Wendy Torell

  • Back to the Basics: Data Center Capacity Planning Done Right

    Back to the Basics: Data Center Capacity Planning Done Right

    The lifetime of a typical data center facility will span several generations of IT equipment. Therefore, planning – or lack of planning – can have a big impact on the... Read more » The post Back...

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  • It’s Not Just About Chip Density – Five Reasons to Consider Liquid Cooling for Your Data Center

    It’s Not Just About Chip Density – Five Reasons to Consider Liquid Cooling for Your Data Center

    Liquid cooling is not a new technology. It’s been around for decades and has historically focused on mainframes, high performance computing (HPC), and gaming applications. But today’s demands for...

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  • OSDA – A More Flexible Data Center Availability Rating System

    OSDA – A More Flexible Data Center Availability Rating System

    Digitization is driving the need for increased resiliency across data center architectures, from cloud-based data centers to the edge. I co-authored a white paper a couple of years back focused......

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  • 48VDC and the Quest for Improved Compute Performance

    48VDC and the Quest for Improved Compute Performance

    Last year I wrote a blog about open standards organizations like Open Compute Project (OCP) and Open19, and the power architectures that are emerging from these groups – specifically, the... Read...

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  • How Your Data Center Consolidation Can Impress Your Boss: 5 Best Practices to Adopt

    How Your Data Center Consolidation Can Impress Your Boss: 5 Best Practices to Adopt

    The data center landscape has changed drastically over the last 5-10 years. Companies are relying on cloud data centers to offload key applications, colocation data centers are being used to... ...

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  • Calculate and Compare the TCO of your Lithium-Ion vs. VRLA Batteries

    Calculate and Compare the TCO of your Lithium-Ion vs. VRLA Batteries

    We’ve seen lithium-ion battery adoption grow at a rapid rate over the last couple of years. In fact, Bloomberg New Energy Finance report forecasts that 40% of data center battery... Read more...

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  • Air Economizers – Which Architecture is Best: Direct or Indirect?

    Besides your data center’s IT equipment, the cooling system is the biggest energy consumer in the data center. Cooling systems that operate primarily in economizer mode (aka free cooling mode),......

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  • 12V vs. 48V: The Rack Power Architecture Efficiency Calculator Illustrates Energy Savings of OCP-style PSUs

    12V vs. 48V: The Rack Power Architecture Efficiency Calculator Illustrates Energy Savings of OCP-style PSUs

    Organizations like Open Compute Project (OCP) and Open19 have created open standards for alternatives to conventional server designs. These architectures redefine how power is converted and...

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  • How the Digital Economy is Shifting the Workforce Playing Field for Women

    How the Digital Economy is Shifting the Workforce Playing Field for Women

    I’m used to being out-numbered.  I grew up in a household with 3 brothers… I attended engineering classes in college with less than a handful of women… I have participated... Read more » The post...

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  • How much power? What density? The IT Pod Sizing Calculator can help answer these data center questions.

    How much power? What density? The IT Pod Sizing Calculator can help answer these data center questions.

    Let’s start with the first question… how much power can my IT space support? Often times, the available power feeds (the input voltage and breaker size) are constraints within the... Read more...

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  • How data center pod frames can reduce IT room costs by 15%

    How data center pod frames can reduce IT room costs by 15%

    If you recall from my prior blog, a ‘free standing pod frame’ allows you to install containment as well as the power, cooling, and networking to the pod, independent of... Read more » The post...

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  • How data center pod frames can shorten IT room deployment time by over 20%

    How data center pod frames can shorten IT room deployment time by over 20%

    Every day your data center isn’t operational is another day you’re not generating revenue or getting that critical business application online. If you’re a colocation data center, not having...

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