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Higher Education Data Center

Network Core Migration and Physical Infrastructure Management                        

Summer 2015

 

This Higher Education Data Center had two key areas of focus related to their legacy infrastructure. The Network Core was in need of updating to create physical separation of key components and services for redundancy and security and the data center did not have a centralized means to gather information on the status of manageable IT infrastructure devices such as UPS, Metered Power Strips, Cooling units, and Environmental sensors.   The data center operators and managers required visibility into the managed devices with appropriate monitoring, measurement, reporting, and alerting tools to effectively operate and manage resources and systems.

 

A full evaluation of the existing data center infrastructure was performed and the results reported to the client with two suggested options for managing the physical infrastructure. Both options would allow the project to be completed on time and within budget. The client selected the option that minimized the disruption of services by utilizing pre-terminated cable assemblies to cross connect between the existing campus backbone connections and new secure network core locations. The secondary objective was to clean up pathways, eliminate large quantities of jumpers (patch cords) and organize the core cross connections. These objectives were realized with careful preplanning and staging of the work and the work was completed while maintaining the integrity of the existing campus backbone cable terminations to over 50 buildings.

The Scope of work included: Identify and develop the tasks and procedures required to support the College in the cutover of the core switches. Work with each stakeholder entity on tasks related to the cutover of the core switches and WAN services to insure completion in a timely fashion while maintaining service levels through precise scheduling and phased cutovers. Flow charting processes and tasks, provide and update network topology and as-built drawings including Cabinet Elevations, Cross-Connect Schedules and Equipment Lists. Coordinate with allied trades and internal departments on scheduling, material acquisition, preparation and staging so that all tasks associated with the completion of the cutover of the core switches could be completed according to the scheduling and service objectives on the days and times assigned. Research and provide solutions for Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) including resource and component identification, manufacturer and product set evaluation and capabilities assessment, systems integration and configuration options. Participation in supplier interviews, selectivity and budget development for a phased implementation program.

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Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI), Warwick Campus, Warwick, Rhode Island

Secondary Incoming Internet Pathway Duct Bank and Conduit Design

Construction Drawings Completed January 2010

DEFINE
The scope of the project was to provide a cost-effective secondary incoming telecommunications conduit duct bank pathway in order to accomplish the goal of establishing a redundant connection to the internet at the CCRI Warwick Campus Main Building.

DESIGN
Evaluated existing documentation, including civil drawings of private and public owned property.

Assessed existing and potential connectivity providers.

Provided a design for proposed secondary pathway, including Construction Drawings and Specifications for connectivity to the President’s House, the Observatory and the Main Building for bid to qualified Contractors.

DEPLOY
Developed and presented several options, including an Aerial approach on existing poles and conduit for multiple connectivity points from East Avenue.

Recommended the best possible route to include an all underground solution.

Reviewed each bidder’s qualifications and costs to meet CCRI’s requirements.

DOCUMENT
Presented a thorough efficient cost-sensitive evaluation of potential connectivity providers.

Submitted recommendation to CCRI for further negotiations with the top qualified bidder.

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Newton-Wellesley Hospital (NWH), Wellesley, Massachusetts

Low Voltage Cabling Construction Documents and Request for Proposal for Patient Pod

Project Completed June 2009

DEFINE
The scope of the project was to provide a cost-effective design documentation for a new Patient Pod, referred to as 6R.

DESIGN
Created a detailed set of LV-Series drawings from the provided E-Series drawings for the first of the Patient Room Addition projects.

Provided programming details for low voltage outlet requirements at user group meetings.

Produced detailed room layouts on part plan drawings: included cabinet (or rack) locations, low voltage cabling pathway design, and electrical outlet locations.

DEPLOY

  • Facilitated decision-making driven meetings with NWH Information Technology team: reviewed and revised the drawings and specifications until accepted.
  • Enabled coordination with the architect and MEP engineers for the HVAC requirements, the locations of telecommunications outlets, cabling pathways and the location details for all Telecom Rooms include in this project.
  • Organized and attended Construction Administration visits.

DOCUMENT

  • Published RFP to the GC for bid to qualified contractors.
  • Evaluated and recommended best qualified contractor to NWH.
  • Reviewed and supplied detailed documentation on progress of all construction phases.
  • Produced site visit reports to NWH from Construction Administration visits.
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