Patrick Donovan

Patrick Donovan

Patrick Donovan is a Senior Research Analyst for the Data Center Science Center at Schneider Electric. He has over 20 years of experience developing and supporting critical power and cooling systems for Schneider Electric’s IT Business unit including several award-winning power protection, efficiency and availability solutions. An author of numerous white papers, industry articles, and technology assessments, Patrick's research on data center physical infrastructure technologies and markets offers guidance and advice on best practices for planning, designing, and operation of data center facilities.

The Great Solar Eclipse Reminds Us to Review Our Data Center Operations

On August 21st a total eclipse will pass across the USA for the first time since 1945, well before the word ‘data center’ was coined. Commentators are predicting huge traffic… Read more »

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Thinking Outside of the Rack: Designing and Planning by Pod

In olden times, the supporting infrastructure for data centers and IT rooms would be built out all at once…based on some vague understanding (guess?) of what future IT needs would… Read more »

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Battlefield Archaeology and Data Center Remote Monitoring

A couple months ago, I had the great pleasure and honor of participating in a National Park Service archaeology project at Gettysburg National Military Park. As an experienced and trained… Read more »

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Hey Data Center Customers, Let’s Practice Hygge

Early this morning as I sat here in New England with shoveled snow almost to the window sills, I came across an interesting article. It talked about the Danish practice… Read more »

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Commanding in Combat: Lessons for the Data Center Manager

It is hard to imagine anything more “mission critical” than achieving your objectives, conserving your resources, and protecting the lives of the men and women under your command than when… Read more »

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Lessons of Project Cumulus: Plan Early and Design Together

I have the fortune to be a Project Manager for a unique and global, cross-business unit team called, “Project Cumulus”.  Our team combines some of the best Engineers in the… Read more »

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Sausage Making and Digital Remote Monitoring Platforms

UsingEnglish.com explains the “watching sausage being made” idiom in this way: “If something is like watching sausages getting made, unpleasant truths about it emerge that make it much less appealing. … Read more »

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Trust, but Verify…Secure Remote Monitoring for Your Data Center

Modern digital remote monitoring platforms offer a lot of promise today….reduced downtime, reduced mean time to recovery (MTTR), less operations overhead, as well as improved efficiency for power and cooling… Read more »

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Resistance is Futile: Comply with DCOI or Be Assimilated

Schneider Electric offers U.S. Federal government agencies guidance on how to comply with new federal data center mandates My team, the Data Center Science Center, has just written White Paper… Read more »

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Don’t Let Your Data Center Appendix Burst

As Annie and I pulled out of our driveway to head up to New Hampshire to join her extended family for vacation, I was overcome with stomach pain and a… Read more »

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