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Make Energy Part of Your IT Strategy Document

Chief information officers (CIOs) and other information technology (IT) leaders make strategy plans, just like other business leaders. As a former CIO, I can tell you that the strength of… 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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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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Understanding Mean Time between Failure in the Data Center – Part 1

Lately, I’ve been seeing data center RFP’s come through with requests for the MTBF (Mean Time Between Failure) of a product.  Nothing much else is specified other than “what is… Read more »

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Gartner’s Advice for Improving Data Center Security: Kill Your Apps

Security remains top of mind for any data center professional but who knew it was this bad: Gartner is now advising people to just kill workloads entirely to improve security…. Read more »

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Partnering Up to Deliver Smart Building Technology and Lower Your Energy Bills

A few months ago, I took a trip to Las Vegas with my wife. After checking in to the hotel, we went to our room and as soon as we… Read more »

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Are you a DCIM rock star?

For people working in data centers, the term DCIM (Data Center Infrastructure Management) has in recent years become a frequently used acronym and only few agree upon how to define… Read more »

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Pushing the Data Center Boundary Blog: Cloud Computing – Is it really just 80’s outsourcing by another name?

Is it possible to be suffocated by a cloud?    Because the hype around cloud computing is starting to make me feel like I’m suffocating.  It seems that for the… Read more »

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Modeling for Efficiency: How Mathematical Models Can Help Reduce Electrical Usage in Your Data Center

Measuring and predicting data center electrical efficiency can be tricky business. As explained in a previous post, a number of variables come into play that make it difficult to paint… Read more »

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4 Keys to Creating an Energy-Efficient Data Center

Electrical inefficiency in data centers results in unnecessary and substantial energy costs, and also raises wider environmental concerns. Most of a data center’s energy is consumed not by IT equipment,… 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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Simulators: Confidence, capability, and customers

In previous posts, I described how learning simulators, maintained as part of an organization’s data center software, enable employee training efficiently and effectively. Here are some examples of how private… 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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Benefits of IT and FM Cooperation Are Real and Crucial

The need for cooperation between the facilities and IT departments in ongoing data center maintenance and upgrades isn’t just a good thing. It’s a necessary one. Changes in data center… Read more »

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Making Business Intelligence work for your organization

Business Intelligence technology should serve your organization, and not the other way around. Because it is an enterprise-wide solution, the implementation of Business Intelligence technology offers risks that can undermine… 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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Remote maintenance: Early diagnosis of problems without breaking your travel budget

Wouldn’t it be nice to fix an equipment problem without having to dispatch field personnel to faraway remote locations? Thanks to recent advances in technology, the concept of remote maintenance… Read more »

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3 Strategies for Addressing Healthcare Facility “Meaningful Use” Regulatory Challenges

Across the globe, governments are pressuring healthcare systems stakeholders to embrace more modern approaches to managing patients’ health information. In the US, the term “meaningful use” represents the incentive program… Read more »

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Back to Bauhaus – with Windows 8

So far when I think of Windows 8 as a possibility for control systems visualization, I think mainly of the International Style and its Euro roots in Bauhaus and the… 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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Data Center Location: Balancing Energy Costs with Local Data Legislation Part 2

    At the recent Data Centres Europe 2012 conference, Aaron Davis, CMO of Schneider Electric gave a keynote address about energy and the issues faced by the data center… Read more »

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Taking a Close Look at Crucial But Unsung Devices: Electric Meters

Data center owners and operators naturally want the most out of their investments, from high availability to high efficiency. But accurately measuring and optimizing data center power is dependent on… Read more »

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Data Center Infrastructure Management systems – A Tool for Operation Challenges

The latest computer and telecommunication system developments are expanding the scope of traditional data center operation. In the past, its management was focused in the electrical and cooling infrastructure. The… Read more »

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The Best Laid Data Center Plans of Mice and Men

  If you think about all the phases of a data center’s life cycle…plan, design, build, commission, operate/maintain/monitor/optimize, and assess…..that first early planning phase ought to be the quickest and… Read more »

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The Verdict Is In: Nevada Supreme Court Relies on Schneider Electric UPSs

When I think about the Supreme Court, I conjure an image of nine judges sitting on a bench, asking lots of questions (except for Clarence Thomas) to get to the… Read more »

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Dispelling 3 Misconceptions about Row-based Data Center Cooling

On its face, row-based data center cooling sounds like it’s all about sending cool air to wherever it’s needed in order to keep IT equipment at optimum temperatures. But, as… Read more »

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DataCenterDynamics Converged SE: Clearing up a Foggy View of the Future

When a fictional fortuneteller rubs her crystal ball, the fog within the orb magically clears to reveal the future. In real life, we need experts with real-world experience to help… Read more »

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Why Server Power Supplies Are Like Your Circuit Breaker Panel – Part 1

Have you ever looked in your home’s circuit breaker panel and counted all the branch breakers in there?  You may have 20 breaker positions and most of them are 15… Read more »

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Remote maintenance: Early diagnosis of problems without breaking your travel budget

Wouldn’t it be nice to fix an equipment problem without having to dispatch field personnel to faraway remote locations? Thanks to recent advances in technology, the concept of remote maintenance… Read more »

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4 Last-minute Tips in Preparation for Hurricane Matthew

As I write this post, Hurricane Matthew is bearing down on the Florida coast, scheduled to hit Cape Canaveral about 8 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 7, and Jacksonville about 12… Read more »

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