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Data Center Malinvestment?

Data Center Malinvestment?
August 27, 2015 No Comments »

One of the dangers of artificially low interest rates is malinvestment: money put into certain projects is misplaced because demand in that area is unsustainable or overestimated. Do data centers fall into that category? The Trouble With Malinvestment Malinvestment goes ... Read More »

Using Big Data Energy Intelligence to Create Predictive Maintenance Programs

Using Big Data Energy Intelligence to Create Predictive Maintenance Programs
August 17, 2015 2 Comments »

The two largest expense line items on a facility’s operating budget are typically utilities and maintenance. Facility managers of office buildings, manufacturing plants, retail buildings, schools, hospitals or any other large premises, are ultimately charged with reducing both. In the ... Read More »

Business Continuity, Disaster Recovery and Data Centers: Filling the Plan and Test Gaps

Business Continuity, Disaster Recovery and Data Centers: Filling the Plan and Test Gaps
August 10, 2015 3 Comments »

To mitigate a wide range of business risks, including those involving data centers, many organizations establish business-continuity (BC) or disaster-recovery (DR) plans. Fewer, however, write plans that focus on specific threats, keep those plans current or even test them. To ... Read More »

Right-Sizing Data Center UPS Redundancy and Reliability

Right-Sizing Data Center UPS Redundancy and Reliability
August 5, 2015 No Comments »

The data center industry, facing exponentially growing demand for data and networking capacity, is challenging its power distribution and protection partners to provide electrical infrastructure topology solutions—including uninterruptible power supply (UPS) modules—with a wider range of power reliability to protect ... Read More »

Data Center Efficiency: 40% Improvement Through Best Practices

Data Center Efficiency: 40% Improvement Through Best Practices
August 3, 2015 2 Comments »

U.S. data centers consume about 100 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity, representing more than 2% of all U.S. electricity use according to U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) estimates. With the data explosion apparent in cloud computing, the Internet of Things, digital ... Read More »

What the New California Title 24 Requirements Mean for Your Data Center

What the New California Title 24 Requirements Mean for Your Data Center
July 22, 2015 1 Comment »

The latest 2013 revision of the California Energy Code (Title 24 of the CA Code of Regulations, Part 6) contains implications for the way we cool data centers, server rooms, MDFs, IDFs, and just about every other computer room in ... Read More »

Industry Outlook: Data Center Maintenance

Industry Outlook: Data Center Maintenance
July 1, 2015 2 Comments »

Industry Outlook is a regular Data Center Journal Q&A series that presents expert views on market trends, technologies and other issues relevant to data centers and IT. This week, Industry Outlook asks Rich DeBlasi, founder and president of Spec-Clean, about cleaning ... Read More »

Droughts and Data Centers

Droughts and Data Centers
June 2, 2015 3 Comments »

The ongoing severe drought in California, as well as perennial concerns about the availability of water (particularly in western states), raises serious questions for data center operators. Water plays an important role in cooling many facilities, but how should companies ... Read More »

The Return of Liquid Cooling?

The Return of Liquid Cooling?
June 1, 2015 2 Comments »

As a child, I vividly remember being mesmerized by the design of Cray supercomputers. Most famous for their iconic designs, these machines looked like they’d been plucked straight from a Doctor Who set. The phrase “they don’t make ‘em like ... Read More »

Software-Defined Networking Shakes Up Converged IT

Software-Defined Networking Shakes Up Converged IT
May 26, 2015 3 Comments »

The rise of technology trends such as big data and BYOD (bring your own device) are causing a seismic shift in the way data centers are managed today owing to the massive amounts of data they drive. To handle this ... Read More »