IT Management

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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The New IIoT Security Framework: Some Guiding Principles

September 2016 marked an important milestone in the purposeful development and intelligent evolution of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), namely the publication of the Industrial Internet Consortium’s new security… Read more »

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The Future of IoT: Our 5 Predictions

In my previous blog post, I discussed how IoT describes a world in which more and more devices are sensor-enabled, connected, and able to share information about their current state… Read more »

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How Industrialization Drives a More Predictable and Reliable Data Center Life Cycle

Arun Shenoy, the Vice President of Schneider Electric’s IT business in the UK talked to me recently about how he sees the data center industry developing over the next few… Read more »

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Lagerfeld Makes Data Center the Ultimate Chanel Fashion Accessory

The renowned fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld raised eyebrows during Paris Fashion Week when he turned the catwalk into a data center to showcase the latest offering from the House of… 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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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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4 Questions to Ask when Selecting a Modular 3-Phase UPS

In the last few years I’ve noticed confusion cropping up about what the term “modular” really means when it comes to a 3-phase uninterruptible power supply (UPS). By my count,… Read more »

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Cloud and the IoT Present Ripe Opportunities for Colocation Providers

Given the opportunity that trends including cloud computing and the Internet of Things (IoT) present, I’m not sure there’s ever been a better time to be in the colocation service… Read more »

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“Watts per Square Meter”: the Wrong Way to Specify Density

The traditional method for specifying power density using a single figure such as watts per square meter (or foot) is an unfortunate practice that often leads to confusion as well… Read more »

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Two Shades of Grey – in the Data Center

We live in a very colorful world.  However, when you step into the electrical equipment room in most data centers, you usually find one dominant color: grey. To be more… Read more »

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Automotive Firm Gets on the Fast Track with Prefabricated Modular Data Center

In just about any business today, time to market is of the essence. Companies want to get new products out the door quickly so they can start generating revenue and… 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 »


Data Center Lifecycle Principles: Part 2 of 2 – Continuous Improvement

As examined in my last post, a key principle in the lifecycle approach to data centers is to design facilities with change in mind. However, once a data center is… 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 »


What are the Trade-offs with Converged Infrastructure

At CiscoLive 2014 in Milan I spoke to Alan Gerrish, Consulting Systems Engineer at Cisco to find out what trade-offs customers might expect as they make a move to using converged… 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 »


Data Center Lifecycle Principles: Part 1 of 2 – Design for Change

Recently, we’ve begun to hear more about a lifecycle approach to data centers. For years, the approach to data centers tended to be design- and technology-centric; what’s the best design… Read more »

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In Advance of Hurricane Season, It’s Time to Conduct a UPS Checkup

According to the National Weather Service, hurricane season begins on May 15 for the Pacific and on June 1 for the Atlantic – mere weeks away. Given the various weather… Read more »

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INFOGRAPHIC: Has your organization taken the Efficiency Quotient test?

Knowing your Efficiency Quotient is where your path to efficiency begins!  Take a look at the infographic below to see the 4 parts of energy efficiency that you can benchmark… Read more »


Achieving Business Success with the Internet of Things Means Getting IT and OT to Work Together

The Internet of Things (IoT) is coming at us fast and furious, and companies are scrambling to find ways to take advantage. To be successful, they are going to have… Read more »


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 »


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 »


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 »


Digitization, connectivity and internet Balloons

The development of any nation now strongly depends upon how the information resources of the world can be made available to a larger population through access to the Internet. Developing… Read more »


Internet of Things: The Next Step in the Smart Grid Evolution?

There’s been a lot of news regarding how the Internet of Things will change everything.  From products like connected thermostats to connected cars and refrigerators, it seems that the Internet… Read more »


The Digital Transformation Has Arrived

The digital transformation is here. There will be over 2 billion smartphones on the planet next year. Every minute, 72 hours of videos are uploaded to YouTube. Over 1.5 trillion… Read more »


DCIM’s Role In Meeting Data Center Optimization Initiative (DCOI) Compliance

The expression “time flies” evolved from the writings of an ancient Roman poet, but it rings truer than ever in the context of today’s 24/7 connected world. Put the phrase… Read more »


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 »