Articles Tagged: Data Center Planning

Faster and Easier Data Center Planning…and It’s FREE Too

We just announced the public availability of data center reference designs.  You can check them out and download them for free by going to our new reference design landing page… 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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Get Up to Speed on Data Center Facility Modules at Energy University

Schneider Electric has long been bullish on the concept of data center facility modules, and with good reason. They are faster to deploy than traditional data center build-outs and deliver… 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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Xperience Efficiency Session Outlines a Better Approach to Data Center Consolidation

In 2010, the U.S. federal government launched its ambitious Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative (FDCCI), with the aim to close 40% of its 3,133 data centers by 2015. That’s 1,253… 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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Learn How a Modular Data Center May Lower Your Tax Bill

Regular readers of this blog know we’ve covered many times the benefits of modular, scalable data center infrastructure, including speed of deployment, ease of scalability and lower overall costs. Now… 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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Go to School On How to Keep Your Data Center Cool

When building or renovating a data center, choosing the appropriate cooling system is obviously a big decision point, one that has a direct impact on how well your IT systems… Read more »

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Building and Financial Considerations When Selecting a Data Center Site

Last month I wrote about the importance of data center site selection, which was top of mind in the wake of October’s Hurricane Sandy. Since then we’ve been hit with… Read more »

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Blade Servers and Virtualization Shrink White Space But Challenge Data Center Design

The use of innovative technology, such as blade servers and virtualization, can decrease the amount of data center white space (the space used by computer cabinets) required but increase the… 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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Data Center Cost per Megawatt – Buyer Beware

It’s common in the data center industry to hear people talk about the cost per megawatt of data center capacity. To this I say – buyer beware. It is too… 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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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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Room, Row or Rack: How to Determine Which Cooling Architecture Is Best for Your Data Center

We’ve covered previously in this blog the different data center cooling architectures – room, rack and row-based cooling. But we recently came out with an updated white paper that helps… 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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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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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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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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5 Ways to Streamline Your Data Center Operations

  Your data center operations are one of the most vital parts of your company; you need to make sure they are in competent hands. You want to eliminate risk,… 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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Gartner Shares 5-Step Plan for A Successful Data Center Migration

The experts at Gartner have seen their clients execute lots of data center migrations – some successfully, some less so. But one thing is certain: they learn from both kinds…. Read more »

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Key Elements of a Data Center Growth Model

Ask a business leader where his company will be in the future and he’ll be able to articulate expectations about plans for growth. But predicting a company’s future with absolute… 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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Why PUE Values Can Be Misleading

If I tell you my data center has a power usage effectiveness (PUE) rating of 1.2, you’d likely think I was doing very well at addressing energy inefficiencies. But if… Read more »

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Data Center Cost per Megawatt – Buyer Beware

It’s common in the data center industry to hear people talk about the cost per megawatt of data center capacity. To this I say – buyer beware. It is too… Read more »

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Build a Cooling System that Relies on Economizer Mode – and Cut Energy Consumption in Half

We’ve written previously about how operating in economizer mode can help you save on data center cooling costs, and had a podcast that noted the technology works even in hot… Read more »

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Room, Row or Rack: How to Determine Which Cooling Architecture Is Best for Your Data Center

We’ve covered previously in this blog the different data center cooling architectures – room, rack and row-based cooling. But we recently came out with an updated white paper that helps… Read more »

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3 Keys to Ensuring Your Facilities Can Survive a Natural Disaster

Over the last 10 years, on average about 260 natural disaster events occurred each year, costing an estimated $132 billion (U.S.) annually. What’s more, on average 29 individual disasters occur… Read more »

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