Republic Bank Limited Statement of Requirements, Design, Engineering, Construction Management

Republic Bank Limited

Port of Spain, Trinidad

Statement of Requirements, Design, Engineering, Construction Management

 

IBM/BRUNS-PAK were selected by Republic Bank Ltd. to develop a statement of requirements, architectural design and engineering, construction management consulting and commissioning services for a new data center and support infrastructure building to be developed on a Greenfield site outside Port of Spain, Trinidad. Upon completion the facility has become the new primary data center for the Bank.

The project scope included the infrastructure development of the undeveloped site; providing communications and utility services. The single story structure, which is approximately 26,000 square feet in area, is raised roughly five feet above the surrounding grade to enhance security and provide protection from flooding. The new facility provides the Bank with over 10,000 square feet of raised access floor space; including  approximately 5,000 square feet of “white space”, 2,500 square feet of future expansion “white space”, a Command Center, a War Room, a Staging area and other raise floor support functions. The structure, designed to withstand category ‘3’ hurricane winds, is a concrete frame with an insulated exterior metal wall panel system over concrete block exterior walls and covered by a ‘double roof’ system. The receiving area / loading dock supports both the IT technical functions and the mechanical / electrical infrastructure areas.

The mission critical facility incorporates a ‘2N’ segregated independent redundant electrical systems to provide concurrent maintainability in an “A/B” configuration, with the potential of a future “A/B/C” configuration. The mechanical system provides ‘N+1’ redundant configuration and utilizes a ‘hot aisle’ containment system in the Data Center. A ‘double interlock’ pre-action sprinkler system provides protection of the entire facility while a full flooding gaseous suppression system provides primary protection for the Data Centre and other critical areas. An Aspirating Smoke Detection (ASD) system provides for early detection in critical areas.

The project was completed and commissioned in the 4th quarter of 2017.

Check In From Data Center Solutions Team BRUNS-PAK

Good Morning! We wanted to check in as most people are enjoying the lazy days of Summer. We are enjoying ourselves, but our days are far from lazy! We have never been so excited for the future and the endeavors we are planning!

We are gearing up for September with plans to greatly improve our methods of connecting with new and existing clients. Some of you may have noticed our Chat feature via our Homepage, with BRUNS-PAK team members standing by to help you with any and all Data Center project needs/issues and concerns. You may also get a LinkedIn Inmail on behalf of our principal Mark Evanko, as we start to highlight some organizations that we’d like to introduce ourselves to. And if we have done business years ago, we want to re-introduce BRUNS-PAK and all of good things we are able to offer.

Please let us know via our new (and simple) Request for Information form if you have any questions or simply chat online with us and lets keep making things happen!

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Regarding your data center investments strategy, which structure is more favorable, CAPEX or OPEX?

2018 ENTERPRISE DATA CENTER SURVEY RESULTS

In a recent survey by BRUNS-PAK, more than one hundred (100) Enterprise Data Center CIO’s, Directors & Managers answered ten (10) industry dominating questions. Following are the results of that survey.

Q. Regarding your data center investments strategy, which structure is more favorable, CAPEX or OPEX?

34% Said OPEX

33% Said CAPEX

33% Said Ask the CFO

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Data Center Survey Results…On which assests do you have life cycle replacement / maintenance program with MOP’s?

2018 ENTERPRISE DATA CENTER SURVEY RESULTS

In a recent survey by BRUNS-PAK, more than one hundred (100) Enterprise Data Center CIO’s, Directors & Managers answered ten (10) industry dominating questions. Following are the results of that survey.

Q. On which assets do you have life cycle replacement/ maintenance program with MOP’s? (multiple selections permitted)

N-112 – Percentages of those individuals surveyed said….

FACILITY INFRASTRUCTURE – 73%

DISASTER RECOVERY – 46%

ENERGY EFFICIENCY – 45%

CYBERSECURITY – 42%

NETWORK / CONNECTIVITY – 41%

MODULARITY / SCALABILITY / RELIABILITY – 40%

CLOUD INTERNAL / EXTERNAL – 37%

REGULATORY COMPLIANCE – 25%

SERVICE LEVEL AGREEMENTS – 24%

PERSONNEL – 23%

COMPUTER HARDWARE – 19%

COLOCATION – 17%

MIGRATION/RELOCATION – 17%

INDUSTRY BEST PRACTICES – 14%

CAPEX VS. LEASE / OPEX – 14%

COMPUTER SOFTWARE / APPS – 13%

LEGAL REPERCUSSIONS – 0

MODULAR DATA CENTER – 0

Understanding Data Center Enterprise Transformation

Mark Evanko, co-founder of BRUNS-PAK, will moderate a panel on data center enterprise transformation at Data Center World Local, Washington D.C.

 by Danny Bradbury, Data Center Knowledge, April 10th 2018
Here is the text from the article below, great read!

When you want to know what trends should be on your radar as a data center professional, Mark Evanko is a good source of knowledge. With nearly four decades of experience in the data center space, the co-founder and principal engineer at data center consulting firm BRUNS-PAK understands where today’s trends came from – and where they’re going.

He has his ear close to the ground, getting feedback directly from BRUNS-PAK’s target market. He hears what issues are top of mind for board executives and senior management when planning their data center developments and uses this to help maintain a multi-point strategic planning model.

In the past, that model has featured 18 elements that impact enterprise data center solutions. They have included cloud computing, colocation and disaster recovery.

Evanko will be moderating a panel about trends in the data center space at Data Center World Local, Washington D.C. on May 15. Attendees at this Data Center Enterprise Transformation presentation will learn the “elements” and fundamental concepts associated with the continued transformation. The panel will also explain what board of directors, senior management, stock holders, trustees, and taxpayers are looking for in their data center solution and provide a vendor-neutral overview of total cost of ownership vs. risk.

Security and the Cloud

One of the most significant factors associated with data center transformation is cybersecurity, especially as it pertains to cloud computing, Evanko warns.

“If data is ever taken, stolen or corrupted at a third-party venue, there is no recovery for the enterprise. They can’t sue the third-party provider because they absolve themselves of any liability,” he says. He adds that large third-party cloud and colocation service providers will generally not take liability for security breaches in client contracts because it would be prohibitively expensive for them.

“Some of these large enterprises are weighing that risk,” he explains. This manifests itself in decisions about which applications to take off-site and which to retain on a company’s premises. He has a process called ‘candidacy’, in which BRUNS-PAK reviews products and services against several tiers of mission-criticality. The cloud has a role in less critical applications, he says.

Evanko warns that there is still much educating to be done as companies struggle to keep track of a rapidly-changing data center landscape. “Many of the customers that we have come across have not necessarily understood what the impacts are,” he says.

Therein lies his fundamental message. When it comes to managing transformational data center trends like edge and cloud computing while keeping your information safe, data center professionals must understand how to balance risk, total cost of ownership, and functionality.

That can be a difficult path to walk, which is why understanding the impacts of these new technologies is so critical

Data Center Survey Results, What is your organization’s plan to leverage Edge Computing?

RECENT ENTERPRISE DATA CENTER SURVEY RESULTS

In a recent survey by BRUNS-PAK, more than one hundred (100) Enterprise Data Center CIO’s, Directors & Managers answered ten (10) industry dominating questions. Following are the results of that survey.

Q. What is your organization’s plan to leverage edge computing?

(number of surveyed individuals – 110)

CLOUD – 39%

WHAT’S EDGE COMPUTING? – 23%

MICRO DATA CENTERS (I.E. IDF/MDF ROOMS) – 20%

MODULAR DATA CENTERS – 7%

COLOCATION – 11%

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FIND OUT WHERE ENTERPRISE’S APPLICATIONS ARE CURRENTLY BEING HOSTED

2018 ENTERPRISE DATA CENTER SURVEY RESULTS

In a recent survey by BRUNS-PAK, more than one hundred (100) Enterprise Data Center CIO’s, Directors & Managers answered ten (10) industry dominating questions. Following are the results of that survey.

Q. What is the current ratio of applications hosted within the following?

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ENTERPRISE – 65%

COLOCATION – 15%

CLOUD – 20%

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Data Center Hybrid Solutions

If you were lucky enough to see Mark Evanko’s recent presentation at AFCOM Data Center World in Washington DC, you are likely fully aware that Cloud vs. Onsite discussions are put to rest with the idea of a Hybrid Solution as the only way to move ahead.

For Enterprises to success in their Data Center Space they must consider a multitude of elements which leads them to their own custom Hybrid Solution. We would like to link over to a version of Mark’s presentation from earlier this year. Please don’t hesitate to complete our RFI form to connect to BRUNS-PAKs team immediately!

Data Center Survey results: AVERAGE RATIO OF WHERE ENTERPRISE’S APPLICATIONS ARE FORECASTED TO BE HOSTED IN 5 YEARS

2018 ENTERPRISE DATA CENTER SURVEY RESULTS

Who do you trust with your Mission Critical Projects? BRUNS-PAK has 38 years, 6,000 Projects and is 100% Data Center focused.

In a recent survey by BRUNS-PAK, more than one hundred (100) Enterprise Data Center CIO’s, Directors & Managers answered ten (10) industry dominating questions. Following are the results of that survey

Q. What is the 5 year forecasted ratio of applications hosted within the following?

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Enterprise – 48%

Colocation – 15%

Cloud – 37%

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What are the main reasons for adopting DCIM in your Data Center?

RECENT ENTERPRISE DATA CENTER SURVEY RESULTS

In a recent survey by BRUNS-PAK, more than one hundred (100) Enterprise Data Center CIO’s, Directors & Managers answered ten (10) industry dominating questions. Following are the results of that survey.

Q. What are the main reasons for adopting DCIM in your data center?
(multiple selections permitted)

112 Surveyed, and percent of responses listed below:

ASSET MANAGEMENT – 53%

POWER MANAGEMENT – 47%

CAPACITY MANAGEMENT – 46%

COOLING MANAGEMENT – 37%

REAL TIME ALARM MONITORING – 31%

LIFE CYCLE MANAGEMENT – 31%

CHANGE MANAGEMENT – 25%

CABLE MANAGEMENT – 21%

WORKFLOW PROCESSES – 19%

DO NOT HAVE A DCIM TOOL – 18%

2D / 3D FLOOR LAYOUT – 17%

CFD MODELING – 6%

WHATS DCIM? – 4%

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How concerned is your enterprise and Data Center regarding cyber attacks & the impact on your brand?

In a recent survey by BRUNS-PAK, more than one hundred (100) Enterprise Data Center CIO’s, Directors & Managers answered ten (10) industry dominating questions. Following are the results of that survey.

Q. How concerned is your enterprise regarding cyber attacks & the impact on your brand?

MORE THAN 75% OF RESPONDANTS SAY THEIR ENTERPRISE IS VERY CONCERNED – See breakdown below:

Level of Concern – 108 Data Center subjects

1-3 people said very low or less concern

1-4 people had low concern

1- 10 people had Medium concern or less

22 people had high concern

76 people had Very High concern

The World Is Changing. Is Your Data Center Strategy Keeping Up?

The World Is Changing. Is Your Data Center Strategy Keeping Up?
Big Data. Hybrid Cloud. Edge Computing. Just a few years ago these concepts were being explored in the ivory-tower conversations of academics and bleeding-edge startups. Today, each technology has become a foundational building block for IT strategies designed to address the accelerated pace and scale of global business.

Cloud computing has redefined the standards for cost-effectiveness, scalability and speed to market. Managed effectively, it can help IT departments ensure the enterprise achieves strategic value from the use of technology, regardless of where that technology resides and who owns it.

However, integrating cloud technology with an existing on-premise and hosted services architecture requires different strategies and management practices to address unique governance, risk, compliance, security and reliability challenges.

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Data Center Services

Cloud integration strategy and planning is just one part of a portfolio of services we offer to help customers plan and implement data center facilities that are energy efficient, flexible, resilient, scalable and recoverable.

How Does Disaster Recovery Play Into My Overall Data Center Solution?

BRUNS-PAK will provide you with all the information necessary to plan for Disaster Recovery for your facility’s Data Center. Highlighted below are the top basic and key factors considered in Disaster Recovery.

  1. Hot or cold
  2. Recovery time
  3. Internal disaster recovery data centers vs. external “leased” disaster recovery centers
  4. Lease terms and conditions for availability
  5. Government regulations for uptime – banking/healthcare/etc.

Data Center Trends; The Data Center Facility

Per Mark’s recent presentation at AFCOM Data Center World National Harbor 2015, we wanted to break out some Trends weekly here on our blog, just as we did the 16 Elements of the Data Center Hybrid Solution.

Mark outlines a Plus and Minus approach for each trend topic. The hope is that a combination or customized solution can be built for each and every organization and their specific/unique needs.

First up…The Data Center Facility

1) PLUS

A. Complete ownership of Hardware, Software and Network

B. Self provisioned Security

C. Self provisioned Operations

D. Control of overall short/long term “16 Element Solution”

E. Control of change management

F. Direct costs for change management

G. Self reliability

H. Internal self financing

 

2) MINUS

A. Larger CAPEX cost

B. Non-leveraged non-critical applications

C. Reliance on employee operation

D. Larger employee cost/commitment

E. Potential provisioning space/power/cooling for short term facility solutions

 

Next week Co-Location!