Data Center

Schneider Electric DCIM An Undisputed Leader on Gartner Magic Quadrant, Again.

“There is only one thing in life worse than being talked about,” opined the great Irish poet and playwright, Oscar Wilde, “and that is not being talked about.” For Schneider… Read more »

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Who Owns the Risk?

Some time ago, my colleague Joseph Reele wrote of the risk implications of various data centre choices that might be made. In that article Reele identified a (possibly simplistic) trade-off… Read more »

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Reducing PUE to meet Singapore’s New Data Center Guidelines

Ever increasing operational costs in the data center are forcing many to consider how electricity is the top contributing factor. This, along with new Green Data Center standards in Singapore… Read more »

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Updating the Sagrada Familia: Why a World-Famous Church Needs a Micro Data Center solution

We often talk about the need for data centers to scale and be flexible in order to meet business needs and, even though Sagrada Familia is not what we would… Read more »

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How to Avoid (or Reduce) Unplanned Data Center Downtime

Enterprises rely on their data centers to run their businesses, which means their businesses grind to a halt if their data centers go down. Thus it’s important that data center… Read more »

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Trifork’s Five Step Approach for Successful Application Development in the IoT Age

If you follow this blog, you might have seen that I was recently involved in running a 24-hour workshop to get to grips with that thing we call the Internet… Read more »

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Let’s Do More Than Just Thank a Veteran

In several countries November 11th is a national holiday to honor military veterans. Some refer to it as Armistice Day, others as Remembrance Day, and here in the United States… Read more »

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Challenges of Data Consolidation Part II: Choosing the Right Transfer Methodology

You may recall that last time we discussed data consolidation and focused on the importance of network connectivity. Moving into part II of this series, we’ll cover the different data… Read more »

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Seven Steps to Achieve Effective Power and Data Cable Management in IT Racks

Trends such as high density servers, converged infrastructure, and high availability result in an abundance of power and data cables within IT racks. Data center professionals also recognize the negative… Read more »

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Data Centers in the Extreme: From Mountain to Sea

There’s no doubt that site selection is one of the most important decisions when building a data center — availability and cost of power, connectivity, security, weather and topography are… Read more »

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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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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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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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Harmonizing Global Metrics for Data Center Energy Efficiency

A pivotal tool of modern business and government is the advanced data center.  You want the data center to be advanced, to have capabilities to deliver all the tools of… 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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Increase Efficiency in the Data Center with Power Audits

High density data centers can improve their power usage efficiency with judicious audits that quantify power usage effectiveness (PUE). Knowledge of PEU will help facility managers reduce costs, says James… Read more »

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Declaring War on $10 billion of Data Center Waste

I’ll be at DatacenterDynamics London during this week to officially launch our Data Center Genome project. If you haven’t seen my blog post “Your Planet Needs You! Help Cut Waste… 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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Is total recovery from power loss really possible?

You don’t have to believe in global warming to see how weather can shut down everything. For businesses, power outages could mean the loss of customer data, energy, and money…. 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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Challenges of Data Consolidation Part III: Normalizing the Data

The last installment of this three part series deals with data normalization and the alignment process of taking one piece of data and loading it to a destination. This topic,… Read more »

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Schneider Electric Paris Marathon Sees Record-breaking Run While Promoting Energy Awareness

Ethiopian Tadese Boru took advantage of sunlit skies and cool temperatures conducive to a good long run to break the women’s record in yesterday’s Schneider Electric Paris Marathon, finishing in… Read more »

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Energy Storage: So Much More Than Just a Battery

Energy storage technology – meaning stationary batteries – has been in the news quite a bit in recent months, with CEOs of large companies making bold predictions about how the… Read more »

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WEBCAST: Getting Electrical Contractors Involved in the Secure Power Opportunity

As part of Schneider Electric’s efforts to highlight the need to protect mission-critical, non-information technology (IT) “Secure Power” applications in industry, commercial, and infrastructure settings, a new webcast is available… 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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PUE and ESPC and UESC! Oh my!

It’s been almost 9 months since I provided my last update to the current state of affairs in D.C. with respect to energy efficiency legislation. We’ve hit a couple potholes… Read more »

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Partnering Delivers Energy Management More Efficiently, With Less Risk

Schneider Electric has long been committed to the idea of energy efficiency – that’s what many of our products are all about. But we’ve also been around long enough to… Read more »

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Podcast: Close-coupled Cooling Delivers Big Energy Savings

If you run a small- to medium-sized data center, here’s a way you may be able to save about 20% on your cooling system energy bill: implement close-coupled cooling. Close-coupled… Read more »

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Big Data is a really Big Deal in Healthcare… in a number of ways you might not have thought about

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced May 28th, 2013 that more than half of all doctors and eligible providers have received Medicare or Medicaid incentive payments for adopting or meaningfully using… Read more »

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6 Tips for Ensuring Optimal IT Environments at SMBs and Branch Offices

Raise your hand if you’ve seen a server stuck in a closet next to cleaning supplies, whirring away as dust gathers around it. It’s an all too common site at… Read more »

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