Articles Tagged: DCIM

Facing Pressure to Build Fast and Cut Costs, Data Center Owners Turn to Prefab and DCIM

After attending the Datacloud Europe event in Monaco last month, my #1 take-away is that many of the technologies that have been promoted in the industry have become standard practice… Read more »

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What is IMaaS?

Fast moving change requires an agile response. Not something that the traditionally conservative data center sector has often been able to boast about. The act of building or upgrading infrastructure… Read more »

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How Advanced Analytics and Predictive Simulation Help Data Centers Enhance Performance

According to the Uptime Institute (an independent division of the research company 451 Group), “the market for Data Center Management Systems, of which Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) systems represent… Read more »

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To Thrive in the IoT Era, Colocation Providers Must Drink Their Share of IoT Champagne

IT companies for years have talked – or even bragged – about how they “eat their own dog food,” meaning they use the products they make. Personally I never liked… 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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7 Technology Trends That Define Next-Generation Data Center Monitoring

Data center monitoring methods have undergone a dramatic change over the last several years. Consider data center power and cooling infrastructure monitoring as an example. These monitoring systems handle roughly… Read more »

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We’re Being Lean. How Did We Do Today?

It seems to be a standard part of the process when we make almost any online or offline transaction these days. The merchant wants your feedback about what they got… Read more »

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Enhancing Data Center Performance, Gamefully

In my last blog, I advanced the idea that the cost and complexity associated with instrumenting a data center is no longer a barrier to anyone gaining accurate, data-driven insights… Read more »

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The Impact of the Cloud on Hybrid Data Center Designs

At a recent event I sat down with Kevin Brown, Chief of Technology and Innovation for Schneider Electric’s IT Division, and we covered a lot of ground talking about how… Read more »

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DCIM’s Improvement to Workflow Processes is Key to Eliminating Data Center Challenges

Until recently, there’s been a numbing inevitability about survey results from research into the data center sector. Finding number one; all downtime is the result of human error. Finding number… Read more »

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The Green Grid Data Center Maturity Model brings benefit to Data Center Management

The Data Center Maturity Model (DCMM) was launched by the Green Grid in February 2012. The model provides clear goals and direction for improving energy efficiency and sustainability across all… Read more »

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BMS and DCIM Integration: Not Just for the Enterprise Market Anymore

The growing trend toward higher density through virtualization and cloud computing requires facilities and IT to be constantly aligned. This means that a comprehensive management solution is essential to the… Read more »

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SBA Communications to Build New, Modular Data Center – Fast

We’ve written in this blog numerous times about the various benefits of a scalable, modular data center architecture, from the ability to “right-size” the data center and have it grow… Read more »

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Micro Data Centers: An Innovative Case of Data Center Design and Operations

The most dangerous phrase in our industry is, “we’ve always done it this way,” and as such, we make it our initiative at Schneider Electric to expel the culture of… 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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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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The Side Benefits of DCIM; How Energy Management Averted a Data Center Cooling Crisis

I thought that you might be interested in a real life data center situation that recently arose here in China. We’d been approached by a customer who wanted to lower… Read more »

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Data Center Lifecycle Principles: Part 2 of 2 – Continuous Improvement

As examined in my last post, a key principle in the lifecycle approach to data centers is to design facilities with change in mind. However, once a data center is… Read more »

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The 3 Common Pitfalls of Data Center Infrastructure Management

Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) solutions are immensely valuable when it comes to operating a data center. With the right system in place you can see major cuts in operating… Read more »

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Data Center Lifecycle Principles: Part 1 of 2 – Design for Change

Recently, we’ve begun to hear more about a lifecycle approach to data centers. For years, the approach to data centers tended to be design- and technology-centric; what’s the best design… 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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The Side Benefits of DCIM; How Energy Management Averted a Data Center Cooling Crisis

I thought that you might be interested in a real life data center situation that recently arose here in China. We’d been approached by a customer who wanted to lower… Read more »

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DCIM, the Data Center Manager and the Software Defined Data Center

During my visit to Schneider Electric’s European Technology Center, I had a fascinating conversation with Henrik Leerberg, Product Line Director for StruxureWare for Data Centers about how software may now… Read more »

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BMS and DCIM Integration: Not Just for the Enterprise Market Anymore

The growing trend toward higher density through virtualization and cloud computing requires facilities and IT to be constantly aligned. This means that a comprehensive management solution is essential to the… Read more »

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Collision on Big Data: Dealing with the New Dynamics

We’re witnessing the start of explosive growth in Big Data, along with the headlong pursuit of the Big Data opportunity by technology vendors from four camps. This trend of tech… Read more »

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When it Comes to DCIM, Three is a Magic Number for StruxureWare for Data Centers

Gartner recently published its third annual Magic Quadrant for Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) Tools. Whilst the analyst is always at pains to point out that it does not endorse… Read more »

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PUE and ESPC and UESC! Oh my!

It’s been almost 9 months since I provided my last update to the current state of affairs in D.C. with respect to energy efficiency legislation. We’ve hit a couple potholes… Read more »

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DCIM and the Finance Guys

I had the interesting experience of being asked to present at the company’s Investor Day when Schneider Electric presents its annual results and future strategy to investors, bankers, analysts and… Read more »

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The Minority Report, The Lawn Mower and The Future of Data Center Maintenance

What would you do if you had the gift of second sight? Get the lottery numbers; maybe pick out the winner of the US Open, the horse racing or some… Read more »

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Challenges of Data Consolidation Part III: Normalizing the Data

The last installment of this three part series deals with data normalization and the alignment process of taking one piece of data and loading it to a destination. This topic,… Read more »

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