Data Center

Why Controlling Rack Access is a Vital Part of Securing Data Against Cyber Crime

It is the nature of everything connected that it also bears the risk of misuse – whether malicious or accidental. It seems to me that overall, companies have taken great… Read more »

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How Industrialization Drives a More Predictable and Reliable Data Center Life Cycle

Arun Shenoy, the Vice President of Schneider Electric’s IT business in the UK talked to me recently about how he sees the data center industry developing over the next few… Read more »

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Lagerfeld Makes Data Center the Ultimate Chanel Fashion Accessory

The renowned fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld raised eyebrows during Paris Fashion Week when he turned the catwalk into a data center to showcase the latest offering from the House of… Read more »

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Schneider Electric is in the Focus at IoT World Congress in Barcelona

This October 25-27 “The Congress” will be held in Spain.  It’s a 3-day program with more than 200 top-level speakers who are today’s most influential IoT thought leaders.  8000 IoT… Read more »

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4 Last-minute Tips in Preparation for Hurricane Matthew

As I write this post, Hurricane Matthew is bearing down on the Florida coast, scheduled to hit Cape Canaveral about 8 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 7, and Jacksonville about 12… Read more »

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4 Questions to Ask when Selecting a Modular 3-Phase UPS

In the last few years I’ve noticed confusion cropping up about what the term “modular” really means when it comes to a 3-phase uninterruptible power supply (UPS). By my count,… Read more »

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3 Approaches to Monitoring UPS Batteries – and Preventing Failures

Companies count on their UPSs to provide clean, reliable power in their data centers and for critical equipment – they are often the last line of defense in the event… Read more »

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Bank Street on Colo M&A: Consolidation Means More Players than Ever

In the eighth of our “8 Megatrends” series, we sat down with Richard Lukaj, Senior Managing Director, Bank Street, to discuss how mergers and acquisitions (M&A) have affected the colocation… Read more »

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Colocation in Transition: New Realities, New Opportunities

The ways that businesses manage and consume IT is changing rapidly as is IT itself. There is a new order of data center services, and this is creating a wave of disruption for… Read more »

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How to Avoid Common Mistakes in Data Center Planning and Design

I recently had occasion to read a white paper that Schneider Electric put out some years ago about the mistakes companies make in data center planning and was surprised at… Read more »

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Microsoft Launches CityNext – and Schneider Electric is On Board

I just got back from the Microsoft Worldwide Partner conference in Houston where 15,000 of us heard the latest news about Microsoft’s product lineup and strategy. One of the main… 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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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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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 »

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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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“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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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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Are micro data centers the engine to power the IoT (Internet of Things)?

I have not heard this much buzz in the IT industry since the early 1990’s – well, since the original internet was introduced. Now the Internet of Things (IoT) is… 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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Bringing Clarity to Modular Data Center Architectures

Anyone who pays even scant attention to data center issues has no doubt been hearing the term “modular” with increasingly greater frequency, and with good reason. As we’ve covered previously,… Read more »

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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 »

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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 »

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Will modular power and cooling make traditional data center designs obsolete?

Fortune 500 companies around the world are trying to rationalize their data centers for better efficiency of scale. Some of them have approached Schneider Electric with the goal of a… Read more »

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Cruise Ship Lines Could Learn Lessons from Data Center Operators

A few days ago a colleague emailed me a photo taken on the ill-fated Carnival Triumph cruise ship, the one that was stranded in the Gulf of Mexico for about… Read more »

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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 »

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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 »

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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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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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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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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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