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A New World of Cities: Redefining the Real Estate Investment Map, January 2012

I’m heading off next week to participate in an exciting event – the Jones Lang LaSalle Academy.  For this meeting, Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) key business leaders, brokers and sales professionals from… Read more »

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Virtualization is Driving Real Change in Data Center Networks

As virtualization technology matures it is bringing some fundamental changes to data center networks. As we head deeper into 2012, expect to hear more and more about data center fabrics,… Read more »

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4 Ways Strategic Partnerships Add Value to IT Projects

I’m a big fan of strategic alliances, and not just because I’m responsible for Schneider Electric’s alliances with key partners including IBM, Cisco and Microsoft. The reason is simple: with… Read more »

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Great Hoaxes: Bigfoot, UFO’s, and DC vs. AC efficiency studies

It’s remarkable that we continue to see what I consider pseudo-scientific ‘studies’ claiming that DC distribution is significantly more efficient than AC distribution in data centers.  These ‘studies’ make the… Read more »

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Technology Convergence Conference and Data Center Modularity

We are very excited to announce that this week we will be in sunny Santa Clara, California for the Technology Convergence Conference (TCC)! Among many of the other great speakers… Read more »

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Understanding Mean Time between Failure in the Data Center – Part 2

In this blog I am going to finish the topic I started last week’s blog on understanding MTBF.  If you recall, I stated towards then end of last week’s blog… Read more »

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Cisco Study Predicts a Cloudy Future, But Your Data Center Will Still Be Plenty Busy

For all the talk of cloud computing and how it will – or might – ease the burden on data centers, judging by a recently release report from Cisco I… Read more »

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A Different Perspective: This is Beautiful

I was at a recent internal Schneider Electric event with leaders and colleagues from around the world. Typically, I like to think of myself as someone who has a wide… Read more »

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Energy Rebates: A Sure-fire Way to Reduce the Cost of a Data Center Upgrade

How much easier would it be to justify data center infrastructure upgrades if you were told the equipment would cost 50% less?  Probably a lot easier. When it comes to… Read more »

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Understanding Mean Time between Failure in the Data Center – Part 1

Lately, I’ve been seeing data center RFP’s come through with requests for the MTBF (Mean Time Between Failure) of a product.  Nothing much else is specified other than “what is… Read more »

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Reduce Risk with Arc Flash Mitigation Strategies

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is often mistakenly viewed as the solution to arc flash hazards. In reality, properly selected PPE does not guarantee freedom from injury. NFPA 70E only makes… Read more »

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RFS Drives US Biodiesel Production Surge

US biodiesel production surged during the first five months of 2016 compared with a year ago, with a climbing output rate driven by an increasing federal mandate to blend renewables… Read more »

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CiscoLive! US a Look Back

“Nothing is future proof but with leadership and values like this it is as close as you can be,” said Cisco CEO, John Chambers in his keynote presentation. Cisco’s innovation, technology… Read more »

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CiscoLive!, The World of Solutions Opens

CiscoLive! really started to pick up today with the majority of attendees arriving. Early morning shuttles were packed, as were the registration and dining areas. Attendees lined up 30 minutes early for the… Read more »

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Methods that Facilitate Oil & Gas Power & Process Management Systems Convergence

In our previous post Why Oil & Gas Companies are Driving Towards Convergence of Power & Process Management Systems, we mentioned that recent Oil & Gas industry initiatives that integrate process &… Read more »

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7 Technology Trends That Define Next-Generation Data Center Monitoring

Data center monitoring methods have undergone a dramatic change over the last several years. Consider data center power and cooling infrastructure monitoring as an example. These monitoring systems handle roughly… 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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Wednesday at CiscoLive: The Cloud, Security, and EnergyWise™

Wednesday threatened rain early in San Diego but the weather looked up, slightly overcast by conference time. Again, attendees lined up over 30 minutes early for the highly anticipated keynote… Read more »

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Gas’d Up Demand but Prices Tapping Brakes

Implied gasoline demand in the United States, which refers to product supplied from the primary market, dropped 206,000 bpd to 9.104 million bpd during the week-ended May 30, according to… Read more »

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Now, a safer way to perform medium voltage (MV) switchgear grounding

National Safety Council statistics show that electrical accidents kill 75 to 100 persons and injure another 750 to 1,000 per year in the United States alone. Many of these accidents… Read more »

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Modernize or Outsource: Evaluating the Options for your Data Center

Although executives often use terms like “life blood” and “mission critical” to describe their in-house data centers, a striking number of these data centers are encountering performance issues and require… Read more »

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How energy storage makes smart buildings leaner and greener

This is the fourth in a series of posts discussing the recent report from industry analyst Verdantix titled ‘Schneider Electric Innovates To Lower Cost Of Smart Buildings’. So far, we’ve… Read more »

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Don’t Underestimate the Power of Digital Transformation

It’s plain to see that the utility industry is facing a deep digital transformation. Renewables, distributed generation, smart grids, new regulations, changing customer expectations, and a host of other factors… Read more »

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Making it a Truly Inclusive World

With Women’s Week just behind me I was overwhelmed with all that has been written and said about the International Women’s Day. Discussions on the topic have started sounding a… Read more »

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Why Oil and Gas Companies are Driving Towards Convergence of Power and Process Management Systems

Two important pillars of Oil & Gas company operations, power management and process management have traditionally remained separate systems, without common architectural and communication standards. Because these systems share significant… Read more »

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The Importance of a UPS in Medical Imaging and Diagnostics

Technology is rapidly transforming the face of healthcare. It is playing an ever-increasingly important role in the clinical diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of many conditions. This means that, technology is… Read more »

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The Power of Partnership … in Real Life

To extend the concept of the Power of Partnership, a real-life example will help make the concept more concrete and will help expose the concept in a more vivid and spirited… Read more »

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A BEMS Benefit: HVAC and Electrical Cooperation

In my last post, I talked about how software and BEMS can make a building more comfortable and its occupants more productive. Here I’m going to discuss how a building… Read more »

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10 Ways this 5-Star Partner Program Enables Growth for Technology Providers

EcoXpert partners not only have a deep understanding of the industry trends that are affecting business operations and business performance, but the expertise to tackle them. Megatrends such as IoT,… Read more »

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Three Ways to Extract Value from IIoT in Food and Beverage

The food and beverage industry is building up an appetite for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Cloud, mobility, big data, predictive analytics, Smart Manufacturing and Industrie 4.0 are more… Read more »

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