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Metrics and Economizer Mode Data Center Cooling

So far in this series about economizer-based cooling strategies, I’ve looked at when not to use economizer mode for data center cooling and the cost benefit considerations of economizer mode…. 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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Lower Costs and Improve Reliability with Preventative Maintenance and Predictive Data

A recently survey by IDG Enterprise said that a little over 1 in 5 IT Executives listed operating costs as one of their top concern for 2012. This isn’t that… Read more »

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CiscoLive! US Begins

Registration opened late yesterday at the San Diego Convention Center but it was Sunday that saw the influx of attendees as the first sessions were hosted in the morning. Cisco Staff… Read more »

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Is it HOT in here, or is it just ME? Building Management Software and Cisco House in London

In my last blog, I discussed my amazing experience at Cisco House in London and Schneider Electric’s small part in making it possible- our Building Management System and Energy Management… Read more »

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Role of Stakeholders in the Development of Green Buildings Market in India

In this second installment of our three part series, we will discuss the role of different stakeholders in the development of the market for green buildings in India. Certain banks… Read more »


The Side Benefits of DCIM; How Energy Management Averted a Data Center Cooling Crisis

I thought that you might be interested in a real life data center situation that recently arose here in China. We’d been approached by a customer who wanted to lower… Read more »


The Living Building Challenge – Moonshot or Mainstream?

I believe in moonshots. Super-stretch goals. Bigger Games and BHAGS.  That’s why the Living Building Challenge caught my attention a few years ago – because it has the power to… Read more »

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Is a Containerized/Modular Data Center in Your Future?

Imagine your growing company suddenly needs some significant new data processing capability. And you’re being tapped to produce—out of thin air—a powerful new data center that has all the capacity,… Read more »

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When is a Data Center Not a Data Center?

I’d always thought that the term data center carried with it a sense of grand scale. This could, of-course, be the fault of our very good marketing people who are… Read more »

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US Biodiesel Market Slows amid Demand Uncertainty

Following progressively higher output of biomass-based diesel in the United States during the first six months of 2016, producers dialed back their yield in July to a three-month low and… Read more »

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Is the US Gasoline Market Defying the Seasonal Downturn?

Gasoline demand in the United States is weakest during the winter months, which Is certainly no surprise considering cold and sometimes hostile weather that limits road travel after the holidays…. Read more »

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EE Global 2012

The Alliance to Save Energy welcomed energy efficiency evangelists from around the world to EE Global, what they call “the crème de la crème of energy efficiency conferences.”  Schneider Electric… Read more »

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Triggering Urban Mobility through information

For the first time, the majority of population lives nowadays in cities, and will increase up to nearly 70% in 2050. Considering only China and India, they will require 50… 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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“We already have a Downtime System”…Or do you?

It’s been a while since I have written on Downtime Systems (see World Coal magazine, June 2013 edition for a comprehensive review of downtime across the supply chain), but the… Read more »

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Top 10 Weather Events For 2014 | Part II

Top 10 Weather Events For 2014 The countdown of Schneider Electric’s Top 10 weather events for the year 2014 continues with with top 5. If you missed the first post of… Read more »

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Is it Time to Let the X-Factor Determine Data Center Temperature?

It’s been a couple of years now since a group of experts from major server hardware vendors, wrote a paper about the “x-factor,” (PDF) which is a way to quantify… Read more »

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Putting the “smart” in HVAC will make everyone’s lives better

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is impacting all industrial applications, and HVAC is no exception. It is a new, large, and complex topic for OEMs. The technology is arriving… Read more »

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10 Reasons Why Integrated Planning and Optimization Solutions are Key to Mining Operational Success

By: Rachel K. Carson, MarCom Intern for Process Industries Today’s mining commodities world is ever changing. As production costs are steadily increasing and operations are expected to be lightning fast and… Read more »

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So you have old switchgear installed: what next?

The question on spending a significant portion of finances in maintenance and services of one’s installation has baffled many of us. There are no second thoughts on the fact regularly scheduled maintenance,… Read more »

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Failure to Modernize Data Center Physical Infrastructure Increases Cost and Downtime Risk

Data centers are more dynamic than ever.  The constant change is often a reflection of marketplace behaviors as companies strive to anticipate the emerging requirements of their customers. In the… Read more »

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Why Data Center Modernization Projects Are Now Easier to Cost Justify

In today’s volatile marketplace, modernization of data center facilities has emerged as a competitiveness critical success factor and, if properly executed, a critical piece of an ongoing strategy to better… Read more »

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To Upgrade or Replace your Switchgear? That is the Question…

Aging switchgear can negatively impact continuity of services in industrial facilities in terms of reliability and financial losses. More importantly, it can affect employee safety. In addition to potential risk to… Read more »

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8 Issues Driving Transformation at Distribution Utilities

What’s propelling distribution utilities to digitize, decarbonize, and decentralize their business? For an overview of the situation, let’s look at eight crucial change drivers. Decentralization One of the biggest game… Read more »

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The Known Unknowns: Managing Between On-Premise, Cloud and Colocation Data Centers

The data center industry is in a state of flux as stakeholders search for the optimum model of high performance/low cost data centers. “On premise” data centers now jockey with… 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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Pushing Past “The Wall” Toward Carbon Neutrality

On Sunday, April 9, close to 57,000 runners will participate in the Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris. Among them, 4,650 “green runners” will be representing Schneider Electric as employees, customers,… Read more »

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How Today’s Electrical Standards can help Improve Safety in Existing Dwellings

This is the second of three posts focusing on addressing electrical safety non-compliance in many older residential dwellings. In the first post, we looked at the risks and documented incidents… Read more »

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In Their Own Words: How Colocation Providers are Dealing with Customer Demands, Internet of Things and More

Colocation providers have no shortage of opinions on how to deal with the various market requirements and customer demands they’re facing, from cloud players and demanding SLAs to data sovereignty… Read more »

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