What Are the Benefits of Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM)?

Ask yourself these questions: Can you easily tell which cabinets in your data center have available capacity? Do you have readily accessible information about power usage by server, rack, or circuit? Can you determine the best location for new equipment without physically walking into the data center to look, or using potentially outdated spreadsheets? Do you know exactly which critical assets will be affected by a proposed change? When you initiate a new energy efficiency measure, is it easy to track the results? Are you alerted when UPS batteries are close to failing, or when hot spots or other downtime [...]

What Are the Benefits of Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM)?2021-12-15T19:28:31+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

3 Keys to Better Data Center Management

These days, it’s hard to tell which aspect of data centers is greater: their criticality or their complexity. Data centers have become the essential drivers of many businesses, and their rise in importance has been paralleled by the evolution of technology necessary to maintain them. Managing them requires using the best tools and practices, because downtime carries high costs. Here are three keys to effective data center management. Get the Big Picture Data center performance is multidimensional. It involves many IT and facility factors that are interconnected, including power, cooling, energy efficiency, server capacity, asset tracking, and maintenance needs. Information [...]

3 Keys to Better Data Center Management2021-12-15T19:37:32+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

How to Ensure Your Data Center’s PUE Calculation is Accurate

A key metric in determining the efficiency of your data center is power usage effectiveness (PUE). Understanding the PUE calculation – developed by The Green Grid, information consortium and global authority on resource efficiency – is essential for successful data center management. PUE calculation involves dividing the amount of energy used to power the entire data center by the amount of energy drawn by the IT equipment. Ideally, those numbers should be as close as possible to get a PUE reading that is close to 1 (meaning that all of the power is being used by the IT equipment). For [...]

How to Ensure Your Data Center’s PUE Calculation is Accurate2021-12-15T19:53:13+00:00

3 Tips for Data Center Planning and Design

There’s an old saying in carpentry: “Measure twice, cut once.” The same principle of planning before execution applies to any endeavor, particularly one as important as data center planning. The data center is the nerve center of many businesses; with the growth of Big Data and the Internet of Things (IoT), there is more focus on data centers than ever before. Mistakes or oversights in the planning and design phases of the data center life cycle can have disastrous consequences, including budget overruns, delays, lost time, and poor efficiency. Whether you are updating and retrofitting your existing facilities or creating [...]

3 Tips for Data Center Planning and Design2021-12-15T19:52:01+00:00

How to Optimize Your Data Center’s Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE)

Data centers are massive power consumers, and managing power usage has become an increasingly important factor in managing overall data center costs. Data center power efficiency is gauged using power usage effectiveness (PUE), a measure developed by The Green Grid. Improving PUE requires an investment in intelligent power distribution infrastructure. Most data centers run at a PUE of 2.0 -- so for every dollar of energy used for the IT resources, another dollar is used on energy for operating and cooling the facility. A highly efficient data center can get its PUE score down to 1.3 or 1.4. In our [...]

How to Optimize Your Data Center’s Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE)2021-12-15T19:59:33+00:00
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