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Coverage including updates, insights, strategies and best practices for the facilities management industry


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Uptime Survey: Enterprise Data Centers Carry Two-Thirds of IT Workload

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Uptime Survey: Enterprise Data Centers Carry Two-Thirds of IT Workload

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Data Center FMs Have Role When Organization Looks to Cloud or Colo

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Women in Data Centers: Advice for Developing a Career

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How To Leverage Existing Infrastructure For Data Center Efficiency

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Data Center As A Service (DCaaS), Colocation Offer Data Center Flexibility, Expandability

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A Brief History Of Colocation

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Data Centers: Energy Efficiency and Maintenance

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Reducing Data Center Energy Use Means Focusing on PUE, Air Flow, LEED

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Data Centers Get More Sophisticated About Air Flow, Higher Temperatures

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Renewable Energy Gaining Ground In Data Centers

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Rural Telecom Central Offices Could Become Edge Data Centers

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Considerations For Adding Backup Power To An Existing Data Center

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Data Centers: New Standard Targets Energy, Maintenance

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Finding a Job in Data Center Facility Management

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Critical Lessons for Data Center Facility Managers

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What Facility Managers Need To Know About Data Center Redundancy

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N+1 Redundancy: Multiple Options

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Exploring The Value of 2N Redundancy

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2(N+1) and 3N/2 Redundancy: High Reliability Options

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Swing ATS and Catcher Redundancy Strategies

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Data Centers: Good News on Energy

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Brian Dean Pushes For Change, Builds Top-Notch Facilities Organization at T. Rowe Price

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Study: Five-Year Outlook Gloomy for Federal Data Centers

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Critical Facilities Summit Focuses on Future of Data Center Technology

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Facilties Department Solely Responsible For Network Cable, Fiber, and Power Cord Installation

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SIDEBAR: Survey Says Facility Staff in Charge of Data Centers Earn Higher Salaries

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Data Centers in the Pacific? Microsoft Explores the Possibility

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Financial Incentives Can Help Cut Data Center Energy Costs

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Challenge of Quantifying Value of Data Center Energy-Saving Options

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Incentives for On-Site Power Generation for Data Centers

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Facility Managers' Role Changing as Data Centers Evolve

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Understanding Benefits of Cloud for Data Centers Important for Facility Managers

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Scalability, Easy Upgrades Among Cloud Benefits for Data Centers

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Data Center Facility Staff Salary Survey 2015: Market Background

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Survey Shows Challenges, Opportunities In Data Center Operations

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Survey Highlights Data Center Challenges, Opportunities

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Hurricane Sandy Showed Importance of Critical Facilities Site Selection

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5 Steps To Evaluating Sites For Critical Facilities

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Data Center Upgrade Spotlights In-House Expertise

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Design Standards and Objectives in Critical-Facility Siting

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Identifying Levels of Support, Measuring Productivity Loss Help Determine ‘Acceptable Downtime’

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In Study of Critical Operations, Gap Analysis Examines Operating Time of Redundant Systems

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3 Steps Identify Critical Facilities' Downtime Risks

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Important Issues in Selecting Critical Facilities Sites

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Using Detailed Site Analysis to Locate Critical Facilities

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Understanding Whether a ‘Critical Operation’ is Really Critical

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Taking a Comprehensive Approach To Data Center Fire Safety

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Successful Critical Facility Commissioning

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Evaluating Commissioning Agents For Data Centers And Other Critical Facilities

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Should A Design Engineering Firm Self-Perform Critical Facility Commissioning?

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Portable Cooling Considerations When In a Crunch

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Putting a Plan in Place When Portable Cooling Needed

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Weighing Portable Cooling Options: Temporary or Primary?

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Making Temporary or Portable Cooling Systems Work

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Data Center Facility Staff Salary Survey

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Data Center Salary Survey: More Than 10 MW

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Data Center Salary Survey: 2 To 10 MW

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Data Center Salary Survey: Less Than 2 MW

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Data Center Salary Survey: N After Any Failure

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Data Center Salary Survey: N+1 And Concurrently Maintainable

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Data Center Salary Survey: N+1

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Data Center Salary Survey: No Redundancy (N)

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Data Center Salary Survey: Market Background

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Dealing with Hot Spots in Data Centers

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CFD Poses Issues of In-House Training, Software Purchases

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CFD’s 3-D Detail Can Help Avoid Stranded Capacity

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CFD Modeling Can Help Maximize Data Center Capacity

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Designing Robust Site-Specific O&M Manual

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With Arc Flash, Data Center ‘Culture Problems’ Can Add To Hazards

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Some Data Center Personnel Lack Needed Electrical Background For Arc Flash Safety

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SIDEBAR: Arc Flash Safety Advice For The Data Center

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Decommissioned Data Centers: What's Next?

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Staff Training, Maintenance Schedule Help Keep UPS Running

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Data Center Assessment Can Prevent Downtime By Identifying Weak Spots In Design, Equipment, And Operations

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Look For Critical Facilities Design Experience, Knowledge When Choosing A Data Center Assessment Team

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Primary Objective Of Data Center Assessment Is To Identify Previously Unknown Risks

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Plan For Entire Life Cycle When Developing A New Data Center

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Colocation, Managed Hosting Are Alternatives To Owning A Data Center

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Focus On Data Center Life Cycle Can Help Shape Infrastructure Planning, Maintenance

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As Google Grows, It's Up To Joe Kava To Ensure Data Centers Keep Pace

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To Keep Up With Demand For Data Centers, Google Focuses On Policies, Procedures

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Custom-built Servers, Onboard Batteries Help Google Meet Its IT Energy Efficiency Goals

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Google Shares Data Center Energy Efficiency Information To Help Push Industry Change

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Customized Training Helps Google Data Center Employees Get Up To Speed

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Problem: Adding Servers Without Concern For Cooling

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Commission, Test UPS To Ensure Proper Operation

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Site-Specific Data Center Commissioning Can Avoid Issues

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Fidelity's Centercore Model Offers Data Centers Greater Design, Construction Flexibility

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Centercore Model Was Designed To Give Fidelity Options When It Comes To Meeting IT Needs

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Centercore Design Delivers Complete Data Center In Each Module

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UPS's Key Role In Data Centers Demands Close Attention To Preventing Problems

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UPS Design Concerns: Cooling, Surge Protection, Maintenance and Batteries

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Commission UPS Before Operations Begin To Ensure Performance Meets Expectations

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Tips For Operating UPS In Data Centers

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Ensuring Adequate UPS Redundancy

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Ensuring Data Centers Stay Online During Extreme Weather

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Outside Factors Influence Planning For Data Center Emergencies

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Preparing Data Centers for Extreme Cold or Extreme Heat

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Developing a Fire Protection Plan for Data Centers

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Common Problems With Data Center Commissioning

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Site-Specific, Customized Data Center Commissioning

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Air-Flow Management, Economizer Use And Understanding PUE Can Help Improve Data Center Efficiency

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A Comprehensive Approach To Data Center Fire Safety

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Evaluating Fire Detection Options For Data Centers

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Data Center Fire Suppression Systems: What Facility Managers Should Consider

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Data Center Fire Protection: Containment and Commissioning

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What To Know About Hot-Aisle, Cold-Aisle, And Chimney Data Center Containment Strategies

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The Advantages And Disadvantages Of Hot-Aisle, Cold-Aisle Containment Strategies

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How Chimney Containment Can Help Manage Temperatures In Data Centers

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Four Factors To Consider When Developing A Data Center Containment Strategy

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Pay Close Attention To Staffing Challenges In Critical Facilities

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How To Limit Human Error In Critical Facilities

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Survey: The Effects Of Hurricane Sandy On Critical Facilities

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Data Centers: Surviving Hurricane Sandy

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Complexity Complicates Data Center Maintenance

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How To Use Incentives To Improve Data Center Staff Retention

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Operations Objectives Should Drive Data Center Staffing Decisions

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Develop Comprehensive Work Rules, Procedures To Minimize Human Error In Data Centers

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Site-Specific Infrastructure Training Can Help Limit Data Center Human Error

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Data Center Availability, Reliability Hinge On Numerous Factors

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Data Center "Black Boxes" Can Complicate Operations and Maintenance

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Continuous On-line Condition Monitoring Is Best Way To Manage Data Center Maintenance

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Determining Optimal Start Time Delays For Generators

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How to Minimize Human Error, Prevent Data Center Downtime

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Strategic Perspective Guides Healthcare Facility Investment Decisions

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Large UPS Systems For Data Centers: Will You Get A Frankenstein?

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How To Avoid A "Frankenstein" UPS

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Managers Discuss Data Center Maintenance Challenges

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Conduct Site Analysis Before Starting Construction On Data Centers

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Hurricane Sandy Shows Value of Co-Location, Redundancy, Cloud Services

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Hurricane Sandy Prompts New Data Center Thinking

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Modular Data Centers Offer Flexibility

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The Challenges Of Commissioning Data Centers With Portable Generators

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Using Portable Generators For Data Center Commissioning Can Affect UPS

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Understanding Effects Of Generators Is Key To Successful Data Center Commissioning

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What To Know Before Building A Modular Data Center

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Know The Requirements For Modular Data Centers

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Keep Shipping Size Constraints In Mind When Designing Modular Data Center

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4 Questions To Ask When Considering A Modular Data Center

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Monitoring Is Key To Data Center Efficiency

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Data Center Innovation Demands Better Communication

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Blade Servers, Virtualization Can Tax Data Center Facility Capacity

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Facility Management, IT Need to Communicate About Data Center Capacity

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Data Center Power Audits Can Improve Efficiency

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Measuring Steady, Variable Data Center Loads Critical for Power Audits

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Calculate Power Usage Effectiveness as Part of Data Center Power Audit

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EMerge Alliance Leads Charge To DC Power

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DC Power Offers Unique Benefits To Data Centers

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FM And IT Need To Work Together

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DCIM Offers Benefits In Legacy Data Centers

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Communication Between Facility Management And IT Increasingly Important In Data Center Operations

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Effective Communication Between Facility Management, IT, Improves Bottom Line In Data Centers

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IT, Facility Management Collaboration Helps Data Centers Mitigate Risks

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Data Center Codes, Standards Give FM And IT Plenty To Talk About

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Securing Co-location Data Centers

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Data Center Infrastructure Management helps streamline operations

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Facility Managers Can Use Energy Star Program to Drive Data Center Efficiency

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Facilities, IT Departments Have to Work Together to Save Energy in Data Centers

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Co-location Facilities Can Tout Energy Efficiency Efforts as Cost Savers

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UPS Systems, DC Power Can Solve Energy Issues

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Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) Offers Clarity of Operations

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What Facility Managers Need to Know to Get the Most Efficiency Out of DCIM

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How DCIM Can Be Used In Greenfield, Legacy Data Centers

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Experts: Warmer Data Center Temperatures Are Safe

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Some Data Centers Resist Higher Operating Temperatures, Despite Energy Savings

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Minimizing the Risk of Higher Data Center Temperatures

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Innovative Technologies Help Ensure Higher Data Center Temperatures Are Safe

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Seismic Risk Important Consideration in Data Center Design

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New HVAC Technologies Can Help Save Energy in Data Centers

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Keep Your Eye on Data Center Energy Efficiency Trends

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Tracking PUE Can Help Create More Efficient Data Centers

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Seismic Readiness an Important Issue for Data Centers

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Testing Options for Data Center Seismic Compliance

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PUE is One of Many Metrics for Data Center Energy Performance

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Free Air, Water-Cooled Servers Increase Data Center Energy Efficiency

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UPS Energy Saver Mode, High Voltage DC Power Cut Data Center Energy Use

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In Data Centers, Simplicity of Design, Commissioning Saves Energy

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Modular Data Centers Offer Flexibility, Savings

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How Modularity Works in Data Center Design

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Is A Modular Data Center Design The Right Choice?

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7x24 Exchange Explores Data Center Trends

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Consider the Cloud When Expanding Data Centers

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Two Fundamental Ways to Increase On-Site Capacity

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Three Options for Data Center Expansion

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Networks Face External Threats

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Renewable Energy Systems Offer Options, Require Specifications

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Data Center Capacity: Getting the Most from More

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Expanding Data Center Allows for Closer Control

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Co-location Helps Decentralize Data Center Operations

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Expanding Data Centers to the Cloud Offers More Than Pie in the Sky Benefits

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Look Outside Building to Protect Data Center Network

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Separate Security Network Improves Data Center Protection

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Securing Data Centers Requires Dedication During Design

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Pros and Cons of IP, Analog Data Center Security Systems

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Fire Risk Needs Close Attention in Data Centers

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Data Centers Fight Energy Waste

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Optimized Cooling Plants Help Data Centers Save Energy

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Effective Fire Suppression in Data Centers Requires Careful Planning by FMs

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Going Green with Data Center Sites Requires Homework

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First Green Step Is a Big One For Data Centers

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Facility Managers Say Companies Are Taking Action to Increase Data Center Efficiency

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IT Departments Getting More Involved in Efficiency

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Collaboration key to data center efficiency

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Commercial Data Centers Will Begin to Use High-Performance Computers

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Gap Analysis: Evaluate Investment Choices in Master Plan

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Staffing and Support Should Affect Choice of Data Center Location

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FM-IT Partnership Can Increase Data Center Energy Efficiency

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High-performance Computing (HPC) Is Likely to Become Mainstream

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Power and Communication Needs of Supercomputers

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Tackling HPC's Massive Heat Generation

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Cooperation in the Data Center Can Reduce Costs, Increase Reliability

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Managing Common Disagreements Between FM and IT

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Trends in Data Centers

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Survey: Data Centers Taking Steps to Trim Energy Use

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Chiller System Design Can Improve Data Center Energy Efficiency

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Avoiding Conflict Between FM and IT

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Common Security Risks for Data Centers

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Fire Safety and Prevention in Data Centers

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New Energy Star Rating System An Accessible Benchmark for Industry

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First to Earn Data Center Energy Star Share Their Strategies

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Determining if an Existing Facility's Infrastructure can Meet High-tech Needs

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Increasing Data Center Capacity and Improving Efficiency

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Strengthening the Link Between FM and IT

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Data Centers: Poor Air Distribution Leads to Hot Spots

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Portable Units Avoid Capital Expenditures for Cooling

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What are the Main Types of Portable-Cooling Units?

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Find Allies to Win Funding for Facility Projects

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Recovery Act Funds Awarded for Data Center Efficiency Research

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Teaching IT About Energy Efficiency in Data Centers

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ASHRAE and Energy Star for Green Data Centers

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Mission Critical Facilities Require Cooperation Between Facilities and IT

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Using Water to Cool a Data Center

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Designing a More Energy Efficient Data Center

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Ten Tips For Facility Managers To Cut Energy Costs

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Avoid Rush Jobs By Building Bridges to Other Departments

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Two Data Center Airflow Management Tips

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Allstate Aims for Improved Reliability and Flexibility with New Data Center

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Cooling: Assess Overall Heat Gain to Calculate Loads

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Rent or Buy Cooling Equipment? Three Considerations

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Data Centers: Design Principles for Providing Critical Cooling

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Making Small Data Centers Green

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EPA Announces Energy Star label for Computer Servers

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Small Steps Lead to Big Data Center Efficiency Gains

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Airflow Is Management Key To Controlling Data Center Energy Costs

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Meeting Future Demands on the Data Center

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Ten Tips To Make A Legacy Data Center More Energy Efficient

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New Metric for Data Center Efficiency Proposed

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Finding and Keeping Good Data Center Employees

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New Report Targets Energy Efficiency in Data Centers

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Tactics to Boost Efficiency, Not Data Center Downtime

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Data Loggers Solve Problems in Data Centers, HVAC Systems

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Data Centers Need Backup Cooling Options

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How Good is Your Hospital’s Data Center Reliablity?

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Study: Green Data Center Strategies Decline

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Avoiding Data Center Fires

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Alternative Thinking

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ripple effect

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Who Reviews Your Data Center Energy Costs?

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Energy Diet For Data Centers

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Getting a Handle on Server Energy

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Data Center Efficiency The Focus of Three New Reports

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DOE, Green Grid Aim to Slash Data Center Energy Use

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DOE Targets Energy Efficiency in Data Centers

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Survey: Industry Standard Needed For Green Data Centers

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Data Centers Hold Potential for Significant Energy Efficiency Opportunities

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EPA Reports Major Energy-Efficiency Opportunities for Servers, Data Centers

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ABCs of UPS Systems

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Software, Hardware Firms, EPA Unite to Reduce Energy Use in Servers, Computers

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New Utility Incentive Program for Energy Efficient Data Storage Introduced

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New Data Center Group Finalizes Membership, Releases White Papers

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Weakest Link

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Data Center Decisions

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Crash

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Security Quandary: Who Goes Where?

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Data Center Aims for Green

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Data Centers: One Size Doesn’t Fit All

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No Debate: Miami's Planning Pays Off

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Avoiding Power Quality Headaches

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How to Get the CFO's Ear

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Too Hot To Handle?

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Facilities and IT: Entering a World of Change

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Soft Touch for Hardware

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In Mission-Critical Space, Operations Are Critical