Personality test: What sort of data center manager are you?

Does your job in the data center make you sweat so much you could short circuit a server, or are you so cool you could put out hot spots with… Read more »

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Is the Definition of the Software-defined Data Center Ambitious Enough?

My last blog about the software-defined data center was focused very much on the hype surrounding the SDDC concept. My concern is that in the rush for new things, those… Read more »

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Why Indirect Air Economization Is Your Smarter Choice Compared to Direct Air Economization

In my last post, I listed some common questions raised by data center designers and users when considering direct and indirect air economization. In fact, the core issues of those… Read more »

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The Blogs of Summer: 5 Must Reads

Summer can be a good time to catch up on reading or take a digital break. So in case you missed them, or simply want to get your mind back… Read more »

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Why Eco-mode UPSs and Free Power Quality Make Energy Management Systems Even More Important

In the data center industry we’ve been talking for years about the need for reliable power and how best to ensure we get it. At Schneider Electric in particular we’ve… Read more »

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SDDC: We have the acronym, the forecast and the hype – is there a market yet?

This is my software-defined truth; show me yours. Our PR guy told me a funny story: About 12 months ago he was catching up with the knowledgeable editor of a… Read more »

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Hot Tubs, Desktops and Prefab Beer

As with many things in our life, there are several ways you can tackle a project.  Small data centers are no different.   As part of Schneider Electric’s Data Center… Read more »

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Study shows service plans reduce incidents of unexpected electrical failure by 66%

To meet the competitive and performance demands of modern digital enterprises, data centers are expected to run 24/7 – always accessible, always operational, always ready to receive, store and transmit… Read more »

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Outsourcing data center operations for increased confidence and peace of mind

The ground-level expectation of outsourcing multi-vendor service contracts and optimizing data center operations is that your infrastructure will receive the care and expertise needed to operate efficiently and with minimum… Read more »

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Is DCIM Ready for the Public Cloud?

I feel as though I’m a bit young to be saying “before the internet, we used to do things this way…”, but as one of my colleagues in Schneider Electric’s… 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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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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Ready When You Are: Proper Equipment Storage

Data centers are continually pushed for shorter construction and installation periods to meet the growing consumer demand. Working with quick turn-around times during data center builds requires the on-demand availability… 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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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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Is total recovery from power loss really possible?

You don’t have to believe in global warming to see how weather can shut down everything. For businesses, power outages could mean the loss of customer data, energy, and money…. 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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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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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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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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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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Learn How a Modular Data Center May Lower Your Tax Bill

Regular readers of this blog know we’ve covered many times the benefits of modular, scalable data center infrastructure, including speed of deployment, ease of scalability and lower overall costs. Now… Read more »

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Building and Financial Considerations When Selecting a Data Center Site

Last month I wrote about the importance of data center site selection, which was top of mind in the wake of October’s Hurricane Sandy. Since then we’ve been hit 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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3 Reasons Why Legacy Telco Facilities Can Make Perfect Data Centers

The longest echo lasted 75 seconds and was recorded in Scotland in an empty oil tank measuring twice the length of a soccer field. The central office at your telecommunications… 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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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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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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