Infrastructure Management

Survey Documents How DCIM Helps Companies Solve Data Center Challenges – and Save Real Money

The majority of data center professionals choose Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) software to improve visibility, management and capacity planning and to identify problems that threaten availability. And results from… Read more »

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It’s Not Your Father’s Network Closet – it’s an Edge Data Center

The idea of a wiring closet or network closet came about because telephone lines in a building all had to go to a collection point in an old fashioned PBX… Read more »

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Emergency Preparedness Helps Restore Power Safely and Efficiently

In the U.S., the Atlantic hurricane season began on June 1 and will run through November 30. Predictions for 2016 are that activity will be above average. Whether the season… Read more »

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The Reliability Equation: Does your system pass?

Electrical Equipment: “A Means to an End” This may be some facility managers’ view of electrical equipment, which is usually out of sight and out of mind. An online definition… Read more »

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Edge Computing Improves the Reliability and Performance of the Cloud

As companies of all stripes flock to take advantage of cloud computing, they are learning that the strategy is not without its downside. In many cases, cloud computing is a… Read more »

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3 Key Steps to Maximizing Uptime for Mission Critical Systems

Recently my colleague Christian Bertrand covered the role and importance of planning in ensuring resilience and uptime in his blog post “Why You Need a Power Failure Strategy.” In this… 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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Predictive Maintenance: A More Strategic Approach to Ensuring UPS Availability

Before I joined Schneider Electric recently, I spent 25 years in the semiconductor business, first as an equipment maintenance engineering manager for a manufacturer and later as operations manager for… Read more »

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Micro Data Centers: From Edge to Enterprise Computing

Reporting on the recent “Business of Cloud, Data Center and Hosting Summit” run by analyst firm 451 Research, journalist Martin Banks defined micro data centers as “small systems designed to… Read more »

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Transform Big Data to Actionable Insights with Enterprise Data Management

It’s no secret that the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) has led to an ever-expanding explosion of big data. Most assets today are equipped with data-transmitting sensors that communicate with… Read more »

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Connecting Fish Farming in the North Sea with Global Data Centers; the Promise of IoT-driven Change

Continuing with my series of blogs based upon the workshop we ran at our Kolding Solutions Center (see “24 Hours Putting the Internet of Things Under the Microscope”), I thought… Read more »

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UPS Modernization: Five Questions to Ask

When Schneider Electric merged APC and MGE UPS a few years back, it allowed us to offer unique UPS modernization services to manage the full life cycle of customers’ data… Read more »

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Micro Data Centers: From Edge to Enterprise Computing

Reporting on the recent “Business of Cloud, Data Center and Hosting Summit” run by analyst firm 451 Research, journalist Martin Banks defined micro data centers as “small systems designed to… Read more »

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GIS can help when minutes and miles count

It seems that large-scale natural disasters such as hurricanes, massive wildfires, and tornadoes are lining up for a chance to pounce on us. Their succession of occurrence reminds us we… Read more »

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Part 1: Enterprise Energy Management Through ISO 50001 and Data Driven Decision Making

What is the single most important factor that differentiates a good or even an excellent enterprise from an outstanding one when it comes to energy management excellence? I believe it… Read more »

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Electrical Grid Security is Serious Business

As we move further into the 21st century it’s difficult to imagine electrical installations that won’t be, in one way or another, connected. The Internet of Things is here and… Read more »

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Energy Action: We reduced our energy consumption, but how?

This blog series is about the Energy Action Program through which Schneider Electric has reduced its energy consumption by 9.2% since 2011. The blog series will focus on the energy… Read more »

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Getting Good Directions on Your Drive to Successful DCIM Implementation

There’s this apocryphal story about the guy who gets lost in Ireland and eventually has to swallow his pride (male ego?) and ask for directions. As chance would have it,… Read more »

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Application needs in sectors including oil & gas set industrial UPS apart

Perhaps you’ve seen photos of uninterruptible power supply (UPS) units meant for industrial environments, or have seen one up close in person. One of the first things that makes these… Read more »

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How Might IoT and Data Sharing Lower Data Center Cost?

This is the last of my series of blogs based upon the workshop we ran at the Kolding Solutions Center entitled “24 Hours Putting the Internet of Things Under the… 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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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 »

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The Digital Twin: Foundation for Fleet Socialization to Optimize Operations

The industry is buzzing right now about the “digital twin” – ARC, Gartner and LNS have all recognized the technology’s potential to transform asset design, construction, operations and maintenance. Applying the digital twin to… Read more »

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Managing baseball and utility infrastructure: it’s all in the field

OK, it’s baseball time of the year, and I thought about team management putting players’ numbers to work to get the best game they can. Maybe it’s a stretch to… Read more »

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Sustainability Embedded in Electrical Equipment

Our planet’s population growth is accelerating.  Its inhabitants are hungry for resources—and electricity is high on the list. Sustainability will be one of the major challenges of our future, and… Read more »

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The case for Intelligent Sensors and Better Algorithms

If sensors and the building management system are used and well-maintained, managers can save energy and improve building sustainability. Conversely, bad sensors can lead to severe deviations in building performance. The… Read more »

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What Converged and Hyper-Converged IT Means to your Infrastructure (and Your TV Remote Control)

Finding the Proper Infrastructure for Converged IT Gear – While Waiting for a Better TV Remote In my house we have a router, cable box, TV, Roku, Apple TV, sound… Read more »

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The Reliability Equation: Does your system pass?

Electrical Equipment: “A Means to an End” This may be some facility managers’ view of electrical equipment, which is usually out of sight and out of mind. An online definition… Read more »

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Reduce Maintenance Costs with the IIoT and Predictive Asset Analytics

Industrial organizations across multiple sectors are under pressure from shareholders, regulators and customers to increase performance and reliability while keeping costs low. These conditions mean it’s more important than ever… 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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