A Blueprint for Consolidating your Data Center

So, you’re contemplating consolidating your data center. Let us help! We’re here to provide you with step-by-step directions if you choose to consolidate. A major driver behind data center consolidation is the outsourcing of enterprise IT functions to the cloud to enable greater efficiency and scalability. As enterprises migrate their data centers, IT infrastructure processes, and computing platforms to the cloud, many seize the opportunity to realize cost savings by consolidating on-premise data center equipment and space. Many IT professionals already have running, consolidated data centers and are finding the operational, financial and competitive advantages of consolidation are clear. Most [...]

A Blueprint for Consolidating your Data Center2021-12-09T21:11:33+00:00

Lithium-ion Batteries Are Poised to Bring Big Changes to the Data Center UPS Paradigm

New Tech that will Transform Your Data Center It’s clear that lithium ion (Li-ion) batteries stand poised to deliver some dramatic changes to the field of data center uninterruptible power supplies (UPSs), mainly due to their longer lifetime along with reduced weight, footprint and cooling requirements compared to lead-acid batteries that are commonly used in UPSs today. Let’s paint a picture of just how dramatic that change might be in small to medium-size data centers. For starters, valve-regulated lead-acid batteries (VRLA) take up significant space. This is one of the reasons why large, or even medium-size companies, typically don’t place [...]

Lithium-ion Batteries Are Poised to Bring Big Changes to the Data Center UPS Paradigm2021-12-15T19:22:53+00:00

5 Best Practices for Ensuring NFPA 70E Compliance

Thousands of workers have been injured in workplace electrical accidents over the past decade. Ensuring worker safety is critical for companies that operate high voltage electrical equipment, and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 70E: Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace® was created to provide guidance on best practices to help avoid arc flash hazards, arc blasts, and other electrical accidents, and to protect employees working on or near electrical equipment. NFPA 70E compliance will help ensure employee and contractor safety when working on electrical equipment and also help companies avoid fines leveled by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration [...]

5 Best Practices for Ensuring NFPA 70E Compliance2021-12-15T19:31:39+00:00

How to Recognize and Eliminate Power Quality Issues in Your Data Center

When data center managers think about electrical power, it’s usually in terms of the quantity of power consumed by equipment and operations and how to make energy use more efficient. But equally as important is power quality, an assessment of the stability and reliability of incoming voltage and frequency as it moves through your facility. Power quality can impact more than productivity — power interruptions and fluctuations can be costly. Smart managers pay attention to power quality issues and take steps to prevent them. Some of the most common power quality issues include: Voltage sags, swells, and spikes: Brief decreases [...]

How to Recognize and Eliminate Power Quality Issues in Your Data Center2021-12-15T19:41:41+00:00

4 Ways to Reduce Data Center Downtime

Increased dependency on data centers to drive businesses has led to increased demand for 24/7 accessibility — and data center downtime can have disastrous consequences. How costly is data center downtime? Studies from APC by Schneider Electric have examined the costs of data center downtime by industry: from $1,544.80 per hour in hospitality, to $9,774.80 per hour in retail, to a whopping $14,836.80 per hour in insurance. To avoid downtime — and the big price tag that comes with it — here are four important areas to address. 1. Make Availability the Top Priority In today’s connected environment, availability is [...]

4 Ways to Reduce Data Center Downtime2021-12-15T19:43:10+00:00

DCIM Software: The Key to Optimizing Your Data Center Life Cycle

Data centers have become the cores of many businesses. As dependence on data centers increases, and technology continues to evolve, companies are discovering the advantages of data center infrastructure management (DCIM) software to help them navigate operational complexities. Whether you are constructing a new data center or upgrading your existing facilities to meet your business goals, you need the centralized information management that DCIM software provides. A solution such as Schneider Electric’s StruxureWare for Data Centers, a suite of DCIM software tools, is the key to optimizing the performance of your data center throughout its life cycle. The five phases [...]

DCIM Software: The Key to Optimizing Your Data Center Life Cycle2021-12-15T19:45:45+00:00

3 Ways DCIM Helps Companies Solve Data Center Challenges

In recent years, data centers have experienced booming growth, both in physical size and in importance to businesses. Not only is there the business data itself to consider (such as sales records or customer databases), but there are also increasing amounts of facility operational data to manage (such as power consumption, temperature, and humidity controls, rack space, and more). As data center challenges become more complex, companies are turning to data center infrastructure management (DCIM) software for essential and effective monitoring of their enterprises. Three main areas where DCIM is most helpful are visibility, availability, and capacity planning. Increased Visibility: [...]

3 Ways DCIM Helps Companies Solve Data Center Challenges2021-12-15T19:47:55+00:00

The Pros and Cons of Lithium-Ion Batteries for UPS Systems

Power failures are a fact of life, but if you are managing a data center or a corporate network, they can be catastrophic. Uninterruptable power supplies (UPS) help keep data centers humming even when there is a tripped breaker or larger outage. UPS systems are typically built using lead-acid batteries to provide power in case of an outage, but these solutions have not evolved much in the past few years. Data centers increasingly are searching for ways to reduce the size and weight of these systems, reduce cooling requirements, and extend the life of UPS systems while reducing costs. Lithium-ion [...]

The Pros and Cons of Lithium-Ion Batteries for UPS Systems2021-12-15T20:00:35+00:00

What Types of Uninterruptible Power Supply Systems Are There?

Data centers require power, in a stable and continuous supply, and it must be controlled carefully. Incoming fluctuations such as voltage dips or surges can damage sensitive electronic equipment, and power outages result in costly downtime. These hazards can be prevented with the use of uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems. A UPS regulates the flow of power and, in the event of an outage, provides battery backup so operations can continue with little to no disruption. Battery power will last long enough to either shut down equipment safely or activate an alternative source such as a generator. There are three [...]

What Types of Uninterruptible Power Supply Systems Are There?2021-12-15T20:03:37+00:00

How to Choose the Ideal Data Center Cooling Solution

IT equipment consumes power and produces heat in return, which necessitates cooling to avoid equipment damage. For data centers, cooling is crucial. If temperature and humidity increase, condensation can form within IT equipment causing major damage, significant downtime, and and high repair costs. To avoid these potentially disastrous outcomes, data center mangers need to be sure they choose the right data center cooling solutions. The characteristics of your data center will dictate to some degree the solution that you choose. Data Center Size. The type of solution that will give you the performance your data center requires depends largely on [...]

How to Choose the Ideal Data Center Cooling Solution2021-12-15T20:11:13+00:00
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