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Arc Flash Explosions: Myth or Dangerous Reality for Data Centers?

Arc Flash Explosions: Myth or Dangerous Reality for Data Centers?

Arc flashes—the fiery explosions that can result from short circuits in high-power electrical devices—kill hundreds of workers in the U.S. every year and permanently injure thousands more. They can also wreak financial havoc in the form of fines, lawsuits and damage to expensive equipment. This white paper aims to fill that knowledge gap by providing [...]

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Data Center Trend: Distributed Power in the White Space

Data Center Trend: Distributed Power in the White Space

Cloud computing vendors and colocation data centers make every effort to maximize the scalability, efficiency and agility of their data centers. As a result, more and more of them are investigating replacing older, transformer-based centralized power protection schemes with distributed architectures in which uninterruptible power systems (UPSs) reside in the white space (or data hall). [...]

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Considering Software Usability and Data Integration in Data Center Infrastructure Management Tools

The data center market is unique but has a lot of issues that IT can provide solutions for. Data center infrastructure management (DCIM) is the monitoring, measuring, and understanding of what’s going on in a data center to produce action items for operations. One of DCIM’s objectives is to conserve energy at data centers. In [...]

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Software-Definable Power at a Data Center? Part 1

This topic really interests me because it is the intersection of IT and power. IT completely depends on power, and these days we need to pay more attention to that. If we could make IT manage power conversely, that would be interesting and great. In Part 1 of this two-part blog, I will touch on [...]

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How Is the Data Center Infrastructure Management Market Shaping Up?

How Is the Data Center Infrastructure Management Market Shaping Up?

The title is somewhat deceiving. Yes, I would like to touch on some trends of the data center infrastructure management (DCIM) market, but more than that I want to talk about a conversation I had with Alex Fielding. He just landed at a DCIM company called Vigilent and his background is so diverse and interesting. [...]

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What’s Going on in the Data Center Market?

What’s Going on in the Data Center Market?

This is a summary of my attendance at the recent DatacenterDynamics San Francisco conference. The sessions I attended do not necessarily reflect the real marketplace, but they give you some idea of what it’s like. California Cap-and-Trade Impacts on the Data Center Market The federal cap-and-trade bill died in 2010 in the Senate. But California [...]

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Measuring and Monitoring: One Aspect of Data Center Infrastructure Management

Measuring and Monitoring: One Aspect of Data Center Infrastructure Management

A data center is a complex building. It houses IT and facilities equipment along with office and amenity accommodations. Because of this, its operations touch many categories of areas, and different automated tools and operation techniques are required to manage and run it effectively. It would be great if we had a handful of standards [...]

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Game Changer? Beyond Realizing Hybrid Clouds—Part 3

Game Changer? Beyond Realizing Hybrid Clouds—Part 3

This is a continuation of the previous blog on hybrid clouds. In part 1 and part 2, I discussed CloudVelocity and its technologies for implementing a hybrid cloud. Now that we know a hybrid cloud can be successfully implemented, what does that mean to us? How does it change the IT world? By the way, [...]

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Japan Data Center Council Visits Silicon Valley Power for New Ideas to Remedy Power Problems: Part 1

Japan Data Center Council Visits Silicon Valley Power for New Ideas to Remedy Power Problems: Part 1

The Japan Data Center Council (JDCC) is a consortium of data center operators, vendors, and users in Japan consisting of 170 member companies. Even before the disaster in March 2011, the JDCC was trying to work with utilities to come up with a suitable pricing structure and other factors for their unique power usage. Data [...]

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What’s Next with Data Center Energy Efficiency—Facilities or IT?

What’s Next with Data Center Energy Efficiency—Facilities or IT?

What is the next trend in data center energy efficiency? I may be biased because I am more of an ICT guy than a facility guy, when I talk about data centers. Based on my unscientific data, 70%–80% of people who attend a data center conference are facility folks; IT folks are a minority. When [...]

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