The importance of data center life cycle management

One of the biggest challenges for data center professionals is managing the life cycle of data center equipment in a way that optimizes performance while reducing downtime. There is a… Read more »

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Data Center World Keynote: Success in the Data Center Revolves Around Having the Right Perspective

About 20 years ago, Marcus Shipley was in charge of the rollout of a large application project. It was a long, involved job but in the end, he was proud of… Read more »

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Energy Savings Performance Contracts are Starting to Snowball

With funding frequently an issue in federal government data center consolidations, it’s no surprise that creative means of paying for these projects are getting more attention. Perhaps the most interesting… Read more »

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What will MV switchgear look like in the future?

The electrical industry is without doubt one of the most conservative in terms of updating technology, including medium voltage (MV) and high voltage (HV) switchgear. Why is that? For one… Read more »

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Coalition forces complete 18-month Afghanistan mission using pod-based data centers

Battle tested is a euphemism that gets bandied about casually in technology circles, but there’s battle tested and then there’s battle tested. Two years ago, Schneider Electric, working in conjunction… Read more »

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From Managing Airflow to Dealing with Humidity – No Shortage of Topics to Discuss at Data Center World

I spent some time last week at the Data Center World conference in Orlando, hanging out in the Schneider Electric booth and attending a few sessions. Along the way I… Read more »

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What is the future of cooling capacity optimization in the data center?

On a recent trip to Schneider Electric’s European Technology Center, I asked Henrik Leerberg, Product Line Director for StruxureWare for Data Centers what he foresees for the future of capacity… Read more »

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Lower Your TCO & Increase Equipment Life with the Right Kind of Data Center Maintenance

With data center energy and operations costs rising, you need to find areas where you can reduce costs to compensate. Energy efficiency is certainly a big one, but another, often… Read more »

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DCIM and the Prefab Data Center

Whilst visiting Schneider Electric’s European Technology Center recently, I met with Soeren Jensen, Vice President of Enterprise Software. There’s been a great deal of activity going on in the prefabricated… Read more »

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A High Speed Market Requires a Highly Adaptable Team

In the IT world of today, and certainly the IT world of tomorrow, many enterprises will be seeking to understand the benefits and trade-offs of on-premise data centers.  In an… 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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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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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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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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Clearing up Confusion over 80% vs. 100%-rated Circuit Breakers

When building or upgrading a data center, at some point you need to make a decision about which circuit breakers to use. While on the face of it that may… 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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Funding the Unfunded: Energy Savings Performance Contracts for Federal Data Center Consolidation

2013 marks the third year of the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative (FDCCI) and inches agencies closer to its shared 2015 deadline with the coinciding Presidential Memorandum; disposing of unneeded… Read more »

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Podcast: Implementing a Low-Cost Energy Management Process in Your Data Center

“Many data centers use much more energy that they need to,” says Soeren Brogaard Jensen, VP Enterprise Software at Schneider Electric. But historically, data center managers have tended to be… 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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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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How Alliances Will Help Us Build Smart Cities and Stave Off Doom

I recently finished reading an insightful book called “The Third Industrial Revolution” by Jeremy Rifkin, an accomplished author and president of the Foundation on Economic Trends, among various other titles… 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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Funding the Unfunded: Energy Savings Performance Contracts for Federal Data Center Consolidation

2013 marks the third year of the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative (FDCCI) and inches agencies closer to its shared 2015 deadline with the coinciding Presidential Memorandum; disposing of unneeded… 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 »

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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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Big Data is a really Big Deal in Healthcare… in a number of ways you might not have thought about

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced May 28th, 2013 that more than half of all doctors and eligible providers have received Medicare or Medicaid incentive payments for adopting or meaningfully using… 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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