Data Center

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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How to Calculate a More Accurate PUE

Part of any effective energy management plan is determining data center infrastructure efficiency, as measured in Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE).  But it can be difficult to establish the PUE for… Read more »

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For Data Center Energy Efficiency, Hot-Aisle Beats Cold-Aisle Containment

There’s little argument that hot-aisle and cold-aisle containment systems provide big energy savings in a data center, while eliminating the hot spots found in uncontained data centers.  But which strategy… Read more »

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Save On Data Center Cooling With Economizer Mode

Most data centers are located in areas that don’t experience warm weather all the time. (If yours is at the equator, you can stop reading this right now. There’s nothing… Read more »

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Animal Logic Builds an Oscar-worthy Prefabricated Data Center

Animal Logic has won its fair share of awards for films including The Lego Movie, and has worked on other high-profile films including The Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded, and The… 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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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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Prefabricated Modular Data Center Helps Israeli Medical Center Keep up with Promising Genome Research

Genomics is a fascinating field of medical research that promises to fundamentally change the way medicine is practiced. The day is not far off when doctors will be able to… Read more »

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Enhancing Data Center Performance, Gamefully

In my last blog, I advanced the idea that the cost and complexity associated with instrumenting a data center is no longer a barrier to anyone gaining accurate, data-driven insights… 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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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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What is IMaaS?

Fast moving change requires an agile response. Not something that the traditionally conservative data center sector has often been able to boast about. The act of building or upgrading infrastructure… 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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Computing Evolves with the Open Compute Project

If you have been following or involved in the data center game for many years you first saw the original “computer rooms” that were designed for huge and very hot… Read more »

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Virtualization Brings Great Benefits to Manufacturing – But Only If It’s Highly Reliable

The benefits of server virtualization in the data center are well documented, from server consolidation to improved utilization and simplified management. Now we’re starting to see the technology bring benefits… Read more »

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What’s new with Schneider Electric and Converged Infrastructure

At Power to the Cloud 2014 I spoke with David O’Coimin, Solution Offer Manager at Schneider Electric to find out what’s happening in the converged infrastructure market at present. David… Read more »

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How Micro Data Centers Help Win The Race For Scale

Scaling to meet demand almost always means balancing capacity with time and cost of deployment. Until now, regional data centers have offered a large-scale solution, while local gateways and embedded… Read more »

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Be Proactive: Implement a Preventive Maintenance Strategy to Reduce Data Center Downtime

Many if not most organizations rely so heavily on their data centers that they must flawlessly operate 24×7. Organizations build in redundancy in an effort to avoid downtime, but various… Read more »

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Making the Case for Modular Data Centers

I was recently asked to participate on a panel for a podcast discussing modular data centers and, in preparation, put together a few notes on the topic. As I reviewed… Read more »

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Building Future State Data Centers

Schneider Electric’s Paul Francois-Cattier Highlights Reasons To Move Away From Traditional Data Center Builds. I recently attended Data Centres Europe 2013 in Nice, and caught up with Paul-Francois Cattier, Global… Read more »

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Tropical Storm Arthur Threatens to Rain on Your Parade – Is your Disaster Recovery plan ready for hurricane season?

As Tropical Storm Arthur churns off the coast of Florida and threatens to become a hurricane by the time it reaches the Outer Banks of North Carolina, it is a… Read more »

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Understanding Today’s IT architecture – Converged, Hyperconverged and Composable

It’s been a fascinating few years for enterprise IT hardware architecture.  Open source operating systems are being installed on white box and bare metal servers driving down margins in the… Read more »

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Takeaways of a Data Center Guy After Cloud Computing Wins the Preakness

Cloud computing, it seems, is cropping up everywhere – even in a 142-year-old horse race. Yes, in case you didn’t catch it, a horse named Cloud Computing won the 142nd… Read more »

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