Articles Tagged: DCIM

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?

*September 25th update: StruxureOn was re-branded to EcoStruxure IT. It seems to be a standard part of the process when we make almost any online or offline transaction these days…. 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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Water, water, everywhere, nor any drop to drink…

The data center industry is sitting on a massive resource which could enable huge financial savings I’ve taken the title for this blog from a famous old English poem, “The… Read more »

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How Cloud, IoT and Digital Services have Driven the Development of DCIM as a Service

*September 25th update: StruxureOn was re-branded to EcoStruxure IT. There’s no doubt that Cloud, the Internet of Things (IoT) and digital services are some of the hotter topics today. Add… Read more »

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Is it Time to Let the X-Factor Determine Data Center Temperature?

It’s been a couple of years now since a group of experts from major server hardware vendors, wrote a paper about the “x-factor,” (PDF) which is a way to quantify… Read more »

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How Sustainability, DCIM and the Open Compute Project Present Opportunity for Colocation Providers

While my last blog post focused on some market demands and challenges that colocation providers must meet, this one will look at opportunities providers have to improve their bottom lines…. Read more »

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DCOI One Year Later: Assessing your Data Center

It’s been nearly a year since the Data Center Optimization Initiative (DCOI) was handed down. Now, we are only 18 months away from having to be fully compliant. Has your… 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 »


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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Ready for the DCIM Cloud?

I was recently at CeBIT in Hannover, one of the leading IT events in EMEA (have a look at the infographic here If you’ve never been, it’s an immense show… Read more »

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Customer Feedback on Our Data Center Reference Designs

Schneider Electric offers a fantastic project planning tool called Data Center Reference Designs. And just like our industry recognized white papers and TradeOff Tools, it’s totally free and easy to… 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 »


Does the DCIM Business Model Need a House of Cards Makeover?

When you talk to data center industry commentators about DCIM, you’ll hear familiar themes emerging: the software is not being adopted as fast as predicted; it’s too complex and time… Read more »

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Top 3 Areas for Data Center Focus in 2016

The Internet of Things (IoT) was a big topic during 2015 and Gartner expects it to essentially spread its wings further in 2016. Gartner’s list of top strategic technology trends… Read more »

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A Piece of the Efficiency Puzzle: Integrated DCIM and Virtualization Management

If data center efficiency was ever off the map, it’s certainly back on it now. More than ever, companies across the board are being pushed to be “green” not just… Read more »

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Big data’s dirty little secret: a burning need for data center efficiency

The technology trends that promise to improve the level of information we have at our disposal to make decisions—big data and the Internet of Things (IoT)—have an under-appreciated downside to… 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 »


3 Approaches to Monitoring UPS Batteries – and Preventing Failures

Companies count on their UPSs to provide clean, reliable power in their data centers and for critical equipment – they are often the last line of defense in the event… Read more »


Secure Power for industry crosses multiple domains of expertise

To ensure the reliability of mission-critical applications in industry and infrastructure, organizations are tapping some of the same type of technologies used to protect data centers and information technology (IT)… Read more »


Circus tricks and software: 5 reasons to integrate your data center’s systems

Can you juggle? These days, data center managers seem as adept at circus tricks as they are at understanding the technologies inside their four walls. But we’re dealing with Big… Read more »


DCIM’s Role In Meeting Data Center Optimization Initiative (DCOI) Compliance

The expression “time flies” evolved from the writings of an ancient Roman poet, but it rings truer than ever in the context of today’s 24/7 connected world. Put the phrase… Read more »


New Video Series Offers Expert Advice, Insights From Colocation Industry Insiders

For my money, there is no better source of information about the colocation industry than those who work for colo providers. Analyst reports and the trade press absolutely have their… Read more »


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 »


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 »


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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INFOGRAPHIC: DCIM for Poets – Making Key Business and Technical Benefits Easy To Understand

Have you ever had to explain a technical concept to someone who was decidedly non-technical?  It can be a difficult chore, but that’s exactly the task Schneider Electric has tackled… 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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