White Paper Outlines Even More Benefits of Prefab Modular Data Centers

It’s no secret that prefabricated modular data centers offer a number of advantages as compared to “stick built” data centers, including speed of deployment, predictability, scalability, and lifecycle cost. And… Read more »

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Trends in Modular Data Centers

The acquisition of AST Modular by Schneider Electric is important to the company’s stake in the market for modular prefabricated data center solutions. The announcement followed on from Schneider Electric’s… Read more »

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Proper Data Center Energy Management Starts with Using the Right Electrical Meter

Most every data center owner and operator is interested in conserving energy these days and in some cases, legislation requires it. Plenty of software exists to help track energy use… 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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A New Schneider Electric Data Center for Manchester Metropolitan University

At Data Centre World, I had the opportunity to speak to Jeff Hall, IT Operations Officer at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) and John Thompson of APT, a Schneider Electric Elite… Read more »

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Longtime User Extols Virtues of Smart-UPS and Progression in Schneider Electric Product Line

It was great spending a couple of days in the Schneider Electric booth at the recent Interop 2014 event in Las Vegas, mainly because I got to meet lots of… Read more »

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Virtualization Brings Great Benefits to Manufacturing – But Only If It’s Highly Reliable

The benefits of server virtualization in the data center are well documented, from server consolidation to improved utilization and simplified management. Now we’re starting to see the technology bring benefits… Read more »

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How can FlexPod and FlexPod Express Help Organisations Become More Energy Efficient?

As sales of FlexPod passes the $3 billion mark for Cisco and NetApp, and with shipments growing 81 percent annually to more than 4,100 customers across 100 countries I wondered… Read more »

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Symmetra PX UPS Provides 100% Uptime for Monitoring Firm Security Central

Brett Springall, managing director of Security Central, says his company has seen three power outages in the last year, yet has suffered “no downtime whatsoever.”  The reason? A sound backup… Read more »

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Summer is Here: Learn How to Maintain Proper Data Center Humidity at Energy University

As we enter the summer months here in the U.S., we’re likely to experience a phenomenon that many of us simply dread: excessive humidity. While humidity can put a damper… 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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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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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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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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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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How to Save Money and Improve Working Conditions: Pay More Attention to Lighting

Lighting is a topic most facilities managers apparently don’t pay enough attention to, at least according to the National Lighting Bureau. In a study from 2003, the NLB found that… 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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PUE and ESPC and UESC! Oh my!

It’s been almost 9 months since I provided my last update to the current state of affairs in D.C. with respect to energy efficiency legislation. We’ve hit a couple potholes… Read more »

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4 Ways to Reduce Energy Consumption in Any Data Center

If your data center energy bill is a bit higher than you’d like, you are certainly not alone. By their nature, data centers consume a lot of energy and there’s… 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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4 Mistakes to Avoid in Data Center Process and Procedure

As we mentioned in a previous post, human error is the cause of most data center downtime, rather than design flaws or system failures. Taking steps to avoid human error… Read more »

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From Contractors to Cleaners, There’s No Shortage of Threats to Your Server Rooms and Wiring Closets

An hour delay in the discovery of a cooling failure can make the difference in avoiding a complete outage, yet far too many companies don’t have what it takes to… Read more »

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How to Protect IT Equipment in Small Businesses and Branch Offices

IT equipment deployed in small businesses and in branch offices of larger businesses are often installed in areas that are less than conducive to proper performance. Maybe it’s a cramped… Read more »

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Does the DCIM Business Model Need a House of Cards Makeover?

When you talk to data center industry commentators about DCIM, you’ll hear familiar themes emerging: the software is not being adopted as fast as predicted; it’s too complex and time… Read more »

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Xperience Efficiency Session Outlines a Better Approach to Data Center Consolidation

In 2010, the U.S. federal government launched its ambitious Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative (FDCCI), with the aim to close 40% of its 3,133 data centers by 2015. That’s 1,253… Read more »

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A few takeaways from performing data center power & cooling assessments

Several times throughout the course of a year, I have the fortunate opportunity to participate in conducting Power & Cooling Assessments at customer data centers.  Schneider Electric’s Mission Critical Services… Read more »

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