Data Center Architecture

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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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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How Colocation Providers Can Follow Amazon’s Lead and Create Lucrative New IT Offerings

In the data center industry we hear about Amazon Web Services (AWS) all the time, as the company is clearly one of the biggest players in the space and is,… Read more »

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It’s Time to Consider Additional Cooling Options for Open Compute Project Data Centers

The Open Compute Project is a topic interest in IT circles, as the reference architecture for data centers offer the potential to provide efficient, flexible and scalable compute power at a relatively… Read more »

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Good Decision Making is Crucial in Data Center Planning: TradeOff Tools Can Help

Every day of our lives, we’re faced with decision making.  Many can be made easily, like where to go for lunch or what movie to see, mainly because the consequence… Read more »

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Animal Logic Builds an Oscar-worthy Prefabricated Data Center

Animal Logic has won its fair share of awards for films including The Lego Movie, and has worked on other high-profile films including The Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded, and The… Read more »

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How Hybrid Cloud Approaches are Driving Colocation to the Edge

About the author: With more than 25 years of experience in the telecommunications and technology industries, Jim brings extensive leadership and insight to his role as CEO of LightEdge. His… Read more »

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It’s a Small World for Colocation Providers…After All

One of my favorite pieces of my job is the opportunity to interact with customers and colleagues from around the globe. The Cloud & Service Provider space is, in many… Read more »

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How New Availability Expectations Change the Way Data Centers are Managed and Operated

According to The Atlantic’s trilogy on household spending, by 1990, at least 90% of US households had electricity, a stove, car, fridge, clothes, air conditioning, color TV, microwave and a… 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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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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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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Data Center Capital Cost Calculator – A Tool to Help Align Your Data Center Business Requirements with Your Project Budget

The data center capital cost calculator can be an invaluable tool to help ensure that a particular design will be in line with your project’s budget, whether it be a… Read more »

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What is DMaaS?

*September 25th update: StruxureOn was re-branded to EcoStruxure IT. Fast moving change requires an agile response. Not something that the traditionally conservative data center sector has often been able to… Read more »

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A Challenge to the Data Center Industry: Get Off the Stick and Embrace The Millenials

A year or so ago, when my son was about 6, I took him to the local Lowe’s to pick up a few things for the house. While there we… 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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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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The Data Center Services Lifecycle: Go Beyond Design/Build

When you consider the point in the lifecycle of a data center when people most typically think of the need for consulting services, it’s during the upfront phases—right at 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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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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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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Why is Cloud computing so hard to define anyways?

Sure, cloud computing is here and it sure is the next big IT wave, but what is it really and how do you know if you’re using it? I just… Read more »

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How To Plan Your Data Center For Your Business Requirements

  I met with Paul-Francois Cattier, VP Datacenters, Schneider Electric whilst at Data Centres Europe 2013 in Nice. I asked him how companies could start to address designing their data… Read more »

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Your Planet Needs You! Help Cut Waste Caused By Over-Sizing Data Centers

I need your help please! I’m looking to enlist the help of anyone who has an interest in data centers in a campaign to cut waste caused by over-sizing or… Read more »

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How Might IoT and Data Sharing Lower Data Center Cost?

This is the last of my series of blogs based upon the workshop we ran at the Kolding Solutions Center entitled “24 Hours Putting the Internet of Things Under the… Read more »

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Electrical Design and Maintenance Considerations in Data Center Disaster Avoidance

A sound disaster avoidance plan is crucial to ensuring the continuous 24x7x365 operation of a mission critical data center. The plan needs to cover numerous areas (as outlined in the… Read more »

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Wanted: A Better Way to Quantify Data Center Risks

Let’s play a little game. Say you’re building a data center and you go to management with two proposals, one for a Tier 3 data center that costs $8 million… Read more »

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