Articles Tagged: APC

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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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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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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SMBs Should Get on Board with DCIM

In my dealings with small and medium sized businesses, it’s clear to me they can get great value from a category of management software that many of them never consider:… 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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White Paper Outlines Even More Benefits of Prefab Modular Data Centers

It’s no secret that prefabricated modular data centers offer a number of advantages as compared to “stick built” data centers, including speed of deployment, predictability, scalability, and lifecycle cost. And… Read more »

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The environmental impact of running software

The Greenhouse Gas Protocol is creating an accounting and reporting standard for the emission of greenhouse gasses from running software. This may be the first step down the long path… 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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Six Types of Power Disturbances That Can Trip Up Your IT Systems

A study by the Electric Power Research Institute found that businesses lose between $104 billion and $164 billion per year due to power interruptions, and another $15 billion to $24… Read more »

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Learn How to Get Smarter About Your Data Center at Energy University

All too many data center operators are unable to answer simple questions about their data centers, such as where best to deploy a new server from a power and cooling… Read more »

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TCO Analysis May Favor Owning vs. Outsourcing, but there’s More to the Data Center Story

As businesses grow, their IT requirements often grow with them – eventually forcing the need for more data center capacity.  At that point, companies face a decision: build capacity within… Read more »

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At Bob Hope Airport, Providing Reliable Backup Power is No Joking Matter

When you think about the sorts of data center environments where uptime is critical, airports may well shoot towards the top of the list. When you have planes in the… Read more »

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Preventing Fires in the Data Center

A fire, even a small one, can become a catastrophic event in a data center, which is why facility managers should take the necessary steps to prevent such occurrences. Since… 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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Breaking Bad (Home Networks)…and how to fix them

After Breaking Bad’s big Emmy night (and false rumor of a sixth season), I was reminiscing about the show and how it worked on so many different levels.  The main… Read more »

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