Articles Tagged: Data Center Planning

Are you a DCIM rock star?

For people working in data centers, the term DCIM (Data Center Infrastructure Management) has in recent years become a frequently used acronym and only few agree upon how to define… Read more »

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Examining Your Cooling Options: Room, Row and Rack

In many data centers, traditional room-based cooling systems are reaching the limit of their capabilities. With IT equipment now pushing peak power density to 20 kW per rack or more,… Read more »

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Calculating the Hidden UPS Costs Associated with Upgrades of Data Center Power Capacity

The traditional way to scale up a UPS system is to buy another system to handle whatever power capacity you need, tie it into the existing system and test it… Read more »

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5 Cooling Strategies for High-Density Racks and Blade Servers

More and more companies are installing blade servers, in part to support their server virtualization efforts but also simply because blades are more efficient than traditional servers. But the trend… Read more »

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Considering the Pros and Cons of UPS Eco-mode

In the never-ending effort to squeeze every bit of efficiency out of data center power and cooling, some data center operators are taking a hard look at UPS eco-mode and… Read more »

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Why Row-based Cooling May Be All the Cooling Your Data Center Needs

Many data centers use a hybrid cooling strategy, with row cooling for all the rack-mounted IT equipment and supplemental cooling for ancillary equipment such as tape systems and storage units… Read more »

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Dealing With Changes in IT Loads from a Power and Cooling Perspective

In any given data center, it’s to be expected that the IT load will change over time.  Growing companies typically need more computing power and storage capacity, which of course… Read more »

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Planning for Future Data Center Power Requirements: A Modular Approach

Data centers are essentially living, breathing entities that change over time.  The problem is, it’s difficult to predict in advance how they’re going to change – and therefore to anticipate… Read more »

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For Data Center Energy Efficiency, Hot-Aisle Beats Cold-Aisle Containment

There’s little argument that hot-aisle and cold-aisle containment systems provide big energy savings in a data center, while eliminating the hot spots found in uncontained data centers.  But which strategy… Read more »

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Save On Data Center Cooling With Economizer Mode

Most data centers are located in areas that don’t experience warm weather all the time. (If yours is at the equator, you can stop reading this right now. There’s nothing… Read more »

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Quick-Impact Data Center Fixes with Modest Price Tags

In an earlier post, we discussed data center energy saving steps that were primarily about changing behavior, such as powering off unused equipment or tuning systems. These ideas and others… Read more »

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How IBM Helps Companies Build More Cost-effective, Intelligent Data Centers

Schneider Electric has been partnering with IBM to deliver data center infrastructure for quite some time now, so it was great to catch up with some of the IBM principles… Read more »

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Chico’s New Modular Data Center Saves Money While Packing Plenty of Power

Nothing gets across the value of a technology solution quite like a customer telling the story in his own words.  That’s exactly what Steven Ross, Vice President of Technology for… Read more »

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Interxion and Schneider Electric Meet the Challenge: A State-of-the-Art Colocation Data Center Deployed in Just Two Months

Success in the colocation and cloud computing markets often comes down to being in the right place at the right time. If you’ve got reliable, efficient data center capacity in… Read more »

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Measuring Electrical Efficiency in Data Centers Requires Accounting for Many Variables

Every company has a vested interest in ensuring its data center is energy efficient, given the cost of wasted energy. Consider that a 1 MW high-availability data center can ring… Read more »

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Redefining Efficiencies for Downsized, On-premise Enterprise Data Centers

Over the last five years, three major transformations have rocked the data center industry. These transformations have occurred so quickly that many data center owners have been caught flat-footed, uncertain… Read more »

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DCIM at the speed of thought

I was in Vilnius this week, speaking at an Oracle Day 2011 conference. To me it’s always interesting to hear what my fellow speakers have to say, as well as… Read more »

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Planning for Future Data Center Power Requirements: A Modular Approach

Data centers are essentially living, breathing entities that change over time.  The problem is, it’s difficult to predict in advance how they’re going to change – and therefore to anticipate… Read more »

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Virtualization and Data Center Fabrics are Among Gartner’s Top 10 IT Trends

Gartner managing VP and chief of research David Cappuccio kicked off the Gartner Data Center Conference in Las Vegas today with a look at the top 10 trends facing IT… 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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Energy University Tackles Data Center Reference Designs

We’ve covered the topic of data center reference designs previously on this blog, notably in this post and video from Neil Rasmussen, where he talks about the key elements and… Read more »

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Interxion and Schneider Electric Meet the Challenge: A State-of-the-Art Colocation Data Center Deployed in Just Two Months

Success in the colocation and cloud computing markets often comes down to being in the right place at the right time. If you’ve got reliable, efficient data center capacity in… 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 Operations Rely on Communication between Facility Management and IT

A partnership between these two groups will ensure the best possible data center design that takes into consideration the long-term needs of both operational areas, say R. Stephen Spinazzola and… Read more »

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Modeling for Efficiency: How Mathematical Models Can Help Reduce Electrical Usage in Your Data Center

Measuring and predicting data center electrical efficiency can be tricky business. As explained in a previous post, a number of variables come into play that make it difficult to paint… Read more »

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DCIM For a More Distinct Flavour of Colocation Service

The English have a fondness for mustard. Not the brownish stuff that they eat in France, nor the green condiment that no respectable sushi would be seen without. Not even… Read more »

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5 Ways Data Center Operations Can Protect Your Utility Bill

By Martin Brennan, Critical Facilities Manager Let’s picture it for a moment: you’ve built your top of the line data center with all the bells and whistles. This room should… Read more »

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Benefits and Essential Elements of a Data Center Reference Design

It’s only natural if you’re building or renovating a data center to want to finish the job quickly. On the other hand, you don’t want a rush job that leaves… Read more »

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The Great Solar Eclipse Reminds Us to Review Our Data Center Operations

On August 21st a total eclipse will pass across the USA for the first time since 1945, well before the word ‘data center’ was coined. Commentators are predicting huge traffic… Read more »

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Success in Data Center Projects Requires Defining These 3 IT Parameters

Perhaps your business is growing and you need to expand your capacity to store data. Or, you’ve decided that your business has tempted fate too long without a backup data… Read more »

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