Data Center

What value does data center infrastructure management software add to data centers?

I think we’ve all met him – the data center operator who can ‘feel’ how his data center is performing – he simply walks into the room, can hear if… Read more »

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CRAH VFD Upgrade Kits Provide Serious Reduction in Data Center

By Eric Gallant It seems that every manufacturer and consultant in the data center industry has a green spin for their marketing campaign. Every new product launch is advertised as… Read more »

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Data Centers and Sailboats- “ Separating Wants vs. Needs”

By Mike Hagan I have been sailing for over 20 years, mostly on other people’s boats. Early on in our marriage, my very cool wife supported my goal of buying… Read more »

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Top 10 Mistakes in Data Center Operations

By Lee Kirby For years, the data center industry has accepted that human operational error, not poor data center design or engineering, is the number one cause of data center… Read more »

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Lessons Learned from the 1977 NYC Blackout

By: Eric Gallant 34 years ago the Big Apple suffered a blackout of historic proportions. The blackout, combined with the stresses of a protracted economic depression and a brutal heat… Read more »

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3 Ways a Strong Data Center Operations Program is More Important Than Your Data Center Design

With your data center design in place, shouldn’t your data center run smoothly? As some of you may already have discovered, anything can happen to your data center, nomatter how… Read more »

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Data Center Operations Change Management

By Bob Woolley It’s interesting to me just how many data center facility engineering teams operate without a formal change management process.  Usually, you can’t even perform a change on… 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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Data Center Operations, Baseball and Horse Racing

By David Gentry Don’t know if you have had an opportunity to read George Allen’s new book, “What Washington Can Learn from the World of Sports,” but it’s worth the… Read more »

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5 Ways to Streamline Your Data Center Operations

  Your data center operations are one of the most vital parts of your company; you need to make sure they are in competent hands. You want to eliminate risk,… Read more »

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Congrats to The Green Grid – a 2013 Computerworld Honors Laureate in Sustainability

Regular readers of this blog may have picked up on the fact that Schneider Electric is a big supporter of The Green Grid, a global consortium dedicated to promoting resource… Read more »

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The hidden cost of cooling redundancy

The hidden cost of cooling redundancy – and how Data Center Infrastructure Management software helps you identify it. I recently spent some time in a small data center with a… Read more »

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3 Common Errors To Avoid When Commissioning a Data Center

Data center commissioning is a process by which an unbiased evaluation can be given regarding the operational prospects of a newly constructed data center. In essence, data center commissioning provides… Read more »

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The Perfect Server-Room-in-a-Box for Healthcare Clinics

Last year, we posted a few blogs about the NetShelter CX, also known as the “server-room-in-a-box,” which is optimal for small healthcare clinics because it looks like a piece of office… 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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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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Schneider Electric Helps BusinessSuites Survive Hurricanes and More

When you’re in the business of providing fully equipped office space for companies large and small, complete with phone and Internet service, it behooves you to make sure those services… Read more »

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A Peek “Under the Hood” of the New High Precision Computer Room Air Conditioners

To a visitor who walks into a data center only once every 5 years, the computer room air conditioner (CRAC) units that line the perimeter may look remarkably the same… Read more »

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Update from Gartner IT Symposium 2015

There are definitely some life altering and world changing claims at this year’s IT Symposium.    “This is a decisive moment. A digital wave is sweeping through every industry, organization… Read more »

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CyrusOne Asks: What’s a Data Center without Connectivity?

In the fifth of our “8 Megatrends” series, we sat down with Josh Snowhorn, VP & GM at CyrusOne, to understand the various ways data centers are connecting to everything… Read more »

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Why Server Power Supplies Are Like Your Circuit Breaker Panel – Part 2

Why are server power supply unit (PSU) ratings so much higher than the actual server power consumption?  In Part 1 of this blog, I analyzed some server data and concluded… Read more »

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The Impact of the Cloud on Hybrid Data Center Designs

At a recent event I sat down with Kevin Brown, Chief of Technology and Innovation for Schneider Electric’s IT Division, and we covered a lot of ground talking about how… Read more »

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5 Data Center Resolutions for 2012

It’s a slam-dunk for any blogger to take advantage of the holiday season to write posts on holiday gifts and resolutions. Far be it from me to pass up this… Read more »

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Securing the Data Center

IT or FM managers responsible for securing the data center should regularly assess security risks and mitigate them when points of vulnerability come to light. Sean Ahrens and Jordan Ferrantelli,… Read more »

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DCIM and the Prefab Data Center

Whilst visiting Schneider Electric’s European Technology Center recently, I met with Soeren Jensen, Vice President of Enterprise Software. There’s been a great deal of activity going on in the prefabricated… Read more »

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Getting Your DCOI Strategy On Track

While the rest of the country went on summer vacation, those of us in the government space remained busy closing out the fiscal year and prepping to meet the latest… Read more »

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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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The Best Laid Data Center Plans of Mice and Men

  If you think about all the phases of a data center’s life cycle…plan, design, build, commission, operate/maintain/monitor/optimize, and assess…..that first early planning phase ought to be the quickest and… 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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Freedom of Choice and Data Center Management

The idea of the company car seems to have gone away now and maybe you’re young enough not to have even encountered it. In the past, a business would provide… Read more »

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