What are the Trade-offs with Converged Infrastructure

At CiscoLive 2014 in Milan I spoke to Alan Gerrish, Consulting Systems Engineer at Cisco to find out what trade-offs customers might expect as they make a move to using converged… Read more »

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Prefabricated vs. Traditional Data Center Cost Calculator – A tool to illustrate the cost differences

The latest in our TradeOff Tool collection is the Prefabricated vs. Traditional Data Center Cost Calculator, which can be an important tool during the planning phase of a data center… Read more »

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What’s stopping you from increasing your data center supply temperature?

The traditional rule of thumb was always that colder data centers (between 68°F and 70°F) were important to prevent problems with servers overheating.  With older servers, that made sense.  But… Read more »

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Predicting the Future of Densities

Nostradamus couldn’t predict the future and neither can we – why the data center industry has never predicted future rack densities correctly. Just recently, there was yet another report generated… Read more »

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Infographic: What Makes Energy University an Award-winning Education Program

As explained in a previous post, Schneider Electric’s free online education program, Energy University, was recently recognized with the prestigious Sustainable Energy Europe Award, presented during the EU Sustainable Energy… Read more »

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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 »

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How to Ensure True Redundancy in a Dual-Path Data Center Power Distribution System

In a recent post I explained how there’s lots of variation in how devices with multiple power supplies operate, making it challenging to ensure they function in a truly redundant… Read more »

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Summing Up Telco Data Center Challenges in Less than 3 Minutes

Schneider Electric has published a new video targeted at telecom companies that, in just two and a half minutes, succeeds in summarizing the data center challenges telcos face and some… Read more »

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Behind the Accolades: What Makes Energy University an Award-Winning Educational Program

  Schneider Electric’s free online education program, Energy University was recently recognized with the prestigious Sustainable Energy Europe Award, presented during the EU Sustainable Energy Week 2014 by the European… Read more »

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Nine Ways Sustainability Drives Profit

By now, most company executives recognize that sustainability must be integrated into their core strategy. Unfortunately, not many executives understand why—or, worse, they proudly wear some kind of sustainability PR… Read more »

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Six Types of Power Disturbances That Can Trip Up Your IT Systems

A study by the Electric Power Research Institute found that businesses lose between $104 billion and $164 billion per year due to power interruptions, and another $15 billion to $24… Read more »

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7 Applications for Containerized Data Center Facility Modules

Here’s a sales pitch: standardized, pre-assembled and integrated data center facility power and cooling modules are at least 60% faster and 20 – 30% cheaper to deploy than traditional data… Read more »

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How Energy Efficiency Efforts Can Spell Trouble When the Power Goes Out

A number of important trends are helping companies save lots of money on electric bills by making their data centers more efficient. While this is certainly a worthy and justified… 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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Why DCIM Can Bring Together What ITIL Alone Can’t

In an enterprise, the information technology function actually should be viewed as a service. In essence, the value of IT comes from what it can deliver for business functions like… 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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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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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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Prefabricated Modular Data Centers – Sorting through the terminology confusion

There’s not a shortage of terms to go around when it comes to talking about prefabricated data centers.  Terms like containerized, modular, self-contained, portable, pods, skids, and mobile, to name… 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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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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Secure Power for industry crosses multiple domains of expertise

To ensure the reliability of mission-critical applications in industry and infrastructure, organizations are tapping some of the same type of technologies used to protect data centers and information technology (IT)… 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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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 »

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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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Calculators for Data Center Facilities & IT Planners, Designers, and Stakeholders

Too often, data center project decisions are made based on gut feels or having been burned in the past.  We find that often times, customers spend too much time detailing… 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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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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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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