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 »

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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World Wide Technology (WWT) to Participate in DCOI Summit

World Wide Technology (WWT) will join Schneider Electric’s upcoming Data Center Optimization Initiative (DCOI) Summit on November 30, 2016. The company specializes in helping private and public sector organizations discover,… 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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Go to School On How to Keep Your Data Center Cool

When building or renovating a data center, choosing the appropriate cooling system is obviously a big decision point, one that has a direct impact on how well your IT systems… Read more »

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5 Cooling Strategies for High-Density Racks and Blade Servers

More and more companies are installing blade servers, in part to support their server virtualization efforts but also simply because blades are more efficient than traditional servers. But the trend… 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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Electrical Design and Maintenance Considerations in Data Center Disaster Avoidance

A sound disaster avoidance plan is crucial to ensuring the continuous 24x7x365 operation of a mission critical data center. The plan needs to cover numerous areas (as outlined in the… 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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