Data Center

Thinking Outside of the Rack: Designing and Planning by Pod

In olden times, the supporting infrastructure for data centers and IT rooms would be built out all at once…based on some vague understanding (guess?) of what future IT needs would… Read more »

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To Thrive in the IoT Era, Colocation Providers Must Drink Their Share of IoT Champagne

IT companies for years have talked – or even bragged – about how they “eat their own dog food,” meaning they use the products they make. Personally I never liked… Read more »

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Interxion and Schneider Electric Meet the Challenge: A State-of-the-Art Colocation Data Center Deployed in Just Two Months

Success in the colocation and cloud computing markets often comes down to being in the right place at the right time. If you’ve got reliable, efficient data center capacity in… Read more »

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Redefining Efficiencies for Downsized, On-premise Enterprise Data Centers

Over the last five years, three major transformations have rocked the data center industry. These transformations have occurred so quickly that many data center owners have been caught flat-footed, uncertain… Read more »

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7 Technology Trends That Define Next-Generation Data Center Monitoring

Data center monitoring methods have undergone a dramatic change over the last several years. Consider data center power and cooling infrastructure monitoring as an example. These monitoring systems handle roughly… Read more »

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Market Pulse: Challenges and Trends in Colocation

In such a dynamic and ever-changing industry, it’s important to hear from our customers about their quickly evolving challenges and learn more about the trends they’re seeing in their customers’… Read more »

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Pulse from 2017 Hewlett Packard Enterprise Discover Conference

Let me get right to the punch line – it’s all about hybrid IT and the intelligent edge – enabled by the creation of the Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) services… Read more »

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Takeaways of a Data Center Guy After Cloud Computing Wins the Preakness

Cloud computing, it seems, is cropping up everywhere – even in a 142-year-old horse race. Yes, in case you didn’t catch it, a horse named Cloud Computing won the 142nd… Read more »

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We’re Being Lean. How Did We Do Today?

It seems to be a standard part of the process when we make almost any online or offline transaction these days. The merchant wants your feedback about what they got… Read more »

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Enhancing Data Center Performance, Gamefully

In my last blog, I advanced the idea that the cost and complexity associated with instrumenting a data center is no longer a barrier to anyone gaining accurate, data-driven insights… 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Are Lithium-ion Batteries “GREENER” than Lead Acid?

There are many different ways you could consider a product to be more environmentally friendly or not than another.  Li-ion batteries do not contain hazardous materials while lead-acid batteries do… 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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