Data Center

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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Is DCIM Dead? Long live DCIM

I recently returned from a couple of months’ travel during which I spent some good quality time with 60 or so of our valued customers around the globe. It is… Read more »

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Electrical Distribution Safety and Reliability: Get it Right from the Start

Electrical distribution systems are found supplying power in all sorts of factories, data centers, hospitals, and large commercial complexes. The reliability of these systems is critical to keeping businesses and… Read more »

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How data center pod frames can shorten IT room deployment time by over 20%

Every day your data center isn’t operational is another day you’re not generating revenue or getting that critical business application online. If you’re a colocation data center, not having the… Read more »

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Assessing Whether You Really Have the Expertise to Successfully Migrate a Data Center

Conducting a data center migration requires having people on your IT staff with deep experience in such a project. By “deep” I mean folks who have been through several data… Read more »

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Dedicated Data Center Science Center Team Educates Customers and Partners to Build Better Data Centers

Those of us who have lived anywhere near a SYMS men’s clothing store can still hear the company’s late CEO Sy Syms saying, “An educated consumer is our best customer.”… 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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Why the Biggest Threat to Your Data Center Uptime Could Be You

Natural disasters, power outages, database breaches and cybercrime are all viable threats to data centers, but they pale in comparison with the ever-present, and ever-unpredictable risk of human error. There… Read more »

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Winning the Data Center Marathon

How to learn from marathon runners when planning the capacity of your data center. Schneider Electric sponsors the annual marathon in Paris. Even though I’m not going to participate myself,… Read more »

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Volatile IT layer demands drive a data science approach to managing critical infrastructure

All those nice apps on all those smart phones around the world are great for consumers in that people are able to take care of their shopping, bill payments, banking,… Read more »

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The Triggers Driving Today’s Data Center Transformations

Anyone involved with managing, building and designing data centers is always looking for ways to be more efficient while still maintaining maximum availability. Incremental improvements in areas like uptime and… Read more »

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The Blogs of Summer: 5 Must Reads

Summer can be a good time to catch up on reading or take a digital break. So in case you missed them, or simply want to get your mind back… Read more »

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Container Solution or Prefabricated Systems: Clearing up the Concept and Weighing the Options

There’s a song made famous in an old Fred Astaire/Ginger Rogers film whose lyrics debate the pronunciation of tomato and potato. There’s also an old saying about comparing apples to… Read more »

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