Data Center

The Benefits of the Standard StruxureOn Offer for Cloud-based Data Center Monitoring

Recently I was in London attending a trade show at which we announced our StruxureOn solution to the UK and Ireland market. StruxureOn represents a fundamental change in the way… Read more »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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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Make Energy Part of Your IT Strategy Document

Chief information officers (CIOs) and other information technology (IT) leaders make strategy plans, just like other business leaders. As a former CIO, I can tell you that the strength of… Read more »

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BMS and DCIM Integration: Not Just for the Enterprise Market Anymore

The growing trend toward higher density through virtualization and cloud computing requires facilities and IT to be constantly aligned. This means that a comprehensive management solution is essential to the… Read more »

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Cisco House : A Realistic Technology View of a Bright Future

I’ve always been a lover of Science Fiction. As a youngster reading books and these days mostly watching movies and the occasional TV series, it’s always been fascinating to me… Read more »

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An Argument for kW Capacity to Measure Data Center Size

At a recent conference, I overheard a conversation between two data center operators that went something like this: U.S. guy: “My big data center has 10,000 square feet of floor… Read more »

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Virtualization Energy Cost Calculator – Interactive tool to illustrate the energy impact of virtualization projects

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged about one of our TradeOff Tools.  But as promised, I want to continue to give some insight into what’s behind our TradeOff Tools,… Read more »

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Why Row-based Cooling May Be All the Cooling Your Data Center Needs

Many data centers use a hybrid cooling strategy, with row cooling for all the rack-mounted IT equipment and supplemental cooling for ancillary equipment such as tape systems and storage units… Read more »

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Faster and Easier Data Center Planning…and It’s FREE Too

We just announced the public availability of data center reference designs.  You can check them out and download them for free by going to our new reference design landing page… Read more »

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4 Ways to Reduce Energy Consumption in Any Data Center

If your data center energy bill is a bit higher than you’d like, you are certainly not alone. By their nature, data centers consume a lot of energy and there’s… Read more »

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What’s the best way to maintain an electrical system?

An electrical network is the lifeblood that drives business operations. Network operators and plant managers face a two-fold problem: maintaining their networks to ensure uninterrupted power while dealing with budget… Read more »

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3 Keys to Implementing Scalable, Repeatable Data Center Maintenance

Proper maintenance is crucial to the reliable operation of any data center but too often companies approach maintenance in a piecemeal, haphazard fashion. They fail to realize that a standardized,… Read more »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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Operating Higher Temperature Data Centers

The traditional rule of thumb was always that colder data centers (between 68°F and 70°F) were important to prevent problems with servers overheating. At one time, that made sense. But… Read more »

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What your switchgear needs and deserves

The question on spending a significant portion of finances in maintenance and services of one’s installation has baffled many of us. There are no second thoughts on the fact that with… Read more »

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Learn What Makes for an Energy Efficient HVAC System at Energy University

Any facilities manager or data center operator knows that cooling accounts for a large chunk of annual operating expenses. It only makes sense, then, to understand how to build and… Read more »

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Energy Storage: A Better Solution for Reducing Demand Response Charges

As mentioned in a previous blog post, there’s been a lot of talk of late about energy storage technology and the role it promises to play in our energy future…. Read more »

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5 Tips for Installing and Managing IT Equipment in Tight Spaces

Small- and medium-sized businesses often find office space is at a premium, and the same goes for the space that houses their IT equipment. Similarly, larger businesses with smaller remote… Read more »

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Wanted: A Modular Data Center Design Specification

  I’ve recorded a couple of videos that you can check out here on the Data Center Blog  (or on YouTube) about the concept of modular data centers. One of… Read more »

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Ready When You Are: Proper Equipment Storage

Data centers are continually pushed for shorter construction and installation periods to meet the growing consumer demand. Working with quick turn-around times during data center builds requires the on-demand availability… Read more »

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