Articles Tagged: Data Center Operations

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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EcoStream Offers the Benefits of CFD at a Fraction of the Cost

Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modeling is a valuable tool for data center owners and operators. By running a CFD analysis, you can see exactly how hot and cool air is… Read more »

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Get Schooled in the Basics of Physical Infrastructure Management at Energy University

For decades IT groups have been using increasingly advanced tools to manage their various servers, storage systems, networks and printers. Data center physical infrastructure is just as important as these… 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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Five Fire Prevention Steps to Take Now in Data Centers

In data centers, where an organization’s entire digital infrastructures operates, close attention to fire safety is a must. Every procedure should include fire-safety considerations that are followed every time. Here… Read more »

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4 Reasons to Upgrade to the Smarter Smart-UPS

Chances are the profile of your IT infrastructure has changed considerably over the last few years, as technologies such as virtualization make higher densities more common for servers and applications… 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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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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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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Why I Returned to Schneider Electric – To Help Data Center Service Providers Gain an Advantage

I’ve been in the data center industry in one form or another for 14 years and have seen many sides of the business. But I don’t think I’ve ever been… Read more »

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Simple but Crucial Steps to Success with Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Technology

The next great virtualization frontier may well be the desktop, as more companies are finding that the idea of desktop virtualization infrastructure (VDI) can help them deliver a more reliable,… Read more »

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IDC Once Again Names Schneider Electric a Leader in DCIM Category

It appears data center infrastructure management (DCIM) software is getting some much-deserved attention in the marketplace, and Schneider Electric in particular is getting its due for its StruxureWare for Data… 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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4 Attributes of a DCIM System that Will Go the Distance

The number of vendors selling data center infrastructure management (DCIM) solutions is constantly growing and the solutions are varied to say the least. Some focus on specific measurement functions or… 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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Best to Take a Systems View on Free Data Center Cooling

Free cooling for your data center. It sounds great, doesn’t it? You are likely familiar with the term, but perhaps want to know more about its limitations, and wise use… 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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No More Excuses for Failing to Monitor Remote Wiring Closets and Server Rooms

Remote wiring closets and server rooms can be the bane of an IT pro’s existence. When something goes wrong but the usual network and server management systems can’t point to… Read more »

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When Building a New Data Center, Don’t Skimp on Commissioning

When you build a new data center, chances are you’ll be using components from various vendors, maybe CRAC/CRAH units from one vendors, power components from another, fire suppression systems from… Read more »

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Outsourcing data center operations for increased confidence and peace of mind

The ground-level expectation of outsourcing multi-vendor service contracts and optimizing data center operations is that your infrastructure will receive the care and expertise needed to operate efficiently and with minimum… 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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Reflecting on 10 Years of the InfraStruxure Architecture

As we began the year 2013, it occurred to me that our InfraStruxure data center architecture turns 10, making it a good time to reflect on how IT and InfraStruxure… 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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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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We’re Being Lean. How Did We Do Today?

It seems to be a standard part of the process when we make almost any online or offline transaction these days. The merchant wants your feedback about what they got… Read more »

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Virtually sure isn’t sure enough for today’s data centers…

4 million or so people took delivery of a new iPhone 4S within 24 hours of release. In other news, sales of the company’s iPad tablets have increased by 166%… 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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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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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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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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