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What is a PDU vs. a Power Strip?

Posted by Erik Stabile on Mar 6, 2018 11:15:00 AM

Editor's Note: Originally posted Aug 5, 2016 - Updated March 6, 2018

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Topics: Power Distribution Unit, power strip, Alternating phase, rack PDU, powerstrip, rack mount power strip

Server Technology and You: Guides and Wizards

Posted by RJ Tee on Mar 5, 2018 12:23:49 PM

 

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Topics: PDU Wizard

Spectre and Meltdown vs. Servertech Rack PDUs

Posted by RJ Tee on Mar 1, 2018 4:10:02 PM

Server Technology has you covered when it comes to threats from the latest cybersecurity attack.  Like last week’s YouTube star, the latest security threat has come and gone.  It is unfortunate that these attacks have become so commonplace that they barely raise an eyebrow these days.  I imagine that this is much to the chagrin of the nefarious code writers who are cooped up in an abandoned warehouse in a very, very cold part of the planet hacking away right now.

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Topics: Security, rack pdus, humor

The Advantages of an Uncluttered Rack, Part II

Posted by RJ Tee on Feb 20, 2018 10:16:39 AM


 

As mentioned in our previous post on Alternating Phase rack PDUs, many of us at Server Technology (including myself) like to talk about the benefits of our approach to handling three-phase power distribution within the rack. While the subject of three phase is de rigueur in the fashionable world of high density, there is a lot to talk about above and beyond the distribution of large amounts of power in a very small footprint.

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Topics: HDOT, Alternating phase, alt-phase

The Advantages of an Uncluttered Rack, Part I

Posted by RJ Tee on Feb 15, 2018 2:52:00 PM

Alternating phase power distribution technology from Server Tech is one of my favorite subjects. It has benefits that extend well beyond the electrical distribution world. In fact, it is one of the few power products whose secondary benefits meet and sometimes exceed the fundamental purpose of a three-phase distribution product. I discussed it in a previous post.

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Topics: cooling, Alternating phase, heat, load balancing, Data Center Density, alt-phase

On the Benefits of Alternating Phase

Posted by RJ Tee on Feb 9, 2018 10:49:00 AM

Originally Posted on Oct 10, 2017 - Updated Feb 09, 2018

We’ve extolled the virtues of single phase 60A power distribution to the rack.  But there are still may situations in which a three phase deployment is required to power the needs of racks that consume 12kW or more.  In other words, situations that begin with ‘high’ and end with ‘density.’

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Topics: HDOT, build your own PDU, 3 Phase power, three phase, Alternating phase, load balancing, three phase power, BYOPDU, alt-phase

Making Light Work of Configuring with Zero Touch Provisioning

Posted by RJ Tee on Feb 6, 2018 10:05:00 AM

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Topics: PRO2, PRO@, Zero Touch Provisioning, ZTP

Groundhog Day at Server Technology

Posted by RJ Tee on Jan 30, 2018 7:00:00 AM

On February 2, 2018, Server Technology will join, at least in spirit, the crowd gathered at Gobbler’s Knob outside Punxsutawney, PA. There, Groundhog Day celebrants will await the appearance of Punxsutawney Phil, the groundhog who will supposedly determine the length of winter by his ability to see his own shadow.

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Topics: Why Server Technology, groundhog

Uptime and the Job of Predicting the Unpredictable

Posted by RJ Tee on Jan 25, 2018 12:19:20 PM

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Sounds impossible, doesn’t it? If one were to take the second half of the title of this blog at face value, it would be. A thing that escapes prediction is by definition unpredictable, and it would be a fool’s errand to spend time finding a thing that is impossible to find.

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Topics: uptime, intelligent PDUs, smart, data center uptime, Switched PDU

The Rack PDU’s Role in Battling Cyber Threats

Posted by RJ Tee on Jan 23, 2018 1:47:25 PM

One of the ongoing issues facing data center managers is cybersecurity, and the rack PDU may play a surprising role in the protection of the IT systems housed within the mission critical facility. While threats of intrusion are as old as the IMSAI 8080 from the movie WarGames, the intelligent power strip is a surprising new actor in the ongoing security battle.

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Topics: SPM, Security, intelligent PDUs, data center security, Switched PDU, smart PDU

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