Infrastructure Management

What’s the Appeal of Cloud-based DCIM for Data Center Monitoring?

Data centers were established to meet the data processing, storage, networking and communications needs of the digital age. But it has been widely recognized that data (the very thing on… Read more »

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Why DCIM has succeeded and struggled?

Recent navel gazing about DCIM put me in mind of the Worst Predictions list curated on the Human Science wiki. It includes such gems as “The horse is here to… Read more »

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Why asset management starts with a strategic maintenance plan

What are your biggest operational worries? If your first thought was “equipment failure,” you’re not alone. Equipment is at the heart of business operations and failure can not only affect… Read more »

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Coast to coast K12 schools find funding to do more with less

Across the country, many of America’s educators face similar problems: aging school buildings and a backlog of deferred maintenance, but little-to-no available funding to make the meaningful improvements necessary. Many… Read more »

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The Great Solar Eclipse Reminds Us to Review Our Data Center Operations

On August 21st a total eclipse will pass across the USA for the first time since 1945, well before the word ‘data center’ was coined. Commentators are predicting huge traffic… Read more »

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How to Justify Hospital Power Infrastructure Investments to Corporate Executives

In healthcare facilities, business growth and enhanced patient care are often fueled by technology innovation. According to hospital C-suite executives polled for Premier’s Fall 2015 Economic Outlook survey, more than… Read more »

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Animal Logic Builds an Oscar-worthy Prefabricated Data Center

Animal Logic has won its fair share of awards for films including The Lego Movie, and has worked on other high-profile films including The Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded, and The… Read more »

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How New Availability Expectations Change the Way Data Centers are Managed and Operated

According to The Atlantic’s trilogy on household spending, by 1990, at least 90% of US households had electricity, a stove, car, fridge, clothes, air conditioning, color TV, microwave and a… Read more »

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Prefabricated Modular Data Center Helps Israeli Medical Center Keep up with Promising Genome Research

Genomics is a fascinating field of medical research that promises to fundamentally change the way medicine is practiced. The day is not far off when doctors will be able to… Read more »

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5 Ways to Fight Back Against Power Outages

Most of the time, the electrical power in your building or factory keeps on flowing. The lights stay on, computers keep working, production lines or processes keep running. Occasionally, you… Read more »

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UPS Deployment Strategies for Critical Power Distribution

One tends to think of UPS systems as black box devices connected to various IT assets and critical appliances or machines. While these standalone applications for uninterruptible power still exist,… Read more »

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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 »

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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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Lessons Learned from Hurricane Sandy

The devastation that we saw in areas such as Manhattan after hurricane Sandy naturally prompts lots of discussion about what went wrong and whether data center downtime directly caused by… Read more »

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Optimizing your Smart Utility – a Roadmap to Success

In my last post, I described how an Advanced Distribution Management Systems (ADMS) – a convergence of SCADA, DMS, OMS, EMS, and DSM functions – is an essential ingredient in… Read more »

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The benefits of effective learning simulation

In my previous post on learning simulators, I discussed how this software is being used to actively engage professionals in their job-related training. These simulators are based on Dewey’s theory… Read more »

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IT and OT: Allies or Adversaries?

Can IT and OT get along? It’s one of the pressing questions facing the business world as the Internet of Things, or IoT, drumbeat grows louder. As the two essential… Read more »

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FAQs: The Dangers of Aging Electrical Equipment

Aging electrical equipment and components are not only inefficient, they’re potentially dangerous. Overheating in electrical enclosures, usually caused by loose connections and friction (due to lack of or improper lubrication) can… Read more »

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Runners and marathon lovers: What you should know about Smart Cities

As tens of thousands of marathon runners and hundreds of thousands of fans from all over the world converge on the city of Paris, it prompts us to reflect on… Read more »

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3 Keys to Implementing Scalable, Repeatable Data Center Maintenance

Proper maintenance is crucial to the reliable operation of any data center but too often companies approach maintenance in a piecemeal, haphazard fashion. They fail to realize that a standardized,… Read more »

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Designing ITS Infrastructure for Migration to Smart City

It has been widely recognized that our cities will thrive with not only physical infrastructure development but also with intellectual and social infrastructure which requires the use of latest Information… Read more »

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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 »

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Don’t Let an Aging UPS Bring You Down: Assess Your Replacement Options

An uninterruptible power supply (UPS) is something like an airplane in that it must work all the time; if it fails some pretty awful things can happen. What’s more, if… Read more »

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An e-House Substation that Ushers in New Technology and Rethinks Standards

Prefabricated E-house (HV/LV) substations are a booming, fiercely competitive business. I’m talking about applications that range from PV or wind farm boxes to shore connections and data centres. I’m also… Read more »

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Secure Power Beyond the Data Center

In today’s digital world, when we think about problems around power interruptions, the systems that are top of mind for many of us are information technology (IT) systems, meaning everything… Read more »

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2SIS Switchgear: compact, tough, and built to last

The demands that the two-way flow of energy in smart grid places on MV switchgear raises a critical question: can it cope with the rigours of operation in the toughest… Read more »

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The right way to choose an LV electrical distribution panel

This series of posts presents what the authors consider as the right way to choose an LV electrical distribution (ED) panel. We will refer only to LV ED panels for… Read more »

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Automatic reclosing auxiliaries: the unsung heros of continuity

In power distribution some applications are more critical than others. Hospitals, for example, or big stock exchanges like New York and London. Where lives and livelihoods are at stake there… Read more »

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Runners and marathon lovers: What you should know about Smart Cities

As tens of thousands of marathon runners and hundreds of thousands of fans from all over the world converge on the city of Paris, it prompts us to reflect on… Read more »

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3 SCADA considerations to optimize your industrial operation

Today’s business climate is putting plants under intense financial pressure, and operations and maintenance budgets are among the first to be cut. Fewer personnel are expected to operate and maintain… Read more »

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