Data Center

In Virtualized Data Centers, Capacity Management is a Must

For all the benefits virtualization brings to a data center – reduced rack footprint and power consumption, greater efficiency and reliability, lower overall costs – enterprises frequently leave other benefits… Read more »

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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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RagingWire’s Ashburn VA2 Data Center Designed for At Scale Computing

The data center industry is booming and colocation provider RagingWire is growing as well — at twice the industry average. As part of NTT Communications, RagingWire is a global data… 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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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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How Can Colocation Providers Capitalize on the Growing Market?

Digital and connectivity demands and the need for greater processing power have elevated the importance of data centers in today’s businesses. These factors and more, are driving growth in the… 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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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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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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Allocating Data Center Energy Costs and Carbon to IT Users

Data centers typically waste energy in a number of ways, in large part because historically they have been designed with reliability and capacity as top priorities, leaving efficiency to take… Read more »

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Standardizing the Process of Creating a Data Center

Developing a standardized process to direct the creation of a system is not a unique idea, but there is increased recognition of the importance of doing so for data center… Read more »

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Proper Planning Includes Preparing for the Unpredictable

No matter how flawless a plan may appear, there is always the potential for unanticipated challenges. Realizing that challenges can crop up – and clearly articulating steps to deal with… 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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4 Attributes of a DCIM System that Will Go the Distance

The number of vendors selling data center infrastructure management (DCIM) solutions is constantly growing and the solutions are varied to say the least. Some focus on specific measurement functions or… Read more »

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CenturyLink drives operational efficiencies with DCIM

Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) is becoming more broadly adopted to plan, monitor and operate the modern data center. What has the tool done for companies thus far? As part… 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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Modularity, Standardization and the Commoditization of Data Centers

Schneider Electric has used DatacenterDynamics London as the platform to announce its’ introduction in the market for containerized data center infrastructure. In 2010, the company announced the EMEA version of… Read more »

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Powering the Data Center Through Storm Season: Solar Flares

Storm season is coming — and while we often think about the effects a major storm, such as a hurricane, might have on our data center, we might not consider… Read more »

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Simple but Crucial Steps to Success with Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Technology

The next great virtualization frontier may well be the desktop, as more companies are finding that the idea of desktop virtualization infrastructure (VDI) can help them deliver a more reliable,… Read more »

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Water Experts: One Example of Synergies Among Schneider Electric Business Units On Display at Xperience Efficiency 2013

One of the main ideas behind the Schneider Electric Xperience Efficiency 2013 event is to showcase the many different business units within Schneider and how they often work together to… Read more »

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IT and OT; How The Internet and Personalised, Real-Time Data Is Enabling The Convergence of IT

During my recent visit to Dubai and the Power At The Cloud event, I spent a short time talking with Jo Hart, Senior Vice President of Corporate Marketing at Schneider… Read more »

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Learn What Goes Into a Safe, Reliable UPS Battery System

We’ve written many times on this site about modular, prefabricated data center components such as power and cooling and the benefits they can provide to a data center (such as… Read more »

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