Data Center

Integrating IT, OT and Security: The Power Imperative

Today’s highly connected facilities have created a greater need for IT and OT to work together. In a previous post, I wrote about how these functions are moving from convergence… Read more »

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Fixed Vacuum Breakers: An Alternative to Withdrawable Breakers

Fixed vacuum breakers were first introduced between the 1970’s and 1980’s. They were designed because of the safety, reliability and the overall total cost of ownership was better than its… Read more »

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When Evaluating Prefabricated Power Skids, Look to a Trusted Partner with the Latest State of the Art Components

Both colocation and large enterprise data center stakeholders welcome opportunities to simplify their complex businesses. That’s why so many are investing in prefab power skids to support their data center… Read more »

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Sausage Making and Digital Remote Monitoring Platforms

UsingEnglish.com explains the “watching sausage being made” idiom in this way: “If something is like watching sausages getting made, unpleasant truths about it emerge that make it much less appealing. … Read more »

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RagingWire’s Ashburn VA2 Data Center Designed for At Scale Computing

The data center industry is booming and colocation provider RagingWire is growing as well — at twice the industry average. As part of NTT Communications, RagingWire is a global data… Read more »

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An Introduction to StruxureOn Cloud-based Digital Service for Data Center Monitoring

DatacenterDynamics ZettaStructure in London saw Schneider Electric announce StruxureOn for the UK and Ireland data center markets. StruxureOn is a new digital service that connects data center assets to the… Read more »

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Integrating IT, OT and Security: Convergence to Collaboration

Security systems are needed to protect facilities. IT is needed to run security systems. Apply a bit of basic math theory to these statements, and it is easy to conclude… Read more »

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Is Anyone Minding the Power in your Remote IT Environment?

One of the most important considerations in remote IT management is not actually IT equipment; it’s the infrastructure. Without an uninterruptible source of clean power, critical equipment will go down…. Read more »

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Summing up the Hottest Data Center Topics of 2016 – With an Eye to the Year Ahead

With December upon us, the floodgates are officially open for blog posts that look back at the year we leave behind or towards the year ahead. Consider this one something… Read more »

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Key Takeaways from the Data Center Optimization Initiative (DCOI) Summit

Bringing industry and the Federal government together, Schneider Electric’s recent Data Center Optimization Initiative (DCOI) Summit focused on tackling optimization and efficiency goals for government data centers. In doing so,… 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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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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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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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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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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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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For Data Center Energy Efficiency, Hot-Aisle Beats Cold-Aisle Containment

There’s little argument that hot-aisle and cold-aisle containment systems provide big energy savings in a data center, while eliminating the hot spots found in uncontained data centers.  But which strategy… 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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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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Your Planet Needs You! Help Cut Waste Caused By Over-Sizing Data Centers

I need your help please! I’m looking to enlist the help of anyone who has an interest in data centers in a campaign to cut waste caused by over-sizing or… Read more »

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How Schneider Electric Became First to Receive the New Energy Star Rating for UPS Products

On September 5, Schneider Electric made what I consider to be a significant announcement: our Back-UPS and Smart-UPS systems have become the first uninterruptible power supplies to earn Energy Star… 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 »

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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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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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How Might IoT and Data Sharing Lower Data Center Cost?

This is the last of my series of blogs based upon the workshop we ran at the Kolding Solutions Center entitled “24 Hours Putting the Internet of Things Under the… 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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Lessons from Cisco Live Europe 2012: Integrated technologies will most benefit integrated thinkers

I was amongst those early risers fortunate enough to catch Chris Davis’s dawn slot “Connecting the Dots!” at Cisco Live Europe 2012. In his presentation, Chris laid out the market… Read more »

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How Lithium-ion Batteries Stand to Transform UPSs for Large Data Centers and Facilities

In my last post I explained how lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries are poised to bring dramatic change to UPS systems for small- to medium-size data centers, changes that will offer benefits… Read more »

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