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  1. Why Power Monitoring and Metering Are Key to Data Center Efficiency

    Why Power Monitoring and Metering Are Key to Data Center Efficiency

    When we talk about data center efficiency, we’re really talking about the efficient use of power. We don’t want to waste energy, we want to save costs. That’s why energy efficiency is one of the main success factors driving the design of the data center.

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  2. Why Physical Security is Just as Important as Logical Security

    Why Physical Security is Just as Important as Logical Security

    Most organizations are keenly aware of the significant risk of cyberattack. They’re taking steps to prevent unauthorized access to their IT systems and data, and to detect malware and other threats.

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  3. Is It Time to Make the Switch to Fiber-Optic Cabling?

    Is It Time to Make the Switch to Fiber-Optic Cabling?

    Ever-increasing numbers of users and devices, coupled with growing adoption of data-intensive applications, are driving organizations to upgrade their networks. A 10Gb network backbone is no longer adequate for today’s bandwidth demands. Organizations are finding that they need upwards of 100Gb or even 400Gb, both in the data center and campus environments.

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  4. How to Prevent EMI from Harming IT Equipment and Data

    How to Prevent EMI from Harming IT Equipment and Data

    Electromagnetic radiation is all around us, whether it’s generated by a power station, electrical device, or a natural source such as lightning or solar flares. This energy causes electromagnetic interference (EMI) that can disrupt the performance of an electrical circuit. When EMI is caused by energy in the radio frequency (RF) spectrum it’s referred to as RF interference (RFI). 

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  5. The AC6000: Next-Generation UPS for the Modern Data Center

    The AC6000: Next-Generation UPS for the Modern Data Center

    Every data center needs uninterruptible power supplies (UPSs) to give administrators time to bring down systems gracefully in the event of a power outage. As data centers have become increasingly dense, UPSs are being called on to supply greater amounts of backup power. At the same time, organizations have less physical space in the data center to accommodate bulky units.

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  6. For Retailers, a Successful Black Friday Starts with the Data Center Infrastructure

    For Retailers, a Successful Black Friday Starts with the Data Center Infrastructure

    This year’s holiday shopping season is officially in full swing, and it looks like it will be a merry one for retailers. The National Retail Federation (NRF) defines the holiday season as Nov. 1 through Dec. 31, but Black Friday and Cyber Monday remain huge shopping days for consumers. The NRF estimates that more than 165 million people will shop in stores and online from Thanksgiving Day through Cyber Monday, and has forecast that total holiday season sales could exceed $730 billion this year.

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  7. Lies and Specifications: What Is that Data Sheet Really Telling You?

    Lies and Specifications: What Is that Data Sheet Really Telling You?

    The IT industry has always been enamored with “speeds and feeds” — performance, capacity, bandwidth. Needles and dials. “Ours goes up to 11.” Vendors are constantly putting data sheets full of metrics that suggest their products are superior to the competition. 

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  8. In-Row Cooling and Aisle Containment Offer Efficiency for Growing Data Centers

    In-Row Cooling and Aisle Containment Offer Efficiency for Growing Data Centers

    Many organizations are expanding their data centers to take advantage of new applications and services that can provide competitive advantages. That often creates a quandary — how do we cool this new equipment? Traditional perimeter cooling units are highly inefficient, and have trouble delivering chilled air throughout the room. This can cause hotspots and the potential for overheating.

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  9. A PDU Is More than a Power Strip: Tips for Selecting the Right Unit

    A PDU Is More than a Power Strip: Tips for Selecting the Right Unit

    Power distribution units (PDUs) look like oversized power strips — they have multiple outlets for plugging in servers and other equipment in the data center. There are basic PDUs that do little more than provide a centralized source of power. However, many rackmount PDUs offer advanced features, and choosing the right unit requires consideration of a number of factors.

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  10. How to get Proper Cooling and Management for Your IT Equipment in Any Space

    How to get Proper Cooling and Management for Your IT Equipment in Any Space

    Most organizations are aware that servers, networking gear, and other IT equipment have specific environmental requirements, and need to be physically protected from accidental and intentional tampering. In many cases, however, organizations simply don’t have suitable space in their office environment. They run power and network cabling to a storage closet and install shelves or tables to hold their IT equipment.

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