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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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 Operations Rely on Communication between Facility Management and IT

A partnership between these two groups will ensure the best possible data center design that takes into consideration the long-term needs of both operational areas, say R. Stephen Spinazzola and… Read more »

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Benefits of IT and FM Cooperation Are Real and Crucial

The need for cooperation between the facilities and IT departments in ongoing data center maintenance and upgrades isn’t just a good thing. It’s a necessary one. Changes in data center… Read more »

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The Impact of the Cloud on Hybrid Data Center Designs

At a recent event I sat down with Kevin Brown, Chief of Technology and Innovation for Schneider Electric’s IT Division, and we covered a lot of ground talking about how… 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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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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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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Becoming a Modern Financial Services Data Center

The rate with which financial markets fluctuate, consumer expectations rise and unexpected competitors appear makes for dynamic industry conditions, so financial services data centers need to be dynamic as well…. Read more »

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How Colocation Providers Can Follow Amazon’s Lead and Create Lucrative New IT Offerings

In the data center industry we hear about Amazon Web Services (AWS) all the time, as the company is clearly one of the biggest players in the space and is,… Read more »

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Market Pulse: Challenges and Trends in Colocation

In such a dynamic and ever-changing industry, it’s important to hear from our customers about their quickly evolving challenges and learn more about the trends they’re seeing in their customers’… Read more »

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What 451 Research Reveals About the Data Center Software Market

I was encouraged to see 451 Research’s latest review of the market for data center software and was thinking about how it meets the reality of what we’re experiencing in… Read more »

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Finding a DCIM Connection in World Cup Soccer

Like much of the U.S., last Sunday I was watching the World Cup match pitting the U.S. against Portugal with my 9-year-old son. Things weren’t going so well for the… Read more »

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Top 3 Areas for Data Center Focus in 2016

The Internet of Things (IoT) was a big topic during 2015 and Gartner expects it to essentially spread its wings further in 2016. Gartner’s list of top strategic technology trends… Read more »

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Market Pulse: Challenges and Trends in Colocation

In such a dynamic and ever-changing industry, it’s important to hear from our customers about their quickly evolving challenges and learn more about the trends they’re seeing in their customers’… Read more »

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Schneider Electric Unveils New Cooling and Containment Systems at AHR Expo

At the recent 2014 AHR Expo in New York, Schneider Electric was showing off three new cooling products and I caught up with Kevin Dunlap, the company’s Product Management for… 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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Outlining the Many Benefits of Schneider Electric’s New Partner Programs

At its Xperience Efficiency 2013 event early this month in Washington, D.C., Schneider Electric announced two new partner programs: the EcoStruxure Technology Partner Program for technology partnerships and its EcoStruxure… Read more »

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The Domino Effect: How energy efficiency in Data Centers may lead to power factor issues

Ever notice how changing one thing leads to a domino effect? I mention this only because I treated myself to a new HDTV – well, it started with the TV,… Read more »

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Shedding Light on a Latent Threat to Your Data Center Backup Power

Let’s say you’ve got a 1MW data center and enough generators to supply that much backup power, along with UPSs to tide you over until the generators kick in. You’ve… Read more »

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Outsourcing data center operations for increased confidence and peace of mind

The ground-level expectation of outsourcing multi-vendor service contracts and optimizing data center operations is that your infrastructure will receive the care and expertise needed to operate efficiently and with minimum… Read more »

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