Data Center

New Data Center Prediction and Simulation Tools Cut Costs and Boost Uptime

When it comes to managing data center operations, system administrators often prioritize uptime. Business line executives, on the other hand, accept uptime as a given and often focus on operational… Read more »

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Growth Trends and Opportunities for Colocation Providers

A couple of years ago many colocation providers were feeling considerable angst over the idea that customers would flock in droves to the big cloud computing companies, the so-called Internet… Read more »

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Everyone is talking about DevOps, can it be used for Data Centers?

DevOps is quite simply a combined effort of software development and Information Technology operations.  It is a term used to refer to a set of practices, processes, and cultures that… 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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Combating Downtime While Keeping Sales on the Floor

The approach to managing distributed IT environments has changed over the last decade, particularly in retail. Rather than supporting dedicated IT resources at each store location, many have put the… Read more »

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Avoid The IT Resiliency Fallacy and Monitor Your IT Environment

I’m a big fan of the major coffeehouse chain featuring a well-known mermaid on each cup. I know… I’m a millennial, so I should drink only freshly roasted, organic, fair… 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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Integrating IT, OT and Security: The Power Imperative

Today’s highly connected facilities have created a greater need for IT and OT to work together. In a previous post, I wrote about how these functions are moving from convergence… Read more »

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Fixed Vacuum Breakers: An Alternative to Withdrawable Breakers

Fixed vacuum breakers were first introduced between the 1970’s and 1980’s. They were designed because of the safety, reliability and the overall total cost of ownership was better than its… Read more »

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When Evaluating Prefabricated Power Skids, Look to a Trusted Partner with the Latest State of the Art Components

Both colocation and large enterprise data center stakeholders welcome opportunities to simplify their complex businesses. That’s why so many are investing in prefab power skids to support their data center… 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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Clearing up Confusion over 80% vs. 100%-rated Circuit Breakers

When building or upgrading a data center, at some point you need to make a decision about which circuit breakers to use. While on the face of it that may… Read more »

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Understanding Firewalls and Their Role in Network Security

Anyone who uses a computer these days has almost certainly come across the term “firewall” and knows it has something to do with providing security. But to fully protect corporate… 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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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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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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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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IoT, Edge Computing, Big Data – Creating the Next Wave in Data Center Innovation

With Schneider Electric hosting its Innovation Summit at the Paris Marathon this week, I thought it would be a great time to share some of my thoughts on innovation at… 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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4 Big Benefits of Lithium Ion Batteries for UPS Systems – and 2 Key Challenges

A confluence of events is setting the stage for what may well be dramatic change in a key component of uninterruptible power supply (UPS) technology that really hasn’t changed much… 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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Clearing up Confusion over 80% vs. 100%-rated Circuit Breakers

When building or upgrading a data center, at some point you need to make a decision about which circuit breakers to use. While on the face of it that may… Read more »

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IT Key Enabler for Smart Cities at Schneider Electric “Power to the Cloud” Dubai Event

Issues that concern Middle Eastern CIOs, from private cloud adoption and data center outsourcing, to disaster recovery, security, new data center builds and existing facility upgrades are amongst the high… Read more »

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Power Quality Issues : Silent Efficiency Killer

Why you should care? Several studies estimate that power quality issues cost the U.S. economy about $15 billion each year. Because approximately 80 percent of all power-quality problems originate from… 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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