Data Center

How a Shoebox-Sized Device Saves Colo Data Centers 30% on Energy Bills

Good things come in small packages.  And for colocation data center operators looking to reduce costs, energy savings of up to 30% can be delivered via a new generation of… Read more »

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Data Center Predictions for 2017, from the Critical Edge to the Promise of Li-ion

Last year was certainly an interesting year in the data center world, as we saw the ripple effects of the seemingly insatiable demand for cloud computing, emergence of edge computing, and growing… Read more »


In a Galaxy Far Away: The Data Center of the Future

At the 2016 L.A. Auto Show, Kia debuted the Sorento Ski Gondola, an autonomous concept car with bulldozer like wheels meant to take skiers up mountains. Innovative idea, but will… Read more »


New Data Center Prediction and Simulation Tools Cut Costs and Boost Uptime

When it comes to managing data center operations, system administrators often prioritize uptime. Business line executives, on the other hand, accept uptime as a given and often focus on operational… Read more »

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Growth Trends and Opportunities for Colocation Providers

A couple of years ago many colocation providers were feeling considerable angst over the idea that customers would flock in droves to the big cloud computing companies, the so-called Internet… Read more »

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Everyone is Talking About DevOps, Can it be Used for Data Centers?

DevOps is quite simply a combined effort of software development and Information Technology operations.  It is a term used to refer to a set of practices, processes, and cultures that… Read more »

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Lessons of Project Cumulus: Plan Early and Design Together

I have the fortune to be a Project Manager for a unique and global, cross-business unit team called, “Project Cumulus”.  Our team combines some of the best Engineers in the… Read more »


Combating Downtime While Keeping Sales on the Floor

The approach to managing distributed IT environments has changed over the last decade, particularly in retail. Rather than supporting dedicated IT resources at each store location, many have put the… Read more »

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Avoid The IT Resiliency Fallacy and Monitor Your IT Environment

I’m a big fan of the major coffeehouse chain featuring a well-known mermaid on each cup. I know… I’m a millennial, so I should drink only freshly roasted, organic, fair… Read more »

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Edge Data Centers have Arrived. But How Resilient are They?

The massive migration of critical applications from traditional data centers to the cloud has garnered much attention from analysts, industry observers, and data center stakeholders.  However, as the great cloud… Read more »


Calculators for Data Center Facilities & IT Planners, Designers, and Stakeholders

Too often, data center project decisions are made based on gut feels or having been burned in the past.  We find that often times, customers spend too much time detailing… Read more »


Cruise Ship Lines Could Learn Lessons from Data Center Operators

A few days ago a colleague emailed me a photo taken on the ill-fated Carnival Triumph cruise ship, the one that was stranded in the Gulf of Mexico for about… Read more »


The Data Center Services Lifecycle: Go Beyond Design/Build

When you consider the point in the lifecycle of a data center when people most typically think of the need for consulting services, it’s during the upfront phases—right at the… Read more »

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How much should a modular data center cost?

One of the advantages that modular data centers enjoy is lower build costs than traditional or legacy facilities. But this was not always the case and the capital cost of… Read more »


Data Center Key Performance Indicators – A Look At PUE and Other Numbers to Evaluate Performance

Metrics and key performance indicators (KPIs) for data centers used to be inward looking. In the not so distant past, KPIs tended to be “about the box,” measuring factors like… Read more »

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Power Quality Issues : Silent Efficiency Killer

Why you should care? Several studies estimate that power quality issues cost the U.S. economy about $15 billion each year. Because approximately 80 percent of all power-quality problems originate from… Read more »


Lessons Learned from Hurricane Sandy

The devastation that we saw in areas such as Manhattan after hurricane Sandy naturally prompts lots of discussion about what went wrong and whether data center downtime directly caused by… Read more »

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The Green Grid joins forces with Climate Savers Computing Initiative

Last Wednesday The Green Grid (TGG) announced it was joining forces with Climate Savers Computing Initiative (CSCI), merging membership and programs under The Green Grid brand and really widening the… Read more »

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Nine Ways Sustainability Drives Profit

By now, most company executives recognize that sustainability must be integrated into their core strategy. Unfortunately, not many executives understand why—or, worse, they proudly wear some kind of sustainability PR… Read more »

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4 Reasons to Upgrade to the Smarter Smart-UPS

Chances are the profile of your IT infrastructure has changed considerably over the last few years, as technologies such as virtualization make higher densities more common for servers and applications… Read more »


Alaskan Air Force Base Relies on APC UPSs to Go Beyond the Usual Call of Duty

Over the course of two days hanging out on the Schneider Electric booth at the recent Interop 2014 event in Las Vegas, I met a lot of customers who were… Read more »


Intelligence, Connectivity, Efficiency – the new ICE Age in Energy Management!

Energy is needed everywhere – be it industry, agriculture, homes, buildings, infrastructure or services. Even as we grapple with the twin-headed monster of rising energy demand and ravaging carbon emission,… Read more »


3 Easy Steps to add Flexibility to Process Pressure Measurement

Everything matters in marketing. The needs and wants of users from Energy, Buildings, and Industrial domains show similar trends. Though they differ in the business landscape, all users are looking to add flexibility to their… Read more »


AC/DC: Highway to Data Center Efficiency Hell?

  For some years now there have been people claiming DC power distribution systems in data centers were (“would be”?) more efficient than using AC power.  Efficiency gains of 25%… Read more »


Why is Cloud computing so hard to define anyways?

Sure, cloud computing is here and it sure is the next big IT wave, but what is it really and how do you know if you’re using it? I just… Read more »


How To Plan Your Data Center For Your Business Requirements

  I met with Paul-Francois Cattier, VP Datacenters, Schneider Electric whilst at Data Centres Europe 2013 in Nice. I asked him how companies could start to address designing their data… Read more »


The Side Benefits of DCIM; How Energy Management Averted a Data Center Cooling Crisis

I thought that you might be interested in a real life data center situation that recently arose here in China. We’d been approached by a customer who wanted to lower… Read more »


Get Up to Speed on the ISO 50001 Energy Management Standard at Energy University

Leading edge companies have long sought to run their businesses according to ISO standards in areas such as quality (ISO 9001) and environmental management systems (ISO 14001).  In 2011, ISO… Read more »


Prefab as the Next Evolution of Data Center Design and Procurement

Tony Day, Global Director of Business Development for Data Centers at Schneider Electric, addressed a conference audience at Data Centre World, London ExCel on how prefabrication is an evolutionary step… Read more »


2SIS Switchgear: compact, tough, and built to last

The demands that the two-way flow of energy in smart grid places on MV switchgear raises a critical question: can it cope with the rigours of operation in the toughest… Read more »