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Uptime Institute Event Puts Focus on Modular, Containerized Data Centers

The Uptime Institute Symposium 2012 is going on this week in Santa Clara, Calif., and a special focus at the event is modular, pre-fabricated and containerized data centers. The Institute… Read more »

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Podcast: An Argument for Open, Suite-based Data Center Management Tools

If you live by the adage that you can’t manage what you can’t measure, data center administrators have historically been operating at a disadvantage.  “We need better management tools so… Read more »

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Build a Cooling System that Relies on Economizer Mode – and Cut Energy Consumption in Half

We’ve written previously about how operating in economizer mode can help you save on data center cooling costs, and had a podcast that noted the technology works even in hot… Read more »

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Best of Schneider Electric T.V.

Below I have put together a video loop of some of my favorites from Schneider Electric T.V., or as we like to call it around here, SETV. Among the other… Read more »

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Data Center Facility Module set up at Uptime Institute Symposium 2012

As I mention in my last post, we are bringing one of our nearly 50,000 lbs facility modules to the Uptime Institute Symposium being held in just a few days… Read more »

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Analysis Shows Scalable, Containerized Data Centers Deliver Big Savings

It’s a familiar story when it comes to building data centers: you build large enough to deal with the capacity you expect to need some number of years in the… Read more »

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The Voice of the Next Generation CIO

I recently had the pleasure of speaking at the CIO Summit Event, “Driving an Agenda for Business Success”, organised in the Middle East by IDC. For me, one of the… Read more »

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Schneider Electric at Cisco House: A Transformational Experience

So, when asked to participate as a headline sponsor in the Cisco House in London, I knew it would be a good strategic move for Schneider Electric, but a transformational… Read more »

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Uptime Institute Symposium 2012 Next Week

In anticipation of the Uptime Institute Symposium next week, Matt Tavares and I put together a short video of the things we are most excited about and the main reasons… Read more »

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Why is Cloud computing so hard to define anyways?

Sure, cloud computing is here and it sure is the next big IT wave, but what is it really and how do you know if you’re using it? I just… Read more »

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Wiser Air EcoIQ: Game-changing Technology for Customers and Utilities Alike

The Wiser Air thermostat from Schneider Electric just keeps getting smarter. Schneider Electric has added technology called EcoIQ that enables Wiser Air (North America) to learn what temperatures a homeowner… Read more »

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Smart, Connected Thermostats: A Better Mousetrap for the Energy Industry

Build a better mousetrap, they say, and the world will beat a path to your door. This saying came to mind recently when I was reading an article about a… Read more »

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The interest of legal metrology for billing applications

As anyone, I have to pay for the electricity, the gas or the water I am consuming in my house. As anyone, I would be very angry if I am… Read more »

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Technology is great, but it all comes down to people

We all know that energy efficiency is the fastest, cheapest, and cleanest way to tackle our energy dilemma and that the technology exists today to identify and realize these efficiencies. … Read more »

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Understanding the Victims of Power-Quality Disturbances

As I described in my post “Understanding the Sources of Power-Quality Disturbances,” the density of electrical equipment in today’s industrial facilities creates numerous opportunities for power-quality problems to occur. That… Read more »

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How Can Colocation Providers Capitalize on the Growing Market?

Digital and connectivity demands and the need for greater processing power have elevated the importance of data centers in today’s businesses. These factors and more, are driving growth in the… Read more »

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Four Strategies for Modernizing Aging Buildings

Aging Facilities Part 3: Four Effective Strategies for Modernization This is the third blog in a series of four that discuss the challenges of aging buildings, including the demands of… Read more »

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The Advantages of a ‘Stepped Phase-In’ for Data Center Buildout

Data center plans are frequently vague because they can’t account for the constantly changing nature of technical developments in IT equipment. Moreover, it’s close to impossible to accurately predict what… Read more »

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Extending leak detection

Monitoring for pipeline leaks is a never-ending task. Flying the lines looking for issues, using detector dogs to sniff for leaks, and a variety of sophisticated computerized leak detection technologies… Read more »

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DCIM’s Improvement to Workflow Processes is Key to Eliminating Data Center Challenges

Until recently, there’s been a numbing inevitability about survey results from research into the data center sector. Finding number one; all downtime is the result of human error. Finding number… Read more »

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Four critical steps to reduce unplanned industrial site electrical system downtime

Economic difficulties over the last 8 years have driven many industrial organizations to cut back on their power infrastructure maintenance spending. This includes maintenance on devices such as transformers, electrical… Read more »

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Share the View

What does it mean to “share the view?” With competition increasing and margins growing even tighter, fuel marketers need to improve communications through automation and expand the sharing of information… Read more »

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How Oil & Gas Firms Can Meet the IT Demands that Digitization Present

In mid-2014, the price of a barrel of crude oil topped $100 (about €94). Two years later, in mid-2016, the price stood right around $40 (€37.5), having bottomed out just… Read more »

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Converting IT Closets into Edge Computing Sites is like Moving from Vinyl Records to Music Downloads

The year was 1968.  My father was holding what looked like a black suitcase with two white stripes. He handed it to me and said “Here’s a gift for you…. Read more »

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The Dream of a Unified and IIoT Enabled Industrial Communications Network…How Close Are We?

Some of us are old enough to remember the days just before the internet became a permanent fixture in our lives. At that time, the IT industry had been struggling… Read more »

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5 Harmonic Mitigation Methods That Help Keep Costs Down and Production Running

If you’re running an industrial process of any kind, you can’t afford any downtime. Every minute a production line is down is costing you money, and that’s eating into your… Read more »

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The Amazing Story of 30 Billion Things

Envision this: about 30 billion things will be connected to the Internet in just a few years (IHS, March 2016). The information superhighway or web of yesteryear has fast become… Read more »

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Implementing a tiered methodology for pipeline integrity significantly improves business’ chances of preventing leaks

With pipeline operators facing increased scrutiny as of late, the conversation must shift to pipeline integrity. Pipeline integrity encompasses three methods: prevention, detection, and mitigation, which together minimize the chances… Read more »

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The Internet of (Every) Thing Pumps Up Building Energy Management Systems

My last post in this series on the emergence of building energy management systems (BEMS) looked at the digital hub – arguably the most essential component in a smarter building…. Read more »

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Learning Across Industries: 5 Vertical Looks at Data Centers

While the overall goal of any data center is meeting the needs of business through continuous uptime, there are often vertical-specific requirements. Still, the opportunity for cross-industry learnings are significant… Read more »

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