Articles Tagged: APC

IBM and Schneider Electric Partner on Video Solution to Make Our Cities Safer

I live in the Boston area so was following with great interest the case of the Boston Marathon bombings last April. Like others across the country, and indeed the world,… Read more »

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One year on: An update on DCIM adoption from Data Centres Europe 2013

Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) software is one of the hot topics of the day in the data center industry, with much of the talk on booths, platforms and in… Read more »

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Small Enclosures Provide Big Benefit in Locations Without Dedicated IT Space

I joined APC by Schneider Electric about 2 years ago, when Schneider acquired the company I was working for, Kell Systems. Kell is a UK-based company that makes the Netshelter… Read more »

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Japan’s Data Centers Show Pleasingly High Interest in DCIM

Recently I made a presentation about data center infrastructure management software for Schneider Electric at an industry event in Japan. The event was amazingly well attended with over 500 executives… 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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Schneider Electric and Cisco are Natural Partners in Delivering the Internet of Things

In a previous post I touched on the partnership Schneider Electric has with Cisco aimed at helping customers build more efficient data centers.  As our two companies have gotten closer… Read more »

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Faster and Easier Data Center Planning…and It’s FREE Too

We just announced the public availability of data center reference designs.  You can check them out and download them for free by going to our new reference design landing page… Read more »

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5 Ways Racks Can Help Address IT Equipment Deployment Challenges

IT organizations face multiple challenges when it comes to how best to deploy computing equipment. Virtualization is putting an emphasis on consolidation and high densities. At the same time, many… Read more »

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World Titans Collide and Shape Next Wave of Data Center Business

Technology is always shifting, but the latest business headlines provide confirmation that a major shift is underway. Basically, we have the titans of four industries—Web giants, Telecommunications companies, major information… Read more »

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Critical Facilities Summit Dives Deep into Managing the Infrastructure of Data Centers

The first Critical Facilities Summit takes place at the Charlotte Convention Center in North Carolina, October 21-23, and focuses on managing the infrastructure of data centers and mission critical facilities…. Read more »

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A Guide To Build-Your-Own DCIM

  We’ve seen some fairly interesting announcements from some high profile companies such as Digital Realty Trust and Microsoft that they are using their own flavor of DCIM to manage… Read more »

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Why Smartphone Battery Life Took a Backseat, and What You Can Do About It

On June 29, 2007, the first iPhone was released for sale in the United States. At the time, many doubted the sustainability of the device, calling into question its lack… Read more »

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How Energy-Aware Software Can Drive Greater Energy Efficiency

We’ve made great strides in increasing energy efficiency through technologies such as virtualization, which dramatically reduces the number of servers companies need. But in many cases, the energy efficiency gains… Read more »

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Strategies to Reduce HVAC Costs in Data Centers

For facility managers looking to save energy in data center operations, the first target is the HVAC system. Several strategies are worth considering as data centers are being designed. One… Read more »

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When Building a New Data Center, Don’t Skimp on Commissioning

When you build a new data center, chances are you’ll be using components from various vendors, maybe CRAC/CRAH units from one vendors, power components from another, fire suppression systems from… Read more »

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Energy University Tackles Data Center Reference Designs

We’ve covered the topic of data center reference designs previously on this blog, notably in this post and video from Neil Rasmussen, where he talks about the key elements and… Read more »

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How to Ensure True Redundancy in a Dual-Path Data Center Power Distribution System

In a recent post I explained how there’s lots of variation in how devices with multiple power supplies operate, making it challenging to ensure they function in a truly redundant… Read more »

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3 Things to Check Before You Leave The Office Today

How to Prepare for Big Storms and Probable Power Outages Over 60 Million Americans are in the path of this week’s blizzard. The National Weather Service and the news media… Read more »

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Supercomputing Demands New Thinking for Data Centers

Supercomputing Demands New Protocols and Thinking for Data Centers The power and communication needs required for high-performance computers far surpass those of a standard computer, creating substantial loads and challenges… Read more »

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AC/DC: Highway to Data Center Efficiency Hell?

  For some years now there have been people claiming DC power distribution systems in data centers were (“would be”?) more efficient than using AC power.  Efficiency gains of 25%… 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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Schneider Electric Customers Tout the Reliability of its UPSs and PDUs

During the two days I spent in the Schneider Electric booth at the recent Interop 2014 event in Las Vegas, I got to chat with nearly 20 customers who use… Read more »

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EcoStream Offers the Benefits of CFD at a Fraction of the Cost

Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modeling is a valuable tool for data center owners and operators. By running a CFD analysis, you can see exactly how hot and cool air is… Read more »

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Product reliability earns long-time customer – Captain Ed Potter

If anyone knows about the importance of having reliable power equipment, it’d be a guy like Ed Potter, a 30-year former employee of IBM, a licensed pilot, and a resident… Read more »

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Before Bringing Technology to the K-12 Classroom, Consider the State of Your UPSs

School districts all over the country are getting on the technology bandwagon, bringing tablets and Chromebooks into the classrooms and incorporating them into lesson plans. The devices are often used… Read more »

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Another Cruise Ship Catches Fire and Carnival Sees the Light on Backup Power

This week’s news of yet another cruise ship fire, with images of a blackened ship sitting in port, prompted me to revisit my post of a few months ago about… Read more »

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World Titans Collide and Shape Next Wave of Data Center Business

Technology is always shifting, but the latest business headlines provide confirmation that a major shift is underway. Basically, we have the titans of four industries—Web giants, Telecommunications companies, major information… Read more »

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It’s Time to Reconsider Raised Floors in Data Centers

Once upon a time, pretty much every data center was built on a raised floor, and for good reasons, including airflow and to provide an effective route for power and… 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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10 Steps to Realizing Value from DCIM Software

One of the key criticisms leveled at Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) is that many companies fail to achieve full value from those implementations. Here Soeren Schroeder, software director at… Read more »

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