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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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3 Ways to Lower Data Center Energy Costs and Move to Sustainability

It’s no secret that data centers use a tremendous amount of energy, about 2% of all U.S. electricity by some estimates. It’s great that companies with some of the largest… Read more »

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Data Center Facility Module set up at Uptime Institute Symposium 2012

As I mention in my last post, we are bringing one of our nearly 50,000 lbs facility modules to the Uptime Institute Symposium being held in just a few days… Read more »

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Uptime Institute Symposium 2012 Next Week

In anticipation of the Uptime Institute Symposium next week, Matt Tavares and I put together a short video of the things we are most excited about and the main reasons… 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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Great Hoaxes: Bigfoot, UFO’s, and DC vs. AC efficiency studies

It’s remarkable that we continue to see what I consider pseudo-scientific ‘studies’ claiming that DC distribution is significantly more efficient than AC distribution in data centers.  These ‘studies’ make the… Read more »

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Where do metrics end and intelligent humans begin?

I’m all for metrics, but at some point the need for an actual breathing human to interpret the metric is as important as the metric itself.  PUE, WUE, ERE, DCcE… Read more »

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Tech Vault Gartner Data Center 2011

Next Monday I will be introducing Jay Fayette from Tech Vault at the Gartner Data Center Conference being held in Las Vegas.  In anticipation of that event I wanted to… Read more »

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Why data center management tools need to be more like social networks and less like the IRS

I recently presented at the Gartner Symposium and during my preparation for the presentation I revisited some of the concepts I discussed in my “Where is the data in data… Read more »

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Sporks Part II: How many tools do you need to manage a data center?

In one of my recent blogs, I compared sporks (I HATE SPORKS!) and woodworking tools as an analogy to data center management software.  You can find a link to that… Read more »

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Building cities of the future… because cities are the future

When I visit a city for the first time, I try to imagine what it’s like to live there. What it’s like to be a local in this unique urban… Read more »

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Peru and its membership to the “2020 – Seven growth markets” club

A recent study published by the consulting firm A.T. Kearney, point out that the next wave of growth will come from what they call the “2020 – Seven growth markets”,… Read more »

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Services Oriented Drives Support IT/OT Convergence

In the last blog, we tackled issues like power quality and harmonics mitigation in motor drive systems. This time we deal with issues such as asset management and maintenance and… Read more »

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3 Key Elements That Will Help Governments Achieve Clean Energy Targets

It is projected that total grid transmission and distribution investment in the US will need to reach $900 billion by 2030 to meet forecast electricity demand. In Europe, some €400… Read more »

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Chico’s New Modular Data Center Saves Money While Packing Plenty of Power

Nothing gets across the value of a technology solution quite like a customer telling the story in his own words.  That’s exactly what Steven Ross, Vice President of Technology for… Read more »

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COP-21: South America Needs to Seriously Commit!

COP-21, to takes place in Paris until December 11th 2015, has the main objective to achieve, for the first time, a universal and binding agreement to effectively fight against climate change and boost… Read more »

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How IIoT can turbo charge great data for better business

In today’s industrial world, it’s very easy to generate masses of data – process data, sales data, customer data and so on. The advent of the Industrial Internet of Things… Read more »

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Tailoring the Supply Chain to Respond to Customer Needs

A supply chain serving an extremely diverse customer base and agile enough to meet customer requirements are the reasons why Schneider Electric jumped 16 places to No. 18 on Gartner’s… Read more »

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AI: The Answer to the IoT Data Apocalypse

“The Internet of Things”? Not too long ago, we all said at some point, “The Internet of What?!” Siri Who? Self-driving cars?!! Those days are long gone … The Internet… Read more »

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Research Reveals That Companies with More Women In Leadership Roles Perform Better

I came across an interesting finding the other day. Companies that have more women in leadership roles are performing in the top 20% financially according to the DDI’s Global Leadership… Read more »

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Without a focus on action, Smart City leadership and vision count for nothing

“Leadership is about addressing the eight most frustrating words in the English language ‘We could never do that in our town’.” – Brent Toderian Deciding to become a smart city… Read more »

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Global Demographics Will Force a Shift to Smart Cities & IoT

It seems more and more clear to me that evolving global demographics could alone virtually guarantee that smart cities and the Internet of Things (IoT) are the way forward. Let’s… 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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With Invensys Acquisition, Energy Meets Automation

When most people think of “the future” they invariably gravitate toward consumer devices: Google Glass, privatized space travel and wristwatches with voice and video. The future once promised on Saturday… Read more »

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How I Became CMO of a Multinational Energy Company

The world is getting smaller, and its resources are growing scarcer by the day. The advent of the commercial Web browser in 1994 changed everything, connecting continents, countries and cultures… Read more »

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Compass Datacenters Demonstrates the Power of Integrated BMS and DCIM

We’ve witnessed a rapid rate of growth in the data center industry over the last 5 or 6 years, whether you measure by number and size of facilities, revenue or… Read more »

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When You Think About Modular Prefabricated Data Centers, Think Beyond ISO Containers

We’ve been designing and selling modular data centers at Schneider Electric for years. But lately, when I talk to customers about modular data centers, too often they naturally migrate to… Read more »

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Why Formula One Cars are like Internet Giant Data Centers

As the Sr. Vice President for Schneider Electric’s Data Center Solutions, part of my role is to deal with companies known as “Internet giants” – Amazon and Facebook, for example…. Read more »

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Services Oriented Drives host Connectivity from Factory Floor to Boardroom

This is the first in a series of blogs about Services Oriented Drives, the main purpose of which is to run a motor by controlling its speed where the performance… Read more »

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Services Oriented Drives Support IT/OT Convergence

In the last blog, we tackled issues like power quality and harmonics mitigation in motor drive systems. This time we deal with issues such as asset management and maintenance and… Read more »

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