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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What Lessons Hurricane Sandy Taught FMs about Data Center Operations

Lessons of Hurricane Sandy for facilities professionals who were tasked with overseeing operations in critical facilities — a term that this particular hurricane clearly redefined. Building Operating Management surveyed readers… 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 »


Is Converged IT Infrastructure Moving Us Further Down the Prefab Path?

Converged Infrastructure (CI) means different things to different people.  But I bet most would agree that it’s fundamentally the collocation of compute, storage, and network resources (often into one or… Read more »

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The End of IT?

The IT industry has been the reigning superstar of the global economy for the last 40 years. The industry gave us 25-year old billionaires and “long-term” success stories like Microsoft,… Read more »


Recounting Hurricane Preparedness Tips as Arthur Threatens Fourth of July Plans

A little more than a month ago we published a blog post titled, “Conditions are Favorable for a Mild Hurricane Season in 2014 – Maybe.” I’m very glad now that… Read more »

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Tropical Storm Arthur Threatens to Rain on Your Parade – Is your Disaster Recovery plan ready for hurricane season?

As Tropical Storm Arthur churns off the coast of Florida and threatens to become a hurricane by the time it reaches the Outer Banks of North Carolina, it is a… 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 »


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 »


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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How much should a modular data center cost?

One of the advantages that modular data centers enjoy is lower build costs than traditional or legacy facilities. But this was not always the case and the capital cost of… Read more »


Calculators for Data Center Facilities & IT Planners, Designers, and Stakeholders

Too often, data center project decisions are made based on gut feels or having been burned in the past.  We find that often times, customers spend too much time detailing… Read more »


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 »


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 »


How to Save Up to 50% on Your Pump or Fan Installation

Picture yourself driving your family sedan down a windy country road. Now picture that you have no control over the gas pedal—it is always fully to the floor—and the only… Read more »

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Learn How to Deploy High-Density Pods in a Low Density Data Center

Server technology continues to improve, packing more power in smaller packages. While that’s great for IT, it can create challenges for data centers that may be ill prepared to house… Read more »

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Preparing Your Data Center for the Polar Vortex

March is upon us and in February the groundhog said there would be six more weeks of winter. That is not good news for those who have been living through… Read more »

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Easing Federal Data Center Consolidation Using High-Density Pods

Data center consolidation and energy conservation have been part of the marching orders given federal IT executives for some time now, though these goals can present an easier-said-than-done challenge in… Read more »

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Cisco House experience illustrates transformational opportunities for countries, cities and organizations today and in the future

Cisco House celebrates the powers of transformation, with a focus on how transformation can enrich communities, individuals and businesses. Innovation, particularly via clever application of technologies and thought leadership in… Read more »

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Plug Into Holiday Efficiency: Home Energy Usage During the Holidays [Infographic]

Surge protectors and timed lighting decorations aren’t on most people’s holiday gift wish lists, but they should be. US energy consumption spikes during the holidays , along with food intake,… Read more »

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