Infrastructure Management

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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3 Keys to Ensuring a Successful UPS Modernization Project

As part of your annual UPS maintenance routine (you do have a UPS maintenance routine, right?), you may find a number of UPSs that could do with some updating, whether… 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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Four Tips to Prevent Unplanned Downtime

Electrical equipment manufacturers typically recommend comprehensive preventive maintenance and testing occur at least every three years for electrical distribution equipment. The frequency may need to be adjusted (most likely, more often)… 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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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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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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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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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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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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Power Forward: The Next Age?

Since the devastating Fukushima disaster of 2011, Japan has struggled to develop a comprehensive energy policy that will satisfy the majority of its citizens. Some people advocate re-commissioning the country’s… Read more »

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Eight steps to plan for successful data integration

Integrating various software systems in your data center for monitoring, control, maintenance, planning and analysis is critical for businesses as it grants access to interpreting and acting on data that… Read more »

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New, smaller voltage transformers to become fixtures on the Smart Grid

As efforts to make the low-carbon economy a reality gather pace, the smart grid has ushered in great new opportunities for energy efficiency. Crucial to energy efficiency on the demand-driven,… Read more »

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Demand Response IS Supply Chain Management

Let’s acknowledge Demand Response for what it really is: the premier tool for supply chain management of electrons. Really? I know. DR came into its own by its use in… 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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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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