges, and commit to the “art of the possible” in this time of need is a true showcase of Bloom's resilience. Their manufacturing teams are working with the State of California and the State of Delaware, and have offered services to other states, to begin refurbishing the thousands of out of service ventilators available in the U.S. Bloom is also working with state agencies and customers – many of which are hospitals and medical device companies – to identify additional supplies of ventilators that need refurbishing.
"While unprecedented times call for unprecedented measures, I could never have predicted that Bloom could have such a direct impact on our society. I am deeply humbled by our team's strength and ability to step up to this challenge. As a U.S.-based manufacturer, we take our responsibility to this country seriously and we stand ready to serve. Like our customers and the communities we serve, we are strong and we are resilient. I am blessed to work with such an amazing group of people."
Andrew Patterson Director, Partner Engagement BloomEnergy Corporation

How you can Help

If you know of any businesses or state agencies with out-of-service ventilators, please email Bloom at:  ventilatorrefurb@bloomenergy.com or visit Bloom's ventilator refurbishment web page at: https://www.bloomenergy.com/ventilators for more information.  Bloom Energy can also be reached on their hotline: +1 (888) 544-2644