Data Center

Edge Computing Helps Colocation Provider Internap Meet Customers’ Latency and Agility Requirements

As a colocation provider, Internap has to be able to meet the needs of its customers quickly and consistently. More and more, those customers are looking for data centers that… Read more »

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Powerful Lessons to be Learned from Jordan Spieth’s Masters Disaster

Sometimes, companies have advance warning when dangerous conditions exist that may result in disaster. Hurricanes and blizzards, for example, don’t exactly sneak up on anyone. Other times, however, disaster can… Read more »

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A Data Center Architecture Hack, Inspired by and Encompassing the Open Compute Project

When I first heard the term “hacking” from folks at the Open Compute Project (OCP), I was a little confused – what does that mean, “hacking”? Is it some play… 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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How Fleet Management Takes the Guesswork Out of UPS Maintenance

Small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) face all sorts of challenges when it comes to keeping their IT environments up and running reliably. While they need to offer the same sorts… Read more »

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Federal Data Center Optimization Initiative (DCOI) Fundamentals: Where to Start

March came in like a lion for government data centers, with the new Federal Data Center Optimization Initiative (DCOI) overriding FDCCI and taking the rules to a whole new level…. Read more »

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3 Best Practices for Reducing IT Energy Use – and Curbing Global Energy Demand

The demand for energy around the world is continuing unabated. The International Energy Agency, which is focused on ensuring reliable, clean energy for its 29 member countries and beyond, predicts… Read more »

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IoT, Edge Computing, Big Data – Creating the Next Wave in Data Center Innovation

With Schneider Electric hosting its Innovation Summit at the Paris Marathon this week, I thought it would be a great time to share some of my thoughts on innovation at… Read more »

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Be Proactive: Implement a Preventive Maintenance Strategy to Reduce Data Center Downtime

Many if not most organizations rely so heavily on their data centers that they must flawlessly operate 24×7. Organizations build in redundancy in an effort to avoid downtime, but various… 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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BMS and DCIM Integration: Not Just for the Enterprise Market Anymore

The growing trend toward higher density through virtualization and cloud computing requires facilities and IT to be constantly aligned. This means that a comprehensive management solution is essential to the… Read more »

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Two Shades of Grey – in the Data Center

We live in a very colorful world.  However, when you step into the electrical equipment room in most data centers, you usually find one dominant color: grey. To be more… Read more »

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Build Better Data Centers Faster: Use a Reference Design

IT is becoming more critical all the time and trends such as the explosion of big data are only adding to the requirements that IT groups must meet. To keep… Read more »

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WEBCAST: Pinpoints Key Facts about the Secure Power Opportunity

In a new audio webcast presentation, Carsten Baumann, a consulting engineering specialist with Schneider Electric, raises two salient points about Secure Power for industry and infrastructure. As moderator for the… Read more »

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4 Quick Tips for Optimizing Management of Remote Sites

If you’re an IT administrator or manager of some sort, it’s increasingly likely that you’re responsible for more than one site. In many cases, it may be more like 5,… Read more »

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IDC Report Examines Micro Data Center Solutions for Edge Computing

We have reached a tipping point in technology, where there are now more connected devices than people in the world. Consequently, we have also reached a tipping point in the… 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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In Advance of Hurricane Season, It’s Time to Conduct a UPS Checkup

According to the National Weather Service, hurricane season begins on May 15 for the Pacific and on June 1 for the Atlantic – mere weeks away. Given the various weather… Read more »

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5 Ways to Reduce Data Center Water Consumption

We’ve been talking for years about conserving energy in data centers, and justifiably so, but more recently the idea of conserving water has been gaining attention as well. Saving water… Read more »

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Cisco, Schneider Electric and the Converged Infrastructure Opportunity

At CiscoLive 2014, I had the chance to speak with Paul Carr, Head of Technology Partners, Cisco and get his views about how converged infrastructure was being embraced in the marketplace,… Read more »

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White Paper Provides an Education for IT Professionals on Data Center Electrical Terms and Concepts

Working in a data center, IT professionals undoubtedly come across electrical terms from time to time that they may not completely understand, or perhaps don’t understand at all. But in… Read more »

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Minimizing Data Center Downtime Caused by Human Error

Despite all of the growing sophistication of today’s buildings and the systems that keep them operating, the majority of interruptions don’t come from equipment failure but human error. While data… Read more »

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How much cost saving do you need to make energy efficiency worthwhile?

Ever since data center energy costs and emissions started to get noticed by people outside the industry, many trade media column inches as well as those involved in data centers… Read more »

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Hold the pickles, hold the lettuce…data centers and customization

…special orders don’t upset us…at least that’s how I think part of an old Burger King jingle went from the 70’s maybe early 80’s.  Burger King was pretty clear:  you… Read more »

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Are you ready for a Human Free Data Center?

The first data center had 17,468 vacuum tubes, performed 5,000 operations per second and required 6 full time techs to keep it running. “Electronic Numerical Integrator And Computer (ENIAC)” was… Read more »

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Drinking Our Own Data Center Champagne

Practice what you preach. Walk the walk, don’t just talk the talk. Drink your own champagne.  We have all heard them. Now at Schneider Electric, the modernization of our own… Read more »

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The Minority Report, The Lawn Mower and The Future of Data Center Maintenance

What would you do if you had the gift of second sight? Get the lottery numbers; maybe pick out the winner of the US Open, the horse racing or some… Read more »

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Cruise Ship Lines Could Learn Lessons from Data Center Operators

A few days ago a colleague emailed me a photo taken on the ill-fated Carnival Triumph cruise ship, the one that was stranded in the Gulf of Mexico for about… 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 »

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How much should a modular data center cost?

One of the advantages that modular data centers enjoy is lower build costs than traditional or legacy facilities. But this was not always the case and the capital cost of… Read more »

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