Data Center

A Peek “Under the Hood” of the New High Precision Computer Room Air Conditioners

To a visitor who walks into a data center only once every 5 years, the computer room air conditioner (CRAC) units that line the perimeter may look remarkably the same… Read more »

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Trust, but Verify…Secure Remote Monitoring for Your Data Center

Modern digital remote monitoring platforms offer a lot of promise today….reduced downtime, reduced mean time to recovery (MTTR), less operations overhead, as well as improved efficiency for power and cooling… Read more »

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Realizing the Promise of DCIM with T5

In the seventh of our “8 Megatrends” series, we sat down with Craig McKesson, EVP Enterprise Services, T5 Data Centers, to get his perspective on the promise of data center… Read more »

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After the Storm: New Approaches to Managing Financial Services Data Centers

The market forces and series of cascading system failures of the 2008 financial crisis created a perfect storm in the financial services industry. Now, a decade after the storm, banks… Read more »


Cloud and the IoT Present Ripe Opportunities for Colocation Providers

Given the opportunity that trends including cloud computing and the Internet of Things (IoT) present, I’m not sure there’s ever been a better time to be in the colocation service… Read more »

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Resistance is Futile: Comply with DCOI or Be Assimilated

Schneider Electric offers U.S. Federal government agencies guidance on how to comply with new federal data center mandates My team, the Data Center Science Center, has just written White Paper… Read more »

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Why DartPoints Lives on the Edge

In the sixth of our “8 Megatrends” series, we spoke with Hugh Carspecken, CEO at DartPoints, to discover why he created a business model which helps companies “live on the… Read more »

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Simplify the Data Center Planning Process with Reference Designs

It probably should go without saying that the planning phase is crucial to any data center project. But the specific planning process you use will go a long way toward… Read more »


Getting Your DCOI Strategy On Track

While the rest of the country went on summer vacation, those of us in the government space remained busy closing out the fiscal year and prepping to meet the latest… Read more »

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Find Out All You Need to Know about Every Phase of the Data Center Life Cycle

The old song says “see you in September.” In our case, we hope to see you at Data Center World New Orleans from Sept. 12 – 15. As part of… 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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How can Prefabrication advance Data Center design and build in the Middle East?

At “Power to the Cloud” in Dubai, I asked Tony Day, Global Director, Business Development, Prefabricated Solutions, Schneider Electric how prefabricated solutions can help Middle Eastern customers develop data centers… Read more »


Some Data Centers Fail to Take Advantage of New ASHRAE Temperature Guidelines

Updated guidelines from the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) now allow a wider band range for computer operation—from 64.4  F to 80.6 F—and the guidelines apply… Read more »

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Schneider Electric Mini-Pod Data Center Provisions Logicalis Hybrid Cloud at Loughborough University

The deployment of Hybrid Cloud Delivery services at Loughborough University is a subject which Simon Daykin, CTO of Logicalis, knows well. So it was with great interest that I went… Read more »

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Modular or Prefabricated: a question of data center definitions

At the recent “Power to the Cloud” event in Dubai, I spoke with Tony Day, Global Director of Business Development, Prefabricated Solutions at Schneider Electric following on from a panel… 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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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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Small Enclosures Provide Big Benefit in Locations Without Dedicated IT Space

I joined APC by Schneider Electric about 2 years ago, when Schneider acquired the company I was working for, Kell Systems. Kell is a UK-based company that makes the Netshelter… Read more »

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The Side Benefits of DCIM; How Energy Management Averted a Data Center Cooling Crisis

I thought that you might be interested in a real life data center situation that recently arose here in China. We’d been approached by a customer who wanted to lower… Read more »


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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Lessons of Project Cumulus: Plan Early and Design Together

I have the fortune to be a Project Manager for a unique and global, cross-business unit team called, “Project Cumulus”.  Our team combines some of the best Engineers in the… Read more »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 your switchgear needs and deserves

The question on spending a significant portion of finances in maintenance and services of one’s installation has baffled many of us. There are no second thoughts on the fact that with… Read more »


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 »


4 Ways IronGate is Hitting Colocation’s New Sweet Spot

The colocation buyer has a new name and it starts with a “C” — whether it’s the CIO, COO, CFO or, increasingly, the chief digital officer (CDO), the players have… Read more »