And The Award Goes To...

by Shahid Javed
05 December 2014

It was a cold and rainy evening in New York City but Gotham Hall which is an old art deco style building on Broadway Street was buzzing with dressed up data center industry professionals. The 2014 Datacenter Dynamics North American awards ceremony was taking place at this remarkable and dramatic venue.

The annual Datacenter Dynamics Awards recognize and celebrate individual and team project excellence at a technical and business level across the data center world. With a heavy focus on innovative practices, these awards are handed out in 11 categories from the more than 200 submissions. RagingWire submitted entries in two categories this year, “Innovation in IT Optimization” and “Datacenter Special Assignment Team of the Year.” Both entries were selected as finalists by a distinguished panel of judges for the prestigious Datacenter Dynamics Awards which are also known as the ‘Oscars’ of the datacenter industry.

The swanky gala started out in a large rotunda with a networking reception followed by the dinner and award ceremony. We waited nervously at our table as the award ceremony began and the winners were being announced. The award for ‘Innovation in IT optimization’ category was announced first and we did not win that category. Next award was for the ‘Datacenter Special Assignment Team of the Year’ category. The competition was fierce as we were selected along with Digital Realty Trust and Sabey Data Centers who had both already won awards that evening. At that time, we had psyched ourselves up to lose in that category as well, just so that we wouldn’t be disappointed.

The announcement was made for this category and the nominees were named. After a short pause we heard, “And the award goes to... RagingWire Data Centers”. What a great feeling it was. We all stood up, high-fived each other, shouted with joy and walked up to the stage to receive our ‘Oscar’ of the night! RagingWire’s in-house commissioning taskforce had won the 2014 award for ‘Datacenter Special Assignment Team of the Year’ category. 

Datacenter Dynamics North American Awards 2014

RagingWire’s in-house commissioning taskforce

Commissioning (Cx) is a critical step in the design and construction of any new to existing data center facility, system or addition. The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), asserts that the focus of commissioning is “verifying and documenting that the facility and all of its systems and assemblies are planned, designed, installed, tested, operated and maintained to meet the needs of the owner.”

Most datacenters outsource their commissioning process. At RagingWire, we have an in-house commissioning process. Here are some of the advantages of in-house commissioning:

  • Better communications and process flow between construction and operations
  • Reduce life cycle and increased ROI
  • Continuous quality control and process improvements
  • Increased customer support through the sales cycle and occupancy.

The RagingWire’s in-house commissioning task force was established as an opportunity to improve the quality and speed of critical commissioning process as we are rapidly expanding in our existing Ashburn, Virginia and Sacramento, California campuses and also our plans for entering into new markets in the United States. The taskforce developed a central process and comprehensive method of procedure (MOP) documentation to facilitate communication across functional areas, learn from past experiences to continually improve processes, implement changes to future efforts using industry best practices, and formalize a gold standard for an in-house commissioning process. The RagingWire in-house commissioning task force has significantly improved the commissioning workflow, contributing to our 100% availability and superior customer experience.

To learn more about the commissioning process, please click here and watch a video which was also put together by our in-house commissioning task force for our sales team training.

2014 is the second year for the Datacenter Dynamics North American Awards. RagingWire is proud to have been named a finalist in both 2013 and 2014!

Shahid Javed

Product Marketing Programs Manager