IT Management

The Known Unknowns: Managing Between On-Premise, Cloud and Colocation Data Centers

The data center industry is in a state of flux as stakeholders search for the optimum model of high performance/low cost data centers. “On premise” data centers now jockey with… Read more »

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IoT: it’s transforming our partners’ business model

The value of IoT connectivity Let’s talk about IoT! The vast amount of data that will be made available from connected objects, systems and other digital methods is valuable in… Read more »

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Managing Data Privacy and Cyber Security with StruxureOn

In my recent blogs I’ve taken the opportunity to write about the features and benefits of StruxureOn – our new cloud-based service for data center monitoring. This new introduction proactively… Read more »

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Schneider Electric’s Acquisition of APC, A 10 Year Update

I know it’s cliché, but it really does seem like yesterday, the $6.1 billion purchase of American Power Conversion by the French industrial giant with the German name. The idea… Read more »

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How is the Open Compute Project Affecting Today’s Data Centers

Recently we ran an Open Compute Project (OCP) Engineering Workshop during a DatacenterDynamics event in London, which I attended in my role as Joint Chair of the OCP data center… Read more »

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The Benefits of the Premium StruxureOn Offer for Cloud-based Data Center Monitoring

In my last blog I wrote about the features and benefits which are included in the standard version of StruxureOn – in other words what people could expect to get… Read more »

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5 Steps to a Successful Data Center Consolidation

Cloud computing is enabling enterprises to migrate software, operating platforms, storage and even entire IT infrastructure processes to off-site services providers with their own facilities. This presents an ideal opportunity… Read more »

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Why Hospitals Are Linking Business Continuity to Improved Patient Satisfaction

According to the World Health Organization, the population of humans over the age of 60 years will nearly triple by the year 2050.  As a result, hospitals will be required… Read more »

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Outdated Remote Data Center Monitoring Systems Can Limit Operator Productivity and Threaten Systems Uptime

Data center monitoring services have been around for over 10 years.  Over that period of time, many of these systems have not been updated to reflect changing data center technologies…. Read more »

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Are DCIM-based Cloud Offerings a Game Changer for Data Center Management?

Commenting upon Schneider Electric’s StruxureOn cloud-based data center monitoring service, Rhonda Ascierto of 451 Research says the offering signals a new wave in facility operations, using a combination of machine… Read more »

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Great Hoaxes: Bigfoot, UFO’s, and DC vs. AC efficiency studies

It’s remarkable that we continue to see what I consider pseudo-scientific ‘studies’ claiming that DC distribution is significantly more efficient than AC distribution in data centers.  These ‘studies’ make the… Read more »

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IoT, Edge Computing, Big Data – Creating the Next Wave in Data Center Innovation

With Schneider Electric hosting its Innovation Summit at the Paris Marathon this week, I thought it would be a great time to share some of my thoughts on innovation at… Read more »

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Why has Schneider Electric taken a segment approach to its Data Center business

  Estelle Barre is Vice President of Segments for Schneider Electric. I caught up with her at Data Centers Europe 2013 in Nice earlier this year to find out why… Read more »

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4 Big Benefits of Lithium Ion Batteries for UPS Systems – and 2 Key Challenges

A confluence of events is setting the stage for what may well be dramatic change in a key component of uninterruptible power supply (UPS) technology that really hasn’t changed much… Read more »

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Recommendations for Prolonging the Life of Your UPS Battery

The forecasted lifespan of the valve-regulated lead-acid (VRLA) battery in an APC by Schneider Electric UPS is 3 to 5 years under recommended conditions; however, this life expectancy will fluctuate greatly… Read more »

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Hot or Cold Air Containment? Examine Your Constraints to Decide

It’s well known by now that air containment systems can eliminate hot spots and provide energy savings over traditional, uncontained data center designs. But which is best for an existing… Read more »

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Lithium-ion Batteries Are Poised to Bring Big Changes to the Data Center UPS Paradigm

As explained in a previous post, it’s clear that lithium ion (Li-ion) batteries stand poised to deliver some dramatic changes to the field of data center uninterruptible power supplies (UPSs),… Read more »

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Six Types of Power Disturbances That Can Trip Up Your IT Systems

A study by the Electric Power Research Institute found that businesses lose between $104 billion and $164 billion per year due to power interruptions, and another $15 billion to $24… Read more »

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Cruise Ship Lines Could Learn Lessons from Data Center Operators

A few days ago a colleague emailed me a photo taken on the ill-fated Carnival Triumph cruise ship, the one that was stranded in the Gulf of Mexico for about… Read more »

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Data Center Key Performance Indicators – A Look At PUE and Other Numbers to Evaluate Performance

Metrics and key performance indicators (KPIs) for data centers used to be inward looking. In the not so distant past, KPIs tended to be “about the box,” measuring factors like… Read more »

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4 Big Benefits of Lithium Ion Batteries for UPS Systems – and 2 Key Challenges

A confluence of events is setting the stage for what may well be dramatic change in a key component of uninterruptible power supply (UPS) technology that really hasn’t changed much… Read more »

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Recommendations for Prolonging the Life of Your UPS Battery

The forecasted lifespan of the valve-regulated lead-acid (VRLA) battery in an APC by Schneider Electric UPS is 3 to 5 years under recommended conditions; however, this life expectancy will fluctuate greatly… Read more »

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Great Hoaxes: Bigfoot, UFO’s, and DC vs. AC efficiency studies

It’s remarkable that we continue to see what I consider pseudo-scientific ‘studies’ claiming that DC distribution is significantly more efficient than AC distribution in data centers.  These ‘studies’ make the… Read more »

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How to attract new (and skilled) professionals to the mining and metals industry

In many industries, the aging workforce combined with the lack of qualified new professionals arriving to those industries has become a major problem. Some studies believe that the gap between… Read more »

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Are Lithium-ion Batteries “GREENER” than Lead Acid?

There are many different ways you could consider a product to be more environmentally friendly or not than another.  Li-ion batteries do not contain hazardous materials while lead-acid batteries do… Read more »

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Alaskan Air Force Base Relies on APC UPSs to Go Beyond the Usual Call of Duty

Over the course of two days hanging out on the Schneider Electric booth at the recent Interop 2014 event in Las Vegas, I met a lot of customers who were… Read more »

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Cyber Security for Industry and Infrastructure

For many years the traditional information technology (IT) and operations technology (OT) systems remained distinct domains managed by different corporate resources, but this paradigm is undergoing a radical change as… Read more »

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Go to School on DCIM at Energy University

If you are among the data center managers who used first-generation physical infrastructure management tools but came away unimpressed, you owe it to yourself to take another look. Today’s data… 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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The End of IT?

The IT industry has been the reigning superstar of the global economy for the last 40 years. The industry gave us 25-year old billionaires and “long-term” success stories like Microsoft,… Read more »

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