5 Tools to Determine the True Cost of Data Center Power Usage

Posted by Instor on Jan 20, 2017 1:47:00 PM

What good are the best tools in the world if you're not using them? Not much. When it comes to power consumption in your data center, these are some of the best tools to understand what's really going on. 

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Topics: Cooling, Data Center, power

Switch Beats Prominent IT Companies in Race to Implement Clean Energy

Posted by Jeremy Snead on Jan 19, 2017 1:30:00 PM

Greenpeace has been tracking the energy performance of companies in the IT sector that have made 100% renewable energy commitments since 2011. In their 2017 report of IT companies, Greenpeace has given the highest overall rank to Switch, making them an industry leader in implementing renewable energy.


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Topics: Data Center, power

3 Questions to Ask Before Planning Your Electronics Lab Infrastructure

Posted by Jeremy Snead on Jan 12, 2017 1:09:00 PM

 There are many different types of research and development labs that create hardware, software, and apps.  Both data centers and electronics labs use the same types of IT equipment. Lab equipment requires the same provisions as data center equipment to maintain uptime as power and equipment densities increase.

By answering these three questions, you will be able to plan an electronics lab infrastructure or improve an existing lab infrastructure.


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Topics: Infrastructure, Electronics Lab

Underwater Data Center Patent to Use Clean Energy and Natural Cooling

Posted by Jeremy Snead on Jan 10, 2017 1:14:18 PM

Microsoft has filed a patent application for an Artificial Reef Datacenter. The patent details deploying an entire server farm underwater that is enclosed by a permanent surrounding structure which doubles as an artificial reef. The patent has several provisions to promote marine life occupancy. Microsoft plans to use sustainable energy to power the data center while using seawater to naturally cool the space.  


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Topics: Powering, Cooling

3 Reasons to Plan a Data Center Build Out/Data Center Fit Up in 2017

Posted by Jeremy Snead on Jan 5, 2017 11:36:34 AM

As 2017 begins, the data center industry is in a position for higher levels of growth while obtaining inexpensive and clean energy sources. The new year provides an opportunity to build out a new data center or colocation project with optimized infrastructure and scalability options. Here are three reasons to plan your project for 2017.

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Topics: Data Center Fit-Up / Build-Out, Colocation Build Out / Fit Up

Cover Your Bases: Monitoring and Management For Data Centers

Posted by Instor on Jan 4, 2017 12:45:53 PM

When you can remotely monitor and manage your data center, you are gaining a competitive advantage: one that puts you in the driver’s seat with power usage, overall efficiency and gives you a 24/7 look at your operations.

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Topics: Data Center Monitoring, power, security

The 12 Days of a Data Center Project Manager's Christmas

Posted by Instor on Dec 23, 2016 3:32:01 PM

The 12 Days of a Data Center Project Manager's Christmas...


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Topics: Infrastructure

Getting A Grip: Top 10 Data Center Management Tips, Part One

Posted by Instor on Dec 21, 2016 1:55:19 PM

It's not exactly easy to see into the future of data center management, but by following these essential practices, you'll be set up for success now and down the line. Learn about remote monitoring, selecting the proper power, cable management and more. 

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Topics: Data Center Management, power, best practices

Data Center Practices Can Cut Costs in Your Hardware & Electronics Lab

Posted by Jeremy Snead on Dec 20, 2016 11:08:00 AM

Research and development teams use IT equipment in their labs to develop hardware, software, and apps. The equipment has the same requirements of space, power, and cooling whether it is housed in a commercial lab or a data center, such as Digital Realty. If the electronics lab is housed in a space other than a data center, then the lab manager could be losing money on cooling and powering to maintain the space.

While the overall flexibility is crucial in engineering labs, there are some data center practices that can be implemented in labs to lower operating expenses.


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Topics: Powering, Cooling, best practices

Top 10 Data Center Management Tips: Part Two

Posted by Instor on Dec 14, 2016 9:02:22 AM

Last week, we learned how remote monitoring, power and cable management could give you a leg up in the data center. This week, we examine how ambient temperature impacts your cooling costs and also explore backup power, sustainability and other data center management tips.

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Topics: Data Center Management, power, best practices