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Predicting the Future for Data Center Growth Made Easy

Predicting the Future for Data Center Growth Made Easy

This piece was originally published in the July 2016 issue of electroindustry. Patrick Donovan, Senior Research Analyst for the Data Center Science Center, Schneider Electric Successful navigation through the planning challenges of a data center project requires the structure of a well-defined process, the expertise of people to make decisions and evaluate alternatives, and the assistance of tools to organize information or perform calculations. One such growth model that provides Read more [...]
Ready, Touch, Go with Transfer Switch–Based Solutions

Ready, Touch, Go with Transfer Switch–Based Solutions

This piece was originally published in the July 2016 issue of electroindustry. Matt Schneider, Director Global Product Management, ASCO Power Technologies (Emerson Electric) As data centers continue to transition to co-location and cloud-based designs, the need for rapidly deployable, modular architectures continues to increase. Recent developments give facility managers the option to consider pre-packaged, transfer switch–based power systems for paralleling generators as an alternative Read more [...]
Protect the Data That Protects Us

Protect the Data That Protects Us

This piece was originally published in the July 2016 issue of electroindustry. Pat Walsh, Editor in Chief, NEMA Data centers scream security. Central to their operations is redundancy, redundancy, redundancy. On a daily basis, recreational hackers and cyber criminals alike wreak havoc on data that define our identities, lifestyles, livelihoods, and even our lives. Data breaches are commonplace today, and their impacts have grown in size and effect. Experts recommend that the physical Read more [...]
A Good IDEA in the Cloud

A Good IDEA in the Cloud

This piece was originally published in the July 2016 issue of electroindustry. Paul Molitor, President and CEO, Industry Data Exchange Association (IDEA) The increasing reliance on cloud computing implies an increasing reliance on data centers. For this reason, we must strive to make them as secure, reliable, and efficient as possible. In January 2015, RightScale, a consultancy specializing in cloud computing services, surveyed 930 IT professionals from companies of various sizes Read more [...]
Data Centers Come of Age

Data Centers Come of Age

This piece was originally published in the July 2016 issue of electroindustry. John Caskey, Vice President of Operations, NEMA The three most important factors in selecting real estate are location, location, and location—although size, craftsmanship, and other features may also be important. When it comes to data centers, the determining factor is reliability. While data centers have been around for decades, the bar has been raised on what constitutes a state-of-the-art facility. Read more [...]
A Glimpse into the Cloud

A Glimpse into the Cloud

This piece was originally published as the president's column in the July 2016 issue of electroindustry. Kevin J. Cosgriff, President & CEO, NEMA This month we’re introducing a new look to electroindustry magazine—a fresher, more modern manifestation of NEMA’s future-focused initiatives. What better timing than this issue on data centers, one of the most forward-leaning industries in which our members are engaged. Customers—from large corporations to individual consumers—increasingly Read more [...]
What are the driving forces behind expansion of LVDC beyond Data Center Applications?

What are the driving forces behind expansion of LVDC beyond Data Center Applications?

The ability to directly link between photovoltaics or energy storage mechanisms and direct current (DC) rated utilization equipment is an attractive option to avoid the potential energy losses and heat generation associated with power conversion from DC-to-AC-to-DC.  Many pieces of utilization equipment, particularly IT, home electronics and appliances, and office equipment are actually operated by DC supplied from individual power supplies that convert the AC current from the utility or building Read more [...]
Cow Computing

Cow Computing

In a Disney-esque circle-of-life marriage between high tech and big agriculture, researchers from HP have proposed powering server farms with waste from dairy farms. In a nutshell, methane from bacteria-digested cow manure would be used to generate electricity. About 10,000 cows could supply enough juice (milk?) for a 1MW data center. While co-located power solutions are not new to data centers or industry, the HP proposal is a reminder us that everything has a carbon footprint, and we’ll Read more [...]