Wendy Torell

Wendy Torell

Wendy Torell is a Senior Research Analyst at Schneider Electric’s Data Center Science Center. In this role, she researches best practices in data center design and operation, publishes white papers & articles, and develops TradeOff Tools to help clients optimize the availability, efficiency, and cost of their data center environments. She also consults with clients on availability science approaches and design practices to help them meet their data center performance objectives. She received her Bachelors of Mechanical Engineering degree from Union College in Schenectady, NY and her MBA from University of Rhode Island. Wendy is an ASQ Certified Reliability Engineer.

Good Decision Making is Crucial in Data Center Planning: TradeOff Tools Can Help

Every day of our lives, we’re faced with decision making.  Many can be made easily, like where to go for lunch or what movie to see, mainly because the consequence… Read more »

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Edge Data Centers have Arrived. But How Resilient are They?

The massive migration of critical applications from traditional data centers to the cloud has garnered much attention from analysts, industry observers, and data center stakeholders.  However, as the great cloud… Read more »

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So Will Prefab Cost Me More or Not?

There’s no question when it comes to prefabricated modular data centers, it offers real benefits in terms of speed of deployment, greater reliability, greater flexibility to scale, and improved predictability…. Read more »

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Driving Towards Simpler Data Centers

The Open Compute Project has helped to open up some much needed dialogue within the data center industry.  It is driving data center owners/managers toward simpler, more standardized, more efficient,… Read more »

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Data Center Capital Cost Calculator 2.0 – Updated to Ensure Accuracy and Relevancy

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged about TradeOff Tools, and this one in particular.  In my original blog about the Data Center Capital Cost Calculator, I provided some background… Read more »

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The Unexpected Result From Our Analysis of Battery Versus Flywheel UPS

The ongoing focus from the public sector and large organizations to improve their ”green” image and reduce their carbon footprint has triggered an ongoing debate about possible alternatives to lead-acid… Read more »

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Prefabricated Data Center Considerations: Part 4, Site Installation

In the first 3 parts of this blog, I’ve covered some practical considerations for planning, design, site prep, and procurement of prefab data center modules. For this last one, I’ll… Read more »

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Prefabricated Data Center Considerations: Part 3, Procurement

In the first 2 blogs of this series, I shared some practical considerations with planning, design, and site preparation for data center projects using prefabricated modules (from the white paper… Read more »

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Prefabricated Data Center Considerations: Part 2, Site Prep

In my last blog, I shared two key planning and design differences between prefabricated data centers vs. traditional stick built.    Now I’d like to share some key considerations in preparing… Read more »

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Prefabricated Data Center Considerations: Part I, Planning & Design

The benefits of prefabricated data center modules have been touted throughout the industry, and the approach to building data centers is now beginning to gain traction.  With that in mind,… Read more »

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