Articles Tagged: Data Center Efficiency

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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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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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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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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Why data centers with a PUE greater than 2 could be obsolete in the next 5 years

I caught up with Paul-Francois Cattier, Global VP Data Center for Schneider Electric at Data Centres Europe 2012 in Nice and asked him about his presentation – the title of… Read more »

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3 Costly Mistakes to Avoid With Data Center Operations Staff

For years we’ve been hearing that human error is the number one cause of data center downtime, or pretty much any IT failure for that matter. Yet many companies put… Read more »

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The Green Grid Data Center Maturity Model brings benefit to Data Center Management

The Data Center Maturity Model (DCMM) was launched by the Green Grid in February 2012. The model provides clear goals and direction for improving energy efficiency and sustainability across all… Read more »

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Four Principles Guiding the Construction of Cloud Computing Data Centers in China

Following on from my first blog post “Cloud Data Centers and the Art of Feng Shui”, I thought it might be interesting to look at four principles which are guiding… Read more »

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3 Ways that Under-floor Cabling Causes Data Center Energy Loss

Raised floors are common in data centers, used to provide a space through which cool air is delivered to the data center. Unfortunately, the space under the raised floor is… 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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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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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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Left, Right or Wrong at the Intersection of Energy and IT

In a year of political impasse where we can’t agree on a budget, immigration reform or gun control, an area of agreement and bi-partisan support has emerged; energy efficiency.  Depending on… Read more »

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Cool Smart, Save Smarter: Schneider Electric Cooling Infographic on Containment Strategies and More.

The growth of big data and the ever-evolving technology industry are causing overall data center demand to skyrocket – there are over 509,147 data centers worldwide today. This increasing use… 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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PUE and ESPC and UESC! Oh my!

It’s been almost 9 months since I provided my last update to the current state of affairs in D.C. with respect to energy efficiency legislation. We’ve hit a couple potholes… 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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DatacenterDynamics and Schneider Electric’s High Density Data Center Architecture

Richard Symons is EMEA Business Development Manager for APC by Schneider Electric, specializing in Rack Systems and PDUs. I caught up with him in the Technology Park at DatacenterDynamics Converged… 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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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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New Partner Program Promises to Accelerate Innovation, Help Customers Solve Energy Problems

In my last post, I wrote about how alliance partnerships would be crucial to helping cities become more sustainable and energy efficient, because they would distribute the risk among a… Read more »

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Energy Rebates: A Sure-fire Way to Reduce the Cost of a Data Center Upgrade

How much easier would it be to justify data center infrastructure upgrades if you were told the equipment would cost 50% less?  Probably a lot easier. When it comes to… 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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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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