Articles Tagged: UPS

Data Center Downtime is Too Expensive to Forget about a Cooling Equipment Maintenance Plan

Enterprise IT professionals face tremendous pressure to keep their data centers running. After all, even the smallest amount of downtime can cost a business plenty in lost productivity and revenue…. Read more »

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Airflow’s Role in Data Center Cooling Capacity

Just because temperatures run high in a data center, that doesn’t always mean the facility is out of cooling capacity, says Chris Wade, national technical services program manager, Newmark Grubb… Read more »

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Powerful Lessons to be Learned from Jordan Spieth’s Masters Disaster

Sometimes, companies have advance warning when dangerous conditions exist that may result in disaster. Hurricanes and blizzards, for example, don’t exactly sneak up on anyone. Other times, however, disaster can… Read more »

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How Lithium-ion Batteries Stand to Transform UPSs for Large Data Centers and Facilities

In my last post I explained how lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries are poised to bring dramatic change to UPS systems for small- to medium-size data centers, changes that will offer benefits… Read more »

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Before Bringing Technology to the K-12 Classroom, Consider the State of Your UPSs

School districts all over the country are getting on the technology bandwagon, bringing tablets and Chromebooks into the classrooms and incorporating them into lesson plans. The devices are often used… Read more »

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Be Proactive: Implement a Preventive Maintenance Strategy to Reduce Data Center Downtime

Many if not most organizations rely so heavily on their data centers that they must flawlessly operate 24×7. Organizations build in redundancy in an effort to avoid downtime, but various… Read more »

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What’s Lithium Got to Do with It?

Defining a lithium-ion battery and what makes them different from lead acid. In the simplest of terms, a battery is an electro-chemical device that stores energy and releases it as… Read more »

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Pulse from the Data Center World Conference 2016

What a difference a week makes.   This year’s conference is in Las Vegas and being sponsored by companies with very traditional approaches to data center physical infrastructure design with a… Read more »

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Deploying Open Rack, Servers and Storage from the Open Compute Project

The data center industry has traditionally been risk averse and for good reason – business critical and life critical applications cannot be taken lightly. With that the industry is also… Read more »

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Are Lithium-ion Batteries Safe?

All battery types, by definition, store chemical energy, so every battery if mishandled (e.g., thrown in a fire) or overcharged has the potential for being a hazard by releasing hazardous… Read more »

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APC-Dell Relationship Takes Another Step Forward with OEM Agreement

APC by Schneider Electric has had a long history with Dell, dating back at least 22 years, providing power protection for Dell servers and networking equipment. As a result, Dell… Read more »

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UPS Modernization: Five Questions to Ask

When Schneider Electric merged APC and MGE UPS a few years back, it allowed us to offer unique UPS modernization services to manage the full life cycle of customers’ data… Read more »

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5 Keys to Selecting a UPS that Will Ensure Business Continuity for Critical Industrial Applications

While UPSs in data centers are critical for business continuity and protecting the bottom line, in other instances loss of power can be even more catastrophic. Consider a petrochemical station… Read more »

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Application needs in sectors including oil & gas set industrial UPS apart

Perhaps you’ve seen photos of uninterruptible power supply (UPS) units meant for industrial environments, or have seen one up close in person. One of the first things that makes these… Read more »

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How Lithium-ion Batteries Stand to Transform UPSs for Large Data Centers and Facilities

In my last post I explained how lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries are poised to bring dramatic change to UPS systems for small- to medium-size data centers, changes that will offer benefits… Read more »

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APC Back-UPS Made my Life Easier

Steve Ole Olson from St. Louis, Missouri likes to be prepared.  After a near miss from the devastating tornado that struck Joplin, in 2011, Steve was determined to find a… Read more »

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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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Secure power for healthcare spans range of solutions

In the healthcare market, medical imaging equipment such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) systems are among the critical assets needing power protection. If a hospital or clinic leaves a MRI… Read more »

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Office 365 Outage Points to Opportunity for MSPs to Offer Cloud Protection and Backup

Microsoft’s Office 365 email service was down for several hours last week, the latest big-name cloud service provider to suffer problems. While the outage may be something of a black… 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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A few takeaways from performing data center power & cooling assessments

Several times throughout the course of a year, I have the fortunate opportunity to participate in conducting Power & Cooling Assessments at customer data centers.  Schneider Electric’s Mission Critical Services… Read more »

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As IT meets OT, a Cultural Shift is Required to Ensure Business Continuity

An interesting trend is occurring in the operational technology (OT) space, particularly in industrial environments, one that IT professionals would do well to take notice of: IT related equipment and… 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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Stay in Front of the Regulators – Get a Handle on E-Waste

In a recent post I wrote about the electronics disposal efficiency metric (EDE) that The Green Grid has come up with to help users and manufacturers of electronic equipment measure how… Read more »

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Applying Internet of Things Technology to the Data Center

No doubt you’ve heard all kinds of stories about the Internet of Things and all the wonderful new capabilities it will bring. Think refrigerators that alert you when you’re low… Read more »

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Healthcare facility reliability and resiliency benefits from integrated design approach

Hospitals and medical centers are among the most “mission-critical” industry sectors. Their power supply must be extremely reliable and their systems must work well together because these facilities are protecting… Read more »

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Webcast explains electrical contractors’ role in secure power for today’s “digitized” economy

Because of rapid growth in digitization, electrical contractors need to be prepared to apply the appropriate level of power protection to smart assets that might be spread far and wide… Read more »

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Important Note for Generator Owners on the Two Year Anniversary of Hurricane Sandy

This week is the two year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, one of the most destructive natural disasters in our country’s history.  This devastating hurricane ultimately resulted in an estimated $65… Read more »

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Predictive Maintenance: A More Strategic Approach to Ensuring UPS Availability

Before I joined Schneider Electric recently, I spent 25 years in the semiconductor business, first as an equipment maintenance engineering manager for a manufacturer and later as operations manager for… Read more »

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The Truth behind the US Power Grid and How Your Availability may be at Risk

It’s no secret that we’re all becoming more reliant on energy and that today’s connected world needs uninterrupted power now more than ever. But did you know that the US… Read more »

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