Data Center

DCIM’s Improvement to Workflow Processes is Key to Eliminating Data Center Challenges

Until recently, there’s been a numbing inevitability about survey results from research into the data center sector. Finding number one; all downtime is the result of human error. Finding number… Read more »

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Why This New Gartner Data Center Modernization Report Caught Me by Surprise

As a data center solutions guy, I attend many industry conferences and forums. So, I’m always curious about new ideas and how customers are using technology to solve new business… Read more »

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Data Center Modernization: A Plan for How Much to Outsource

In order to remain competitive, businesses have to modernize their data centers either to reflect changing marketplace conditions or to accommodate shifting company business goals. That means aging data centers… Read more »

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You Can’t Burn it Down and Start Over; Here’s How to Modernize a Data Center in 4 Steps

It’s no secret among data center managers who are trying to bridge the gap between legacy systems and today’s business demands, that many would rather “burn” (figuratively) it down and… Read more »

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Water, water, everywhere, nor any drop to drink…

The data center industry is sitting on a massive resource which could enable huge financial savings I’ve taken the title for this blog from a famous old English poem, “The… Read more »

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How Cloud, IoT and Digital Services have Driven the Development of DCIM as a Service

*September 25th update: StruxureOn was re-branded to EcoStruxure IT. There’s no doubt that Cloud, the Internet of Things (IoT) and digital services are some of the hotter topics today. Add… Read more »

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Is it Time to Let the X-Factor Determine Data Center Temperature?

It’s been a couple of years now since a group of experts from major server hardware vendors, wrote a paper about the “x-factor,” (PDF) which is a way to quantify… Read more »

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Battlefield Archaeology and Data Center Remote Monitoring

A couple months ago, I had the great pleasure and honor of participating in a National Park Service archaeology project at Gettysburg National Military Park. As an experienced and trained… Read more »

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DartPoints Offers New Option for Colocation at the Edge

Location, location, location is not just a mantra for the real estate industry, it’s increasingly a consideration for data centers to help businesses meet the needs of a new on-demand… Read more »

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Adiabatic and Evaporative Cooling Techniques Deliver Big Data Center Savings – Anywhere on the Planet

With the many advances that we’ve seen with respect to air and water economizers for data center cooling systems (usually called free-cooling chillers in Europe), it’s no exaggeration to say… 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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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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Documentation and Training: Crucial Elements in Mission-Critical Data Centers

As I wrote in a recent piece published in Consulting-Specifying Engineer magazine, mission critical data centers are just that – critical to the business they serve. Simply put, that means… 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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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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A Practical Guide to Data Center Planning & Design

Some of the most popular shows on television these days are around home improvement. Remodeling and adding or total gutting and flipping — taking a sledgehammer to an ugly old… Read more »

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Modular or Prefabricated: a question of data center definitions

At the recent “Power to the Cloud” event in Dubai, I spoke with Tony Day, Global Director of Business Development, Prefabricated Solutions at Schneider Electric following on from a panel… Read more »

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Assessing Your Data Center Maintenance Program

It’s no secret that skimping on maintenance can lead to serious problems in a data center. But it can be difficult for data center operators to determine the appropriate level… Read more »

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Is Converged IT Infrastructure Moving Us Further Down the Prefab Path?

Converged Infrastructure (CI) means different things to different people.  But I bet most would agree that it’s fundamentally the collocation of compute, storage, and network resources (often into one or… Read more »

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Report Highlights 7 Colocation “Megatrends” and How to Use Them to Your Advantage

Schneider Electric takes pride in partnering with our customers, and guiding them to the sorts of solutions that will bring them business success. One of the ways we do that… 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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