Articles Tagged: Data Center Efficiency

Increase Efficiency in the Data Center with Power Audits

High density data centers can improve their power usage efficiency with judicious audits that quantify power usage effectiveness (PUE). Knowledge of PEU will help facility managers reduce costs, says James… Read more »

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Data Center Highlights From The Green Grid Forum 2013

I spent a couple of days last week in Santa Clara, Calif. at The Green Grid Forum 2013, the annual get-together where Green Grid members share their best on the… Read more »

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Energy Efficiency Efforts Can Spell Trouble When the Power Goes Out

A number of important trends are helping companies save lots of money on electric bills by making their data centers more efficient. While this is certainly a worthy and justified… Read more »

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4 Tips for Keeping Your IT Equipment Cool When the Power Goes Out

In my last post, I shared some of the ways that data center energy efficiency efforts can cause temperatures to quickly rise in a data center following a power outage…. Read more »

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Measuring the Full Environmental Impact of Your Data Center

It’s no secret that data centers consume a lot of energy, and thus have a significant environmental impact. Determining the exact extent of that impact, however, is a difficult task…. Read more »

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4 Ways to Reduce Energy Consumption in Any Data Center

If your data center energy bill is a bit higher than you’d like, you are certainly not alone. By their nature, data centers consume a lot of energy and there’s… Read more »

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4 Ways DCIM Can Help Conserve Energy

Everyone wants to run an energy efficient data center but too often companies take a few steps to trim their energy use, pat themselves on the back and leave it… Read more »

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Don’t Leave Your Data Center Stranded Out in the Cold

For most companies, data center capacity comes at a premium, so it’s important to be able to wring every bit of it out of the space and infrastructure you have… Read more »

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How to Save Money and Improve Working Conditions: Pay More Attention to Lighting

Lighting is a topic most facilities managers apparently don’t pay enough attention to, at least according to the National Lighting Bureau. In a study from 2003, the NLB found that… Read more »

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How Schneider Electric Became First to Receive the New ENERGY STAR Rating for UPS Products

On September 5, Schneider Electric made what I consider to be a significant announcement: Schneider Electric Back-UPS and Smart-UPS systems have become the first uninterruptible power supplies to earn the… Read more »

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Learn What Makes for an Energy Efficient HVAC System at Energy University

Any facilities manager or data center operator knows that cooling accounts for a large chunk of annual operating expenses. It only makes sense, then, to understand how to build and… 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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4 Ways Strategic Partnerships Add Value to IT Projects

I’m a big fan of strategic alliances, and not just because I’m responsible for Schneider Electric’s alliances with key partners including IBM, Cisco and Microsoft. The reason is simple: with… Read more »

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DCIM and the Finance Guys

I had the interesting experience of being asked to present at the company’s Investor Day when Schneider Electric presents its annual results and future strategy to investors, bankers, analysts and… Read more »

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4 Scenarios and Solutions for Air Containment Systems in Existing Data Centers

A long-running question in data center circles centers on whether hot air or cold air containment systems are a better fit for an existing data center. As explained in a… 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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AOL Wins Server Roundup Contest, Saves $5 Million by Getting Rid of Old Servers

We talk a lot in this blog about energy efficiency and how to use techniques ranging from containment systems to economizer mode and DCIM tools to help wring every bit… Read more »

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Cogeco Customer Video Demonstrates Breadth, Depth of Schneider Offerings

We’ve had many blog posts on this site about modular data center architectures, economizer modes of cooling, and the various services that Schneider Electric provides to help companies build data… Read more »

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Why Formula One Cars are like Internet Giant Data Centers

As the Sr. Vice President for Schneider Electric’s Data Center Solutions, part of my role is to deal with companies known as “Internet giants” – Amazon and Facebook, for example…. Read more »

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Build a Cooling System that Relies on Economizer Mode – and Cut Energy Consumption in Half

We’ve written previously about how operating in economizer mode can help you save on data center cooling costs, and had a podcast that noted the technology works even in hot… Read more »

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How Schneider Electric Became First to Receive the New ENERGY STAR Rating for UPS Products

On September 5, Schneider Electric made what I consider to be a significant announcement: Schneider Electric Back-UPS and Smart-UPS systems have become the first uninterruptible power supplies to earn the… Read more »

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IDC Once Again Names Schneider Electric a Leader in DCIM Category

It appears data center infrastructure management (DCIM) software is getting some much-deserved attention in the marketplace, and Schneider Electric in particular is getting its due for its StruxureWare for Data… Read more »

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Interxion and Schneider Electric Meet the Challenge: A State-of-the-Art Colocation Data Center Deployed in Just Two Months

Success in the colocation and cloud computing markets often comes down to being in the right place at the right time. If you’ve got reliable, efficient data center capacity in… Read more »

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How to Shorten Your Data Center Design from 18 Months to 4

Modular Data Centers are dramatically shortening the data center design cycle from 18 months to as little as four months by using off-the-shelf, standardized subsystems. The goal of MDC providers… Read more »

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Learn How to Calculate Your Data Center Power Requirements for Today and Tomorrow at Energy University

In my last post I discussed the free Schneider Electric Energy University course, “Calculating Total Cooling Requirements.” This time I thought I’d write about a companion course, “Calculating Total Power… Read more »

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Analysis Shows Scalable, Containerized Data Centers Deliver Big Savings

It’s a familiar story when it comes to building data centers: you build large enough to deal with the capacity you expect to need some number of years in the… Read more »

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The Triggers Driving Today’s Data Center Transformations

Anyone involved with managing, building and designing data centers is always looking for ways to be more efficient while still maintaining maximum availability. Incremental improvements in areas like uptime and… Read more »

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New Energy Star Metrics Help Facility Managers Drive Data Center Efficiency

New Energy Star metrics created by the Environmental Protection Agency can help facility managers and IT managers to improve data center efficiency. Like any other building, the data center must… Read more »

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4 Effects that Server Virtualization Can Have on Data Center Infrastructure

It’s well understood that virtualization technology has enabled IT groups to take great strides in increasing the utilization rate, scalability and flexibility of their servers. What’s more, it is the… 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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