A New Schneider Electric Data Center for Manchester Metropolitan University

At Data Centre World, I had the opportunity to speak to Jeff Hall, IT Operations Officer at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) and John Thompson of APT, a Schneider Electric Elite… Read more »

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Longtime User Extols Virtues of Smart-UPS and Progression in Schneider Electric Product Line

It was great spending a couple of days in the Schneider Electric booth at the recent Interop 2014 event in Las Vegas, mainly because I got to meet lots of… Read more »

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Virtualization Brings Great Benefits to Manufacturing – But Only If It’s Highly Reliable

The benefits of server virtualization in the data center are well documented, from server consolidation to improved utilization and simplified management. Now we’re starting to see the technology bring benefits… Read more »

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How can FlexPod and FlexPod Express Help Organisations Become More Energy Efficient?

As sales of FlexPod passes the $3 billion mark for Cisco and NetApp, and with shipments growing 81 percent annually to more than 4,100 customers across 100 countries I wondered… Read more »

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Symmetra PX UPS Provides 100% Uptime for Monitoring Firm Security Central

Brett Springall, managing director of Security Central, says his company has seen three power outages in the last year, yet has suffered “no downtime whatsoever.”  The reason? A sound backup… Read more »

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Summer is Here: Learn How to Maintain Proper Data Center Humidity at Energy University

As we enter the summer months here in the U.S., we’re likely to experience a phenomenon that many of us simply dread: excessive humidity. While humidity can put a damper… Read more »

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What Lessons Hurricane Sandy Taught FMs about Data Center Operations

Lessons of Hurricane Sandy for facilities professionals who were tasked with overseeing operations in critical facilities — a term that this particular hurricane clearly redefined. Building Operating Management surveyed readers… Read more »

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Cisco, Schneider Electric and the Internet of Things

Alright, it’s still in its infancy, but the Internet of Things (or the Internet of Everything as our friends at Cisco call it) continues to make headlines. If not for… Read more »


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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The End of IT?

The IT industry has been the reigning superstar of the global economy for the last 40 years. The industry gave us 25-year old billionaires and “long-term” success stories like Microsoft,… Read more »


World Wide Technology Gets the Full Transformation Experience at Cisco House

Founded in 1990, World Wide Technology, Inc. (WWT) is a leading Systems Integrator providing technology products, services, and supply chain solutions to multinational customers around the globe. As a key… Read more »

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Making the Business Case for Energy Efficiency Projects

Making your data center more energy efficient is no longer merely a nice goal to have in mind if you can get around to it – in practical and economic… Read more »

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Containerized Power and Cooling Modules Deliver Big Up Front Data Center Savings

I’ve written previously about how our analysis shows that containerized data center facility modules can save big money as compared to the traditional build-on-site approach – about 30% in terms… Read more »

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A Piece of the Efficiency Puzzle: Integrated DCIM and Virtualization Management

If data center efficiency was ever off the map, it’s certainly back on it now. More than ever, companies across the board are being pushed to be “green” not just… 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 »


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 »


Understanding Mean Time between Failure in the Data Center – Part 2

In this blog I am going to finish the topic I started last week’s blog on understanding MTBF.  If you recall, I stated towards then end of last week’s blog… 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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Facebook Implements Innovative Ambient Air Cooling Strategy and Builds a Better Server

Facebook not only has an innovative cooling strategy for its new Prineville, Ore. data center, it’s building its own servers that consume less power and are easier to repair. Those… 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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Protecting the Edge is Crucial in a Cloud Environment

As companies continue to adopt more cloud and virtualization technologies, they would do well to pay special attention to the devices that are now essentially the lifeline to their IT… Read more »


Podcast: Boost Cooling System Performance with Containment Systems

Having Trouble? Press PLAY Podcast Here If you’re not using some type of containment system in your data center, you’re likely sacrificing about a 30 percent improvement in cooling system… Read more »


Energy University Offers a Primer on Data Center Cooling Options

On this blog site and elsewhere in data center circles you will routinely see coverage of cooling systems that typically assumes readers have a base level of knowledge about such… Read more »


What’s the best way to maintain an electrical system?

An electrical network is the lifeblood that drives business operations. Network operators and plant managers face a two-fold problem: maintaining their networks to ensure uninterrupted power while dealing with budget… Read more »


Lessons Learned from Hurricane Sandy

The devastation that we saw in areas such as Manhattan after hurricane Sandy naturally prompts lots of discussion about what went wrong and whether data center downtime directly caused by… 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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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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Is My Data Center Consolidation Really a Private Cloud?

Historically the primary goal of many IT departments was to run applications. Now the cloud model appears to be a new and attractive way to do that. “My data center… Read more »

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New Data Center in Besançon, France, Plays it Cool with EcoBreeze

I caught up with Dushy Goonawardhane about the Neoclyde data center in Besançon, France. Dushy is business development manager for Schneider Electric’s cooling solutions in EMEA, and he’s had a… Read more »

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4Trust, Schneider Electric and the Oman Data Park Data Center

When Schneider Electric Elite Partner 4Trust began working with Omantel on the Oman Data Park project in Muscat their choice of infrastructure supplier was a key strategic decision. Omantel wanted… Read more »

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