Data Center

Talking Data Center Design Architecture with Digital Reality

In the fourth of our “8 Megatrends” series, we sat down with Kevin Dalton, V.P Engineering, Digital Reality Trust, Inc. to discuss the future of data center architecture. Digital Realty… Read more »

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The Tenant Portal; A Win for the Customer is a Win for Everybody

In my last blog, Kicking Kafka out of Data Center Operations, I spoke about some of the benefits which an online service, such as Schneider Electric’s Tenant Portal, can provide… Read more »

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How DCIM Fits in Every Data Center

In any walk of life, you don’t want to take a sledge hammer to crack a nut, or as my colleagues in some parts of Europe say, shoot sparrows with… Read more »

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Telcos To Figure Large in IOT and Edge Computing Data Centers

The world of telecommunications has changed dramatically over the last few decades with the advent of the internet, cellular networks and Cloud computing revolutionising the way we communicate with each… Read more »

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The Case for Design PUE Curve

As I get older, I have found I more easily get frustrated.   This is not good news since I want to avoid turning into a grumpy(er) old(er) man. A recent… Read more »

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Underground Party: Visitors Astounded by Bluebird’s Expanded Data Center

Cave exploring is usually reserved for adventurous travelers in exotic places, but on July 7 visitors in Springfield Missouri, went 85-feet beneath the surface in a former mine to explore… Read more »

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Examining the At Scale Data Center Trend with RagingWire Data Centers

In the third of our “8 Megatrends” series, we sat down with Doug Adams, President, RagingWire Data Centers, to examine “at scale” data centers and understand their role in supporting… Read more »

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Where is the Edge in Cloud Computing?

The headline above defines the question the cloud computing industry is in the process of working out right now, and the answer is not what you might think. When cloud… Read more »

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Don’t Let Your Data Center Appendix Burst

As Annie and I pulled out of our driveway to head up to New Hampshire to join her extended family for vacation, I was overcome with stomach pain and a… Read more »

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QTS Profiles the Changing Face of the Colocation Buyer

In the second of our “8 Megatrends” series, we sat down with Jim Reinhart, COO, QTS, to find out how the profile of the colocation buyer has changed as the… Read more »

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How can Prefabrication advance Data Center design and build in the Middle East?

At “Power to the Cloud” in Dubai, I asked Tony Day, Global Director, Business Development, Prefabricated Solutions, Schneider Electric how prefabricated solutions can help Middle Eastern customers develop data centers… Read more »

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Schneider Electric Mini-Pod Data Center Provisions Logicalis Hybrid Cloud at Loughborough University

The deployment of Hybrid Cloud Delivery services at Loughborough University is a subject which Simon Daykin, CTO of Logicalis, knows well. So it was with great interest that I went… Read more »

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Infographic: What Makes Energy University an Award-winning Education Program

As explained in a previous post, Schneider Electric’s free online education program, Energy University, was recently recognized with the prestigious Sustainable Energy Europe Award, presented during the EU Sustainable Energy… 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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“Watts per Square Meter”: the Wrong Way to Specify Density

The traditional method for specifying power density using a single figure such as watts per square meter (or foot) is an unfortunate practice that often leads to confusion as well… 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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Modular or Prefabricated: a question of data center definitions

At the recent “Power to the Cloud” event in Dubai, I spoke with Tony Day, Global Director of Business Development, Prefabricated Solutions at Schneider Electric following on from a panel… Read more »

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The Side Benefits of DCIM; How Energy Management Averted a Data Center Cooling Crisis

I thought that you might be interested in a real life data center situation that recently arose here in China. We’d been approached by a customer who wanted to lower… Read more »

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The 3 Common Pitfalls of Data Center Infrastructure Management

Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) solutions are immensely valuable when it comes to operating a data center. With the right system in place you can see major cuts in operating… Read more »

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WEBCAST: Pinpoints Key Facts about the Secure Power Opportunity

In a new audio webcast presentation, Carsten Baumann, a consulting engineering specialist with Schneider Electric, raises two salient points about Secure Power for industry and infrastructure. As moderator for the… Read more »

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What’s Lithium Got to Do with It?

Defining a lithium-ion battery and what makes them different from lead acid. In the simplest of terms, a battery is an electro-chemical device that stores energy and releases it as… 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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Faster and Easier Data Center Planning…and It’s FREE Too

We just announced the public availability of data center reference designs.  You can check them out and download them for free by going to our new reference design landing page… Read more »

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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 »

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Challenges of Data Consolidation Part III: Normalizing the Data

The last installment of this three part series deals with data normalization and the alignment process of taking one piece of data and loading it to a destination. This topic,… 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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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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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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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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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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