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Robert McFarlane is a principal in charge of data center design for the international consulting firm Shen Milsom and Wilke LLC. McFarlane has spent more than 35 years in communications consulting, has experience in every segment of the data center industry and was a pioneer in developing the field of building cable design. McFarlane also teaches the data center facilities course in the Marist College Institute for Data Center Professional program, is a data center power and cooling expert, is widely published, speaks at many industry seminars and is a corresponding member of ASHRAE TC9.9 which publishes a wide range of industry guidelines.
McFarlane is one of several regular contributors to SearchDataCenter's Advisory Board, a collection of experts working in a variety of roles across the IT industry.
Contributions from Robert McFarlane
- Don't get taken in a data center certification numbers game
- Safety rules to clean up a messy data center
- Is there a fuel cell in your data center's future?
- Just say no to isolated ground designs
- Squeaky clean data centers: Keeping the dirt out
- What data center operators need to know about NFPA 75 revisions
- Essential workload optimization trends in data centers
- Powerful fads in data center power design
- Hot and not hot data center design fads
- Which data center fads need to catch on
- Tips for safely removing old power circuits
- Source-of-heat coolers for the data center
- Good, better and best data center cooling designs
- Using inert gas for fire suppression
- Using curtains for hot aisle/cold aisle containment
- Software efficiency: The last frontier?
- Are all air flow needs met when using just RDHX?
- Choosing a DCIM system to monitor your facility
- Balance three-phase power and save your UPS
- Ways to avoid arc-flash hazards in the data center