How to Choose a “Server Room in a Box” for Healthcare Facilities

Guest blog by Debbie Dailey, Business Development Specialist, APC by Schneider Electric Solutions that act as a “server room in a box,” such as NetShelter CX, fill a need that… Read more »

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New Book Offers Consolidated, Comprehensive Info on PUE

Various bloggers on this site have touched on the concept of Power Usage Effectiveness, or PUE (such as here and here), and lots has been written on the topic under… Read more »

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Guest Blog Post: Good Reporting is Essential to Effective Data Center Operations

The human brain is good at detecting differences in things to better understand them. If you show someone a pattern taken from a data set over a period of time,… Read more »

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There’s No Need to Wait to Start Metering … And Don’t Let Cost Scare You

Common misconceptions aside, metering your data center to comply with upcoming federal legislation will be easily affordable in most cases. As for the state of that legislation, the good news… Read more »

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Prefabricated Data Center Helps Aviation Firm Meet Stringent Time and Efficiency Goals

                Using economizers to cool your data center can enable you to achieve tremendous energy efficiencies while using prefabricated data center modules enables… Read more »

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Applying Internet of Things Technology to the Data Center

No doubt you’ve heard all kinds of stories about the Internet of Things and all the wonderful new capabilities it will bring. Think refrigerators that alert you when you’re low… Read more »

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Preventing Problems In Data Centers

Performing a data center facility “check-up” every three to five years is essential to assess and manage such dynamic factors as load growth, changes in types of loads supported, equipment… Read more »

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Examining the Amazon Plan for Re-using Data Center Waste Water

I have always believed that innovation is a team sport. So I read with interest the recent blog post about how Amazon is planning to use waste heat from a… Read more »

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New White Paper Offers Advice for Age-Old Problem: Data Center Hot Spots

                          You’ve no doubt heard that hot spots are a bad thing in a data center because they… Read more »

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DartPoints Uses InfraStruxure to Build A Highly Adaptable Micro Data Center

Achieving better energy efficiency by right-sizing data centers sparked the development and growth of modular and scalable infrastructure.  The idea was to make equipment highly adaptable so end users could… Read more »

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Why data centers with a PUE greater than 2 could be obsolete in the next 5 years

I caught up with Paul-Francois Cattier, Global VP Data Center for Schneider Electric at Data Centres Europe 2012 in Nice and asked him about his presentation – the title of… Read more »

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Two Shades of Grey – in the Data Center

We live in a very colorful world.  However, when you step into the electrical equipment room in most data centers, you usually find one dominant color: grey. To be more… 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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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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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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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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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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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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Funding the Unfunded: Energy Savings Performance Contracts for Federal Data Center Consolidation

2013 marks the third year of the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative (FDCCI) and inches agencies closer to its shared 2015 deadline with the coinciding Presidential Memorandum; disposing of unneeded… 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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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 »

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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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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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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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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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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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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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