Articles Tagged: data center

Using Technology to Predict the Next Presidential Election – Getting It Right Next Time

Boy was the election polling wrong!   How in the world could this have happened in this era of technology?  We certainly had choices on how to follow election results this… Read more »

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For Large Data Centers, Indirect Economizer Cooling Makes Sound Business Sense

At this point in the evolution of data centers, use of economizer mode cooling technology is pretty much standard, at least for large data centers such as those owned by… Read more »

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Helping Internal Colocation Service Providers Manage Multi-Tenant Environments More Effectively

Over my last few blogs I’ve been writing about the benefits which transparency can potentially bring to colocation service providers as well as the consumers of colocation services. I’ve tried… Read more »

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4 Ways IronGate is Hitting Colocation’s New Sweet Spot

The colocation buyer has a new name and it starts with a “C” — whether it’s the CIO, COO, CFO or, increasingly, the chief digital officer (CDO), the players have… Read more »

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What Will It Take for Colocation Providers to Reach New Levels of Innovation

I had the opportunity last month to speak to the Global Operations team of a large colocation provider regarding Schneider’s view of technical innovation inside the cloud and service provider… Read more »

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Colocation Providers Come Together to Maximize Mutual Success

In early October of this year some Schneider Electric colleagues and I had the pleasure of hosting more than 40 colocation operators from 11 countries at our 3rd annual International… Read more »

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Energy Effectiveness Creates a New Focus for Data Centers

Data center operators are being encouraged to organize their facilities so that they can run at higher temperatures. The theory is that higher operating temperatures improve overall data center efficiency… Read more »

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5 Reasons to Attend the Data Center Optimization Initiative (DCOI) Summit

Ever since the data center optimization initiative (DCOI) was handed down in March, we’ve been detailing its challenges and solutions, and realize that many agencies still have a lot questions… Read more »

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The Lesser Known Secret to Data Center Protection

You’ve thoroughly analyzed the business need, created a design and gotten budget to build or refresh your data center. To speed deployment, you take advantage of new converged infrastructure solutions… Read more »

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Why Controlling Rack Access is a Vital Part of Securing Data Against Cyber Crime

It is the nature of everything connected that it also bears the risk of misuse – whether malicious or accidental. It seems to me that overall, companies have taken great… Read more »

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The importance of data center life cycle management

One of the biggest challenges for data center professionals is managing the life cycle of data center equipment in a way that optimizes performance while reducing downtime. There is a… Read more »

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Call a Plumber…? There’s Water Dripping out of Electrical Conduits in the Data Center!

It’s summer, which is always a test for data center operators and data center design and preparedness. With the arrival of the “dog days of summer” occasionally comes an unexpected… Read more »

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Italian Wine, Schneider Electric and the Internet of Things …

Sometimes this job is very cool.  As I write this, I’m sitting in a little coffee shop near the Duomo in Milan, Italy having a glass of Amarone and some… 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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Podcast: Implementing a Low-Cost Energy Management Process in Your Data Center

“Many data centers use much more energy that they need to,” says Soeren Brogaard Jensen, VP Enterprise Software at Schneider Electric. But historically, data center managers have tended to be… Read more »

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Dr. Frankenstein and Data Centers

I suppose not very many would think of data centers as being alive per se.  Maybe some of those 2nd shift facility operators might as they walk their lonely, contained… Read more »

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Simplify the Data Center Planning Process with Reference Designs

It probably should go without saying that the planning phase is crucial to any data center project. But the specific planning process you use will go a long way toward… Read more »

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The Best Laid Data Center Plans of Mice and Men

  If you think about all the phases of a data center’s life cycle…plan, design, build, commission, operate/maintain/monitor/optimize, and assess…..that first early planning phase ought to be the quickest and… Read more »

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How Schneider Electric helps Data Center Service Providers ensure consistent SLAs across national borders

  For multi-national companies rolling out data centers across multiple countries it can be a fine balancing act between adapting to local market conditions and regulatory requirements and at the… Read more »

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In Large Data Centers, Medium-voltage Distribution Makes Lots of Sense

Data center engineers have long dealt with the issue of distributing power to the various components that need it, from CRAC/CRAH units to IT equipment and UPSs. For the most… Read more »

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Challenges and Solutions around Cooling Edge Data Centers

Cloud computing and the Internet of Things (IOT) are both taking off, putting pressure on cloud-based and other centralized data centers to keep up with demand in terms of traffic… Read more »

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The Case for Design PUE Curve

As I get older, I have found I more easily get frustrated.   This is not good news since I want to avoid turning into a grumpy(er) old(er) man. A recent… Read more »

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Cisco House experience illustrates transformational opportunities for countries, cities and organizations today and in the future

Cisco House celebrates the powers of transformation, with a focus on how transformation can enrich communities, individuals and businesses. Innovation, particularly via clever application of technologies and thought leadership in… Read more »

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Prefabricated data center modules break the mold for design flexibility!

Remember the old days when we built power and cooling infrastructure into a data center building? The IT load was all the same voltage and similar IT rack density and… Read more »

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Changes you MIGHT see in the next Electrical Code for batteries and other energy storage systems

In the current National Electrical Code (NFPA 70-2014), if you want to find information about energy storage devices such as batteries, capacitors, fuel cells, etc., you probably need a search… Read more »

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Summing up the Hottest Data Center Topics of 2016 – With an Eye to the Year Ahead

With December upon us, the floodgates are officially open for blog posts that look back at the year we leave behind or towards the year ahead. Consider this one something… Read more »

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Describing Data Centers to Poets: the Human Body Analogy

As someone who works in or around data centers for a living, you’ve likely had the experience of trying to explain to someone who is not up to speed just… Read more »

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Voltage sags aren’t that swell

It’s good to get a warning when a dip is in the road ahead. And it’s good to take it seriously, as I learned as a teenager with my new… Read more »

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Eight steps to plan for successful data integration

Integrating various software systems in your data center for monitoring, control, maintenance, planning and analysis is critical for businesses as it grants access to interpreting and acting on data that… Read more »

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Data Center Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast

Earlier this month I attended the Schneider Electric “Leadership Forum” – an annual get-together where the company’s strategy is shared, discussed and then disseminated. It’s not unusual for these events… Read more »

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