Data Center

Calculating the Hidden UPS Costs Associated with Upgrades of Data Center Power Capacity

The traditional way to scale up a UPS system is to buy another system to handle whatever power capacity you need, tie it into the existing system and test it… Read more »

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5 Cooling Strategies for High-Density Racks and Blade Servers

More and more companies are installing blade servers, in part to support their server virtualization efforts but also simply because blades are more efficient than traditional servers. But the trend… Read more »

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9 Steps for a Complete Data Center Cooling System Health Check

Just as an automobile benefits from regular servicing, your data center will benefit from periodic health checks to its cooling system, to identify any potential flaws that may result in… Read more »

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Considering the Pros and Cons of UPS Eco-mode

In the never-ending effort to squeeze every bit of efficiency out of data center power and cooling, some data center operators are taking a hard look at UPS eco-mode and… Read more »

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Why Row-based Cooling May Be All the Cooling Your Data Center Needs

Many data centers use a hybrid cooling strategy, with row cooling for all the rack-mounted IT equipment and supplemental cooling for ancillary equipment such as tape systems and storage units… Read more »

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Dealing With Changes in IT Loads from a Power and Cooling Perspective

In any given data center, it’s to be expected that the IT load will change over time.  Growing companies typically need more computing power and storage capacity, which of course… Read more »

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Planning for Future Data Center Power Requirements: A Modular Approach

Data centers are essentially living, breathing entities that change over time.  The problem is, it’s difficult to predict in advance how they’re going to change – and therefore to anticipate… Read more »

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Strategies for Cooling IT Equipment Closets and other Small Spaces

Most any company has a number of closets, branch offices and other locations that house some IT equipment, be it servers, VoIP gear, switches or UPSs. Some of these locations… Read more »

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Dual Power Paths: A Crucial Element in a High-Availability Data Center

Protecting your data center against power failure is crucial to providing maximum availability.  But the job entails more than simply having a backup power source, such as a generator.  You… 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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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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Outlining the Role of M&As and Partnerships in the Era of Colocation “Davids” and “Goliaths”

With so many players in the market, colocation providers naturally want to differentiate themselves. The main avenues for doing so are to get large enough to offer an array of… 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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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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Save Time and Money with Data Center Facility Modules

Adequate power and cooling equipment is critical to the everyday functioning and long-term reliability of a data center. But sometimes enterprises are faced with the need to add more power… Read more »

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3 Strategies for your Mission Critical Data Center During Consolidation

As an IT professional for the U.S. Government, your data center is atypical and your situation is unique. Charged with advancing and securing some of the most important missions in… Read more »

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CiscoLive!, The World of Solutions Opens

CiscoLive! really started to pick up today with the majority of attendees arriving. Early morning shuttles were packed, as were the registration and dining areas. Attendees lined up 30 minutes… Read more »

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Why Eco-mode UPSs and Free Power Quality Make Energy Management Systems Even More Important

In the data center industry we’ve been talking for years about the need for reliable power and how best to ensure we get it. At Schneider Electric in particular we’ve… 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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Dealing With Changes in IT Loads from a Power and Cooling Perspective

In any given data center, it’s to be expected that the IT load will change over time.  Growing companies typically need more computing power and storage capacity, which of course… Read more »

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How to Choose a “Server Room in a Box” for Healthcare Facilities

Guest blog by Debbie Dailey, Business Development Specialist, APC by Schneider Electric Solutions that act as a “server room in a box,” such as NetShelter CX, fill a need that… Read more »

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The Evolution of Energy Management Systems: From Energy Reliability to Operational Efficiency

Not long ago I had occasion to revisit a white paper that I contributed some ideas to a good 10 years ago, titled “Powering the Digital Economy: How Energy Management… Read more »

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Who Owns the Risk?

Some time ago, my colleague Joseph Reele wrote of the risk implications of various data centre choices that might be made. In that article Reele identified a (possibly simplistic) trade-off… Read more »

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Knowledge Sharing Across the Data Center Divide

Visiting major data center events is always an education, as I was recently reminded when I visited the Gartner Data Center Conference 2012 in Las Vegas at the beginning of… Read more »

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The Word from VMworld: Prepare for More Virtualization

Virtualization technology is becoming easier to deploy for both servers and desktops, so prepare now to be able to handle an ever-increasing amount of both flavors in your data centers… Read more »

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Chico’s New Modular Data Center Saves Money While Packing Plenty of Power

Nothing gets across the value of a technology solution quite like a customer telling the story in his own words.  That’s exactly what Steven Ross, Vice President of Technology for… Read more »

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Who can Benefit from Prefabricated Modular Data Centers

With the announcement of an extensive range of prefabricated data center modules, Schneider Electric has added impetus to a market which is set, according to 451 Research, to gain a… Read more »

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Schneider Electric DCIM An Undisputed Leader on Gartner Magic Quadrant, Again.

“There is only one thing in life worse than being talked about,” opined the great Irish poet and playwright, Oscar Wilde, “and that is not being talked about.” For Schneider… Read more »

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Industry Expert Offers 3 Keys for Colocation Providers to take Advantage of the Cloud Opportunity

For all the hype we hear about cloud computing, you may think the cloud ship has already sailed – if you’re not aboard, you’re too late. But, market-watcher Rhonda Ascierto… Read more »

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WEBCAST: Eliminating Human Error (Part II): Training ‑ Using Best Practices to Develop a Site Specific Plan

VIEW WEBCAST HERE (It is FREE and requires no registration) When a data center goes up, vendors and contractors often provide training for people that will be working at the… Read more »

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