Mission Critical recently conducted a reader survey and among the findings was that readers want to read about data center cooling. And who would blame them? Increasing temperatures have made cooling the data center even more of a challenge. And the results weren’t a statistical anomaly, either. Immediately after the survey results were published by our research division, I traveled to the Data Center Dynamics conference in San Francisco where I sat in on four different sessions related to cooling. Because our core mission is to help our readers by giving them superior information, look for more articles on data center cooling in the near future.

Keeping readers informed is what brings me to this month’s cover stories. Fire safety in data centers is, pardon the pun, a hot topic. With code changes and emerging technology, it can be hard to keep track. Turn to page 40 for a leg up and a discussion on smoke detection requirements and to find out which systems work best in data center facilities.


This month we are debuting a new column, “From The Blog,” which, as its name describes, highlights posts from the Mission Critical blog. We routinely publish posts from industry thought leaders and this column will feature these posts from time to time. Watch for it. This month, Sev Onyshkevych of FieldView Solutions weighs in on DCIM. If you would like to contribute to the Mission Critical blog, please contact me at fritzc@bnpmedia.com.

By the time you read this we will be well into August and nearing the end of summer, which means back to school. And what better way to further your data center education than by attending one of the myriad of industry events being held this fall?  Look for Mission Critical on the road and, when you see us, stop by and say hi. Another great way to keep informed is to attend an educational webinar without leaving the office. We have a full slate of webinars scheduled on the Mission Critical events page. These informative sessions are free and continuing educational professional development hours (CE-PDH) are yours for attending.