Executive Corner

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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Pushing the Data Center Boundary Blog: Cloud Computing – Is it really just 80’s outsourcing by another name?

Is it possible to be suffocated by a cloud?    Because the hype around cloud computing is starting to make me feel like I’m suffocating.  It seems that for the… Read more »

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Pushing the Data Center Boundary Blog: Comparing Data Center Management Software with Sporks

Sporks are awful – bad at being a spoon and bad at being a fork. I think there’s a good argument to say that many datacenter management software packages are… Read more »

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Pushing the Data Center Boundary Blog: DCIM – What is it?

I’ve been reading and receiving a bunch of information on DCIM (Data Center Infrastructure Management) software for the last few years.  I’m not sure if other people have this same… Read more »

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Pushing the Data Center Boundary Blog: Where is the data in data center?

Anyone ever notice that an awful lot of data centers may have plenty of management systems but the poor data center manager never seems to have the data he needs?… Read more »

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Pushing the Data Center Boundary Blog: HACs vs. CACs – Do we really need to have this conversation?

I was reading some articles online recently and I’m astounded by the lack of understanding of HACs  (Hot aisle containment) versus CACs (cold aisle containment). Let’s get right to the… Read more »

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Pushing the Data Center Boundary Blog: Is Fresh Air really good for everyone?

There’s been a lot of press over the last few years about “Google type” data centers that use 100% fresh air to perform cooling.  In many cases, these designs bring… Read more »

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Transforming Industry with Digital Services: A Collaborative Industrial IoT Approach

Digital transformation is a key focal point for today’s industry. It’s about companies connecting their existing devices and implementing new, scalable platforms to drive maximum value from their efforts. But,… 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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Preparing buildings for power distribution’s new paradigm

Hannover Messe 2017 was a huge success. There, we launched our digital architecture for energy management in buildings: EcoStruxure™ Power. EcoStruxure is designed to help contractors, consulting engineers, panel builders,… 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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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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Paris COP-21: The Time to Commit and Act has Come!

The COP-20, and its “Lima Call for Climate Action” joint declaration, left mixed feelings on me. On one hand, it kept the goal of limiting global warming to less than… Read more »

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The Innovation Game in Which Industry Scores Big: Part 2

Part 2: The wonder of Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT) Last week, I mentioned that Schneider Electric’s open innovation playing field is not unlike soccer – a sport I loved… Read more »

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How IIoT enhances benefits of new asset management tools

Many operators of industrial sites are challenged with making their plants more competitive.  Issues such as energy waste, unanticipated downtime and inefficient processes all emerge as top of mind. Although… 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 Adapt to All Requirements and Specifications

In last month’s blog, we explained how the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) environment, which encompases the convergence of IT and operational technology (OT), is a world first for Schneider…. 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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How IIoT enhances benefits of new asset management tools

Many operators of industrial sites are challenged with making their plants more competitive.  Issues such as energy waste, unanticipated downtime and inefficient processes all emerge as top of mind. Although… Read more »

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In Large Data Centers, Medium-voltage Distribution Makes Lots of Sense

Data center engineers have long dealt with the issue of distributing power to the various components that need it, from CRAC/CRAH units to IT equipment and UPSs. For the most… Read more »

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Simplify Power Distribution While Improving Reliability: Go Modular

You’ve likely read lots of posts on this site about the benefits of modular, containerized data centers, including this popular  post on the topic by Neil Rasmussen.  I would like to take… 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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