Victor Avelar

Victor Avelar

Victor Avelar is a Director and Senior Research Analyst at Schneider Electric’s Data Center Science Center. He is responsible for data center design and operations research, and consults with clients on risk assessment and design practices to optimize the availability and efficiency of their data center environments. Victor holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from Babson College. He is a member of AFCOM.

Outdated Remote Data Center Monitoring Systems Can Limit Operator Productivity and Threaten Systems Uptime

Data center monitoring services have been around for over 10 years.  Over that period of time, many of these systems have not been updated to reflect changing data center technologies…. Read more »

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What the Hell (Heck?) are Digital Services?

A few months ago I was asked to research digital remote monitoring services and write a white paper to help educate our customers on the concept. One of the first… Read more »

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Why Server Power Supplies Are Like Your Circuit Breaker Panel – Part 2

Why are server power supply unit (PSU) ratings so much higher than the actual server power consumption?  In Part 1 of this blog, I analyzed some server data and concluded… Read more »

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Why Server Power Supplies Are Like Your Circuit Breaker Panel – Part 1

Have you ever looked in your home’s circuit breaker panel and counted all the branch breakers in there?  You may have 20 breaker positions and most of them are 15… Read more »

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A 3-Part Solution to PUE Calculations

Energy efficiency is always top of mind with data centers operators and is oftentimes a component of business goals. In an article for Data Center Knowledge, I articulated “How to… Read more »

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Dispelling 3 Misconceptions about Row-based Data Center Cooling

On its face, row-based data center cooling sounds like it’s all about sending cool air to wherever it’s needed in order to keep IT equipment at optimum temperatures. But, as… Read more »

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The link between camel dung and data centers

I heard a funny story about how camel dung came to be used in making seats for British war planes.  This post on Snopes describes it, but the punch line… Read more »

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What’s stopping you from increasing your data center supply temperature?

The traditional rule of thumb was always that colder data centers (between 68°F and 70°F) were important to prevent problems with servers overheating.  With older servers, that made sense.  But… Read more »

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5 Tips for Installing and Managing IT Equipment in Tight Spaces

Small- and medium-sized businesses often find office space is at a premium, and the same goes for the space that houses their IT equipment. Similarly, larger businesses with smaller remote… Read more »

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Does your acceptable use policy cover power and cooling?

My colleague Paul Lin and I recently wrote a white paper that discusses some causes of stranded space, power, and cooling capacity in colocation data centers.  Stranded space, power, and… Read more »

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