Clearing up Confusion over 80% vs. 100%-rated Circuit Breakers

When building or upgrading a data center, at some point you need to make a decision about which circuit breakers to use. While on the face of it that may… Read more »

2 Comments

DCIM Provides Enterprises the Power to Plan and Drive Operational Efficiencies

Enterprises that run their own data centers must cope with a complex array of  responsibilities, including how to power and cool equipment, install and maintain hardware, meet compliance requirements, provide… Read more »

Leave a comment

How energy efficiency in small offices and branches leads to huge benefits for banks

Large enterprises such as major banks and other financial institutions can run vast data centers, massive office buildings and branches that consume huge amounts of energy. To keep availability up… Read more »

Leave a comment

Survey Says InfraStruxure Data Centers Deliver Real Savings and Decreased Downtime

We’ve written many times in this blog about the Schneider Electric InfraStruxure data center architecture and how it helps companies build “right-sized” data centers that can grow as business requirements… Read more »

Leave a comment

DCIM: A Powerful Tool to Address Data Center Issues that Virtualization Brings

Data center service providers are naturally in tune with the many benefits of virtualization technology and how it can dramatically increase server utilization rates, thus reducing the number of physical… Read more »

Leave a comment

4Trust, Schneider Electric and the Oman Data Park Data Center

When Schneider Electric Elite Partner 4Trust began working with Omantel on the Oman Data Park project in Muscat their choice of infrastructure supplier was a key strategic decision. Omantel wanted… Read more »

1 Comment

Alaskan Air Force Base Relies on APC UPSs to Go Beyond the Usual Call of Duty

Over the course of two days hanging out on the Schneider Electric booth at the recent Interop 2014 event in Las Vegas, I met a lot of customers who were… Read more »

5 Comments

The Market You Probably Don’t Know About that May Drive the Efficient Datacenter-of-the-Future

Technological advances in the data center are becoming more viable as the industry becomes more welcoming to deviating from the dominant paradigm (as well as experiencing pressure from what I… Read more »

Leave a comment

Conditions are Favorable for a Mild Hurricane Season in 2014 – Maybe

If it seems like we’ve seen more bad hurricanes and tropical storms in the U.S. in recent years than usual, it just that – a perception, not reality. So says… Read more »

Leave a comment

Clearing up Confusion around DCIM

I recently had an article published in Data Center Journal about data center infrastructure management (DCIM) that I thought was worth sharing on this blog. In a nutshell, the article… Read more »

Leave a comment

Cloud Data Centers and the art of Feng Shui

For over 3000 years, Feng Shui has been bringing balance and harmony to physical space. In China, millions of people live their lives according to the natural forces and principles… Read more »

5 Comments

A Piece of the Efficiency Puzzle: Integrated DCIM and Virtualization Management

If data center efficiency was ever off the map, it’s certainly back on it now. More than ever, companies across the board are being pushed to be “green” not just… Read more »

Leave a comment

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 »

Leave a comment

Electrical Design and Maintenance Considerations in Data Center Disaster Avoidance

A sound disaster avoidance plan is crucial to ensuring the continuous 24x7x365 operation of a mission critical data center. The plan needs to cover numerous areas (as outlined in the… Read more »

3 Comments

Power Quality Issues : Silent Efficiency Killer

Why you should care? Several studies estimate that power quality issues cost the U.S. economy about $15 billion each year. Because approximately 80 percent of all power-quality problems originate from… Read more »

3 Comments

How to Save Money and Improve Working Conditions: Pay More Attention to Lighting

Lighting is a topic most facilities managers apparently don’t pay enough attention to, at least according to the National Lighting Bureau. In a study from 2003, the NLB found that… Read more »

Leave a comment

Data Center Science Series: Containerized Modules by Neil Rasmussen

  Short Answers to 6 Questions About Modular, Containerized Data Centers I recently recorded a series of videos for the marketing team here at Schneider Electric, including one that addresses… Read more »

2 Comments

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 »

119 Comments

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 »

1 Comment

How Schneider Electric helps Data Center Service Providers ensure consistent SLAs across national borders

  For multi-national companies rolling out data centers across multiple countries it can be a fine balancing act between adapting to local market conditions and regulatory requirements and at the… Read more »

Leave a comment

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 »

2 Comments

Data Center Science Series: Containerized Modules by Neil Rasmussen

  Short Answers to 6 Questions About Modular, Containerized Data Centers I recently recorded a series of videos for the marketing team here at Schneider Electric, including one that addresses… Read more »

2 Comments

How does DCIM software help Interxion deliver better data center services to its colocation customers?

At Data Centres Europe 2012 in Nice, I had the opportunity to speak with Fabrice Coquio, President of Interxion France and Philippe Diez, VP of France and Benelux for Schneider… Read more »

1 Comment

4 Mistakes to Avoid in Data Center Process and Procedure

As we mentioned in a previous post, human error is the cause of most data center downtime, rather than design flaws or system failures. Taking steps to avoid human error… Read more »

1 Comment

Prefabricated Data Center Modules are FAST

Speed is a relative thing; what’s fast today may not be fast tomorrow. I remember my first Intel386 PC could connect to the internet and download a single low resolution… Read more »

1 Comment

5 Cooling Strategies for High-Density Racks and Blade Servers

More and more companies are installing blade servers, in part to support their server virtualization efforts but also simply because blades are more efficient than traditional servers. But the trend… Read more »

1 Comment

Beyond the Basics: 6 Ways to Protect Your Critical Data Centers

You’ve got your access control system down pat, with multiple levels of security employed, from something you have, something you know and something you are  (also see first blog post on… Read more »

1 Comment

Schneider Takes Home Alliance Awards – and Our Customers Win, Too

It’s no secret that Schneider Electric is a big fan of strategic alliances. Perhaps you’ve read previous blog posts on the topic by my colleague Tony Despirito, such as this… Read more »

1 Comment

Prove Your Data Center Knowledge: Get Certified Through Energy University

Certifications have long held value in IT circles, helping practitioners prove they know their way around everything from Cisco routers to Microsoft Windows operating systems. Typically, though, getting certified in… Read more »

1 Comment

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 »

1 Comment