Data Center

Understanding Today’s IT architecture – Converged, Hyperconverged and Composable

It’s been a fascinating few years for enterprise IT hardware architecture.  Open source operating systems are being installed on white box and bare metal servers driving down margins in the… Read more »

Leave a comment

Safety First: Leon County/Tallahassee Join Forces and Up Power Protection

Today we’ll feature guest blogger Carl Morgan, construction manager for Leon County, Florida. Carl details below his data center installation within the Tallahassee/Leon County Public Safety Complex. Not every business needs… Read more »

Leave a comment

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 »

Leave a comment

Data Center Downtime is Too Expensive to Forget about a Cooling Equipment Maintenance Plan

Enterprise IT professionals face tremendous pressure to keep their data centers running. After all, even the smallest amount of downtime can cost a business plenty in lost productivity and revenue…. Read more »

Leave a comment

The Year in DCIM: StruxureWare for Data Centers Establishes Market Position

How can you run an efficient data center and support all the endpoints in the burgeoning IoT — 20 to 30+ billion devices by 2020 — without full visibility into… Read more »

Leave a comment

Airflow’s Role in Data Center Cooling Capacity

Just because temperatures run high in a data center, that doesn’t always mean the facility is out of cooling capacity, says Chris Wade, national technical services program manager, Newmark Grubb… Read more »

Leave a comment

When Stuff Hits the Fan: Preparing for Emergencies in Data Centers

Data center operations and maintenance teams must be prepared to act swiftly and surely without warning. Unforeseen problems can lead to injury or downtime. Good preparation and process, however, can… Read more »

Leave a comment

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 »

Leave a comment

Digital Foundations for Digital Banks

At the end of 2015, an article on the future of banking from thenextweb.com posed the question “So, what will the bank of the future look like?” and answered it with an emphatic… Read more »

Leave a comment

Edge Computing Helps Colocation Provider Internap Meet Customers’ Latency and Agility Requirements

As a colocation provider, Internap has to be able to meet the needs of its customers quickly and consistently. More and more, those customers are looking for data centers that… Read more »

Leave a comment

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 »

Leave a comment

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 »

13 Comments

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 »

7 Comments

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 »

Leave a comment

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 »

2 Comments

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 »

Leave a comment

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 »

Leave a comment

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 »

1 Comment

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 »

Leave a comment

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 »

1 Comment

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 »

119 Comments

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 »

16 Comments

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 »

13 Comments

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 »

10 Comments

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 »

8 Comments

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 »

7 Comments

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 »

7 Comments

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 »

7 Comments

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 »

6 Comments

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 »

6 Comments