Data Center

Outdated Remote Data Center Monitoring Systems Can Limit Operator Productivity and Threaten Systems Uptime

Data center monitoring services have been around for over 10 years.  Over that period of time, many of these systems have not been updated to reflect changing data center technologies…. Read more »

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Industry Expert Offers 3 Keys for Colocation Providers to take Advantage of the Cloud Opportunity

For all the hype we hear about cloud computing, you may think the cloud ship has already sailed – if you’re not aboard, you’re too late. But, market-watcher Rhonda Ascierto… Read more »

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Three Strategies for Addressing the Aging Data Center Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) Dilemma

Most data center managers are tasked with striking a balance between maintaining high levels of uptime and controlling both CAPEX and OPEX.  When confronted with the dilemma of aging UPS… Read more »

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Are DCIM-based Cloud Offerings a Game Changer for Data Center Management?

Commenting upon Schneider Electric’s StruxureOn cloud-based data center monitoring service, Rhonda Ascierto of 451 Research says the offering signals a new wave in facility operations, using a combination of machine… Read more »

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When it Comes to DCIM, Three is a Magic Number for StruxureWare for Data Centers

Gartner recently published its third annual Magic Quadrant for Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) Tools. Whilst the analyst is always at pains to point out that it does not endorse… Read more »


Telefonica: A Digital Telco Journey

Tier 4 data centers by nature use a significant amount of electricity, the result of all the redundancy built in to create reliability. So it stands to reason that if… Read more »

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IDC’s 2017 Data Center Predictions Point to a Starring Role for DCIM

I recently sat in on a webinar on 2017 data center predictions presented by a trio of analysts at the research firm IDC and was struck by a recurring theme:… Read more »

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Commanding in Combat: Lessons for the Data Center Manager

It is hard to imagine anything more “mission critical” than achieving your objectives, conserving your resources, and protecting the lives of the men and women under your command than when… Read more »

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The Benefits of the Standard StruxureOn Offer for Cloud-based Data Center Monitoring

Recently I was in London attending a trade show at which we announced our StruxureOn solution to the UK and Ireland market. StruxureOn represents a fundamental change in the way… Read more »

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How a Shoebox-Sized Device Saves Colo Data Centers 30% on Energy Bills

Good things come in small packages.  And for colocation data center operators looking to reduce costs, energy savings of up to 30% can be delivered via a new generation of… Read more »

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Who can Benefit from Prefabricated Modular Data Centers

With the announcement of an extensive range of prefabricated data center modules, Schneider Electric has added impetus to a market which is set, according to 451 Research, to gain a… 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 »


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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Mature Audiences Only: Data Center Facility Operations & Maintenance

The data center industry’s events, conferences, white papers, trainings, magazines, and marketing are all full of information related to IT and physical infrastructure equipment design, features, and management tools.  But… Read more »

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Accounting for Risk in Your Data Center Design/Build Strategy

This is the second of a series of blog posts exploring four key considerations that go into a data center design/build strategy: cost, risk, quality and speed. The first post… Read more »

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Your Planet Needs You! Help Cut Waste Caused By Over-Sizing Data Centers

I need your help please! I’m looking to enlist the help of anyone who has an interest in data centers in a campaign to cut waste caused by over-sizing or… Read more »


Are Lithium-ion Batteries “GREENER” than Lead Acid?

There are many different ways you could consider a product to be more environmentally friendly or not than another.  Li-ion batteries do not contain hazardous materials while lead-acid batteries do… Read more »


SBA Communications to Build New, Modular Data Center – Fast

We’ve written in this blog numerous times about the various benefits of a scalable, modular data center architecture, from the ability to “right-size” the data center and have it grow… Read more »

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Micro Data Centers: An Innovative Case of Data Center Design and Operations

The most dangerous phrase in our industry is, “we’ve always done it this way,” and as such, we make it our initiative at Schneider Electric to expel the culture of… Read more »

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Data Center Operations Rely on Communication between Facility Management and IT

A partnership between these two groups will ensure the best possible data center design that takes into consideration the long-term needs of both operational areas, say R. Stephen Spinazzola and… Read more »

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Learn How a Modular Data Center May Lower Your Tax Bill

Regular readers of this blog know we’ve covered many times the benefits of modular, scalable data center infrastructure, including speed of deployment, ease of scalability and lower overall costs. Now… Read more »


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 »


Faster and Easier Data Center Planning…and It’s FREE Too

We just announced the public availability of data center reference designs.  You can check them out and download them for free by going to our new reference design landing page… Read more »


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 »


How a fleet management services provider can enable your business

A multinational bank, a regional hospital and a small chain of hardware stores may not appear to have much in common in terms of how their businesses are run. However,… Read more »


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 »


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 »


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 »


“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 »


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 »