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Bringing Big Data and IoT to Data Centers with EcoStruxure™ IT

    As demands for immediate access and application availability increase, data center and IT environments are becoming more critical, hybrid and distributed. Management has become increasingly complex as operators… Read more »

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We’re Bringing Applications Home to a New Hybrid Data Center Environment

About the author: With more than 27 years of broad IT, data center and telecommunication experience, Jeff specializes in technology startups, high growth and corporate turnarounds in the areas of… Read more »

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What’s the Appeal of Cloud-based DCIM for Data Center Monitoring?

Data centers were established to meet the data processing, storage, networking and communications needs of the digital age. But it has been widely recognized that data (the very thing on… Read more »

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Inside the (changing) colocation customer mind

While the top-level forecast for colocation is rosy, a closer analysis points to significant disruption ahead. Demand patterns, cloud-native workloads, the Internet of Things, next-generation edge computing and other trends… Read more »

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Insights from Colocation Buyers Delivered in New 451 Research Report

  Findings gathered from this research are designed to serve as guidance to colocation providers as they make future business decisions. As the demand for colocation data centers continues to… Read more »

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Why DCIM has succeeded and struggled?

Recent navel gazing about DCIM put me in mind of the Worst Predictions list curated on the Human Science wiki. It includes such gems as “The horse is here to… Read more »

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Why don’t we know how much Airflow IT Equipment Requires?

If you’ve ever tried to find how much airflow a new server requires, then you’ve experienced the frustration of burning precious time to no avail.  Finding server airflow requirements should… Read more »

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Change for a More Satisfied, Less Promiscuous Customer

Even for an industry as conservative and risk averse as the data center sector, no change spells stagnation not security. Change is the only constant in life. Or so said… Read more »

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Whatcha got under the (data center cooling) hood?

Not a typical question you ask in a data center but maybe you should ask that question the next time you’re in the market for a chiller or computer room… Read more »

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Gartner Shares 5-Step Plan for A Successful Data Center Migration

The experts at Gartner have seen their clients execute lots of data center migrations – some successfully, some less so. But one thing is certain: they learn from both kinds…. 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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