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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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Specify and Verify: Defining Data Center Criticality Levels

Determining a data center’s criticality level – how “important” the data center’s operation is to the business with regard to its ability to withstand downtime – is one of the… Read more »

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How to Assess Failure Rate Claims for Data Center Infrastructure

Mean Time Between Failure (MTBF) is the most common criterion used when comparing data center physical infrastructures. But while MTBF actually can be calculated as a formula (based on another… Read more »

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Modular Power Distribution Systems Provide Safer, More Flexible Data Center Power

It’s the way IT systems have been powered for decades: Large transformers feed power to distribution units via under-floor hard-wired circuits using rigid or flexible conduit. Most data centers still… Read more »

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Assessing the Impact of Virtualization on Data Center Power

Virtualization brings many benefits to a data center, as fewer servers means less power consumed, less heat generated and more available space. But virtualization also presents many challenges to a… Read more »

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Optimize Your Power Loads with Data Center Capacity Management

Installing equipment in a data center without considering its loading and current power as well as its cooling capacity can put stress on an IT system and result in downtime… Read more »

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Key Elements of a Data Center Growth Model

Ask a business leader where his company will be in the future and he’ll be able to articulate expectations about plans for growth. But predicting a company’s future with absolute… Read more »

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4 Keys to Creating an Energy-Efficient Data Center

Electrical inefficiency in data centers results in unnecessary and substantial energy costs, and also raises wider environmental concerns. Most of a data center’s energy is consumed not by IT equipment,… Read more »

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5 Contributors to Data Center Energy Inefficiency

A typical data center is a huge consumer of electricity. But less than half of the electricity actually is used by IT equipment. The majority of a data center’s energy… Read more »

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5 Essential Components of Data Center System Planning

Failing to create a plan for a data center project can be a recipe for disaster. Mistakes made in the planning process can be exacerbated once the project is underway,… Read more »

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Industrial UPS vs. Standard UPS: Fundamental Differences Determine Investment Strategy

Poor power quality can wreak havoc on business systems uptime impacting both safety and driving up operational costs. From a safety perspective, imagine a mine that experiences an outage and… Read more »

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It’s All About Time – Answering the Nagging Questions at the Beginning of Your Career

Written by Guest Blogger Samantha Burmeister “It’s about time that the pieces fall together, right?” When I was in college I assumed that a person gets their first job after… Read more »

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Define a Profitable Reliability strategy through Automation

Automation systems have primarily been focused on using real-time control to improve the efficiency of industrial operations. But as process and logic control technology and techniques continued to advance over… Read more »

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The IIoT as Job Creator and Money Maker

Often termed the fourth industrial revolution, it’s easy to conclude that the progress being generated by the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) will result in job losses. When we think… Read more »

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How digitization delivers new levels of insight into power reliability and energy efficiency

This is the second in the blog post series, looking at how power distribution systems are becoming more intelligent and connected. These innovations are needed to take full advantage of… Read more »

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Know, Think, & Do – Resources on Digitization in Mining that can Help you make some sense of it all

Digitization in the mining industry remains the topic of much discussion…and much confusion!  In fact, I just returned from a trip to China where I heard people say, “We don’t… Read more »

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We’re Bringing Applications Home to a New Hybrid Data Center Environment

About the author: With more than 27 years of broad IT, data center and telecommunication experience, Jeff specializes in technology startups, high growth and corporate turnarounds in the areas of… Read more »

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Realize your True Potential at Schneider Electric

Written by Guest Blogger, Neena Sharma  Have you ever wondered what is the true purpose of human life? This is one question each of us might have thought about at… Read more »

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Back to Bauhaus – with Windows 8

So far when I think of Windows 8 as a possibility for control systems visualization, I think mainly of the International Style and its Euro roots in Bauhaus and the… Read more »

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Are you ALERT or just waiting dear M2M machine

Are you alert, or just waiting for the situation to pass.  Are you alert for something which might happen, something perhaps with danger requiring your constant situational awareness, or just… Read more »

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Smart building versatility via EcoXpert, IoT and connected technologies

Complexity of smart buildings EcoXpert partners see this every day. With energy efficiency being a key priority in smart buildings … and green building certifications and modern resident comfort adding… Read more »

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EcoXperts get it: Critical power availability and reliability in Industry 4.0

EcoXpert Critical Power partners know the stakes are getting higher as power management requirements evolve Power availability, reliability and quality have been essential within industrial sectors for ages and these… Read more »

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Why DCIM has succeeded and struggled?

Recent navel gazing about DCIM put me in mind of the Worst Predictions list curated on the Human Science wiki. It includes such gems as “The horse is here to… Read more »

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How Power Distribution System Connectivity Extends Real-Time Vision and Control

This is the third in this blog post series, looking at how innovations in power distribution are helping facility teams like yours take full advantage of trends in energy decarbonization,… Read more »

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Insights from Colocation Buyers Delivered in New 451 Research Report

  Findings gathered from this research are designed to serve as guidance to colocation providers as they make future business decisions. As the demand for colocation data centers continues to… Read more »

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How an EcoXpert Ensures the Maintenance and Continuity of Service

The cost versus efficiency challenge Nowadays, building management is highly challenged by cost optimization and efficiency at all levels. It has become necessary to optimise the CAPEX, by increasing the… Read more »

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Know, Think, & Do – Resources on Digitization in Mining that can Help you make some sense of it all

Digitization in the mining industry remains the topic of much discussion…and much confusion!  In fact, I just returned from a trip to China where I heard people say, “We don’t… Read more »

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Metal-clad Switchgear: The Industry’s Medium Voltage Workhorse

Why has metal-clad switchgear remained the industry’s go-to switchgear for medium voltage applications? There are three key drivers that make metal-clad the dominant choice: 1) customization capabilities, 2) ease of… Read more »

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The IIoT as Job Creator and Money Maker

Often termed the fourth industrial revolution, it’s easy to conclude that the progress being generated by the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) will result in job losses. When we think… Read more »

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How Digital Batch Management Improves Efficiency and Consistency

I’ve discussed some of the new regulations facing the pharmaceutical industry in past posts. Some of these regulations, like data integrity, are relatively consistent across the globe while others, like… Read more »

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