Articles Tagged: Data Center Operations

The Benefits of the Premium StruxureOn Offer for Cloud-based Data Center Monitoring

*September 25th update: StruxureOn was re-branded to EcoStruxure IT. In my last blog I wrote about the features and benefits which are included in the standard version of StruxureOn –… Read more »

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Industry Expert Offers 3 Keys for Colocation Providers to take Advantage of the Cloud Opportunity

For all the hype we hear about cloud computing, you may think the cloud ship has already sailed – if you’re not aboard, you’re too late. But, market-watcher Rhonda Ascierto… Read more »

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Commanding in Combat: Lessons for the Data Center Manager

It is hard to imagine anything more “mission critical” than achieving your objectives, conserving your resources, and protecting the lives of the men and women under your command than when… Read more »

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New Data Center Prediction and Simulation Tools Cut Costs and Boost Uptime

When it comes to managing data center operations, system administrators often prioritize uptime. Business line executives, on the other hand, accept uptime as a given and often focus on operational… Read more »

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Everyone is Talking About DevOps, Can it be Used for Data Centers?

DevOps is quite simply a combined effort of software development and Information Technology operations.  It is a term used to refer to a set of practices, processes, and cultures that… Read more »

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Sausage Making and Digital Remote Monitoring Platforms

UsingEnglish.com explains the “watching sausage being made” idiom in this way: “If something is like watching sausages getting made, unpleasant truths about it emerge that make it much less appealing. … Read more »

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How Your Smartphone Can Monitor Your Data Center and Your Black Friday Bargains this Thanksgiving

The holiday period traditionally brings with it some winners and some losers. Last year for example, the holiday retail sales battle was arguably lost by physical stores. According to a… Read more »

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How Industrialization Drives a More Predictable and Reliable Data Center Life Cycle

Arun Shenoy, the Vice President of Schneider Electric’s IT business in the UK talked to me recently about how he sees the data center industry developing over the next few… Read more »

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How to Avoid Common Mistakes in Data Center Planning and Design

I recently had occasion to read a white paper that Schneider Electric put out some years ago about the mistakes companies make in data center planning and was surprised at… Read more »

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How DCIM Fits in Every Data Center

In any walk of life, you don’t want to take a sledge hammer to crack a nut, or as my colleagues in some parts of Europe say, shoot sparrows with… Read more »

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Understanding Data Center Reliability, Availability and the Cost of Downtime

Here’s a sobering statistic from the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington, D.C.: 93% of businesses that have lost availability in their data center for 10 days or more… Read more »

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Forming a Strategy to Deal with Big Data from the Internet of Things

When personal computers first came out they had no internal storage. The operating system was on a floppy disc that you needed to load; it was called a boot disk…. Read more »

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Can CAD drawings and Excel spreadsheets make perfect substitutes for DCIM?

By the end of March, it will be two years since the publication of David Cappuccio’s seminal Gartner white paper “DCIM: Going beyond IT” (amended March 28th 2010). Urging data… Read more »

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The 3 Common Pitfalls of Data Center Infrastructure Management

Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) solutions are immensely valuable when it comes to operating a data center. With the right system in place you can see major cuts in operating… Read more »

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How to Avoid Common Mistakes in Data Center Planning and Design

I recently had occasion to read a white paper that Schneider Electric put out some years ago about the mistakes companies make in data center planning and was surprised at… Read more »

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In Advance of Hurricane Season, It’s Time to Conduct a UPS Checkup

According to the National Weather Service, hurricane season begins on May 15 for the Pacific and on June 1 for the Atlantic – mere weeks away. Given the various weather… Read more »

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3 Ways a Strong Data Center Operations Program is More Important Than Your Data Center Design

With your data center design in place, shouldn’t your data center run smoothly? As some of you may already have discovered, anything can happen to your data center, nomatter how… Read more »

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Prove Your Data Center Knowledge: Get Certified Through Energy University

Certifications have long held value in IT circles, helping practitioners prove they know their way around everything from Cisco routers to Microsoft Windows operating systems. Typically, though, getting certified in… Read more »

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Careful Planning Is Essential for Data Center Fire Suppression

An effective fire suppression plan for the data center should be at the top of any facility manager’s priority list. In the event of such a calamity, the first priority… Read more »

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Electrical Design and Maintenance Considerations in Data Center Disaster Avoidance

A sound disaster avoidance plan is crucial to ensuring the continuous 24x7x365 operation of a mission critical data center. The plan needs to cover numerous areas (as outlined in the… 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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Everyone is Talking About DevOps, Can it be Used for Data Centers?

DevOps is quite simply a combined effort of software development and Information Technology operations.  It is a term used to refer to a set of practices, processes, and cultures that… Read more »

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The Data Center Services Lifecycle: Go Beyond Design/Build

When you consider the point in the lifecycle of a data center when people most typically think of the need for consulting services, it’s during the upfront phases—right at the… Read more »

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4 Types of Failures that Put Maximum Uptime at Risk – and How to Avoid Them

Maximum uptime is a philosophy. It begins with the planning of your facility and remains a continuous process through every step of design, construction, commissioning, operations, failure analysis and recommissioning…. Read more »

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Modular Data Center Market is Heating up – and Reliability is One Reason

The market for prefabricated, modular data centers is heating up, to say the least. In a session at the Uptime Institute Symposium 2012 event this week in Santa Clara, industry… Read more »

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Careful Planning Is Essential for Data Center Fire Suppression

An effective fire suppression plan for the data center should be at the top of any facility manager’s priority list. In the event of such a calamity, the first priority… Read more »

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12 Ways to Save Energy in Your Data Center

Like most people, I love a good list – top 10 this, 15 best that, whatever it might be. So I was most interested to see a new e-book from… Read more »

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7 Quick Tips for an Aging Data Center

Many people ask me questions about how to cope with the issues facing legacy data centers, such as insufficient capacity, aging infrastructure, or inadequate power and cooling. With the continuous… Read more »

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In Advance of Hurricane Season, It’s Time to Conduct a UPS Checkup

According to the National Weather Service, hurricane season begins on May 15 for the Pacific and on June 1 for the Atlantic – mere weeks away. Given the various weather… Read more »

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Bridging the gap – what can Hollywood teach us?

If you like tales of redemption and reconciliation, Kevin Costner’s baseball saga, “Field of Dreams” is schmaltzy, but kind of cool. If you haven’t seen the movie, it concerns a… Read more »

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