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5 Ways to Streamline Your Data Center Operations

  Your data center operations are one of the most vital parts of your company; you need to make sure they are in competent hands. You want to eliminate risk,… Read more »

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Are you a DCIM rock star?

For people working in data centers, the term DCIM (Data Center Infrastructure Management) has in recent years become a frequently used acronym and only few agree upon how to define… Read more »

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From the Data Center Trenches Blog: Virtualization and its effects on Data Center Physical Infrastructure

I’ve been attending some conferences recently where the benefits of virtualization have been extolled.  Server consolidation ratios of 10:1, 20:1, or even higher are occurring on a regular basis.  Certainly… Read more »

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Pushing the Data Center Boundary Blog: Cloud Computing – Is it really just 80’s outsourcing by another name?

Is it possible to be suffocated by a cloud?    Because the hype around cloud computing is starting to make me feel like I’m suffocating.  It seems that for the… Read more »

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From the Data Center Trenches Blog: Learning from Nuclear Subs to Lower Human Error in Data Centers

Data centers and nuclear submarines may seem like completely different beasts, but the similarities between a mission critical data center and a mission critical nuclear propulsion plant are striking and… Read more »

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Pushing the Data Center Boundary Blog: Comparing Data Center Management Software with Sporks

Sporks are awful – bad at being a spoon and bad at being a fork. I think there’s a good argument to say that many datacenter management software packages are… Read more »

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From the Data Center Trenches Blog: Hosting and Cloud Transformation Summit 2011

I’ve recently returned from this excellent networking and education event.  There were some central themes that I took away that I thought would be worth sharing. First, the bad news…. Read more »

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Pushing the Data Center Boundary Blog: DCIM – What is it?

I’ve been reading and receiving a bunch of information on DCIM (Data Center Infrastructure Management) software for the last few years.  I’m not sure if other people have this same… Read more »

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Pushing the Data Center Boundary Blog: Where is the data in data center?

Anyone ever notice that an awful lot of data centers may have plenty of management systems but the poor data center manager never seems to have the data he needs?… Read more »

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Examining Your Cooling Options: Room, Row and Rack

In many data centers, traditional room-based cooling systems are reaching the limit of their capabilities. With IT equipment now pushing peak power density to 20 kW per rack or more,… Read more »

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Career Perspectives: Play to Win

Written by Guest Blogger Tanuja Randery, President UK & Ireland, Schneider Electric. The dawn of a new year brings with it the promise of fresh beginnings. It’s a good time… Read more »

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From Natural Gas to Plastic Wrap

Plastic Wrap and Why You Should Care Where It Comes From The other night I was getting steak out of the fridge to season and grill when my daughter asked… Read more »

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Redefining Efficiencies for Downsized, On-premise Enterprise Data Centers

Over the last five years, three major transformations have rocked the data center industry. These transformations have occurred so quickly that many data center owners have been caught flat-footed, uncertain… 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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2017 Outlook: Doing More With Less in the Downstream Market

2016 Year in Review 2016 was a difficult year for the oil and gas industry.  It saw prices plummet to a 12-year low of nearly $26 per barrel, with the… Read more »

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Situational awareness: Man vs Machine

Alert ! – situational awareness, the concept of knowing a complex dynamic situation and being able to decide and act on it quickly, and more importantly, decide better and faster than… Read more »

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Power System Assessments Address the Risk-Reliability Relationship

In today’s always-on business environment, it is vital to mitigate risks that could impact electrical reliability. Like any engineered system, electrical power distribution systems cannot be designed and constructed to… Read more »

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Gasoline Futures Surge 12% in December to New High

The gasoline futures contract traded on the New York Mercantile Exchange surged 12% in December, with reformulated blendstock for oxygenate blending futures establishing a new calendar year high for 2016… Read more »

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Optimization in Action

In today’s environment, Mining, Minerals, and Metals (MMM) plant managers continuously face new challenges and requirements, including the need for: Higher energy efficiency Increased run lengths Reduced product quality variability… Read more »

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Worried about the reliability of your ageing LV or MV networks – read on to discover your options

Do you have a strategy for modernising or replacing your aging LV and MV electrical switchgear? A reliable, safe, easily maintainable power network is more crucial than ever because downtime… Read more »

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Water, water, everywhere, nor any drop to drink…

The data center industry is sitting on a massive resource which could enable huge financial savings I’ve taken the title for this blog from a famous old English poem, “The… Read more »

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What Smart Modernized Buildings Look Like

Aging Facilities Part 4: The Benefits of Modernization This is the final blog in a series of four that discuss the challenges of aging buildings, including the demands of today’s… Read more »

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From Roller Coasters to Complete Enterprise Asset Management

A few months ago, I had the opportunity to take my kids to Florida to experience the wonder that is Disney World—with its numerous theme parks and roller coasters. In… Read more »

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You Can’t Burn it Down and Start Over; Here’s How to Modernize a Data Center in 4 Steps

It’s no secret among data center managers who are trying to bridge the gap between legacy systems and today’s business demands, that many would rather “burn” (figuratively) it down and… Read more »

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Innovation Demands Performance, Quality and Reliability

In my last post, I talked about extending such innovations as the IoT, the digital hub, and improved connectivity to the developing world. In these locations, there’s a real need… 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 Cybersecurity Business Case: An Arduous Challenge – Part 2

In Part 1 of my previous blog, “The Cybersecurity Business Case – An Arduous Challenge”, I talked about the 3 key elements of a typical business case and the creation… Read more »

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Data Center Modernization: A Plan for How Much to Outsource

In order to remain competitive, businesses have to modernize their data centers either to reflect changing marketplace conditions or to accommodate shifting company business goals. That means aging data centers… Read more »

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Career Perspectives: Play to Win

Written by Guest Blogger Tanuja Randery, President UK & Ireland, Schneider Electric. The dawn of a new year brings with it the promise of fresh beginnings. It’s a good time… Read more »

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How IIoT enhances benefits of new asset management tools

Many operators of industrial sites are challenged with making their plants more competitive.  Issues such as energy waste, unanticipated downtime and inefficient processes all emerge as top of mind. Although… Read more »

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