3 Things to Check Before You Leave The Office Today

How to Prepare for Big Storms and Probable Power Outages Over 60 Million Americans are in the path of this week’s blizzard. The National Weather Service and the news media… Read more »

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Government Data Center Energy Efficiency Requirements are Coming: Here’s How to Get Ahead.

Most federal government data centers operate with a power usage effectiveness (PUE) rating of around 2.0, meaning they have significant room for improvement.  And it’s looking more and more like… Read more »

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If Hype Killed DCIM, What’s Next?

It’s an intriguing question which rather put me in mind of that famous piece by Mark Twain, “The report of my death was an exaggeration.” In what turns out to… Read more »

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Still More Benefits of Prefabricated Modular Data Centers

In a fairly recent post I wrote about the APC by Schneider Electric white paper, “Practical Considerations for Implementing Prefabricated Data Centers,” focusing mainly on benefits around planning and design,… Read more »

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5 Top Questions about the NetShelter CX – A Server-Room-in-a-Box

Guest blog by Debbie Dailey, Business Development Specialist, APC by Schneider Electric The NetShelter CX, to refresh your memory, is basically “a server room in a box.” It’s a portable,… Read more »

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Crucial Steps to Consider when Evaluating Sites for Critical Facilities

When evaluating sites for data centers, facilities professionals need to consider specific criteria for security and site integrity should emergency events occur and standard support systems fail. An ideal way… Read more »

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Revitalizing your UPS throughout the data center life cycle

“Don’t fix it if it isn’t broke,” is a great philosophy when the likelihood of failure is low and the cost of failure is even lower.  That’s why some industries… Read more »

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Integrating CFD Modeling Makes for a More Effective DCIM Solution

Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modeling is an effective way to get an accurate picture of the airflow in your data center and predict the effect of any changes you plan… Read more »

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Keystone NAP Implements Prefabricated Modular Design for its Advanced Data Center Facility

It’s no secret that prefabricated, modular data centers offer a number of advantages compared to traditional data center builds, including speed to market, predictability, scalability, and capital preservation.  Keystone NAP… Read more »

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The Influence Map and Optimizing Data Center Cooling

Recently I spoke to Henrik Leerberg, Product Line Director, Schneider Electric for StruxureWare for Data Centers and I asked him why aren’t people able to reliably increase temperatures in data… 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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Secure Power services: why a smooth “handover” is vital to a lifecycle approach

Commercial and industrial assets such as ships, airports, manufacturing plants, oil rigs, or hospitals involve highly specialized systems that need power protection and cooling to keep these mission-critical applications secure… 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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The Ultimate in Data Center Protection: Arc Flash Mitigation Techniques

In recent years, arc flash has become a hot topic for the data center industry because of the increasing awareness of its dangers, both to personnel and equipment.  Regulations and… 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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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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Six Air Containment Solutions Will Help You to Save Energy in Your Existing Data Centers

For an existing traditional data center, hot air and cold air mixing can lead to more than 25% waste of the cooling capacity.  As a result, the cooling system is… 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 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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“Watts per Square Meter”: the Wrong Way to Specify Density

The traditional method for specifying power density using a single figure such as watts per square meter (or foot) is an unfortunate practice that often leads to confusion as well… Read more »

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Secure Power services: why a smooth “handover” is vital to a lifecycle approach

Commercial and industrial assets such as ships, airports, manufacturing plants, oil rigs, or hospitals involve highly specialized systems that need power protection and cooling to keep these mission-critical applications secure… Read more »

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“Arc Flash” vs. “Internal Arc Resistance” – A tale of two terms

I work for an electrical equipment manufacturer. So, when customers ask for the arc flash characteristics of our medium-voltage switchgear, I scratch my head. Because it doesn’t have any. Similarly,… Read more »

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Building and Financial Considerations When Selecting a Data Center Site

Last month I wrote about the importance of data center site selection, which was top of mind in the wake of October’s Hurricane Sandy. Since then we’ve been hit with… Read more »

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The central control room in 5 basic disciplines

A central control room is the dream of any intensive operation: The desire to have in a single location,  several remote operations and the ability to take business decisions. But… Read more »

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4 Reasons to Upgrade to the Smarter Smart-UPS

Chances are the profile of your IT infrastructure has changed considerably over the last few years, as technologies such as virtualization make higher densities more common for servers and applications… 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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8 Common Mistakes in Building an Operational Sustainability Model

I often see companies putting huge amounts of money into new data centers, bringing in design experts, architects and the like. They create buildings that look great and certainly have… Read more »

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Circus tricks and software: 5 reasons to integrate your data center’s systems

Can you juggle? These days, data center managers seem as adept at circus tricks as they are at understanding the technologies inside their four walls. But we’re dealing with Big… Read more »

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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 »

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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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