Articles Tagged: Data Center Efficiency

Calculators for Data Center Facilities & IT Planners, Designers, and Stakeholders

Too often, data center project decisions are made based on gut feels or having been burned in the past.  We find that often times, customers spend too much time detailing… 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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Cloud Data Centers and the art of Feng Shui

For over 3000 years, Feng Shui has been bringing balance and harmony to physical space. In China, millions of people live their lives according to the natural forces and principles… 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Top Trends from the Most Popular Blog Posts of 2013: Saving Money and Energy Efficiency

The end of the year is always a good time to take assessments in any number of areas – your job performance, personal finances, weight (OK, maybe not) and, of… Read more »

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Kicking Kafka out of Data Center Operations

My colleague tells me that he was at a conference in Europe and the speaker was relating how his company had been undertaking this big overhaul of its systems. It… Read more »

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