Data Center Architecture

Bloomberg Forecasts Li-ion Batteries are Poised for Big Gains in Data Center UPS Systems

The word is out and data center owners are getting the message: Lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries bring big benefits to data center back-up systems, including uninterruptible power supplies (UPSs), most notably… Read more »

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Changing IT Landscape Drives Need for Scalable, Efficient Power Protection

Third platform technologies and big data are core drivers of converged infrastructure, pre-configured systems, optimization and virtualization. In turn, all are driving dramatic changes to how IT is provisioned, deployed… Read more »

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Becoming a Modern Financial Services Data Center

The rate with which financial markets fluctuate, consumer expectations rise and unexpected competitors appear makes for dynamic industry conditions, so financial services data centers need to be dynamic as well…. Read more »

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Demystifying Artificial Intelligence for Data Centers

Not long ago artificial intelligence (AI) and associated technologies always seemed futuristic, but today there is no shortage of companies offering AI solutions and claiming business benefits from the technology…. Read more »

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Facing Pressure to Build Fast and Cut Costs, Data Center Owners Turn to Prefab and DCIM

After attending the Datacloud Europe event in Monaco last month, my #1 take-away is that many of the technologies that have been promoted in the industry have become standard practice… Read more »

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What is IMaaS?

Fast moving change requires an agile response. Not something that the traditionally conservative data center sector has often been able to boast about. The act of building or upgrading infrastructure… Read more »

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What Happens if You Never Change the Oil in Your Car (or Maintain Your Data Center)?

California has a handy tool to help figure out when a car’s oil needs to be changed. Every 3,000 miles used to be the standard, but today’s vehicles can go as… Read more »

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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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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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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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The Green Grid Data Center Maturity Model brings benefit to Data Center Management

The Data Center Maturity Model (DCMM) was launched by the Green Grid in February 2012. The model provides clear goals and direction for improving energy efficiency and sustainability across all… 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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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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Collision on Big Data: Dealing with the New Dynamics

We’re witnessing the start of explosive growth in Big Data, along with the headlong pursuit of the Big Data opportunity by technology vendors from four camps. This trend of tech… Read more »

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Simplify the Data Center Planning Process with Reference Designs

It probably should go without saying that the planning phase is crucial to any data center project. But the specific planning process you use will go a long way toward… Read more »

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