Articles Tagged: Data Center Efficiency

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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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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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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A surprisingly low cost approach to data center energy management

The 19th Century Irish mathematical physicist and engineer Lord Kelvin famously said: “If you cannot measure it, you can not improve it.” However, it is a basic principle of measurements… 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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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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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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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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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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When Efficiency Matters, Is Enough Ever Enough?

I’m sharing the platform at DatacenterDynamics Stockholm today with Peter van Schaik, Director of ICT, Delft University of Technology. Like many establishments of stature, the  University’s data centre is an important resource for… 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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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 Savings Performance Contracts are Starting to Snowball

With funding frequently an issue in federal government data center consolidations, it’s no surprise that creative means of paying for these projects are getting more attention. Perhaps the most interesting… Read more »

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Todays Standards are the Regulations of Tomorrow

In my work as Director of Global Standards, Codes and Environment for the Schneider Electric IT Business, I often work with or present testimony to government entities as they come… Read more »

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Micro Data Centers Helping Match IT to Application Requirements

The growth in both the number and size of data centers is having a major impact on power generation around the world. For example, during the opening plenary session of… Read more »

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When Efficiency Matters, Is Enough Ever Enough?

I’m sharing the platform at DatacenterDynamics Stockholm today with Peter van Schaik, Director of ICT, Delft University of Technology. Like many establishments of stature, the  University’s data centre is an important resource for… Read more »

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How Hybrid Cars Point the Way to Increased Data Center Cooling Efficiency

At a base level, hybrid cars get excellent fuel mileage for a simple reason: they don’t use the gasoline engine all the time. But in reality, the reason runs deeper… 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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Failure to Modernize Data Center Physical Infrastructure Increases Cost and Downtime Risk

Data centers are more dynamic than ever.  The constant change is often a reflection of marketplace behaviors as companies strive to anticipate the emerging requirements of their customers. In the… Read more »

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Water, water, everywhere, nor any drop to drink…

The data center industry is sitting on a massive resource which could enable huge financial savings I’ve taken the title for this blog from a famous old English poem, “The… Read more »

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Compass Datacenters Demonstrates the Power of Integrated BMS and DCIM

We’ve witnessed a rapid rate of growth in the data center industry over the last 5 or 6 years, whether you measure by number and size of facilities, revenue or… 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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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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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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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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A surprisingly low cost approach to data center energy management

The 19th Century Irish mathematical physicist and engineer Lord Kelvin famously said: “If you cannot measure it, you can not improve it.” However, it is a basic principle of measurements… 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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Make Energy Part of Your IT Strategy Document

Chief information officers (CIOs) and other information technology (IT) leaders make strategy plans, just like other business leaders. As a former CIO, I can tell you that the strength of… Read more »

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The Green Grid’s Data Center Maturity Model Can Delivery Big Energy Savings

Something rather remarkable has happened over the course of the last year at The Green Grid  (TGG) that anyone who owns and operates a data center ought to know about…. Read more »

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Energy Savings Performance Contracts are Starting to Snowball

With funding frequently an issue in federal government data center consolidations, it’s no surprise that creative means of paying for these projects are getting more attention. Perhaps the most interesting… Read more »

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