Data Center Architecture

DCIM’s Improvement to Workflow Processes is Key to Eliminating Data Center Challenges

Until recently, there’s been a numbing inevitability about survey results from research into the data center sector. Finding number one; all downtime is the result of human error. Finding number… Read more »

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Why This New Gartner Data Center Modernization Report Caught Me by Surprise

As a data center solutions guy, I attend many industry conferences and forums. So, I’m always curious about new ideas and how customers are using technology to solve new business… Read more »

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Data Center Modernization: A Plan for How Much to Outsource

In order to remain competitive, businesses have to modernize their data centers either to reflect changing marketplace conditions or to accommodate shifting company business goals. That means aging data centers… Read more »

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Water, water, everywhere, nor any drop to drink…

The data center industry is sitting on a massive resource which could enable huge financial savings I’ve taken the title for this blog from a famous old English poem, “The… Read more »

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How Cloud, IoT and Digital Services have Driven the Development of DCIM as a Service

There’s no doubt that Cloud, the Internet of Things (IoT) and digital services are some of the hotter topics today. Add in big data and analytics, machine to machine (M2M)… Read more »

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Is it Time to Let the X-Factor Determine Data Center Temperature?

It’s been a couple of years now since a group of experts from major server hardware vendors, wrote a paper about the “x-factor,” (PDF) which is a way to quantify… Read more »

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DartPoints Offers New Option for Colocation at the Edge

Location, location, location is not just a mantra for the real estate industry, it’s increasingly a consideration for data centers to help businesses meet the needs of a new on-demand… Read more »

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Adiabatic and Evaporative Cooling Techniques Deliver Big Data Center Savings – Anywhere on the Planet

With the many advances that we’ve seen with respect to air and water economizers for data center cooling systems (usually called free-cooling chillers in Europe), it’s no exaggeration to say… Read more »

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How Sustainability, DCIM and the Open Compute Project Present Opportunity for Colocation Providers

While my last blog post focused on some market demands and challenges that colocation providers must meet, this one will look at opportunities providers have to improve their bottom lines…. Read more »

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Modernize or Outsource: Evaluating the Options for your Data Center

Although executives often use terms like “life blood” and “mission critical” to describe their in-house data centers, a striking number of these data centers are encountering performance issues and require… 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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5 Tips for Installing and Managing IT Equipment in Tight Spaces

Small- and medium-sized businesses often find office space is at a premium, and the same goes for the space that houses their IT equipment. Similarly, larger businesses with smaller remote… Read more »

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Wanted: A Modular Data Center Design Specification

  I’ve recorded a couple of videos that you can check out here on the Data Center Blog  (or on YouTube) about the concept of modular data centers. One of… Read more »

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Lessons from Cisco Live Europe 2012: Integrated technologies will most benefit integrated thinkers

I was amongst those early risers fortunate enough to catch Chris Davis’s dawn slot “Connecting the Dots!” at Cisco Live Europe 2012. In his presentation, Chris laid out the market… Read more »

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