IT Management

Declaring War on $10 billion of Data Center Waste

I’ll be at DatacenterDynamics London during this week to officially launch our Data Center Genome project. If you haven’t seen my blog post “Your Planet Needs You! Help Cut Waste… Read more »

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WEBCAST: Eliminating Human Error (Part II): Training ‑ Using Best Practices to Develop a Site Specific Plan

VIEW WEBCAST HERE (It is FREE and requires no registration) When a data center goes up, vendors and contractors often provide training for people that will be working at the… Read more »

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Stay Connected to Content with the Schneider Electric White Paper App

Schneider Electric’s fact-based white papers have proved to be a popular feature of the company’s online content, with millions of downloads to date. Now white paper access has gone mobile… 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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When It Comes to Data Center Design, Never Make Assumptions

“Never assume,” my old boss used to say to anyone who would listen, “it makes an a** out  of you and me.” It might be an old adage, but it’s… Read more »

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Cisco House experience illustrates transformational opportunities for countries, cities and organizations today and in the future

Cisco House celebrates the powers of transformation, with a focus on how transformation can enrich communities, individuals and businesses. Innovation, particularly via clever application of technologies and thought leadership in… Read more »

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The Word from VMworld: Prepare for More Virtualization

Virtualization technology is becoming easier to deploy for both servers and desktops, so prepare now to be able to handle an ever-increasing amount of both flavors in your data centers… Read more »

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The Side Benefits of DCIM; How Energy Management Averted a Data Center Cooling Crisis

I thought that you might be interested in a real life data center situation that recently arose here in China. We’d been approached by a customer who wanted to lower… Read more »

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When is a Data Center Not a Data Center?

I’d always thought that the term data center carried with it a sense of grand scale. This could, of-course, be the fault of our very good marketing people who are… Read more »

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Podcast: An Argument for Open, Suite-based Data Center Management Tools

If you live by the adage that you can’t manage what you can’t measure, data center administrators have historically been operating at a disadvantage.  “We need better management tools so… Read more »

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Easy Ways to Reduce Costs in K–12 IT Environments

Today we feature guest blogger, George Mitchell, IT Supervisor of Research and Development for Mobile (Ala.) County Public Schools. George writes about how school districts can respond to financial pressures… 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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The hidden cost of cooling redundancy

The hidden cost of cooling redundancy – and how Data Center Infrastructure Management software helps you identify it. I recently spent some time in a small data center with a… Read more »

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Schneider Electric Helps BusinessSuites Survive Hurricanes and More

When you’re in the business of providing fully equipped office space for companies large and small, complete with phone and Internet service, it behooves you to make sure those services… Read more »

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The State of the Data Center Industry Survey and DCIM Findings

Uptime Institute’s 2013 State of the Industry Data Center Survey is their third annual report and features responses from over 1,000 data center owners and operators from around the world…. Read more »

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This is written using recycled bits

Being a responsible citizen in a world focused on the environment is difficult when you work in the IT business. How do you recycle bits and bytes? According to GreenWaste,… Read more »

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DCIM’s Improvement to Workflow Processes is Key to Eliminating Data Center Challenges

Until recently, there’s been a numbing inevitability about survey results from research into the data center sector. Finding number one; all downtime is the result of human error. Finding number… Read more »

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Outlining the Role of M&As and Partnerships in the Era of Colocation “Davids” and “Goliaths”

With so many players in the market, colocation providers naturally want to differentiate themselves. The main avenues for doing so are to get large enough to offer an array of… Read more »

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Running on Full When Trying to Meet Escalating Demand

There’s no shortage of ways data impacts our businesses and lives—driving data center efficiencies to reduce energy consumption and cost—but unfortunately many data center managers are running into capacity shortfalls… Read more »

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Where to Start When Addressing Healthcare Facility Data Security Issues

Cyberattacks, whether generated from a single individual or a politically-motivated group, have emerged as a bigger threat to the healthcare industry security in recent years. Tight regulations and the growing… Read more »

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Cloud computing options meet evolving business needs

We posted previously about how cloud computing – a hosting and virtualization alternative to in-house IT services – is helping companies keep their IT operations up-to-date, without breaking the bank…. Read more »

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Simulation is not just for video games!

Using the same software elements that provide ‘life-like’ video games designed for fun and relaxation, learning simulators reproduce on-the-job scenarios that go beyond surface-level learning of subject matter. They are… Read more »

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If You’ve Got a Cloud, We’ve Got a Box For It

As businesses migrate their IT to the Cloud, and as virtualization takes hold, physical IT on the business premises is shrinking, particularly in remote, branch and SME offices. This poses… Read more »

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Prefabricated Data Center Helps Aviation Firm Meet Stringent Time and Efficiency Goals

                Using economizers to cool your data center can enable you to achieve tremendous energy efficiencies while using prefabricated data center modules enables… Read more »

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Dynamic Battery Life Predictions for UPS Batteries Save Time, Money and Eliminate the BEEP

BEEP! BEEP! BEEP! Anyone who has owned a UPS in the past decade knows, and probably dreads that noise; the sound of your UPS informing you that it needs a… Read more »

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A New Take on UPS Eco-mode Delivers Efficiency Without Sacrificing Reliability and Availability

Eco-mode technology for uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) has been around for quite some time, probably a decade or so. But the technology has never really taken off because the gains… Read more »

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IT Careers: 20 Years in – Still the Best Option

Software Developer is No. 3 on the U.S. News & World Report top 100 jobs list; computer systems analyst is No. 7; information security analyst No. 8 and web developer… Read more »

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When Stuff Hits the Fan: Preparing for Emergencies in Data Centers

Data center operations and maintenance teams must be prepared to act swiftly and surely without warning. Unforeseen problems can lead to injury or downtime. Good preparation and process, however, can… Read more »

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For Operational Technology (OT), Make Cyber Resiliency and Reliability of Operational Process and Assets Your Top Priority

Cyber attacks no longer focus only on stealing credit card numbers from banks. Disruption of core business processes via industrial control systems at manufacturing sites is also on the hacker… Read more »

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A New Era of Meaningful Opportunities: The Future of IoT

In my recent blog post I explored the concept how to innovate with efficiency and agility. Every business wants to be “innovative.” But it takes more than new ideas or… Read more »

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