Introduction An ever increasing amount of data is being created, stored and served every day. Social networking, online videos, IoT devices, and automobile advanced driver-assistance systems (ADASs) are among the major contributors of this data onslaught. Referring to ADASs, for…

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Society’s increasing dependence on and consumption of data makes it necessary to figure out innovative ways to store it. As part of an initiative called Project Natick, Microsoft deployed a shipping-container-size data center prototype in Scotland that’s processing workloads and…

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Industry Outlook is a regular Data Center Journal Q&A series that presents expert views on market trends, technologies and other issues relevant to data centers and IT. This week, Industry Outlook asks Joe Richard of Schneider Electric about changes to medium-voltage switchgear…

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The growth of cloud-IT adoption continues unabated. Today’s landscape of cloud providers is dominated by a small handful of companies based in the U.S. and China that deploy company-owned hyperscale data centers. For the foreseeable future, these few will account…

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In a building-permit application, the architect’s construction drawings must include a codes review section (best on or near the cover sheet) that proves to the local authorities having jurisdiction (AHJs) that the building’s design meets the locally adopted codes. Two…

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Expansion into mobility and demand for real-time data are pushing businesses in every sector to expand their network to the edge and rethink how to lay out their IT infrastructure to support the booming Internet of Things (IoT). The opportunities…

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In reviewing mission-critical data centers under construction, both during the submittal phase and during on-site inspections, I’ve found that the single most misunderstood issue is penetration firestopping. Fire and smoke containment requires fire-rated barriers and smoke barriers at important locations.…

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RFP: does that mean request for proposal or request for problems? Sometimes it’s hard to tell. Have you ever spent countless hours exchanging documents and providing clarifications via email for your RFP? Or maybe you’ve spent your days responding to…

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Undoubtedly, the most critical component in any mission-critical data center isn’t the capacity of data servers or the types of UPS batteries; it’s the life-safety measures. Smoke, not the flame itself, is the greatest threat to safe evacuation and survival…

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In-house data centers can be expensive, especially since the shift from individual servers to networked systems. It’s like owning your own home, where you’re responsible for all of the costs, maintenance/repairs and security. For these reasons, many companies are making…

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