Data Center

Monitoring Energy Savings to Prove ROI using DCIM

One of the things you’d notice if you spent as much time with DCIM users as me, is that people and companies have different motivations for installing the software and… Read more »

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Have Your Say: 2016 Data Center Predictions

The power of Big Data and new capabilities for analysis — both enabled by the processing power of today’s data centers — are resulting in deeper insights and more intelligent… Read more »

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UPS Modernization: Five Questions to Ask

When Schneider Electric merged APC and MGE UPS a few years back, it allowed us to offer unique UPS modernization services to manage the full life cycle of customers’ data… Read more »

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3 Keys to Ensuring Your Facilities Can Survive a Natural Disaster

Over the last 10 years, on average about 260 natural disaster events occurred each year, costing an estimated $132 billion (U.S.) annually. What’s more, on average 29 individual disasters occur… Read more »

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IDC Report Examines Micro Data Center Solutions for Edge Computing

We have reached a tipping point in technology, where there are now more connected devices than people in the world. Consequently, we have also reached a tipping point in the… Read more »

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How the Data Center Can Be a Top Recruiting Tool in Higher Education

Forty-two percent of college students use two or more mobile devices during a typical school day. For those who use three or more devices — such as a smartphone, tablet… Read more »

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Hot or Cold; Humid or Dry; Dust or Salt; Prefabricated Data Centers Can Handle Harsh Environments

In Part I of this blog series, I laid out the issues around the urgent need in the oil and gas industry to modernize IT infrastructures to maximize performance and… Read more »

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3 Money Draining Mistakes to Avoid in Your Next Data Center Build

If business managers in your organization view your data center as an energy-hungry, money-draining, space-eating entity rather than an efficient, business-critical facility, perhaps you are suffering from one or more… Read more »

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Getting Good Directions on Your Drive to Successful DCIM Implementation

There’s this apocryphal story about the guy who gets lost in Ireland and eventually has to swallow his pride (male ego?) and ask for directions. As chance would have it,… Read more »

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6 Tools for Addressing Executive Order 13693

While Executive Order 13693 intends to plan federal sustainability for the next 10 years, we have only had about 10 months to digest the legislation. I say “only” because at… Read more »

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The Future Data Center is Simple and Smart

With the recent downturn, to invest or not invest in the data center wasn’t a question. Companies slashed capex budgets along with everything else. But there is some recent good… Read more »

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4 Quick Tips for Optimizing Management of Remote Sites

If you’re an IT administrator or manager of some sort, it’s increasingly likely that you’re responsible for more than one site. In many cases, it may be more like 5,… Read more »

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Build Better Data Centers Faster: Use a Reference Design

IT is becoming more critical all the time and trends such as the explosion of big data are only adding to the requirements that IT groups must meet. To keep… Read more »

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BMS and DCIM Integration: Not Just for the Enterprise Market Anymore

The growing trend toward higher density through virtualization and cloud computing requires facilities and IT to be constantly aligned. This means that a comprehensive management solution is essential to the… Read more »

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In Advance of Hurricane Season, It’s Time to Conduct a UPS Checkup

According to the National Weather Service, hurricane season begins on May 15 for the Pacific and on June 1 for the Atlantic – mere weeks away. Given the various weather… Read more »

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5 Ways to Reduce Data Center Water Consumption

We’ve been talking for years about conserving energy in data centers, and justifiably so, but more recently the idea of conserving water has been gaining attention as well. Saving water… Read more »

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Harmonizing Global Metrics for Data Center Energy Efficiency

A pivotal tool of modern business and government is the advanced data center.  You want the data center to be advanced, to have capabilities to deliver all the tools of… Read more »

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Does Prefabrication Mean Lower Cost Data Centers?

With prefabricated modules evidently an important part of the company’s strategy for the data center sector, I caught up with Kevin Brown, Vice President Data Center Offer at Schneider Electric… Read more »

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IDC Report Examines Micro Data Center Solutions for Edge Computing

We have reached a tipping point in technology, where there are now more connected devices than people in the world. Consequently, we have also reached a tipping point in the… Read more »

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Increase Efficiency in the Data Center with Power Audits

High density data centers can improve their power usage efficiency with judicious audits that quantify power usage effectiveness (PUE). Knowledge of PEU will help facility managers reduce costs, says James… Read more »

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What your switchgear needs and deserves

The question on spending a significant portion of finances in maintenance and services of one’s installation has baffled many of us. There are no second thoughts on the fact that with… 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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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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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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Cruise Ship Lines Could Learn Lessons from Data Center Operators

A few days ago a colleague emailed me a photo taken on the ill-fated Carnival Triumph cruise ship, the one that was stranded in the Gulf of Mexico for about… 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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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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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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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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