Articles Tagged: Energy Efficiency

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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Our Journey to LEED Platinum

Earth Rangers’ Journey to LEED Platinum As you may have seen from some of my previous blogs on this site and on www.ERCShowcase.com, the Earth Rangers Centre is a cutting… Read more »

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Has the New York Times Got a Point About Data Center Waste?

In case you were off the planet last weekend, “Power, Pollution and the Internet” a critique of the data center industry by James Glanz caused quite a stir when it… Read more »

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7 Tips for Reducing Physical Data Center Infrastructure Energy Consumption

I recently came across one of our Schneider Electric white papers from a couple of years ago that was all about reducing energy consumption attributed to physical infrastructure in federal… 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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Technology is great, but it all comes down to people

We all know that energy efficiency is the fastest, cheapest, and cleanest way to tackle our energy dilemma and that the technology exists today to identify and realize these efficiencies. … Read more »

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Earning the Role of Trusted Advisor for Data Centers and Energy Management

In my days as a CIO, I viewed some of the best-known technology vendors not as product vendors in the usual sense, but as my trusted advisors. For example, when… Read more »

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Best to Take a Systems View on Free Data Center Cooling

Free cooling for your data center. It sounds great, doesn’t it? You are likely familiar with the term, but perhaps want to know more about its limitations, and wise use… Read more »

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Raise your hand if you like energy prosperity

“The power just went out and I didn’t save that last document!” Does this sound familiar?  We live in a world that is increasingly reliant on energy – global electricity… Read more »

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3 Ways that Under-floor Cabling Causes Data Center Energy Loss

Raised floors are common in data centers, used to provide a space through which cool air is delivered to the data center. Unfortunately, the space under the raised floor is… Read more »

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The hidden cost of cooling redundancy

The hidden cost of cooling redundancy – and how Data Center Infrastructure Management software helps you identify it. I recently spent some time in a small data center with a… Read more »

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Old School Meets New Trends: Grappling with Innovation’s Institutional Tension

My first boss drove an elegant midnight blue Jaguar. He would occasionally “let” me take it for a spin (to the car wash or mechanic for him, but still). On… Read more »

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If you think your city needs smarter energy, you’re half right

Managing an urban center’s energy use is critical to providing a sustainable high quality of life for its citizens. Sustainable energy sources (green, efficient and liveable) are the other half… Read more »

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An Alternative to Building Management Systems for Smarter, Safer, and More Efficient Schools

There’s an old recipe for educational success – the basics of any educational foundation. It’s known as the three “Rs” … Reading, wRiting and aRithmetic. Well, I’d like to add… Read more »

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This is written using recycled bits

Being a responsible citizen in a world focused on the environment is difficult when you work in the IT business. How do you recycle bits and bytes? According to GreenWaste,… Read more »

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Video: Behind the Scenes of Energy University

In a previous post, I discussed how Schneider Electric’s free online education program, Energy University was recently recognized with the prestigious Sustainable Energy Europe Award, presented during the 2014 EU… Read more »

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Marathoner vs. Man – The Energy Run

Man has used energy from its most primitive way in prehistoric times to the most advanced forms in today’s world. If we were to divide the Paris Marathon route of… Read more »

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Five Tips to Help your Campus Sustainability Program Make the Grade

While I considered a long list of criteria when I chose a college for undergrad, sustainability was never a factor. Twenty years ago, I was worried about campus safety, available… Read more »

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What Smart Modernized Buildings Look Like

Aging Facilities Part 4: The Benefits of Modernization This is the final blog in a series of four that discuss the challenges of aging buildings, including the demands of today’s… 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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Telefonica: A Digital Telco Journey

Tier 4 data centers by nature use a significant amount of electricity, the result of all the redundancy built in to create reliability. So it stands to reason that if… Read more »

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AOL Wins Server Roundup Contest, Saves $5 Million by Getting Rid of Old Servers

We talk a lot in this blog about energy efficiency and how to use techniques ranging from containment systems to economizer mode and DCIM tools to help wring every bit… Read more »

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Who cares about carbon emissions?

Why I don’t think the new sustainability metrics from The Green Grid will be widely used.

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How to Build a Green Team: The First Step to Sustainability

The best place to start building a sustainable company is by collecting a group of individuals in your organization who have some passion about the topic of green or the… Read more »

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Wait, what? The power company wants to control my thermostat?

The thought of being on the receiving end of a demand response effort is scary to many customers. Wiser helps make it more attractive. Implementing a demand response program involving… Read more »

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Sailing Close to the Wind – Power Margins and Smart Grids

As a regular media commentator, it’s easy to tell when a breaking story has caught the attention of the public. When National Grid, the UK power system operator, announced expected… Read more »

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Today’s Lesson Plan: The Evolution from Pinocchio to Wireless Technology in K-12 Schools

Who would have thought that a puppet, magically brought to life, would offer sound advice for upgrading primary/K-12 schools? Well, Pinocchio did just that when he sang about going string-less…. Read more »

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Helping Junior Achievement Enrich the Lives of Children

I am super excited to write this blog as it will tell a super-cool story, about three super companies, doing super things to invest in the youth of our super… Read more »

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The Amazing Story of 30 Billion Things

Envision this: about 30 billion things will be connected to the Internet in just a few years (IHS, March 2016). The information superhighway or web of yesteryear has fast become… Read more »

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Facebook Implements Innovative Ambient Air Cooling Strategy and Builds a Better Server

Facebook not only has an innovative cooling strategy for its new Prineville, Ore. data center, it’s building its own servers that consume less power and are easier to repair. Those… Read more »

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