Articles Tagged: Data Center Planning

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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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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Explosion of Technology in Healthcare Requires Cooperation Between IT and Facilities

With the big HIMSS 13  event going on in New Orleans this week, I’ve got healthcare on my mind. HIMSS is focused on healthcare in IT and there’s certainly lots… Read more »

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Learn how to Limit Your Risk of a Data Center Fire

You’ll see a fair amount of coverage on this blog and elsewhere about natural disasters that can disrupt power and generally wreak havoc on a data center. But we don’t… 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Making the Case for Modular Data Centers

I was recently asked to participate on a panel for a podcast discussing modular data centers and, in preparation, put together a few notes on the topic. As I reviewed… Read more »

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Strategies to Reduce HVAC Costs in Data Centers

For facility managers looking to save energy in data center operations, the first target is the HVAC system. Several strategies are worth considering as data centers are being designed. One… 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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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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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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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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Supercomputing Demands New Thinking for Data Centers

Supercomputing Demands New Protocols and Thinking for Data Centers The power and communication needs required for high-performance computers far surpass those of a standard computer, creating substantial loads and challenges… 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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Supercomputing Demands New Thinking for Data Centers

Supercomputing Demands New Protocols and Thinking for Data Centers The power and communication needs required for high-performance computers far surpass those of a standard computer, creating substantial loads and challenges… Read more »

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Good Data Center Planning Requires Proper Software Tools

Too often, data center operators make changes to their infrastructure without adequately thinking through all the potential consequences of the change. The result is often overloaded circuits, unintended down time… Read more »

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Make Energy Part of Your IT Strategy Document

Chief information officers (CIOs) and other information technology (IT) leaders make strategy plans, just like other business leaders. As a former CIO, I can tell you that the strength of… 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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Why Two Cords Do Not Guarantee Power Redundancy to an IT Device

Probably you’ve noticed that many of your IT devices have more than one power cord and probably you have assumed (correctly) it was all about providing redundant power to the… 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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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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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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Learn How to Calculate Your Data Center Power Requirements for Today and Tomorrow at Energy University

In my last post I discussed the free Schneider Electric Energy University course, “Calculating Total Cooling Requirements.” This time I thought I’d write about a companion course, “Calculating Total Power… 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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