Data Center

What an Optimized Power Distribution System Looks Like

We’ve seen dramatic improvements in data center physical infrastructure equipment and practices in recent decades, driven in large part by a need for more power density, the sheer number of… Read more »

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The Advantages of a ‘Stepped Phase-In’ for Data Center Buildout

Data center plans are frequently vague because they can’t account for the constantly changing nature of technical developments in IT equipment. Moreover, it’s close to impossible to accurately predict what… Read more »

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Specify and Verify: Defining Data Center Criticality Levels

Determining a data center’s criticality level – how “important” the data center’s operation is to the business with regard to its ability to withstand downtime – is one of the… Read more »

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How to Assess Failure Rate Claims for Data Center Infrastructure

Mean Time Between Failure (MTBF) is the most common criterion used when comparing data center physical infrastructures. But while MTBF actually can be calculated as a formula (based on another… Read more »

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Modular Power Distribution Systems Provide Safer, More Flexible Data Center Power

It’s the way IT systems have been powered for decades: Large transformers feed power to distribution units via under-floor hard-wired circuits using rigid or flexible conduit. Most data centers still… Read more »

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Assessing the Impact of Virtualization on Data Center Power

Virtualization brings many benefits to a data center, as fewer servers means less power consumed, less heat generated and more available space. But virtualization also presents many challenges to a… Read more »

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Optimize Your Power Loads with Data Center Capacity Management

Installing equipment in a data center without considering its loading and current power as well as its cooling capacity can put stress on an IT system and result in downtime… Read more »

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Key Elements of a Data Center Growth Model

Ask a business leader where his company will be in the future and he’ll be able to articulate expectations about plans for growth. But predicting a company’s future with absolute… Read more »

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4 Keys to Creating an Energy-Efficient Data Center

Electrical inefficiency in data centers results in unnecessary and substantial energy costs, and also raises wider environmental concerns. Most of a data center’s energy is consumed not by IT equipment,… Read more »

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5 Contributors to Data Center Energy Inefficiency

A typical data center is a huge consumer of electricity. But less than half of the electricity actually is used by IT equipment. The majority of a data center’s energy… Read more »

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Just in Time Capacity Satisfies CFO and IT Demands

The words data center bring different visions to mind, depending on the stakeholder: CFOs think in terms of the cost to build and the return on investment, whereas, IT personnel… Read more »

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The Blogs of Summer: 5 Must Reads

Summer can be a good time to catch up on reading or take a digital break. So in case you missed them, or simply want to get your mind back… Read more »

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DCOI One Year Later: Assessing your Data Center

It’s been nearly a year since the Data Center Optimization Initiative (DCOI) was handed down. Now, we are only 18 months away from having to be fully compliant. Has your… Read more »

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Data Center Operations Rely on Communication between Facility Management and IT

A partnership between these two groups will ensure the best possible data center design that takes into consideration the long-term needs of both operational areas, say R. Stephen Spinazzola and… Read more »

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Benefits of IT and FM Cooperation Are Real and Crucial

The need for cooperation between the facilities and IT departments in ongoing data center maintenance and upgrades isn’t just a good thing. It’s a necessary one. Changes in data center… Read more »

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5 Ways Data Center Operations Can Protect Your Utility Bill

By Martin Brennan, Critical Facilities Manager Let’s picture it for a moment: you’ve built your top of the line data center with all the bells and whistles. This room should… Read more »

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Bank Street on Colo M&A: Consolidation Means More Players than Ever

In the eighth of our “8 Megatrends” series, we sat down with Richard Lukaj, Senior Managing Director, Bank Street, to discuss how mergers and acquisitions (M&A) have affected the colocation… Read more »

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CiscoLive at Petco Park

Wednesday night brought CiscoLive attendees to San Diego’s Petco Park, across from the convention center. Cisco provided food, drink, games, and music as a thanks to its customers. The show included… Read more »

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The Advantages of a ‘Stepped Phase-In’ for Data Center Buildout

Data center plans are frequently vague because they can’t account for the constantly changing nature of technical developments in IT equipment. Moreover, it’s close to impossible to accurately predict what… 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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5 Top Questions about the NetShelter CX – A Server-Room-in-a-Box

Guest blog by Debbie Dailey, Business Development Specialist, APC by Schneider Electric The NetShelter CX, to refresh your memory, is basically “a server room in a box.” It’s a portable,… Read more »

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How Data Centers have become the Lifeblood of Business

Remember the scene in the Wizard of Oz, as Dorothy and crew faced the wizard and stood in awe of his power, though they really didn’t understand it. Then suddenly,… Read more »

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How the Data Center Can Be a Top Recruiting Tool in Higher Education

Forty-two percent of college students use two or more mobile devices during a typical school day. For those who use three or more devices — such as a smartphone, tablet… Read more »

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Pushing the Data Center Boundary Blog: Cloud Computing – Is it really just 80’s outsourcing by another name?

Is it possible to be suffocated by a cloud?    Because the hype around cloud computing is starting to make me feel like I’m suffocating.  It seems that for the… Read more »

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Four Principles Guiding the Construction of Cloud Computing Data Centers in China

Following on from my first blog post “Cloud Data Centers and the Art of Feng Shui”, I thought it might be interesting to look at four principles which are guiding… Read more »

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The Green Grid joins forces with Climate Savers Computing Initiative

Last Wednesday The Green Grid (TGG) announced it was joining forces with Climate Savers Computing Initiative (CSCI), merging membership and programs under The Green Grid brand and really widening the… 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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Baselining as Common Denominator in Data Center Improvement

The often-heard response to technology advice—“yes, but we’re different”—does have a lot of truth to it when it comes to data center improvements. Let’s start with the drivers or motivations… Read more »

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Data Center World Session Outlines the Benefits of Prefabricated Modular Data Centers

George Sutton has a dramatic example that illustrates the value of prefabricated, modular data centers vs. traditional “stick built” data centers. Speaking at the recent Data Center World conference in… Read more »

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Why Latency is the Enemy and How Edge Computing Can Combat It

Whether it’s applications that live in the cloud or the proliferation of video, companies more than ever rely on fast, reliable network connections to keep employees productive. But applications can… Read more »

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