Data Center

DCOI One Year Later: Assessing your Data Center

It’s been nearly a year since the Data Center Optimization Initiative (DCOI) was handed down. Now, we are only 18 months away from having to be fully compliant. Has your… Read more »

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Managing Data Privacy and Cyber Security with StruxureOn

In my recent blogs I’ve taken the opportunity to write about the features and benefits of StruxureOn – our new cloud-based service for data center monitoring. This new introduction proactively… Read more »

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What Does a Kitchen Redesign have in Common with Data Center Planning?

Nearly 7.6 million homeowners redesign or remodel their kitchens every year. The process can be painful and costly if the kitchen is not properly planned and designed. The same holds… Read more »

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Schneider Electric’s Acquisition of APC, A 10 Year Update

I know it’s cliché, but it really does seem like yesterday, the $6.1 billion purchase of American Power Conversion by the French industrial giant with the German name. The idea… Read more »

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Colocation Providers Have Options in Integrating Open Compute Project Data Center Architectures

There’s been a lot of buzz on our blog sites about the Open Compute Project (OCP) and how products that adhere to its design tenets can improve data center efficiency…. Read more »

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How is the Open Compute Project Affecting Today’s Data Centers

Recently we ran an Open Compute Project (OCP) Engineering Workshop during a DatacenterDynamics event in London, which I attended in my role as Joint Chair of the OCP data center… Read more »

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

In my last blog I wrote about the features and benefits which are included in the standard version of StruxureOn – in other words what people could expect to get… Read more »

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New EU Law May Help Colocation Companies Sort through Data Sovereignty Regulations

Data sovereignty is becoming increasingly important to colocation providers. The location where data physically resides is of concern to their customers as they seek to comply with a series of… Read more »

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Hey Data Center Customers, Let’s Practice Hygge

Early this morning as I sat here in New England with shoveled snow almost to the window sills, I came across an interesting article. It talked about the Danish practice… Read more »

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Learning Across Industries: 5 Vertical Looks at Data Centers

While the overall goal of any data center is meeting the needs of business through continuous uptime, there are often vertical-specific requirements. Still, the opportunity for cross-industry learnings are significant… 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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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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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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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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Small Enclosures Provide Big Benefit in Locations Without Dedicated IT Space

I joined APC by Schneider Electric about 2 years ago, when Schneider acquired the company I was working for, Kell Systems. Kell is a UK-based company that makes the Netshelter… 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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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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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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Are micro data centers the engine to power the IoT (Internet of Things)?

I have not heard this much buzz in the IT industry since the early 1990’s – well, since the original internet was introduced. Now the Internet of Things (IoT) is… 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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