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Say what? Data center acronyms clarified

Posted on Thursday, April 20, 2017 by Alan Katz

When using industry jargon, it can be laborious to verbalize each individual word. This is why every industry has a unique set of acronyms and expressions. But even the most experienced professional can get caught off guard by a new term or an old abbreviation. Whether you're new to the data center industry or feeling out of the loop in jargon-heavy discussions, read on for clarity.

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Topics: data center operations, Data center power, DCIM

Top Threat to US Power Grid: Squirrels

Posted on Thursday, March 16, 2017 by Alan Katz

The stability of the power grid is important to people responsible for operating critical facilities such as data centers, and a great deal of effort is put into ensuring that all risks to the uninterrupted supply of power are anticipated and accounted for.  So it's interesting to note that the power grid is most frequently "attacked" by squirrels.

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Topics: data center operations, Data center power

Three-phase power or the magic of the missing Neutral

Posted on Wednesday, February 3, 2016 by Paul Bieganski

Few things seem to cause as much confusion as three-phase power, especially in a Delta configuration.  Plumbing and car enthusiasts: rejoice! In this post we'll present a plumber's (and car mechanic's) version of a three phase power system.  

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Topics: data center operations, Know your power, Data center power, Power basics, 3-phase power