Data center demands in a hyper-connected Smart Nation

Thriving, growing economies usually arise from a mix of good fortune and foresight. Some regions thrive because of rich natural resources, while others have made the most of a being… 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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Reinvesting through Modernization Services. Say what?

Every once in a while I try to make a to-do list of everything in my life that could use a tune up or full replacement. For example, I could… Read more »

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Why Sustainability is Good Business – and How Good Data Can Get You There

An interesting shift is taking place with respect to the issue of sustainability: a growing number of companies are recognizing that a strong sustainability program is good business. There’s sound… Read more »

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Benefits of IT and FM Cooperation Are Real and Crucial

The need for cooperation between the facilities and IT departments in ongoing data center maintenance and upgrades isn’t just a good thing. It’s a necessary one. Changes in data center… Read more »

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DCIM Provides Enterprises the Power to Plan and Drive Operational Efficiencies

Enterprises that run their own data centers must cope with a complex array of  responsibilities, including how to power and cool equipment, install and maintain hardware, meet compliance requirements, provide… Read more »

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The Deep Dive and the Data Center

Here’s an interesting fact: Jacques Cousteau invented scuba because he was mad about exploring caves. It’s great where following your passion can lead you. When I’m underwater (a new skill… Read more »

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In Large Data Centers, Medium-voltage Distribution Makes Lots of Sense

Data center engineers have long dealt with the issue of distributing power to the various components that need it, from CRAC/CRAH units to IT equipment and UPSs. For the most… Read more »

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So You’ve Virtualized Your Server Room, Now What? Common Challenges Faced by SMBs and How to Solve Them

While server virtualization has been available as a tool for companies to consolidate their IT footprint for many years, there has not been widespread adoption of the technology until the… 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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Schneider Electric Mini-Pod Data Center Provisions Logicalis Hybrid Cloud at Loughborough University

The deployment of Hybrid Cloud Delivery services at Loughborough University is a subject which Simon Daykin, CTO of Logicalis, knows well. So it was with great interest that I went… Read more »

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Cloud Data Centers and the art of Feng Shui

For over 3000 years, Feng Shui has been bringing balance and harmony to physical space. In China, millions of people live their lives according to the natural forces and principles… 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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How to Save Money and Improve Working Conditions: Pay More Attention to Lighting

Lighting is a topic most facilities managers apparently don’t pay enough attention to, at least according to the National Lighting Bureau. In a study from 2003, the NLB found that… Read more »

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Why data centers with a PUE greater than 2 could be obsolete in the next 5 years

I caught up with Paul-Francois Cattier, Global VP Data Center for Schneider Electric at Data Centres Europe 2012 in Nice and asked him about his presentation – the title of… Read more »

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How Schneider Electric helps Data Center Service Providers ensure consistent SLAs across national borders

  For multi-national companies rolling out data centers across multiple countries it can be a fine balancing act between adapting to local market conditions and regulatory requirements and at the… Read more »

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Power Quality Issues : Silent Efficiency Killer

Why you should care? Several studies estimate that power quality issues cost the U.S. economy about $15 billion each year. Because approximately 80 percent of all power-quality problems originate from… Read more »

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Data Center Science Series: Containerized Modules by Neil Rasmussen

  Short Answers to 6 Questions About Modular, Containerized Data Centers I recently recorded a series of videos for the marketing team here at Schneider Electric, including one that addresses… Read more »

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4 Factors in Selecting a Home Office UPS

I work in a home office, in a town where power outages are not at all unusual. Just the other day a healthy thunderstorm rolled through in the early evening… 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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What is FlexPod Express and how does Schneider Electric add value?

I spend some time at Cisco Live speaking to Jennifer Koch, Business Development Manager at NetApp about the FlexPod solutions and specifically the value she felt Schneider Electric bring to… 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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How can Prefabrication advance Data Center design and build in the Middle East?

At “Power to the Cloud” in Dubai, I asked Tony Day, Global Director, Business Development, Prefabricated Solutions, Schneider Electric how prefabricated solutions can help Middle Eastern customers develop data centers… Read more »

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A Guide To Build-Your-Own DCIM

  We’ve seen some fairly interesting announcements from some high profile companies such as Digital Realty Trust and Microsoft that they are using their own flavor of DCIM to manage… Read more »

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Assessing Fuel Cells and Micro-turbines for Backup Data Center Power

Data center operators are always looking for ways to improve reliability and one of the main challenges in that effort is making sure the data center has a reliable source… Read more »

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Sensors for Measuring Chilled Water Production and Use (Useful Data Center tools and formulas)

It’s said that “good things come in threes”, like a DJ’s turntables and a microphone, or those three unit-less constants called the “proportional”, “integral” and “derivative” that dominate the operational… Read more »

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Joint Commission: 10 most cited Healthcare facility standards

At my last HAAHE (Houston Area Association of Healthcare Engineers) meeting I watched a dynamic presentation by Susan B. Laughlin, FASHE, CHFM, CHSP who spoke about the most frequently cited… Read more »

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Power to the Cloud and a Smart City for Jeddah

At Schneider Electric’s Power to the Cloud event, I had the pleasure of speaking with Dr Arwa al-Aama who is the Vice Mayor, Information Technology Affairs, Jeddah Municipality. Dr al-Aama has appeared… 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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New Green Grid study identifies "aggressive growth" of regulatory pressures on EMEA data centers

Speaking about the volume of legislation and regulation coming into effect in EMEA, John Tuccillo, Chairman and President of the Green Grid spoke about a new report which the organization… Read more »

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