The entire Legrand team is united in showing our proud support for the men and women who served in the U.S. Armed Forces. The Data Communications division of Legrand recently acted on this support by donating $85,000 to the Building Homes for Heroes organization, a nonprofit that builds or modifies homes for wounded veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces.
We’re really proud of the way the Data Communications team stepped up to support our veterans. Building Homes for Heroes is doing truly great work on behalf of those members of the U.S. Armed Forces who return home with serious injuries.
Legrand also donated home automation and electrical solutions designed to make life easier for wounded veterans. In two years, Legrand has raised $249,450 for Building Homes for Heroes as part of Legrand’s Better Communities initiative, which is tasked with enhancing community and employee welfare through programs that help people enjoy healthier, more productive, and more rewarding lives.
Thank you, veterans! We hope this show of support reflects our appreciation for the sacrifice you make for our country.
See the press release here.
Check out this recent article titled “Equipment enclosures are versatile in many environments” in the December issue of CI&M where two Legrand solutions, the LX Cabinet System and the Mighty Mo Wall Mount Cabinet, were featured!
Click here to see the article on page 11.
The design of a company’s data center and the components included have been closely guarded secrets for a lot of the major tech giants as many have viewed it as part of their competitive advantage in the market. Google, Microsoft, LinkedIn, eBay, Fidelity and more hyperscale players have often kept their designs closely guarded secrets. It wasn’t until the last six or seven years that these large industry players started to collaborate on best practices when it came to operating a data center – seeking more efficient deployments and cost savings.
However, best practices can only get efficiency so far before custom designs have to be engineered and implemented to achieve even greater efficiencies. This is where Facebook found itself in 2009 as it looked to construct its very own enterprise data center to meet the growing needs of its service and increasing infrastructure costs. Facebook looked at all aspects of a data center’s design seeking to lower their initial costs and improve the overall efficiency of the data center and the equipment within. The result was their Prineville, Oregon data center which resulted in a 24% cost reduction, 38% less energy usage and a PUE of 1.08 when compared to their other colocation data centers.
Following their completion of the Prineville data center Facebook decided to open up their custom designs and specifications to the data center community. Looking to share their knowledge and learnings, as well as to learn from other industry experts, Facebook, with help from Goldman Sachs and Intel, formed the Open Compute Project, a non-profit organization with engineers from around the world to design and enable the delivery of the most efficient server, storage and data center hardware designs for scalable computing.
Fast forward to today and industry giants, Microsoft, Google, Fidelity, Rackspace and more have joined the ranks of the Open Compute Project as contributing member companies. They share their designs for custom servers, switches, power distribution and other data center designs and components. However these designs differ from the traditional servers and switches you may find in smaller enterprise data centers. There’s generally no vanity faceplate to dress up the front of the server, few screws to be found, and only the necessary components included.
Although while these companies may be contributing designs and collaborating with each other, there could be several versions of a single product – whether it be a server or a rack. Each participating company seems to be developing their own solution and once near completion, opens up the design and specifications of it to the project community. Facebook and Microsoft each have contributed their own server designs that seem to compete with one another. However Microsoft’s design servers their application and use cases better than Facebook’s latest designs do as it comes down to the application that is to be running on the server.
Regardless of the design and application running on the server though, each company has been contributing radical new designs around what a server looks like and the components found inside. While the Open Compute Project may still only see contribution and benefits being realized at the platinum level, the industry as a whole is benefiting indirectly. Traditional architectures and designs are being challenged by industry giants and leaders causing the equipment vendors and manufacturers to rethink their own approaches. We are starting to see a more rapid developmental cycle in terms of equipment hardware and a focus being placed back on increasing efficiencies wherever possible. It is no longer enough to just sell equipment with a nice looking front bezel and the promise of high performance – customers are now looking, when deploying on a larger scale, that the same equipment be efficient not only in the manufacturing process and components utilized but also in the power efficiency and design.
Legrand and Superior Essex, in partnership with Platformatics, successfully deployed PoE lighting to a large commercial building in Indiana. Check out our case study featured in BICSI's ICT Today!
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In all of 2015, nearly 3,600 power outages were reported in the United States. The number of outages reported each year has increased with almost every year in which there was available data. A non-profit organization, Pew Charitable Trusts, published a report as well which corroborates this trend and attributes it to the growing age of the electrical grid.
Most data centers are designed for maximum uptime and resiliency in the face of challenges, and the US electrical grid is proving to be a greater challenge with each year that passes. As a result of the questionable reliability of grid power, several data centers have started to resort to creating their own microgrids. These microgrids include on or near-site power generation with several, often renewable, sources that serve to help power the data center, either alongside grid power (as a backup or supplement) to power mission critical applications, or to independently power the entire data center and utilize the grid as a backup.
That last part, using the grid as a backup, is a practice eBay has implemented with their Utah data center and their Bloom Energy fuel cell installation. The fuel cells at eBay utilize a renewable biogas supply, producing zero carbon emissions, and provide 6MW of power to the data center on top of the existing 665kW solar array on top of the data center.
By building their own microgrid, data center giants like eBay, Equinix and Centurylink, are realizing increased reliability, lower total cost of ownership and a reduced carbon emissions. The latter of which is leading a lot of companies to start investing in clean renewable energy sources in an effort to become more environmentally friendly and sustainable, whether as a company initiative or as a result of federal policies. Just this year we installed our own set of Bloom Energy fuel cells at our North American headquarters, supplying 500kW of green energy as part of our efforts to become a more sustainable company.
We expect an increasing number of larger data centers to start creating their own microgrids as greater reliability becomes realized when compared to our aging electrical grid infrastructure and we are able to reduce our carbon footprint through the use of renewable sources.
Could we see microgrids develop beyond the large hyperscale data centers? Will they be called nanogrids? Let us know what you think by tweeting us @Ortronics and sharing your thoughts on the aging electrical grid and new energy generation technologies.