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Which Factors Impact Network Speed?
Blog Category: Data Centers

Posted by: Stéphane Bourgeois on July 29, 2016

Cloud services, big data, streaming video, VoIP phones, IoT devices – businesses need network speed and bandwidth to handle the capacity requirements of new applications hitting the scene every day. As networks take on more, are you tracking the factors that could impact network speed?

Let’s cover some of the factors that impact your network speed.

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Tags: Local Area Network


6 Tips to Reduce Data Center Power Consumption
Blog Category: Data Centers

Posted by: Stéphane Bourgeois on August 11, 2016

There’s no question that improving energy efficiency saves data center owners money, but there are other benefits to consider as well. Lowering data center power consumption can extend IT equipment lifecycles, decrease organizational environmental impact and footprint, reduce the amount of unplanned downtime due to outages or equipment overheating and improve mechanical and electrical system capacity. Data centers still have room for improvement when it comes to power consumption, and these 6 energy-efficiency tips may help...

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4 Potential Problems Caused by Dark Cabinet and Rack Colors
Blog Category: Data Centers

Posted by: Stéphane Bourgeois on September 22, 2016

There aren’t a lot of options when it comes to choosing data center cabinet, enclosure and rack colors. The standard is obviously black, and has been for years – likely due to cost and production reasons. The most common color alternatives are gray and white.

In this blog, we outline a few of the potential issues that dark cabinet and rack colors can cause, and why a lighter color inside and out – such as white or gray – might be an option worth considering the next time you need to purchase this equipment.

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Tags: Data Center


4 Benefits of Prefabricated Data Center Solutions
Blog Category: Data Centers

Posted by: Stéphane Bourgeois on October 06, 2016

Doing it yourself (DIY): From home improvement projects to crafts, the trend is to build, modify or repair things on your own – without the help of an expert. In some cases, a DIY approach might work just fine. In other cases, however, doing it yourself (whatever “it” is) may create more problems, take up too much time and increase costs.

Even within the data center world, you often have to pick between DIY or bringing in help. Most product manufacturers offer a great opportunity for managers, contractors or integrators to DIY their data center design and deployment. Depending on your data center requirements, available manpower, budget and skill level, a DIY approach may work just fine. But prefabricated data center solutions – also known as Data Center Ready solutions – can help you make faster, more educated data center infrastructure decisions.

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4 Ways Flexible Data Centers Are Like Lego Blocks
Blog Category: Data Centers

Posted by: Stéphane Bourgeois on November 03, 2016

When combined appropriately, standardized, flexible data centers offer several benefits. Because it can be hard to describe, we’re going to use Lego blocks as an example. While Lego blocks are standardized, they also provide a world of flexibility.

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Tags: Data Center


Data Center Issues: 8 Common Missteps
Blog Category: Data Centers

Posted by: Stéphane Bourgeois on November 17, 2016

When you have too much on your plate, it can be easy to let the basics go to save time or speed up deployment. Over the years, we’ve seen major data center issues occur due to human error and careless mistakes that could have been prevented.

These may seem like obvious missteps to avoid, but as data center managers’ responsibilities continue to grow, we want to make sure these don’t slip through the cracks.

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Is Your Data Center IoT Ready? (5 Questions to Ask)
Blog Category: Data Centers

Posted by: Stéphane Bourgeois on November 24, 2016

Real-time IoT data will increase data center workloads and bring new security, capacity and bandwidth and analytics challenges as we get IoT ready.

Is your data center IoT ready? Find out by asking yourself these questions …

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Tags: Data Center


The Impact of Your Network’s Layer 0
Blog Category: Data Centers

Posted by: Stéphane Bourgeois on December 02, 2016

Underneath your IT infrastructure lies a foundation: layer 0. It’s the one we don’t often talk about. It’s frequently overlooked, but is so critical. Installed behind the walls and above the ceiling, behind closed doors and in dark rooms, your cabling – although hidden, and rarely the topic of conversation among technology professionals – is, in my opinion, the most important layer of your information communication technology (ICT) infrastructure.

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