How does FlexPod Express Help With More Energy Efficient IT

CiscoLive is Cisco’s flagship annual technical training, networking and education event, it’s also a great place to catch up and network with companies offering solutions which utilise Cisco technologies. Schneider… Read more »

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Why Can’t We Be Friends?

In the world of demand side energy management it is not uncommon for there to be a divide between facilities and IT within an organization.  Initiatives to stem energy usage… Read more »

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The Next Age: The 20,000 Ft. View from the Schneider Influencer Summit

In today’s world, it’s easy to focus on the immediate challenges we see before us. Troubles in the Middle East. Tensions rising in Eastern Europe. Viruses we thought we had… Read more »

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What are the Trade-offs with Converged Infrastructure

At CiscoLive 2014 in Milan I spoke to Alan Gerrish, Consulting Systems Engineer at Cisco to find out what trade-offs customers might expect as they make a move to using converged… Read more »

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Prefabricated vs. Traditional Data Center Cost Calculator – A tool to illustrate the cost differences

The latest in our TradeOff Tool collection is the Prefabricated vs. Traditional Data Center Cost Calculator, which can be an important tool during the planning phase of a data center… 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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Predicting the Future of Densities

Nostradamus couldn’t predict the future and neither can we – why the data center industry has never predicted future rack densities correctly. Just recently, there was yet another report generated… Read more »

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Infographic: What Makes Energy University an Award-winning Education Program

As explained in a previous post, 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… Read more »

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Energy University Offers a Primer on Data Center Cooling Options

On this blog site and elsewhere in data center circles you will routinely see coverage of cooling systems that typically assumes readers have a base level of knowledge about such… Read more »

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How to Ensure True Redundancy in a Dual-Path Data Center Power Distribution System

In a recent post I explained how there’s lots of variation in how devices with multiple power supplies operate, making it challenging to ensure they function in a truly redundant… 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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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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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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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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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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The Green Grid joins forces with Climate Savers Computing Initiative

Last Wednesday The Green Grid (TGG) announced it was joining forces with Climate Savers Computing Initiative (CSCI), merging membership and programs under The Green Grid brand and really widening the… 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The End of IT?

The IT industry has been the reigning superstar of the global economy for the last 40 years. The industry gave us 25-year old billionaires and “long-term” success stories like Microsoft,… Read more »

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