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 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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The Connected Campus: Meeting Students’ No. 1 Priority with Edge Solutions

To stay alive, human beings need air, food and water. If you are college student, add to this list of vital resources Internet access. That’s right, college students surveyed think… 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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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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We’re Being Lean. How Did We Do Today?

It seems to be a standard part of the process when we make almost any online or offline transaction these days. The merchant wants your feedback about what they got… 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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Changing IT Landscape Drives Need for Scalable, Efficient Power Protection

Third platform technologies and big data are core drivers of converged infrastructure, pre-configured systems, optimization and virtualization. In turn, all are driving dramatic changes to how IT is provisioned, deployed… 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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What Happens if You Never Change the Oil in Your Car (or Maintain Your Data Center)?

California has a handy tool to help figure out when a car’s oil needs to be changed. Every 3,000 miles used to be the standard, but today’s vehicles can go as… 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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C-Suite Pitching: Getting Buy In for Your Data Center Project

As a data center manager, you are probably used to being pitched to; whether it’s outside salespeople offering products and services or staff members proposing their ideas. What happens when… Read more »

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Baidu Search Reveals Prefab is Best Route to Data Center Development

The news that Baidu has chosen to take a prefab approach to extend the capability at its Beijing M1 data center park has hit the headlines in force. As the… Read more »

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Digital Foundations for Digital Banks

At the end of 2015, an article on the future of banking from thenextweb.com posed the question “So, what will the bank of the future look like?” and answered it with an emphatic… 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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Video Tour of NetShelter CX Brings Home the Value of the “Server Room in a Box”

We’ve had a few posts in this blog about the NetShelter CX, also known as the “server room on a box.” It always sounded like a cool product from the… Read more »

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At Bob Hope Airport, Providing Reliable Backup Power is No Joking Matter

When you think about the sorts of data center environments where uptime is critical, airports may well shoot towards the top of the list. When you have planes in the… 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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