Is Data Center Infrastructure Management a set of products, a process or both?

by Mike Rinaldi on 5/3/13 1:31 PM

Is DCIM the monitoring, collection and analysis of real-time, continuous, accurate information from an intelligent infrastructure that allows for immediate action, designed to keep the data center in an optimal state of balance between availability, efficiency and capacity?   Is it a framework for operating the data center?

What are your thoughts?

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Topics: Emerson Network Power, data center infrastructure, Data Center, data center design, kW per rack, data center energy, data center infrastructure management, PUE, DVL, electrical distribution, reduce downtime

How NFPA Electrical Safety Requirements Affect Power Users?

by Mike Rinaldi on 4/17/13 10:36 AM

The 2012 edition of NFPA 70E: Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace® became effective Aug. 31, 2011, and requires facility managers to take action in regards to safety-related work practices.


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Topics: Emerson Network Power, data center infrastructure, reduce cost, Data Center, data center design, data center infrastructure management, robust data center, electrical distribution, reduce downtime, data center outages, DC Power, sccr, short circuit current ratings

Rack Enclosures: More Than Furniture?

by Mike Rinaldi on 2/7/13 10:24 AM

How do you chose your data center rack systems?

Rack systems are strategic assets that play a key role in system uptime and data center availability and reliability. They can be counted on to be flexible and adaptive to accommodate rapid change. They can accommodate monitoring systems that can enhance the management of the data center ecosystem. They are, in short, a vital component of any data center.

The white paper notes that racks are now available that improve equipment installation speed via tool-less, “slide in, slide out” procedures. Taller racks take advantage of the data center’s headroom, while rack depth has increased to accommodate equipment. Side breathing needs have increased rack width to meet new manufacturers’ specifications and to enhance equipment performance and life through hot-aisle/cold-aisle arrangements.

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Topics: rack, Emerson Network Power, Data Center, kW per rack, data center infrastructure management, DVL, electrical distribution, enclosure

How granular do you get when you manage power in your Data Center?

by Mike Rinaldi on 1/31/13 3:37 PM

UPS all the way down to the wips under the floor.  Do you take it down to the receptacle level?  Do you use tools that are robust enough to let you know when you need to be alerted?

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Topics: Emerson Network Power, Data Center, data center design, kW per rack, data center energy, data center infrastructure management, robust data center, DVL, electrical distribution

Data Centers to Play Football with the United States Congress

by Mike Rinaldi on 10/11/12 3:50 PM

The fallout from the Sunday September 23rd NY Times front page article entitled “Power, Pollution and the Internet” which was purported as an “investigative reporting” piece has begun to spread.   In my last blog, I jokingly remarked that “the general public would go out and tweet and post Facebook tirades on their newest iPhones”.  Well it has clearly moved beyond that.

Only a few days later on Sept 27, Ranking Committee Members of the US House of Representatives Henry A. Waxman, Member Bobby L. Rush and Anna G. Eshoo sent letters to the US Department of Energy (DOE) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), “to request an update on efforts to improve energy efficiency in data centers across the county”.  

This was posted as an open letter to the US EPA and DOE in effect demanding an explanation of how and why they could allow the apparently flagrant energy and environmental disaster equivalent of the Exxon Valdez oil spill happen, while these two major government agencies ignored the travesty. The letter specifically cited the NY Times article as the cause for their concerns and the motivating force behind the letter. Perhaps by triggering the open letter from members of Congress, the NY Times may feel they have brought “justice” to the ostensibly polluting, wasteful world of the Data Center Industry,  in the same vein as the Washington Post’s breaking open of the Watergate scandal.  

I agree that there are many "older" data centers that are less efficient than the newest designs.  There is no question that there is always room for improvement in almost any system or process and the data center is no exception.  However, the NY Times article did not provide both sides of the issue, perhaps because that would have made it less controversial.

Published on 8th October 2012 by Julius Neudorfer, Data Center Dynamics

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Topics: data center infrastructure, reduce cost, Data Center, data center design, data center energy, data center infrastructure management, Containment, electrical distribution, reduce downtime

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