Articles Tagged: Virtualization

New Data Center Prediction and Simulation Tools Cut Costs and Boost Uptime

When it comes to managing data center operations, system administrators often prioritize uptime. Business line executives, on the other hand, accept uptime as a given and often focus on operational… Read more »

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After the Storm: New Approaches to Managing Financial Services Data Centers

The market forces and series of cascading system failures of the 2008 financial crisis created a perfect storm in the financial services industry. Now, a decade after the storm, banks… 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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DCIM vs The Spreadsheet

Somewhere in my Dad’s toolbox you’ll find an ordinary table knife. I suppose at some time it was used for eating meals, but not in my parent’s home. As long… Read more »

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Understanding Today’s IT architecture – Converged, Hyperconverged and Composable

It’s been a fascinating few years for enterprise IT hardware architecture.  Open source operating systems are being installed on white box and bare metal servers driving down margins in the… Read more »

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6 Tools for Addressing Executive Order 13693

While Executive Order 13693 intends to plan federal sustainability for the next 10 years, we have only had about 10 months to digest the legislation. I say “only” because at… Read more »

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C-Suite Pitching: Getting Buy In for Your Data Center Project

As a data center manager, you are probably used to being pitched to; whether it’s outside salespeople offering products and services or staff members proposing their ideas. What happens when… Read more »

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Software Created the Virtualization Gap; Now It’s the Bridge

Software definition began with server virtualization and helped avoid a zombie apocalypse of dead servers; moved to the network with the emergence of the Internet of Things (IOT); and has… Read more »

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Reducing PUE to meet Singapore’s New Data Center Guidelines

Ever increasing operational costs in the data center are forcing many to consider how electricity is the top contributing factor. This, along with new Green Data Center standards in Singapore… Read more »

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Powering the Data Center Through Storm Season: Solar Flares

Storm season is coming — and while we often think about the effects a major storm, such as a hurricane, might have on our data center, we might not consider… Read more »

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Calculators for Data Center Facilities & IT Planners, Designers, and Stakeholders

Too often, data center project decisions are made based on gut feels or having been burned in the past.  We find that often times, customers spend too much time detailing… Read more »

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Virtualization Energy Cost Calculator – Interactive tool to illustrate the energy impact of virtualization projects

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged about one of our TradeOff Tools.  But as promised, I want to continue to give some insight into what’s behind our TradeOff Tools,… Read more »

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Is Converged IT Infrastructure Moving Us Further Down the Prefab Path?

Converged Infrastructure (CI) means different things to different people.  But I bet most would agree that it’s fundamentally the collocation of compute, storage, and network resources (often into one or… Read more »

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4 Ways to Reduce Energy Consumption in Any Data Center

If your data center energy bill is a bit higher than you’d like, you are certainly not alone. By their nature, data centers consume a lot of energy and there’s… Read more »

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Simplify Power Distribution While Improving Reliability: Go Modular

You’ve likely read lots of posts on this site about the benefits of modular, containerized data centers, including this popular  post on the topic by Neil Rasmussen.  I would like to take… Read more »

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Can CAD drawings and Excel spreadsheets make perfect substitutes for DCIM?

By the end of March, it will be two years since the publication of David Cappuccio’s seminal Gartner white paper “DCIM: Going beyond IT” (amended March 28th 2010). Urging data… 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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Funding the Unfunded: Energy Savings Performance Contracts for Federal Data Center Consolidation

2013 marks the third year of the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative (FDCCI) and inches agencies closer to its shared 2015 deadline with the coinciding Presidential Memorandum; disposing of unneeded… Read more »

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Why data centers with a PUE greater than 2 could be obsolete in the next 5 years

I caught up with Paul-Francois Cattier, Global VP Data Center for Schneider Electric at Data Centres Europe 2012 in Nice and asked him about his presentation – the title of… Read more »

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Energy Efficiency Efforts Can Spell Trouble When the Power Goes Out

A number of important trends are helping companies save lots of money on electric bills by making their data centers more efficient. While this is certainly a worthy and justified… Read more »

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How To Plan Your Data Center For Your Business Requirements

  I met with Paul-Francois Cattier, VP Datacenters, Schneider Electric whilst at Data Centres Europe 2013 in Nice. I asked him how companies could start to address designing their data… Read more »

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Drinking Our Own Data Center Champagne

Practice what you preach. Walk the walk, don’t just talk the talk. Drink your own champagne.  We have all heard them. Now at Schneider Electric, the modernization of our own… Read more »

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Funding the Unfunded: Energy Savings Performance Contracts for Federal Data Center Consolidation

2013 marks the third year of the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative (FDCCI) and inches agencies closer to its shared 2015 deadline with the coinciding Presidential Memorandum; disposing of unneeded… Read more »

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IT as a Service, what does this mean?

IT as a Service means exactly, technology offered and served as a service. Pay for the technology we use, when we need it and to use only the technologies that… 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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6 Tips for Ensuring Optimal IT Environments at SMBs and Branch Offices

Raise your hand if you’ve seen a server stuck in a closet next to cleaning supplies, whirring away as dust gathers around it. It’s an all too common site at… Read more »

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4 Ways to Reduce Energy Consumption in Any Data Center

If your data center energy bill is a bit higher than you’d like, you are certainly not alone. By their nature, data centers consume a lot of energy and there’s… Read more »

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Calculators for Data Center Facilities & IT Planners, Designers, and Stakeholders

Too often, data center project decisions are made based on gut feels or having been burned in the past.  We find that often times, customers spend too much time detailing… Read more »

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After the Storm: New Approaches to Managing Financial Services Data Centers

The market forces and series of cascading system failures of the 2008 financial crisis created a perfect storm in the financial services industry. Now, a decade after the storm, banks… Read more »

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Three Data Center Cost Reductions Hiding in Plain Sight

Data centers support every facet of business and element of daily life, creating a relentless drive for greater speed, performance and cost savings. The role that power use plays around… Read more »

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