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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Prefabricated Data Center Considerations: Part 2, Site Prep

In my last blog, I shared two key planning and design differences between prefabricated data centers vs. traditional stick built.    Now I’d like to share some key considerations in preparing… Read more »

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Avoiding the urban location hazard for your data center

Different countries can have quite varying views on the ideal place for data center locations. In the UK for example, the market has sought to site facilities in the greater… Read more »

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Operating Higher Temperature Data Centers

The traditional rule of thumb was always that colder data centers (between 68°F and 70°F) were important to prevent problems with servers overheating. At one time, that made sense. But… Read more »

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Prefabricated Data Center Considerations: Part I, Planning & Design

The benefits of prefabricated data center modules have been touted throughout the industry, and the approach to building data centers is now beginning to gain traction.  With that in mind,… Read more »

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A new way to think about data center design: Optimizing your data center like a box of Legos

Did you know that Lego still maintains approximately 70 percent of the construction-toy market since it began manufacturing stackable bricks in 1949?  Hearing about this, I asked myself why some… 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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Describing Data Centers to Poets: the Human Body Analogy

As someone who works in or around data centers for a living, you’ve likely had the experience of trying to explain to someone who is not up to speed just… 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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Nine Ways Sustainability Drives Profit

By now, most company executives recognize that sustainability must be integrated into their core strategy. Unfortunately, not many executives understand why—or, worse, they proudly wear some kind of sustainability PR… 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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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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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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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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7 Applications for Containerized Data Center Facility Modules

Here’s a sales pitch: standardized, pre-assembled and integrated data center facility power and cooling modules are at least 60% faster and 20 – 30% cheaper to deploy than traditional data… Read more »

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How Energy Efficiency Efforts Can Spell Trouble When the Power Goes Out

A number of important trends are helping companies save lots of money on electric bills by making their data centers more efficient. While this is certainly a worthy and justified… Read more »

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Podcast: Boost Cooling System Performance with Containment Systems

Having Trouble? Press PLAY Podcast Here If you’re not using some type of containment system in your data center, you’re likely sacrificing about a 30 percent improvement in cooling system… Read more »

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Drinking Our Own Data Center Champagne

Practice what you preach. Walk the walk, don’t just talk the talk. Drink your own champagne.  We have all heard them. Now at Schneider Electric, the modernization of our own… 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 »

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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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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 »

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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 Center Highlights From The Green Grid Forum 2013

I spent a couple of days last week in Santa Clara, Calif. at The Green Grid Forum 2013, the annual get-together where Green Grid members share their best on the… 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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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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Secure Power for industry crosses multiple domains of expertise

To ensure the reliability of mission-critical applications in industry and infrastructure, organizations are tapping some of the same type of technologies used to protect data centers and information technology (IT)… Read more »

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