Articles Tagged: Data Center Planning

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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Todays Standards are the Regulations of Tomorrow

In my work as Director of Global Standards, Codes and Environment for the Schneider Electric IT Business, I often work with or present testimony to government entities as they come… Read more »

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Bringing Clarity to Modular Data Center Architectures

Anyone who pays even scant attention to data center issues has no doubt been hearing the term “modular” with increasingly greater frequency, and with good reason. As we’ve covered previously,… Read more »

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The Green Grid’s Data Center Maturity Model Can Delivery Big Energy Savings

Something rather remarkable has happened over the course of the last year at The Green Grid  (TGG) that anyone who owns and operates a data center ought to know about…. Read more »

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Increase Efficiency in the Data Center with Power Audits

High density data centers can improve their power usage efficiency with judicious audits that quantify power usage effectiveness (PUE). Knowledge of PEU will help facility managers reduce costs, says James… 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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Wanted: A Better Way to Quantify Data Center Risks

Let’s play a little game. Say you’re building a data center and you go to management with two proposals, one for a Tier 3 data center that costs $8 million… 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Data Center Predictions for 2013: Flash Memory, SDNs, Hybrid Cloud and More

As the new year begins it’s time for all good bloggers to do what comes naturally: compile lists! Far be it from me to buck this time-honored tradition (one that pre-dates… Read more »

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Ensure Your Bases are Covered: Categorize Your Data Center Management Tools

In an ideal world, data center managers would have a single software package that addresses all of their data center management needs. The reality, though, is far from that. The… 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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Still More Benefits of Prefabricated Modular Data Centers

In a fairly recent post I wrote about the APC by Schneider Electric white paper, “Practical Considerations for Implementing Prefabricated Data Centers,” focusing mainly on benefits around planning and design,… Read more »

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4 Processes that Require Care and Feeding for an Effective DCIM System

DCIM solutions can give data center operators a clear view of what is inherently a complex mix of disparate facility and IT systems and infrastructure, helping them make better, smarter… 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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3 Common Errors To Avoid When Commissioning a Data Center

Data center commissioning is a process by which an unbiased evaluation can be given regarding the operational prospects of a newly constructed data center. In essence, data center commissioning provides… Read more »

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4 Ways Strategic Partnerships Add Value to IT Projects

I’m a big fan of strategic alliances, and not just because I’m responsible for Schneider Electric’s alliances with key partners including IBM, Cisco and Microsoft. The reason is simple: with… Read more »

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The Word from VMworld: Prepare for More Virtualization

Virtualization technology is becoming easier to deploy for both servers and desktops, so prepare now to be able to handle an ever-increasing amount of both flavors in your data centers… Read more »

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4 Key Considerations of a Data Center Design/Build Strategy

I recently joined the Data Center Service Provider (DCSP) team here at Schneider Electric and have been asked to contribute to our blog site. So welcome to my first-ever blog… 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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