IT Management

Micro Data Centers Helping Match IT to Application Requirements

The growth in both the number and size of data centers is having a major impact on power generation around the world. For example, during the opening plenary session of… Read more »

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What Price Do You Put on Critical Power Protection?

When I’m asked to explain to friends and family just what I do, my normal response is to use the analogy of insurance. People that specify and purchase critical power… Read more »

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How Your Smartphone Can Monitor Your Data Center and Your Black Friday Bargains this Thanksgiving

The holiday period traditionally brings with it some winners and some losers. Last year for example, the holiday retail sales battle was arguably lost by physical stores. According to a… Read more »

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Using Technology to Predict the Next Presidential Election – Getting It Right Next Time

Boy was the election polling wrong!   How in the world could this have happened in this era of technology?  We certainly had choices on how to follow election results this… Read more »

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For Large Data Centers, Indirect Economizer Cooling Makes Sound Business Sense

At this point in the evolution of data centers, use of economizer mode cooling technology is pretty much standard, at least for large data centers such as those owned by… Read more »

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Electric Utilities: Boost Communications Reliability with MPLS

An efficient, resilient communication infrastructure is key to utilities’ ability to control and maintain electrical power distribution and manage equipment in the grid. Success depends on a communication platform and… Read more »

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What Will It Take for Colocation Providers to Reach New Levels of Innovation

I had the opportunity last month to speak to the Global Operations team of a large colocation provider regarding Schneider’s view of technical innovation inside the cloud and service provider… Read more »

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IoT: The Four Pillars of Opportunity

Recently I had the opportunity to present at 2016 IoT Solutions World Congress in Barcelona. During my keynote presentation “Leading in IoT with Innovation at Every Level” I discussed how the… Read more »

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An IoT-Based Recipe for Future Substations

More than half of iPhone users in the U.S. upgrade their phone as soon as their provider allows it. That’s not surprising since we, as consumers, are constantly being offered… Read more »

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Energy Effectiveness Creates a New Focus for Data Centers

Data center operators are being encouraged to organize their facilities so that they can run at higher temperatures. The theory is that higher operating temperatures improve overall data center efficiency… Read more »

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Watts vs. VA: What’s the Difference Anyway?

Between the increasingly fragile power grid, the escalating power consumption of IT equipment and the constantly increasing importance of our network, it isn’t difficult to see the value a UPS… Read more »

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Stellar Growth of Pokémon GO Highlights Need for Edge Data Centers

My 13-year-old daughter helped break a data center. I’m so proud. As one of millions of users relentlessly searching for Pokémon while using the new Pokémon GO game, I am… Read more »

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Cisco, Schneider Electric and the Converged Infrastructure Opportunity

At CiscoLive 2014, I had the chance to speak with Paul Carr, Head of Technology Partners, Cisco and get his views about how converged infrastructure was being embraced in the marketplace,… Read more »

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4 Ways DCIM Can Help Conserve Energy

Everyone wants to run an energy efficient data center but too often companies take a few steps to trim their energy use, pat themselves on the back and leave it… Read more »

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Ready When You Are: Proper Equipment Storage

Data centers are continually pushed for shorter construction and installation periods to meet the growing consumer demand. Working with quick turn-around times during data center builds requires the on-demand availability… Read more »

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Your Planet Needs You! Help Cut Waste Caused By Over-Sizing Data Centers

I need your help please! I’m looking to enlist the help of anyone who has an interest in data centers in a campaign to cut waste caused by over-sizing or… Read more »

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Wanted: A Modular Data Center Design Specification

  I’ve recorded a couple of videos that you can check out here on the Data Center Blog  (or on YouTube) about the concept of modular data centers. One of… Read more »

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Integration of secure power into the management system is the end goal

In a previous post, I explained why a secure power solutions provider should possess expertise which spans multiple “domains,” from information technology (IT) management to process control systems for automated… Read more »

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The internet of things (IoT) and….. Mining operations?

In a previous blog regarding technology trends I wrote a short paragraph about the internet of things and my humble vision of it. However, looking back at my post and… 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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Wanted: A Modular Data Center Design Specification

  I’ve recorded a couple of videos that you can check out here on the Data Center Blog  (or on YouTube) about the concept of modular data centers. One of… Read more »

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Energy University: Helping Advance Careers with Education and Certification

  At the Xperience Efficiency 2013 event in early June in Washington, D.C., Schneider Electric announced that its Energy University program now has more than 350,000 registered users. At the… Read more »

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5 Tips for Installing and Managing IT Equipment in Tight Spaces

Small- and medium-sized businesses often find office space is at a premium, and the same goes for the space that houses their IT equipment. Similarly, larger businesses with smaller remote… Read more »

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Simplify the Data Center Planning Process with Reference Designs

It probably should go without saying that the planning phase is crucial to any data center project. But the specific planning process you use will go a long way toward… Read more »

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Wanted: A Better Way to Quantify Data Center Risks

Let’s play a little game. Say you’re building a data center and you go to management with two proposals, one for a Tier 3 data center that costs $8 million… Read more »

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Collision on Big Data: Dealing with the New Dynamics

We’re witnessing the start of explosive growth in Big Data, along with the headlong pursuit of the Big Data opportunity by technology vendors from four camps. This trend of tech… Read more »

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DCIM, the Data Center Manager and the Software Defined Data Center

During my visit to Schneider Electric’s European Technology Center, I had a fascinating conversation with Henrik Leerberg, Product Line Director for StruxureWare for Data Centers about how software may now… Read more »

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Ready When You Are: Proper Equipment Storage

Data centers are continually pushed for shorter construction and installation periods to meet the growing consumer demand. Working with quick turn-around times during data center builds requires the on-demand availability… Read more »

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Tips to Maximize the Life Expectancy of Your UPS System

UPS batteries have a forecasted lifespan of 3 to 5 years under recommended conditions. But what are these recommended conditions, and just how much do they affect the lifespan of… Read more »

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What’s Lithium Got to Do with It?

Defining a lithium-ion battery and what makes them different from lead acid. In the simplest of terms, a battery is an electro-chemical device that stores energy and releases it as… Read more »

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