Happy Spring! And hopefully you are having spring-like weather wherever you are. We have another great line-up for you this issue.
One of our topics this time around is data center planning and our cover story from Thomas Widawsky of Jacobs discusses best practices in data center planning. Speaking of editorial calendars, last year, the Mission Critical staff updated its issue-by-issue lineup to include more timely topics. One of these topics is capacity planning, and Paul Fox of Aligned Data Centers writes on risk mitigation and efficient utilization in data center capacity planning. But that is not all. Mitzi Amon of Emerson Network Power writes on the importance of data center commissioning, Andrew Cutting of Paessler AG discusses the value of data center monitoring, and Lars Strong of Upsite Technologies writes on data center cooling metric strategy.

We also have our full slate of regular columnists including Julius Neudorfer, Terry Rodgers, Paul Schlattman, and Mav Turner as well as a guest column from Bryan Bennett of Bennett Data Center Solutions. Mission Critical Digital Power columnist Peter Curtis of Power Management Concepts has returned as well with the first in a series of columns. Welcome back Peter!

In March, Mission Critical received the 2016 Gold Heart Award from the Advancing Academia Commission on Higher Education (AACHE) for its contributions and leadership in the information technology and data center community. Read the full story on page 54.