This issueof Mission Critical takes a look at cabling in the data center and mission critical facility. Sammy Germany of Thomas & Betts discusses the proper cable terminations for data center power conversion equipment. And Robert Carlson, who chairs the Communications Cable & Connectivity Association, discusses optimum cabling strategies to ensure uptime.

Other topics we are covering this issue include metering in the data center by Don Millstein, CEO of E-Mon; data center efficiency upgrades by John Collins of Eaton; ghost servers and what to do about them by Jeff Klaus of Intel Corporation; and the legal ramifications of mission critical design issues by Keith Lane and Elizabeth Poeschl.

And we have our regular line-up of columnists: Chris Crosby discusses the questions that data center providers don’t want to see in your RFP; Peter Funk writes about the risk of power purchase agreements for on-site power; Terry Rodgers helps you manage expectations when considering collocation; Paul Schlattman wraps up his year-long TCO road trip; and Julius Neudrofer dusts off his crystal ball and prognosticates about 2014.


Keith Lane, P.E., RCD/NTS, RTPM LC, LEED® BD+C, who, along with Elizabeth Poeschl, writes about the aforementioned legal design issues, has joined our Advisory Board. Keith is president/chief engineer of Lane Coburn & Associates and co-founder of Electrical Expert Witness and the Neher-McGrath Institute. Keith is a member of the CFPA, BICSI, the Uptime Institute, the 7x24 Exchange, and the Illuminating Engineering Society. Welcome Keith!


The Mission Critical website at contains a wealth of white papers and we are always adding them. Recent additions include “The Optical Fiber Ribbon Solution,” from Sumitomo Electric Lightwave; “Data Center Trend: Distributed Power in the Whitespace,” by Jason Anderson from Eaton; “2013 Study on Data Center Outages,” a study that was performed by the Ponemon Institute on behalf of Emerson Network Power; and “The New Building Blocks For IT: OpenStack, Continuous Delivery, and Devops” by Jo Maitland of GigaOm. All white papers are free and available for immediate download.