Articles Tagged: Power Management

Longtime User Extols Virtues of Smart-UPS and Progression in Schneider Electric Product Line

It was great spending a couple of days in the Schneider Electric booth at the recent Interop 2014 event in Las Vegas, mainly because I got to meet lots of… Read more »

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Schneider Electric Helps BusinessSuites Survive Hurricanes and More

When you’re in the business of providing fully equipped office space for companies large and small, complete with phone and Internet service, it behooves you to make sure those services… Read more »

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The Verdict Is In: Nevada Supreme Court Relies on Schneider Electric UPSs

When I think about the Supreme Court, I conjure an image of nine judges sitting on a bench, asking lots of questions (except for Clarence Thomas) to get to the… Read more »

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Batteries not included – Fundamentals for Energy Management Strategies

As I celebrated the holidays with my family, I am constantly reminded of the similarities between the daily energy management dilemmas facing the world and my children’s new Christmas toys…. Read more »

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Lightning Storms are No Match for Smart-UPS at Alabama Schools

If ever there was a case study that demonstrates the need for protecting network switches from power outages, it is the Mobile County Public Schools in Alabama. The system consists… Read more »

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At Bob Hope Airport, Providing Reliable Backup Power is No Joking Matter

When you think about the sorts of data center environments where uptime is critical, airports may well shoot towards the top of the list. When you have planes in the… Read more »

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Clearing up Confusion over 80% vs. 100%-rated Circuit Breakers

When building or upgrading a data center, at some point you need to make a decision about which circuit breakers to use. While on the face of it that may… 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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White Paper Provides an Education for IT Professionals on Data Center Electrical Terms and Concepts

Working in a data center, IT professionals undoubtedly come across electrical terms from time to time that they may not completely understand, or perhaps don’t understand at all. But in… Read more »

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5 ways to solve the harmonics challenge

As any plant manager would tell you, an invisible liability lurks in the electrical system: Harmonics can hamper operations and cause equipment to wear out way before its time. For… Read more »

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Don’t Leave Your Data Center Stranded Out in the Cold

For most companies, data center capacity comes at a premium, so it’s important to be able to wring every bit of it out of the space and infrastructure you have… Read more »

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Considering the Pros and Cons of UPS Eco-mode

In the never-ending effort to squeeze every bit of efficiency out of data center power and cooling, some data center operators are taking a hard look at UPS eco-mode and… Read more »

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4 Potential Drawbacks of Data Center Facility Modules

In a related post (“Save Time and Money with Data Center Facility Modules”), we discussed the many advantages of containerized power and cooling modules – or “facility” modules – in… Read more »

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How to Calculate a More Accurate PUE

Part of any effective energy management plan is determining data center infrastructure efficiency, as measured in Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE).  But it can be difficult to establish the PUE for… 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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Energy Rebates: A Sure-fire Way to Reduce the Cost of a Data Center Upgrade

How much easier would it be to justify data center infrastructure upgrades if you were told the equipment would cost 50% less?  Probably a lot easier. When it comes to… Read more »

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How to Ensure True Redundancy in a Dual-Path Data Center Power Distribution System

In a recent post I explained how there’s lots of variation in how devices with multiple power supplies operate, making it challenging to ensure they function in a truly redundant… Read more »

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4 Effects that Server Virtualization Can Have on Data Center Infrastructure

It’s well understood that virtualization technology has enabled IT groups to take great strides in increasing the utilization rate, scalability and flexibility of their servers. What’s more, it is the… Read more »

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Advanced distribution management will define next-generation energy providers

In a previous post, I introduced ADMS, the Advanced Distribution Management System – a solution that enables an electric utility to deliver reliable service, even as energy demand continuously increases… Read more »

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Technology pushes solar one step forward; Utilities pull it one step back

If you’ve seen one trade show, you’ve seen them all. They all have the dull roar of a hundred simultaneous conversations and the drifting smell of $8 hot dogs. Last… Read more »

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Hello, Facility Manager? This is Circuit Breaker No. 4

Look around and it’s not difficult to see the incredible impact the Internet of Things is having on our daily lives. From fitness monitors to home thermostats controlled by a… Read more »

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4 Tips for Keeping Your IT Equipment Cool When the Power Goes Out

In my last post, I shared some of the ways that data center energy efficiency efforts can cause temperatures to quickly rise in a data center following a power outage…. Read more »

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Six Types of Power Disturbances That Can Trip Up Your IT Systems

A study by the Electric Power Research Institute found that businesses lose between $104 billion and $164 billion per year due to power interruptions, and another $15 billion to $24… Read more »

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Lightning Storms are No Match for Smart-UPS at Alabama Schools

If ever there was a case study that demonstrates the need for protecting network switches from power outages, it is the Mobile County Public Schools in Alabama. The system consists… Read more »

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Assessing Fuel Cells and Micro-turbines for Backup Data Center Power

Data center operators are always looking for ways to improve reliability and one of the main challenges in that effort is making sure the data center has a reliable source… Read more »

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Save Time and Money with Data Center Facility Modules

Adequate power and cooling equipment is critical to the everyday functioning and long-term reliability of a data center. But sometimes enterprises are faced with the need to add more power… 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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You Have Options to Save Pipeline Energy Costs Today and Sustain your Energy Management Strategy

The hydrocarbon pipeline operator who manages pumps or compressors simply to perform the transport needed to complete the schedule of batches in front of those units is probably wasting energy…. 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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Modeling for Efficiency: How Mathematical Models Can Help Reduce Electrical Usage in Your Data Center

Measuring and predicting data center electrical efficiency can be tricky business. As explained in a previous post, a number of variables come into play that make it difficult to paint… Read more »

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