Data Center

Relying on Tribal Knowledge Instead of Sound Data Center Management Tools Can Lead To Costly Downtime

Too many data center operators believe they don’t need physical infrastructure management tools to manage their data centers. Instead, they rely on “tribal knowledge” to get them through any rough… Read more »

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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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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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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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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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Data Center Modernization: A Plan for How Much to Outsource

In order to remain competitive, businesses have to modernize their data centers either to reflect changing marketplace conditions or to accommodate shifting company business goals. That means aging data centers… Read more »

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Pulse from 2017 Hewlett Packard Enterprise Discover Conference

Let me get right to the punch line – it’s all about hybrid IT and the intelligent edge – enabled by the creation of the Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) services… 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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Is it Time to Let the X-Factor Determine Data Center Temperature?

It’s been a couple of years now since a group of experts from major server hardware vendors, wrote a paper about the “x-factor,” (PDF) which is a way to quantify… 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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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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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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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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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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Quick-Impact Fixes for Data Center Energy Savings

When it comes to energy saving best practices for data centers, there are major, design-focused changes, and those that are primarily about doing things differently with what you’ve got. Implementing… Read more »

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The 3 Common Pitfalls of Data Center Infrastructure Management

Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) solutions are immensely valuable when it comes to operating a data center. With the right system in place you can see major cuts in operating… Read more »

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World Wide Technology Gets the Full Transformation Experience at Cisco House

Founded in 1990, World Wide Technology, Inc. (WWT) is a leading Systems Integrator providing technology products, services, and supply chain solutions to multinational customers around the globe. As a key… Read more »

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Get Up to Speed on Data Center Facility Modules at Energy University

Schneider Electric has long been bullish on the concept of data center facility modules, and with good reason. They are faster to deploy than traditional data center build-outs and deliver… Read more »

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An Experience Center Visit: The Key to Making Your Data Center Project Move Quicker and Easier

Creating a data center can be a painful process. It’s highly complex, it involves many functional areas that don’t normally talk to each other, and if the project fails, the… Read more »

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