Data Center

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 »

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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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The Future Data Center is Simple and Smart

With the recent downturn, to invest or not invest in the data center wasn’t a question. Companies slashed capex budgets along with everything else. But there is some recent good… 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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Cisco, Schneider Electric and the Converged Infrastructure Opportunity

At CiscoLive 2014, I had the chance to speak with Paul Carr, Head of Technology Partners, Cisco and get his views about how converged infrastructure was being embraced in the marketplace,… Read more »

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Does Prefabrication Mean Lower Cost Data Centers?

With prefabricated modules evidently an important part of the company’s strategy for the data center sector, I caught up with Kevin Brown, Vice President Data Center Offer at Schneider Electric… 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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Big Data is a really Big Deal in Healthcare… in a number of ways you might not have thought about

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced May 28th, 2013 that more than half of all doctors and eligible providers have received Medicare or Medicaid incentive payments for adopting or meaningfully using… Read more »

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Understanding Data Center Reliability, Availability and the Cost of Downtime

Here’s a sobering statistic from the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington, D.C.: 93% of businesses that have lost availability in their data center for 10 days or more… 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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4 Ways DCIM Can Help Conserve Energy

Everyone wants to run an energy efficient data center but too often companies take a few steps to trim their energy use, pat themselves on the back and leave it… Read more »

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From the Data Center Trenches Blog: Learning from Nuclear Subs to Lower Human Error in Data Centers

Data centers and nuclear submarines may seem like completely different beasts, but the similarities between a mission critical data center and a mission critical nuclear propulsion plant are striking and… Read more »

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Simplify the Data Center Planning Process with Reference Designs

It probably should go without saying that the planning phase is crucial to any data center project. But the specific planning process you use will go a long way toward… Read more »

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Learn how to Limit Your Risk of a Data Center Fire

You’ll see a fair amount of coverage on this blog and elsewhere about natural disasters that can disrupt power and generally wreak havoc on a data center. But we don’t… Read more »

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3 Ways that Under-floor Cabling Causes Data Center Energy Loss

Raised floors are common in data centers, used to provide a space through which cool air is delivered to the data center. Unfortunately, the space under the raised floor is… Read more »

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Energy University: Helping Advance Careers with Education and Certification

  At the Xperience Efficiency 2013 event in early June in Washington, D.C., Schneider Electric announced that its Energy University program now has more than 350,000 registered users. At the… Read more »

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What’s Lithium Got to Do with It?

Defining a lithium-ion battery and what makes them different from lead acid. In the simplest of terms, a battery is an electro-chemical device that stores energy and releases it as… Read more »

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Wanted: A Better Way to Quantify Data Center Risks

Let’s play a little game. Say you’re building a data center and you go to management with two proposals, one for a Tier 3 data center that costs $8 million… 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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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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