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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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Cramming for Federal Consolidation: How to Approach the Approaching Deadline

In just a few weeks, college students will be turning in their last papers for the semester and taking final tests before heading out for a long holiday. At the… 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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Municipalities and Schools Discover Hidden Benefits of Sustainability Planning

Recently, Dallas County, Texas, embarked on a $43 million sustainability plan that county Judge Clay Jenkins believes is a powerful economic driver for the community. For Texas’ second largest county,… Read more »

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We Have the Tools to Fight Climate Change

Recently at Fortune’s Brainstorm E event in Austin, I was asked about the upcoming United Nations COP21 summit. Should businesses worry about it? Can we ignore it? My position on… Read more »

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Risky Business: Mitigating Uncertainty in Data Center Design and Maintenance

In our daily lives, we can (and often must) make decisions on the fly, with minimal information. We will quickly choose the path with least resistance i.e. risk, and the… Read more »

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How much Longer until Everyone has Access to Energy?

“Energy” has already reached recognition on the sustainable development agenda, but it took two decades after Agenda 21 for the universal access to energy to be finally defined by the… Read more »

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3 Strategies for your Mission Critical Data Center During Consolidation

As an IT professional for the U.S. Government, your data center is atypical and your situation is unique. Charged with advancing and securing some of the most important missions in… Read more »

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Back to School… and Smart City Fundamentals

Right about now many of us (in the Northern hemisphere) have returned from our summer vacations and are getting our children ready for a new year of learning. It’s a… Read more »

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Schneider Electric Project Selected as APWA Texas Chapter Project of the Year

Every year the Texas Public Works Association (TPWA) recognizes excellence in community improvement projects that demonstrate environmental protection and have a positive public impact. We are thrilled to share that… Read more »

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Collaborating for Sustainable Cities

Over the past few months my colleague from the Schneider Electric US Water / Waste Water Competency Center, Dick McDonnell, and I have been working with the World Business Council… Read more »

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Momentum is Building Behind Microsoft CityNext Initiative

Back in July I wrote a post about the launch of the Microsoft CityNext program and how Schneider Electric will be taking advantage of the Microsoft Azure Cloud platform to… Read more »

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DCIM’s Role In Meeting Data Center Optimization Initiative (DCOI) Compliance

The expression “time flies” evolved from the writings of an ancient Roman poet, but it rings truer than ever in the context of today’s 24/7 connected world. Put the phrase… Read more »

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Government Data Center Energy Efficiency Requirements are Coming: Here’s How to Get Ahead.

Most federal government data centers operate with a power usage effectiveness (PUE) rating of around 2.0, meaning they have significant room for improvement.  And it’s looking more and more like… Read more »

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The Secure Power Difference: Risk Mitigation and Beyond

In our first post, we defined what industrial secure power is and some vertical industry applications, but this leaves the all important question of “why” secure power solutions are needed…. Read more »

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Risk – A Four Letter Word You Should Mention

An article I recently read discussed risk assessments in hospitals for items from infections to patient records. It was interesting how interwoven these assessments and processes were to provide checks and balances… Read more »

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Tackling the Federal Energy Dilemma – Mission Impossible?

Federal agencies are faced with an energy dilemma. There are many factors contributing to this dilemma – looming mandates, mission vulnerabilities, limited capital, to name a few. Tackling this dilemma… Read more »

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Do you think it’s going to rain at COP-21?

Last December, I joined a conference in Lima, Peru. I was a speaker and a listener during COP-20 and I had the opportunity to hear and exchange experience with private organizations,… Read more »

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Secure Power Solutions Must Be Adaptable to Specific Industry Needs

Ensuring reliable power for mission-critical applications in industry isn’t as simple as offering a range of standard power protection products, even if they are very good products. For many Secure… Read more »

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The Case for Energy Savings Performance Contracts in Your Data Center

If you are the manager of a federal data center, you may be in varying stages of consolidating, but the progress might be dependent on your agency’s options for space… Read more »

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Consolidating Federal Data Centers Through Energy Savings Performance Contracts

The mind is willing but your capital funding is weak – or non-existent. This can be a familiar predicament for federal government IT executives who are tasked with consolidating data… Read more »

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Microgrids: Are They Mainstream Yet?

The U.S. microgrid market is expected to grow five-fold from about $8 billion in 2013 to $40 billion in 2020. To me, that indicates an immediate need, as well as… Read more »

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Xperience Efficiency Session Outlines a Better Approach to Data Center Consolidation

In 2010, the U.S. federal government launched its ambitious Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative (FDCCI), with the aim to close 40% of its 3,133 data centers by 2015. That’s 1,253… Read more »

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Left, Right or Wrong at the Intersection of Energy and IT

In a year of political impasse where we can’t agree on a budget, immigration reform or gun control, an area of agreement and bi-partisan support has emerged; energy efficiency.  Depending on… Read more »

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The Next Age: The 20,000 Ft. View from the Schneider Influencer Summit

In today’s world, it’s easy to focus on the immediate challenges we see before us. Troubles in the Middle East. Tensions rising in Eastern Europe. Viruses we thought we had… Read more »

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Here’s How to Solve Your DCOI Challenges within Budget

Finding federal dollars and meeting mandates, while reaching your mission-critical objectives might seem impossible. But solving consolidation challenges and achieving optimization within budget are not only feasible, the accomplishments might… Read more »

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How Alliances Can Help India Meet Its Lofty Growth and Energy Goals

I recently returned from a trip to India where I met with executives from some of our industry partners and also attended a meeting of the Association of Strategic Alliance… Read more »

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Taking Stock of Data Center Capacities Before Starting a Consolidation Project

By the time many federal IT executives engage us for assistance with their data center consolidation projects, they have already determined which facilities will be used as “receiving” facilities for… Read more »

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Government Data Center Energy Efficiency Requirements are Coming: Here’s How to Get Ahead.

Most federal government data centers operate with a power usage effectiveness (PUE) rating of around 2.0, meaning they have significant room for improvement.  And it’s looking more and more like… Read more »

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Municipalities and Schools Discover Hidden Benefits of Sustainability Planning

Recently, Dallas County, Texas, embarked on a $43 million sustainability plan that county Judge Clay Jenkins believes is a powerful economic driver for the community. For Texas’ second largest county,… Read more »

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