Data Center ESPC: Have your cake…and eat it too

Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPC) have existed for more than 20 years and fund needed facility upgrades through guaranteed energy savings. As the government pushes for expanded use of performance… Read more »

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How big an opportunity is the Internet of Things?

It’s been talked about for over a decade, but recent research suggests that the Internet of Everything (also sometimes referred to as the Internet of Things) is set to create… Read more »

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Now that’s Neighborly: Data Center Waste Water will Heat Amazon’s New High-Rises

“The idea makes so much sense that it prompts one to wonder why no one thought of this before.” So writes Marc Stiles, a reporter for the Puget Sound Business… Read more »

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Taking Stock of Data Center Capacities Before Starting a Consolidation Project

By the time many federal IT executives engage us for assistance with their data center consolidation projects, they have already determined which facilities will be used as “receiving” facilities for… Read more »

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The link between camel dung and data centers

I heard a funny story about how camel dung came to be used in making seats for British war planes.  This post on Snopes describes it, but the punch line… Read more »

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Prefabricated Data Center Enables Oil Company to Tackle Time, Budget Constraints and Regulatory Issues

Customers use prefabricated data center modules for a number of reasons, including time to market, predicable cost and performance, and to help them meet stringent environmental conditions. And sometimes, customers… Read more »

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Prefabricated Data Center Considerations: Part 3, Procurement

In the first 2 blogs of this series, I shared some practical considerations with planning, design, and site preparation for data center projects using prefabricated modules (from the white paper… Read more »

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Data Center Orphans: A Server is for Life, Not Just for Christmas.

This should be the stuff of an international appeal; please send money – there are millions of IT servers out there that are slowly becoming orphaned. They have no-one to… Read more »

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Webcast: 4 Critical Factors for Choosing Data Center Cooling with Large Capacity Systems

As the needs of data centers evolve, the ways they work have changed with new networking methodologies and increases in server density. The facilities to house these operations are also… Read more »

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How To Ensure Your Data Center Cooling System Can Ride Out a Power Failure

Most data centers have some sort of backup power plan to protect IT equipment in the event of a power outage. Typically it involves the use of uninterruptible power supplies… Read more »

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A Challenge to the Data Center Industry: Get Off the Stick and Embrace The Millenials

A year or so ago, when my son was about 6, I took him to the local Lowe’s to pick up a few things for the house. While there we… 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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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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5 Tips for Installing and Managing IT Equipment in Tight Spaces

Small- and medium-sized businesses often find office space is at a premium, and the same goes for the space that houses their IT equipment. Similarly, larger businesses with smaller remote… 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 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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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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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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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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Conspiracy Theories and Facts: AC versus DC update

I thought it might be worthwhile to give an update regarding the ongoing debate of AC versus DC in data centers since I posted my last blog on January 30th…. Read more »

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Partnering Delivers Energy Management More Efficiently, With Less Risk

Schneider Electric has long been committed to the idea of energy efficiency – that’s what many of our products are all about. But we’ve also been around long enough to… Read more »

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5 Tips for Installing and Managing IT Equipment in Tight Spaces

Small- and medium-sized businesses often find office space is at a premium, and the same goes for the space that houses their IT equipment. Similarly, larger businesses with smaller remote… Read more »

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For Data Center Energy Efficiency, Hot-Aisle Beats Cold-Aisle Containment

There’s little argument that hot-aisle and cold-aisle containment systems provide big energy savings in a data center, while eliminating the hot spots found in uncontained data centers.  But which strategy… Read more »

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Strategies to Reduce HVAC Costs in Data Centers

For facility managers looking to save energy in data center operations, the first target is the HVAC system. Several strategies are worth considering as data centers are being designed. One… 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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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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White Paper Provides an Education for IT Professionals on Data Center Electrical Terms and Concepts

Working in a data center, IT professionals undoubtedly come across electrical terms from time to time that they may not completely understand, or perhaps don’t understand at all. But in… 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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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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Partnering Up to Deliver Smart Building Technology and Lower Your Energy Bills

A few months ago, I took a trip to Las Vegas with my wife. After checking in to the hotel, we went to our room and as soon as we… Read more »

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