Articles Tagged: Data Center Operations

Minimizing Data Center Downtime Caused by Human Error

Despite all of the growing sophistication of today’s buildings and the systems that keep them operating, the majority of interruptions don’t come from equipment failure but human error. While data… Read more »

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Preventing Problems In Data Centers

Performing a data center facility “check-up” every three to five years is essential to assess and manage such dynamic factors as load growth, changes in types of loads supported, equipment… Read more »

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Data Center Orphans: A Server is for Life, Not Just for Christmas.

This should be the stuff of an international appeal; please send money – there are millions of IT servers out there that are slowly becoming orphaned. They have no-one to… Read more »

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Operating Higher Temperature Data Centers

The traditional rule of thumb was always that colder data centers (between 68°F and 70°F) were important to prevent problems with servers overheating. At one time, that made sense. But… Read more »

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How to Ensure True Redundancy in a Dual-Path Data Center Power Distribution System

In a recent post I explained how there’s lots of variation in how devices with multiple power supplies operate, making it challenging to ensure they function in a truly redundant… Read more »

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Summing Up Telco Data Center Challenges in Less than 3 Minutes

Schneider Electric has published a new video targeted at telecom companies that, in just two and a half minutes, succeeds in summarizing the data center challenges telcos face and some… Read more »

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What Lessons Hurricane Sandy Taught FMs about Data Center Operations

Lessons of Hurricane Sandy for facilities professionals who were tasked with overseeing operations in critical facilities — a term that this particular hurricane clearly redefined. Building Operating Management surveyed readers… Read more »

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White Paper Provides an Education for IT Professionals on Data Center Electrical Terms and Concepts

Working in a data center, IT professionals undoubtedly come across electrical terms from time to time that they may not completely understand, or perhaps don’t understand at all. But in… Read more »

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A Challenge to the Data Center Industry: Get Off the Stick and Embrace The Millenials

A year or so ago, when my son was about 6, I took him to the local Lowe’s to pick up a few things for the house. While there we… Read more »

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An ASHRAE Standards Update from John Bean, Schneider Electric’s Man on the Inside

One way for a company to demonstrate that it’s serious about the standards process is to allow, or even encourage, its employees to participate in the bodies that come up… 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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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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Go to School on DCIM at Energy University

If you are among the data center managers who used first-generation physical infrastructure management tools but came away unimpressed, you owe it to yourself to take another look. Today’s data… 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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White Paper Provides an Education for IT Professionals on Data Center Electrical Terms and Concepts

Working in a data center, IT professionals undoubtedly come across electrical terms from time to time that they may not completely understand, or perhaps don’t understand at all. But in… Read more »

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2 Keys to Keeping Data Center Project Costs Under Control

Given the economic climate of the past several years, many companies have put off data center expansions and upgrades, creating pent up demand.  The situation can create a sense of… 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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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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Is a Containerized/Modular Data Center in Your Future?

Imagine your growing company suddenly needs some significant new data processing capability. And you’re being tapped to produce—out of thin air—a powerful new data center that has all the capacity,… 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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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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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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Top 10 Mistakes in Data Center Operations

By Lee Kirby For years, the data center industry has accepted that human operational error, not poor data center design or engineering, is the number one cause of data center… Read more »

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Wells Fargo VP offers 3 Keys to a Successful Merger

In 2008, Wells Fargo embarked on the largest acquisition in banking history when it announced plans to snap up Wachovia. Thus began a 3-year effort to integrate the technology infrastructure… 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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Freedom of Choice and Data Center Management

The idea of the company car seems to have gone away now and maybe you’re young enough not to have even encountered it. In the past, a business would provide… 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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