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Reports and Procedures: Crucial Elements in Reducing Human Error in Data Center Operations

It’s no secret that the single greatest contributor to data center downtime is human error, a fact we’ve mentioned in previous posts such as this one. You can’t spend enough… Read more »

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Cisco House: Teamwork can solve problems sustainably

One of the things that strikes you about Tony DeSpirito is his infectious enthusiasm for just about everything he’s passionate about; from his road cycling to his work at Schneider… Read more »

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Systems should be open, that’s why we built StruxureWare that way

Schneider Electric’s involvement in the Cisco House project at Olympic Park has had a number of interesting outcomes, many of which I’m sure are, or will be, covered off in… Read more »

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The Cloud’s “Soft Landing” in the Enterprise – It did not crash and burn nor did it take off as some expected

If you follow the stock market you undoubtedly have heard the term “soft landing”. The term applies to a theory that says the masterminds in control of a country’s economy… Read more »

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Keep Calm and Carry On – A View From The Cisco House in London

Like many Americans, I heard the warnings about how crazy London would be during the Olympics.  The taxi queues, Tube trains stuffed like Tokyo at rush hour and restaurants requiring… Read more »

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Simple but Crucial Steps to Success with Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Technology

The next great virtualization frontier may well be the desktop, as more companies are finding that the idea of desktop virtualization infrastructure (VDI) can help them deliver a more reliable,… Read more »

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New Green Grid study identifies "aggressive growth" of regulatory pressures on EMEA data centers

Speaking about the volume of legislation and regulation coming into effect in EMEA, John Tuccillo, Chairman and President of the Green Grid spoke about a new report which the organization… Read more »

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7 Quick Tips for an Aging Data Center

Many people ask me questions about how to cope with the issues facing legacy data centers, such as insufficient capacity, aging infrastructure, or inadequate power and cooling. With the continuous… Read more »

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Goodbye, Green Buildings

I’ve been a self-proclaimed green buildings dork since 2006, when I lived in one of the most sustainable cities in the US—Seattle—and learned the joys of efficient public transportation and… Read more »

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Why data centers with a PUE greater than 2 could be obsolete in the next 5 years

I caught up with Paul-Francois Cattier, Global VP Data Center for Schneider Electric at Data Centres Europe 2012 in Nice and asked him about his presentation – the title of… Read more »

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Four Digital Hospital Trends that Leverage IoT

As populations grow, facilities age and patients demand better service, hospital operations will be pushed to their limits. But there is hope. The Internet of Things (IoT) will enable more… Read more »

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Customer Centricity: From Concept to Reality.

The concept of customer centricity is not new. In 1954, Peter Drucker wrote in his book The practice of Management: “It is the customer who determines what a business is,… Read more »

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IHSSF Weapons Survey – Summary

Given an increase in violence in the hospital setting and continued attention on hospital security programs, the International Healthcare Security and Safety Foundation (IHSSF) recently completed a research project examining… Read more »

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Prepare Your Home to be Smart

Smart homes that connect appliances, safety, security systems and home energy equipment are a burgeoning trend says a BI Intelligence report. In the first blog, we talked about how the… Read more »

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3 Tips for Driving Operational Cost Reduction in Small to Medium-sized Buildings

Current market conditions dictate that many building maintenance teams are understaffed and, as a result, are behind in the execution of their maintenance plans. Such working conditions make it difficult… Read more »

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The Blogs of Summer: 5 Must Reads

Summer can be a good time to catch up on reading or take a digital break. So in case you missed them, or simply want to get your mind back… Read more »

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Serialization Plays a Key Role in Track and Trace

With the pharmaceutical supply chain becoming longer and more complex than ever, opportunities for counterfeiting, gray marketing or product mix-ups of prescription drugs is at an all-time high. With a… Read more »

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US Gasoline Demand Pops as Retail Prices Break below $3 Gallon

Fuel Marketer Intelligence: Supply Chain Dynamics to Retail Fuel Prices For the first time since late 2010, the US retail gasoline price average for regular grade slipped below $3 gallon,… Read more »

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In Virtualized Data Centers, Capacity Management is a Must

For all the benefits virtualization brings to a data center – reduced rack footprint and power consumption, greater efficiency and reliability, lower overall costs – enterprises frequently leave other benefits… Read more »

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U.S. Biodiesel Industry Again Waiting on Government Largesse

The higher cost of biodiesel compared with petroleum-based diesel fuel, especially in the third year of low global crude oil prices, requires a bridge to incentivize demand, and for several… Read more »

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How to Safely Specify Reliable Industrial UPS Battery Systems

Specifying an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) battery system solution involves a trade-off between cost, performance and safety. Some users place too much emphasis on cost and too little on safety…. Read more »

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Learn how to make your facility talk to you

It can be as quick and simple as a text message. It’s a text message sent to you from your facility’s hardware and its process systems. Sound futuristic? It is…. Read more »

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Bloomberg Future of Energy Summit

Opportunities generated. The recent Bloomberg Future of Energy Summit brought together leading actors from across the globe, providing expert perspectives on a range of energy topics — power, transportation, regulation, finance and climate action…. Read more »

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How Pipeline Operators Can Reduce Unscheduled Downtime

Given current market conditions, the oil and gas pipeline industry is looking at many different strategies to effectively manage operations. The focus is often on operational efficiency to drive profitability… Read more »

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Empower People with the IIoT to Improve Asset Performance and Reliability

The majority of conversation on the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) has focused on machine-machine interactions and the growing intelligence of machine systems, but that is only part of the… Read more »

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How Microgrids Help Tackle Global Energy Challenges

Microgrids are proving to be a solution for many energy challenges — whether the issue is energy reliability, independence, accessibility, or cost optimization. Let’s look at these at a high… Read more »

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Harnessing Hidden Revenue from Energy Spend

Enterprises the world over today are on the lookout for ways to reduce energy expenditure and at the same time for solutions to enable energy efficiency, monetary savings and operational… Read more »

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The Need for Updating

Aging Facilities Part 1: Demanding Tenants Driving Building Modernization This is the first blog in a series of four that discuss the challenges of aging buildings, including the demands of… Read more »

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How we Recycled a Production Facility into a Refurbishment and Remanufacturing Hub

Our previous post explained how focused recycling loops enable us to apply a circular-economy approach to our switchgear manufacturing operations. In this post, we discuss how three more of the… Read more »

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Delivering Reliability in Financial Services and Bank Buildings

In the first few months of 2017, I have spent a considerable amount of time meeting with the banking community around the world.  In my travels, I have noticed a… Read more »

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