Articles Tagged: Data Center Efficiency

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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Intel and Schneider Electric: ITaaS is No Gamble at Gartner’s Las Vegas Data Center Event

Gartner’s Data Center Conference 2012 (2nd – 6th December 2012, Las Vegas Nevada) looks like it’s going to be a stimulating couple of days in the desert. What I like… Read more »

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Catching Up With Long-time Power Expert Clarence Tsung

The entire power industry owes a debt of gratitude to Clarence Tsung, who turns 80 years old this month. Tsung has been at the forefront of power technology for nearly… Read more »

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Making the Business Case for Energy Efficiency Projects

Making your data center more energy efficient is no longer merely a nice goal to have in mind if you can get around to it – in practical and economic… Read more »

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A Piece of the Efficiency Puzzle: Integrated DCIM and Virtualization Management

If data center efficiency was ever off the map, it’s certainly back on it now. More than ever, companies across the board are being pushed to be “green” not just… Read more »

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5 Ways to Reduce Data Center Water Consumption

We’ve been talking for years about conserving energy in data centers, and justifiably so, but more recently the idea of conserving water has been gaining attention as well. Saving water… Read more »

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Get Serious About Energy Efficiency: Get Certified

Various bloggers on this site have written plenty about data center energy efficiency and with good reason, because reducing energy consumption saves dollars – often lots of them. But if… Read more »

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Why PUE Values Can Be Misleading

If I tell you my data center has a power usage effectiveness (PUE) rating of 1.2, you’d likely think I was doing very well at addressing energy inefficiencies. But if… 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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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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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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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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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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Turn to the Cloud to Realize Energy Savings

Most customers know they can reduce their energy cost by taking advantage of utility incentives to use less power during peak demand periods and by avoiding power factor charges and… Read more »

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Podcast: An Argument for Open, Suite-based Data Center Management Tools

If you live by the adage that you can’t manage what you can’t measure, data center administrators have historically been operating at a disadvantage.  “We need better management tools so… Read more »

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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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Facebook Implements Innovative Ambient Air Cooling Strategy and Builds a Better Server

Facebook not only has an innovative cooling strategy for its new Prineville, Ore. data center, it’s building its own servers that consume less power and are easier to repair. Those… Read more »

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Why PUE Values Can Be Misleading

If I tell you my data center has a power usage effectiveness (PUE) rating of 1.2, you’d likely think I was doing very well at addressing energy inefficiencies. But if… Read more »

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Learn How to Save Big with Economizer Mode at Energy University

We’ve been singing the praises of using economizer mode with data center cooling systems pretty much ever since the inception of this blog. Perhaps you’ve seen posts like this one… Read more »

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7 Tips for Reducing Physical Data Center Infrastructure Energy Consumption

I recently came across one of our Schneider Electric white papers from a couple of years ago that was all about reducing energy consumption attributed to physical infrastructure in federal… Read more »

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5 Data Center Resolutions for 2012

It’s a slam-dunk for any blogger to take advantage of the holiday season to write posts on holiday gifts and resolutions. Far be it from me to pass up this… Read more »

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A Piece of the Efficiency Puzzle: Integrated DCIM and Virtualization Management

If data center efficiency was ever off the map, it’s certainly back on it now. More than ever, companies across the board are being pushed to be “green” not just… Read more »

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Data Center Efficiency Calculator – A Tool for Modeling Your Current and/or Future PUE

With all the buzz about data center efficiency, and measuring PUE, this tool provides a model to help customers estimate what they can expect for their annualized PUE, and helps… Read more »

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Why Sustainability is Good Business – and How Good Data Can Get You There

An interesting shift is taking place with respect to the issue of sustainability: a growing number of companies are recognizing that a strong sustainability program is good business. There’s sound… Read more »

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Reports and Procedures: Crucial Elements in Reducing Human Error in Data Center Operations

It’s no secret that the single greatest contributor to data center downtime is human error, a fact we’ve mentioned in previous posts such as this one. You can’t spend enough… Read more »

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