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Compliance for SMBs from a storage perspective

05 March 2018

What is GDPR?

The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) intends to strengthen and unify data protection for all individuals within the European Union.

How to chose an IT rack

25 September 2017

Executive summary

In data centers with 1-3kW/rack, the most popular IT racks have been 600 mm (24 inches) wide, 1070 mm (42 inches) deep, and 42U tall. However, most data centers today support a wide variety of IT equipment densities and form factors that require appropriate racks and accessories. For example, in racks housing 5 kW and above, the most popular rack size is no longer optimal as deeper equipment, higher density rackmounted power distribution units (rack PDUs), and increased cable loads crowd the inside of the IT rack. This paper discusses the key size and feature options for IT racks and criteria for selection.

Building blocks of every IT environment

25 September 2017

Schneider Electric NetShelterTM enclosures, open frame racks, and related products provide a complete solution to meet the challenges facing server and networking applications in every environment.

  • Best-in-class NetShelter enclosures offer the most standard features to facilitate installation and speed of deployment, integrating seamlessly with the full line of Schneider Electric InfraStruxureTM components.
  • Rack power distribution units (PDUs), jointly designed with NetShelter enclosures, enable pinpoint control and monitoring of rack-level power.
  • Rack accessories provide superior cable management capabilities for high‑density networking and blade applications.

2.5 & 5Gb - A step too far? You decide

23 February 2017


In the last few weeks we have seen a major announcement coming out from the IEEE, followed by the supporting marketing hype from certain switch technology vendors, making several very bold claims which border on the irresponsible.

Back in 2013 the IEEE set up a task force under the designation of NGBase-T which set out to investigate getting higher and higher speeds over copper twisted pair cables. The first task was to try and get 40Gb Ethernet over what has become Category 8 cabling. This was given the designation 802.3bq, the background of which was more about the economics of copper vs fibre interfaces in the switch, rather than anything around a performance upgrade.

High Density Fiber

22 December 2016

Executive Summary

Growing demand for faster access to larger volumes of data, coupled with emerging high-speed network standards and rapidly advancing technology, is having a profound impact on network infrastructure. As 40 Gb fiber becomes a standard option in data centers, the challenge of connecting 40 Gb switches to existing 10 Gb equipment moves front and center. Adding further complexity, it’s clear that organizations of all sizes also need to be prepared to integrate speeds of 100/120 Gb and beyond. Custom breakout cables filled a pressing need when there were no other options available, but they also increase costs, delay projects and present an unpleasant scenario for upgrades and repairs. The emergence of modular patch panels provides a mature and highly scalable alternative to custom breakout cables. Modular patch panels conveniently integrate equipment of different network speeds to meet your connectivity needs today and cost-effectively future-proof your network for tomorrow.


Next Generation Connectivity for the NHS

13 October 2016

A clear strategic vision

The strategic vision for the future of the NHS has been set out clearly by the Department of Health in the Five Year Forward View and the National Information Board’s Personalised Health and Care 2020. It is a vision which has at its heart a commitment to patient-centric care and quality of care – the provision of services which meet the specific needs of each individual, and which allow citizens to manage their own healthcare decisions with ease and clarity.

How monitoring systems reduce human error in distributed server rooms and remote wiring closets

06 September 2016

Surprise incidences of downtime in server rooms and remote wiring closets lead to sleepless nights for many IT managers.

Most can recount horror stories about how bad luck, human error, or just simple incompetence brought their server rooms down.

In this paper, Dennis Bouley, senior research analyst at Schneider Electric's Data Centre Science Centre, analyses several of these incidents and makes recommendations for how a basic monitoring system can help reduce the occurrence of these unanticipated events. 

Power and cooling capacity management for data centres

17 August 2016

High density IT equipment stresses the power density capability of modern data centres.

Installation and unmanaged proliferation of this equipment can lead to unexpected problems with power and cooling infrastructure including overheating, overloads, and loss of redundancy.

The ability to measure and predict power and cooling capability at the rack enclosure level is required to ensure predictable performance and optimise use of the physical infrastructure resource.

Addressing cyber security concerns of data centre remote monitoring platforms

18 July 2016

Digital remote monitoring services provide real-time monitoring and data analytics for data centre physical infrastructure systems.

However, with the cost of cyber security crime projected to quadruple over the next few years reaching $2 trillion by 2019, there is concern these systems could be a successful avenue of attack for cyber criminals.

In this paper, Schneider Electrics' Torben Karup Nielsen and Patrick Donovan describe key security aspects of developing and operating digital, cloud-based remote monitoring platforms that keep data private and infrastructure systems secure from attackers.