Data Center

Allocating Energy to IT Users

Enterprises often waste vast amounts of money running inefficient data centers. Reducing a data center’s power consumption can lead to great savings in energy costs, sometimes up to 80%. In… 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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4 Ways to Reduce Data Center Energy Consumption

Many enterprises accept as inevitable the substantial electricity costs of running a data center. Much of this attitude stems from the inability of IT managers to accurately apportion energy consumption… Read more »

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Overhead Cabling Can Reduce Data Center Energy Costs

A raised floor to house cabling may be the most common method of cooling data center equipment, but it’s far from the most energy efficient.  Increased fan power, oversized cooling… Read more »

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Optimize Your DCPI to Increase Its Business Value

Data center physical infrastructure (DCPI) long has been the foundation of an enterprise’s IT business operations and until recently its business value was based almost exclusively on availability (or uptime)… Read more »

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The 4 Building Blocks of a Stable IT Platform

The most critical component of a successful enterprise is a reliable network infrastructure. Instability can lead to downtime, data loss, lower productivity and, potentially, lost revenue. This stark fact of… Read more »

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How to Provide Physical Security for Your Most Critical Resources

In mission-critical facilities, it’s obviously important to keep unauthorized individuals out, but it’s also important that authorized employees don’t venture where they don’t belong. The reason? That’s how bad things… Read more »

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Beyond the Basics: 6 Ways to Protect Your Critical Data Centers

You’ve got your access control system down pat, with multiple levels of security employed, from something you have, something you know and something you are  (also see first blog post on… Read more »

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Responding to Data Center Threats: How to Create an Effecting Threshold and Alerting Strategy

As explained in a previous post, physical data center security goes well beyond merely monitoring for unauthorized human activity. It involves a series of sensors to monitor everything from liquid… Read more »

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Physical Data Center Security Goes Beyond Video Cameras

When companies think about providing physical security for their data centers, they most likely envision video surveillance cameras and identity card readers attached to entry doors. In other words, they… Read more »

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CiscoLive! US 2012 Comes to an End

CiscoLive! US came to a close Thursday, the first beautifully sunny day this week amidst milder temperatures. The ending keynote featured the overwhelmingly attendee demanded Mythbusters. The inspiring talk from Adam Savage… Read more »

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CiscoLive! US a Look Back

“Nothing is future proof but with leadership and values like this it is as close as you can be,” said Cisco CEO, John Chambers in his keynote presentation. Cisco’s innovation, technology… 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 early for the… Read more »

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Wednesday at CiscoLive: The Cloud, Security, and EnergyWise™

Wednesday threatened rain early in San Diego but the weather looked up, slightly overcast by conference time. Again, attendees lined up over 30 minutes early for the highly anticipated keynote… Read more »

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The Known Unknowns: Managing Between On-Premise, Cloud and Colocation Data Centers

The data center industry is in a state of flux as stakeholders search for the optimum model of high performance/low cost data centers. “On premise” data centers now jockey with… Read more »

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CiscoLive! US Begins

Registration opened late yesterday at the San Diego Convention Center but it was Sunday that saw the influx of attendees as the first sessions were hosted in the morning. Cisco Staff… 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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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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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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New EU Law May Help Colocation Companies Sort through Data Sovereignty Regulations

Data sovereignty is becoming increasingly important to colocation providers. The location where data physically resides is of concern to their customers as they seek to comply with a series of… 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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DCIM Provides Enterprises the Power to Plan and Drive Operational Efficiencies

Enterprises that run their own data centers must cope with a complex array of  responsibilities, including how to power and cool equipment, install and maintain hardware, meet compliance requirements, provide… Read more »

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4 Ways to Reduce Data Center Energy Consumption

Many enterprises accept as inevitable the substantial electricity costs of running a data center. Much of this attitude stems from the inability of IT managers to accurately apportion energy consumption… Read more »

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How Schneider Electric Became First to Receive the New ENERGY STAR Rating for UPS Products

On September 5, Schneider Electric made what I consider to be a significant announcement: Schneider Electric Back-UPS and Smart-UPS systems have become the first uninterruptible power supplies to earn the… Read more »

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Are You Really that Special? Managing Uniqueness in the Data Center

Enter into a conversation with almost any data center manager and you will probably hear the word “different” at some point. They will say, with conviction, that their data center… Read more »

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Schneider Electric Data Center Service Provider Team Hits the Road for a 4-City Tour with Experts from 451 Research

The Schneider Electric Data Center Service Provider (DCSP) Team is embarking on a 4-city tour with experts from 451 Research to present a series of free events that explore issues… Read more »

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Mature Audiences Only: Data Center Facility Operations & Maintenance

The data center industry’s events, conferences, white papers, trainings, magazines, and marketing are all full of information related to IT and physical infrastructure equipment design, features, and management tools.  But… Read more »

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The Future Data Center is Simple and Smart

With the recent downturn, to invest or not invest in the data center wasn’t a question. Companies slashed capex budgets along with everything else. But there is some recent good… Read more »

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Data Center Downtime is Too Expensive to Forget about a Cooling Equipment Maintenance Plan

Enterprise IT professionals face tremendous pressure to keep their data centers running. After all, even the smallest amount of downtime can cost a business plenty in lost productivity and revenue…. Read more »

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