Examining the Amazon Plan for Re-using Data Center Waste Water

I have always believed that innovation is a team sport. So I read with interest the recent blog post about how Amazon is planning to use waste heat from a… Read more »

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New White Paper Offers Advice for Age-Old Problem: Data Center Hot Spots

                          You’ve no doubt heard that hot spots are a bad thing in a data center because they… Read more »

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DartPoints Uses InfraStruxure to Build A Highly Adaptable Micro Data Center

Achieving better energy efficiency by right-sizing data centers sparked the development and growth of modular and scalable infrastructure.  The idea was to make equipment highly adaptable so end users could… Read more »

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SBA Communications to Build New, Modular Data Center – Fast

We’ve written in this blog numerous times about the various benefits of a scalable, modular data center architecture, from the ability to “right-size” the data center and have it grow… Read more »

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An Experience Center Visit: The Key to Making Your Data Center Project Move Quicker and Easier

Creating a data center can be a painful process. It’s highly complex, it involves many functional areas that don’t normally talk to each other, and if the project fails, the… Read more »

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Did you choose the right ceiling-ducted air containment for your data center?

                  My colleagues Jim VanGilder, Simon Zhang, and I recently wrote a white paper which describes three typical approaches to deploying ceiling-ducted… 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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Data Center ESPC: Have your cake…and eat it too

Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPC) have existed for more than 20 years and fund needed facility upgrades through guaranteed energy savings. As the government pushes for expanded use of performance… Read more »

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How big an opportunity is the Internet of Things?

It’s been talked about for over a decade, but recent research suggests that the Internet of Everything (also sometimes referred to as the Internet of Things) is set to create… Read more »

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Now that’s Neighborly: Data Center Waste Water will Heat Amazon’s New High-Rises

“The idea makes so much sense that it prompts one to wonder why no one thought of this before.” So writes Marc Stiles, a reporter for the Puget Sound Business… Read more »

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The Voice of the Next Generation CIO

I recently had the pleasure of speaking at the CIO Summit Event, “Driving an Agenda for Business Success”, organised in the Middle East by IDC. For me, one of the… Read more »

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Great Hoaxes: Bigfoot, UFO’s, and DC vs. AC efficiency studies

It’s remarkable that we continue to see what I consider pseudo-scientific ‘studies’ claiming that DC distribution is significantly more efficient than AC distribution in data centers.  These ‘studies’ make the… Read more »

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Building an SMB Core Network Node; Integration Trumps Best-of-breed for London, UK ISP

I recently visited Spitfire Network Services Ltd, a London-based business providing telecom services and ISP solutions to small and medium sized customers. The company has its own extensive telecoms network… Read more »

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Pushing the Data Center Boundary Blog: Is Fresh Air really good for everyone?

There’s been a lot of press over the last few years about “Google type” data centers that use 100% fresh air to perform cooling.  In many cases, these designs bring… Read more »

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Why has Schneider Electric taken a segment approach to its Data Center business

  Estelle Barre is Vice President of Segments for Schneider Electric. I caught up with her at Data Centers Europe 2013 in Nice earlier this year to find out why… Read more »

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How much cost saving do you need to make energy efficiency worthwhile?

Ever since data center energy costs and emissions started to get noticed by people outside the industry, many trade media column inches as well as those involved in data centers… Read more »

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Hot or Cold Air Containment? Examine Your Constraints to Decide

It’s well known by now that air containment systems can eliminate hot spots and provide energy savings over traditional, uncontained data center designs. But which is best for an existing… Read more »

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Pushing the Data Center Boundary Blog: HACs vs. CACs – Do we really need to have this conversation?

I was reading some articles online recently and I’m astounded by the lack of understanding of HACs  (Hot aisle containment) versus CACs (cold aisle containment). Let’s get right to the… Read more »

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Podcast: Close-coupled Cooling Delivers Big Energy Savings

If you run a small- to medium-sized data center, here’s a way you may be able to save about 20% on your cooling system energy bill: implement close-coupled cooling. Close-coupled… Read more »

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Schneider Electric-Cisco Partnership Delivers 3 Solutions for Building Smarter, Less Costly Data Centers

I’ve mentioned Schneider Electric’s partnership with IBM a couple of times, most recently about how the partnership involves a close working relationship to deliver products of value to customers.  Another… Read more »

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4 Factors in Selecting a Home Office UPS

I work in a home office, in a town where power outages are not at all unusual. Just the other day a healthy thunderstorm rolled through in the early evening… Read more »

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Great Hoaxes: Bigfoot, UFO’s, and DC vs. AC efficiency studies

It’s remarkable that we continue to see what I consider pseudo-scientific ‘studies’ claiming that DC distribution is significantly more efficient than AC distribution in data centers.  These ‘studies’ make 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: Is Fresh Air really good for everyone?

There’s been a lot of press over the last few years about “Google type” data centers that use 100% fresh air to perform cooling.  In many cases, these designs bring… Read more »

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Behind the Accolades: What Makes Energy University an Award-Winning Educational Program

  Schneider Electric’s free online education program, Energy University was recently recognized with the prestigious Sustainable Energy Europe Award, presented during the EU Sustainable Energy Week 2014 by the European… Read more »

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Why is Schneider Electric the Right Choice for Prefabricated Data Centers?

According to industry analysts, 451 Research, prefabricated modular data centers are evolving rapidly and beginning to win mainstream support. In fact the analyst states that “prefabrication is ready to transform… Read more »

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Getting comfortable with elevated data center temperatures

Running data centers at elevated air temperatures cuts energy costs by reducing energy for cooling, but only recently has the industry started to get comfortable with the practice of running… Read more »

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Alaskan Air Force Base Relies on APC UPSs to Go Beyond the Usual Call of Duty

Over the course of two days hanging out on the Schneider Electric booth at the recent Interop 2014 event in Las Vegas, I met a lot of customers who were… Read more »

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Cloud Data Centers and the art of Feng Shui

For over 3000 years, Feng Shui has been bringing balance and harmony to physical space. In China, millions of people live their lives according to the natural forces and principles… Read more »

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Why is Cloud computing so hard to define anyways?

Sure, cloud computing is here and it sure is the next big IT wave, but what is it really and how do you know if you’re using it? I just… Read more »

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