Baidu Search Reveals Prefab is Best Route to Data Center Development

The news that Baidu has chosen to take a prefab approach to extend the capability at its Beijing M1 data center park has hit the headlines in force. As the… Read more »

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Cisco, Schneider Electric and the Converged Infrastructure Opportunity

At CiscoLive 2014, I had the chance to speak with Paul Carr, Head of Technology Partners, Cisco and get his views about how converged infrastructure was being embraced in the marketplace,… Read more »

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When You Think About Modular Prefabricated Data Centers, Think Beyond ISO Containers

We’ve been designing and selling modular data centers at Schneider Electric for years. But lately, when I talk to customers about modular data centers, too often they naturally migrate to… Read more »

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One Thing The Data Center of the Future Must Be Is Responsible

I was recently asked to speak at Data Centres Europe in Monaco on the subject of the Data Center of the Future. It’s a fascinating topic, but my first question… Read more »

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Power to the Cloud and a Smart City for Jeddah

At Schneider Electric’s Power to the Cloud event, I had the pleasure of speaking with Dr Arwa al-Aama who is the Vice Mayor, Information Technology Affairs, Jeddah Municipality. Dr al-Aama has appeared… Read more »

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Why Two Cords Do Not Guarantee Power Redundancy to an IT Device

Probably you’ve noticed that many of your IT devices have more than one power cord and probably you have assumed (correctly) it was all about providing redundant power to the… Read more »

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Consolidating Federal Data Centers Through Energy Savings Performance Contracts

The mind is willing but your capital funding is weak – or non-existent. This can be a familiar predicament for federal government IT executives who are tasked with consolidating data… Read more »

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What is FlexPod Express and how does Schneider Electric add value?

I spend some time at Cisco Live speaking to Jennifer Koch, Business Development Manager at NetApp about the FlexPod solutions and specifically the value she felt Schneider Electric bring to… Read more »

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Learn How to Choose Among Room, Rack and Row-based Cooling at Energy University

With summer in full swing here in the U.S., it seems a good time to deliver the third post in our series, Fundamentals of Cooling Architecture, which maps to three… Read more »

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Power Monitoring System: Intelligence keeps you ahead of the game.

In my last blog posts, I talked about how Power Quality affects the entire electrical infrastructure and that it’s important to consider every system element needed to keep your facility… Read more »

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A Piece of the Efficiency Puzzle: Integrated DCIM and Virtualization Management

If data center efficiency was ever off the map, it’s certainly back on it now. More than ever, companies across the board are being pushed to be “green” not just… Read more »

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World Wide Technology Gets the Full Transformation Experience at Cisco House

Founded in 1990, World Wide Technology, Inc. (WWT) is a leading Systems Integrator providing technology products, services, and supply chain solutions to multinational customers around the globe. As a key… Read more »

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Making the Business Case for Energy Efficiency Projects

Making your data center more energy efficient is no longer merely a nice goal to have in mind if you can get around to it – in practical and economic… Read more »

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Containerized Power and Cooling Modules Deliver Big Up Front Data Center Savings

I’ve written previously about how our analysis shows that containerized data center facility modules can save big money as compared to the traditional build-on-site approach – about 30% in terms… 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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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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Electrical Design and Maintenance Considerations in Data Center Disaster Avoidance

A sound disaster avoidance plan is crucial to ensuring the continuous 24x7x365 operation of a mission critical data center. The plan needs to cover numerous areas (as outlined in the… Read more »

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Six Types of Power Disturbances That Can Trip Up Your IT Systems

A study by the Electric Power Research Institute found that businesses lose between $104 billion and $164 billion per year due to power interruptions, and another $15 billion to $24… Read more »

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Facebook Implements Innovative Ambient Air Cooling Strategy and Builds a Better Server

Facebook not only has an innovative cooling strategy for its new Prineville, Ore. data center, it’s building its own servers that consume less power and are easier to repair. Those… 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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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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Wanted: A Modular Data Center Design Specification

  I’ve recorded a couple of videos that you can check out here on the Data Center Blog  (or on YouTube) about the concept of modular data centers. One of… 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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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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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 »

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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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Data Centers and Sailboats- “ Separating Wants vs. Needs”

By Mike Hagan I have been sailing for over 20 years, mostly on other people’s boats. Early on in our marriage, my very cool wife supported my goal of buying… Read more »

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Assessing Your Data Center Maintenance Program

It’s no secret that skimping on maintenance can lead to serious problems in a data center. But it can be difficult for data center operators to determine the appropriate level… Read more »

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Assessing Fuel Cells and Micro-turbines for Backup Data Center Power

Data center operators are always looking for ways to improve reliability and one of the main challenges in that effort is making sure the data center has a reliable source… Read more »

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