Data Center

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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Understanding Firewalls and Their Role in Network Security

Anyone who uses a computer these days has almost certainly come across the term “firewall” and knows it has something to do with providing security. But to fully protect corporate… 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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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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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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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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Good Decision Making is Crucial in Data Center Planning: TradeOff Tools Can Help

Every day of our lives, we’re faced with decision making.  Many can be made easily, like where to go for lunch or what movie to see, mainly because the consequence… Read more »

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The Great Solar Eclipse Reminds Us to Review Our Data Center Operations

On August 21st a total eclipse will pass across the USA for the first time since 1945, well before the word ‘data center’ was coined. Commentators are predicting huge traffic… Read more »

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Battlefield Archaeology and Data Center Remote Monitoring

A couple months ago, I had the great pleasure and honor of participating in a National Park Service archaeology project at Gettysburg National Military Park. As an experienced and trained… Read more »

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Schneider Electric‘s place in Cloud Expo 2016

Cloud computing is now being embraced by a majority of enterprises of all sizes. Yesterday’s debate about public vs. private has transformed into the reality of hybrid cloud: a recent… Read more »

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Steel Orca Unveils Plans to Open New Facility During Company Event

Wednesday night’s Steel Orca event at Bobby Van’s restaurant in lower Manhattan proved a very illuminating evening. First, the food and drink were terrific (see photos elsewhere on the Mission… Read more »

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Analysis Shows Scalable, Containerized Data Centers Deliver Big Savings

It’s a familiar story when it comes to building data centers: you build large enough to deal with the capacity you expect to need some number of years in the… Read more »

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Harmonizing Global Metrics for Data Center Energy Efficiency

A pivotal tool of modern business and government is the advanced data center.  You want the data center to be advanced, to have capabilities to deliver all the tools of… Read more »

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How are ideas like Modularity and Standardization being adopted in today’s Data Centers

  Philippe Diez is VP of Schneider Electric France and Europe Cluster. While I was at Data Centres Europe 2013 in Nice, I asked him about some of the ideas… Read more »

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Ready for the DCIM Cloud?

I was recently at CeBIT in Hannover, one of the leading IT events in EMEA (have a look at the infographic here http://www.cebit.de/en/news-trends/after-show-report/our-performance-in-figures/). If you’ve never been, it’s an immense show… Read more »

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Stellar Growth of Pokémon GO Highlights Need for Edge Data Centers

My 13-year-old daughter helped break a data center. I’m so proud. As one of millions of users relentlessly searching for Pokémon while using the new Pokémon GO game, I am… Read more »

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