Articles Tagged: UPS

Why Virtualization Worsens Your PUE

Virtualization is often touted as a “green” technology and with good reason. Consolidating lots of under-utilized servers into a handful of more fully loaded servers can save lots of electricity…. Read more »

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Blade Servers and Virtualization Shrink White Space But Challenge Data Center Design

The use of innovative technology, such as blade servers and virtualization, can decrease the amount of data center white space (the space used by computer cabinets) required but increase the… Read more »

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Why PUE Values Can Be Misleading

If I tell you my data center has a power usage effectiveness (PUE) rating of 1.2, you’d likely think I was doing very well at addressing energy inefficiencies. But if… Read more »

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Standardized, Modular, Scalable…Blah Blah Blaaah…

These terms have been discussed and promoted ad nauseam for years.  Perhaps so much so, that my mere use of them in this title risks significantly reducing the number of… Read more »

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Protecting the Edge is Crucial in a Cloud Environment

As companies continue to adopt more cloud and virtualization technologies, they would do well to pay special attention to the devices that are now essentially the lifeline to their IT… Read more »

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Benefits and Essential Elements of a Data Center Reference Design

It’s only natural if you’re building or renovating a data center to want to finish the job quickly. On the other hand, you don’t want a rush job that leaves… Read more »

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How Schneider Electric Became First to Receive the New Energy Star Rating for UPS Products

On September 5, Schneider Electric made what I consider to be a significant announcement: our Back-UPS and Smart-UPS systems have become the first uninterruptible power supplies to earn Energy Star… Read more »

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Schneider Electric-Cisco Partnership Delivers 3 Solutions for Building Smarter, Less Costly Data Centers

I’ve mentioned Schneider Electric’s partnership with IBM a couple of times, most recently about how the partnership involves a close working relationship to deliver products of value to customers.  Another… Read more »

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Calculating the Hidden UPS Costs Associated with Upgrades of Data Center Power Capacity

The traditional way to scale up a UPS system is to buy another system to handle whatever power capacity you need, tie it into the existing system and test it… Read more »

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Easy Ways to Reduce Costs in K–12 IT Environments

Today we feature guest blogger, George Mitchell, IT Supervisor of Research and Development for Mobile (Ala.) County Public Schools. George writes about how school districts can respond to financial pressures… Read more »

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Don’t Let an Aging UPS Bring You Down: Assess Your Replacement Options

An uninterruptible power supply (UPS) is something like an airplane in that it must work all the time; if it fails some pretty awful things can happen. What’s more, if… Read more »

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How Oil & Gas Firms Can Meet the IT Demands that Digitization Present

In mid-2014, the price of a barrel of crude oil topped $100 (about €94). Two years later, in mid-2016, the price stood right around $40 (€37.5), having bottomed out just… Read more »

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Why are there more power outages than ever and how can the impact be averted?

The U.S. electric grid loses power 285 percent more often now than in 1984 and endures more blackouts than any other developed nation, costing Americans as much as $150 billion… Read more »

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Why Eco-mode UPSs and Free Power Quality Make Energy Management Systems Even More Important

In the data center industry we’ve been talking for years about the need for reliable power and how best to ensure we get it. At Schneider Electric in particular we’ve… Read more »

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Combating Downtime While Keeping Sales on the Floor

The approach to managing distributed IT environments has changed over the last decade, particularly in retail. Rather than supporting dedicated IT resources at each store location, many have put the… Read more »

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Why Data Center Modernization Projects Are Now Easier to Cost Justify

In today’s volatile marketplace, modernization of data center facilities has emerged as a competitiveness critical success factor and, if properly executed, a critical piece of an ongoing strategy to better… Read more »

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Failure to Modernize Data Center Physical Infrastructure Increases Cost and Downtime Risk

Data centers are more dynamic than ever.  The constant change is often a reflection of marketplace behaviors as companies strive to anticipate the emerging requirements of their customers. In the… Read more »

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The Importance of a UPS in Medical Imaging and Diagnostics

Technology is rapidly transforming the face of healthcare. It is playing an ever-increasingly important role in the clinical diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of many conditions. This means that, technology is… Read more »

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Battle of the UPSs

A quantitative showdown between DRUPs and Static UPSs Diesel rotary UPS (DRUPS) systems have found a niche in the data center industry as a backup power source for critical IT… Read more »

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Prefabricated Modular Data Centers – Sorting through the terminology confusion

There’s not a shortage of terms to go around when it comes to talking about prefabricated data centers.  Terms like containerized, modular, self-contained, portable, pods, skids, and mobile, to name… Read more »

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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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Windows Server 2003 Phase Out Opportunities

In short months, Microsoft will end its extended support for Windows Server 2003, leaving organizations that don’t migrate to newer platforms without support, facing increased maintenance costs and possibly violating… Read more »

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3 Keys to Ensuring Your Facilities Can Survive a Natural Disaster

Over the last 10 years, on average about 260 natural disaster events occurred each year, costing an estimated $132 billion (U.S.) annually. What’s more, on average 29 individual disasters occur… 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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UPS Eco Mode Can Deliver Big Savings

The Green Grid recently announced public availability of a white paper that touches on a subject that is near and dear to us at Schneider Electric: energy efficiency with respect… Read more »

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Determining the ROI of UPSs Requires a Comprehensive Risk Analysis

Pretty much any expense a company makes has to be cost-justified in some fashion, and often that process involves calculating a return-on-investment (ROI). If one can recoup the expense over… Read more »

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Combating Downtime While Keeping Sales on the Floor

The approach to managing distributed IT environments has changed over the last decade, particularly in retail. Rather than supporting dedicated IT resources at each store location, many have put the… Read more »

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