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Data Center Choices - Part 3 Return of the PDU

Posted by RJ Tee on Feb 27, 2017 10:01:00 AM

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In our final chapter, the Rebels have secured the release of their fearless pilot, Han Colo, before returning to build environmentally friendly data centers on the green planet of Endor. With the Empire destroyed, all is well again with the galaxy. 

Almost, all, that is. The problem of selecting a PDU remains. 

In part one of our series, we saw different examples of options for companies looking to expand their data centers without the hassle of building a new space. In part two (link) we discussed what you need to know when it’s incumbent upon you to supply your own power distribution. We also touched on how vital it is to be able to remotely monitor and manage your power. 

In this edition, we’ll share the top colocation power solutions from Server Technology. 

Why Server Technology For Colocation Power Requirements?

In many cases, service with a colocation provider begins the minute you sign their contract. This means time is of the essence when it comes to getting up and running quickly. Server Technology offers more than 12,000 PDU variants to handle every request you can imagine (and then some). Of these, we have a select line of rack PDUs known as Fast Movers, which ship within 3-5 business days so you can have your cabinet operational ASAP. 

Or, as Regional Sales Manager Jon Vanhoose puts it, “If you don’t have any power in your cabinet, you’re not utilizing your space and you’re not up and running, then you’re paying for dead space.” 

The lesson? Don’t pay for dead space. 

Besides offering solutions that are ready to ship in 3-5, having the ability to customize many of Server Technology’s PDUs is key, Vanhoose says. For example, “If you know the equipment you’re bringing to your colocation and you need to dedicate certain outlets to certain densities and locations, then we’re giving you that flexibility with our Build Your Own PDU tool

Combine this with the fact that thousands of our configurations ship within 10 days and you’re looking at a very quick turnaround time for your colocation power solutions. 

Server Technology also offers the top customer support in the data center power industry. Our Power Strategy Experts are constantly available to help with your power setup, maintenance and any ongoing questions you may have about your PDUs. 

Add Sentry Power Manager into the mix and you gain the ultimate control over your equipment in the colocation. With visibility and control in a single pane of glass, Sentry Power Manager provides you with reliable updates on temperature, humidity and any anomalies within your racks, so you can avoid unplanned downtime all the time. 

If a move to a colo is on your radar, let the Power Strategy Experts at Server Technology help make your move a smooth one.

Topics: colocation

Data Center Choices – Part 2 The Power Strikes Back

Posted by RJ Tee on Feb 22, 2017 8:00:00 AM

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As we open on the icy expanses of the planet Hoth, the clouds clear, revealing a small, nondescript grey building. Is it a rebel fortification? An abandoned bunker? No, it’s a colocation facility housing both the Rebel Alliance and the Jedi Order’s servers. After all, when you’re battling the Galactic Empire, you need 100 percent uptime and reliable power as much as any other operation. 

In our most recent post, A Colocation Facility, we discussed how colocations are one of several options for your data center needs, offering uptime, cooling and a secure environment for all your IT equipment. We also mentioned that, in many cases, you are responsible for selecting and bringing your own PDUs to power your racks.

This week, we’ll look at some of the questions a colocation user should ask before signing on the dotted line with a colo provider. These questions are handy whether you’re battling the evil forces of the galaxy or selling widgets online.  

Can I Bring My Own Power?

The first question to ask will be whether you’re responsible for your power distribution units. In most cases, you provide your own PDUs, and it’s crucial to select the proper ones, says Server Technology Regional Sales Manager Adam Beer.

“Depending on how your colo is charging you for power, it’s critical to make sure you’re not over- or under-investing,” Beer says.

With that, Server Technology’s Power Strategy Experts can help you make the right decisions on power: everything from cabinet sizing to power utilization and circuit types.

Can I Remotely Monitor and Manage My Equipment?

Trust, but verify: that’s the motto with power. The best way to ensure server uptime and to prevent temperature-related downtime is with a solid remote power monitoring and management tool such as Sentry Power Manager. With easy configuration and seamless integration, SPM is your single pane of glass into what’s going on in your data center.

What’s Your Experience with Businesses Like Mine?

It’s easy to overlook, but ask for references and case studies showing how the colo works with companies similar to yours. For instance, if you run an ecommerce site, what is the colocation’s experience with housing servers for other online retailers?

How Is Power Billed?

Are you being billed a flat rate or for actual usage? Colocations might charge by circuit type, by metered power or a mix of power and cooling charges. In short, there’s often some complex math at work in your billing rate, but it’s worth taking the time to understand it.  Sentry Power Manager has a highly specialized feature set that allows a user to record Energy (kWh) and report (refer to pg. 4) its utilization across multiple data center locations.

When Does Billing Begin?

This is a crucial question to ask because it’s entirely possible your billing begins the moment you sign the contract.  Naturally, you need time to move and properly set up your servers and get up and running. If you need a few weeks to move in, understand that the meter might already be running before you are. Luckily, we have fast mover products that are ready-made and available to ship in as little as 3-5 business days.

Stay tuned next week for part 3: Return of the PDU to learn about Server Technology’s power solutions for colos.

Topics: colocation

Data Center Choices: A Colocation Facility?

Posted by RJ Tee on Feb 14, 2017 8:35:00 AM

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A long time ago in a data center far, far away, users had only a handful of choices: build your own enterprise data center or house a server rack in your company’s storage closet. The hybrid options were few and far between.

Colocation facilities are attractive to many businesses because they provide a “best of both worlds” scenario with many of the physical benefits of larger data centers along with more platform flexibility than the cloud.

Staked out as a piece of middle ground, the colocation facility is essentially a building where tenants can bring their own servers, racks and power, with the colo provider ensuring uptime, cooling and a secure environment. Think of it like this. If enterprise data centers are mega mansions, then colocations are high-end condominiums with multiple tenants.

Server Technology Regional Sales Manager Jon Vanhoose says moving to a colo needs to make sense for your business, and that it’s not a one-size fits all scenario.

“Compared with operating a privately-owned data center, moving to a colo comes down to a calculation of your costs,” Vanhoose says. “As long as you’re not giving anything up from a security or operational standpoint, it’s a great, affordable choice.”

So, how does a colo work? As you’ll see, it depends.

 

BYO Equipment

In some cases, the colocation provider merely provides a shell – a building in which to house your racks, power and other infrastructure. In this case, it’s truly a bring-your-own equipment situation, where you call the shots with your power, cabinets and other components.

 

You Bring Some Equipment

In other cases, the colocation provider will furnish you with everything which can include power, but the racks are up to you to deliver.

 

Full-Service Colos

In this third instance, the colocation provider provides nearly everything you need to get up and running. In this full-service arrangement, you have little to no control over your power, rack types or ability to monitor the temperature of your own equipment. You have to take the colo’s word that everything is running smoothly and efficiently.

With each of these types of agreements, the way you’re billed for power can also vary, from actual usage to a flat rate, which we’ll explain in part two of this series.

Whatever the case, a colocation facility is attractive to those seeking more control than a cloud-based solution can provide. Many businesses will choose a colo over the cloud because they’re running platforms that aren’t cloud compliant or because they have specific security needs that simply won’t work with the cloud.

One major feature of a colocation environment is reliably consistent uptime. With the rise of e-commerce and the need to be operational 24/7, colocation providers are jockeying to guarantee 100 percent uptime. For smaller companies, however, the cost of a colo simply doesn’t make sense, despite the advantage of uptime.

“Price is a big factor when choosing to move to a colo, “Vanhoose says. “A lot of organizations just aren’t that big. If you have a server rack in the back of your office, it’s really a minimal cost. With colos, people are paying a premium for connectivity to the web and for uptime. It’s a convenience thing.”

Regardless of what your situation may be, a colo may might be an answer to your strategic business requirements.  For more information about what Server Technology can do for you in regards to your current or next colo deployment, visit our Colocation Solutions page.

Next week, we’ll delve into the tough questions you need to ask your colo provider before signing on the dotted line.  

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Topics: colocation

Fast Mover PDUs | Server Technology

Posted by RJ Tee on Feb 1, 2017 10:10:00 AM

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Need It Yesterday? Check Out Server Technology’s Fast Mover PDUs

Let’s face it, power is often one of the last boxes you tick on your data center to-do list. Nobody intends to save one of the most mission critical elements for last, but time and again, it’s one of the final pieces of the puzzle data center managers deal with.

Rest easy. Server Technology has you covered.

Meet the Fast Movers line of rack PDUs. When you need reliable power in a hurry, these powerful rack PDUs fit the bill. Server Technology’s Fast Mover line is a class of PDUs that can be quickly assembled and shipped – generally within three to five days of your initial order. Moving to a colocation when the clock is ticking on your SLA? Need a single strip for your server cabinet? Whatever the case, Fast Movers will get you up and running in a short time.

Fast Movers are comprised of PDUs from each of Server Technology’s power families, including Switched, Smart and Metered power distribution units. Each Fast Mover is compatible with our award-winning Sentry Power Manager software which lets you keep an eye on your data center operations at all times.


The Origin of Fast Movers

Tapping into the power of Server Technology’s global contractors, the Fast Mover line represents some of the most popular rack PDU options based on product popularity, meaning there’s a solution for every need in this line of PDUs.

Developing the Fast Mover line was a no-brainer, says Server Technology’s Director of Manufacturing Operations, Jeremy Foroszowsky.

“We looked back at our high-volume products that customers consistently ordered and made a subset of our core product class and called them Fast Movers,” Foroszowsky says. “These are PDUs we’ve agreed to hold in our inventory so we can achieve that three- to five-day ship time. As a result, we’ve set up our supply chain to be able to accomplish that.”

“Three to five days is fast,” he says. “With most of our PDUs, we’re typically looking at a 10-day window. Normally, if we’re going to build something on the production floor, we need around five days, not only to process the order, but to pick the parts, build it and ship it. Even that is fast.”

Foroszowsky is quick to add that the Fast Mover line is just a small part of Server Technology’s commitment to delivering quality solutions for its customers.

“We’re not a commodity based company,” he says. “We’re based on specialization and getting the customers exactly what they need. So, coming up with this was really important to recognize what our competition is doing as well as being able to provide customized products.”

 Shop Our Fast Movers Line Here Today

Topics: PDU, Fast Movers, colocation

Use Top Shelf PDUs for your Colocation

Posted by Erik Stabile on Dec 19, 2016 8:43:08 AM

BeautyGroupColor_small.jpgIf there’s one need you can’t skirt around as a colocation provider, it’s rack-level power management.

Power is expensive, and there is too much at stake in your mission critical environment to go without a reliable network of intelligent power distribution units (PDUs)  that can track daily usage, prevent outages and respond to environmental alerts.

Here at Server Technology, we offer best-in-class power distribution units (PDU) that are ideal for use in large colocation centers. Here are some reasons why you should consider Server Technology for your rack-level power management needs:

Fast shipment times: Oftentimes, vendors will make customers wait several weeks to receive products, which is far too long. With Server Technology, you will always be guaranteed fast shipment times. We store our products in our own warehouse, which saves a great deal of time. We are able to ship our Fast Movers in just a few days.

Get more, pay less: Our HDOT PDUs offer more outlets per form factor than anything else on the market. Buying one HDOT PDU from Server Technology is like buying two or more standard PDUs, and more power density means more white space for future data center growth. Choose a PDU with Alternating phase outlets, which alternate the phased power on a per-outlet basis instead of a per-branch basis. This allows for shorter cords, quicker installation and easier load balancing for 3-phase rackmount PDUs. Shorter cords mean less mass, making them less likely to come unplugged during transport of the assembled rack.  Learn more about density solutions.

Custom design: Why settle for one-size-fits all solution, when you can use our Build Your Own PDU portal? We make it possible to choose your type of PDU (metered or smart or switched, smart POPS or switched POPS), and then add specific power, plug and color options.

Best value: Our new High Density Outlet Technology Switched PDU with Per Outlet Pops Sensing (POPS) technology solves three challenges in one:  Power density, capacity planning and remote management.

Server Technology is your go-to provider for all of your PDU needs. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a vendor that offers as high a level of quality, and support.

To get started, click here.  

Topics: data center power, colocation

Why You Need Intelligent PDUs for Remote Cloud and Colocation Services

Posted by Josh Schaap on Dec 14, 2016 11:35:05 AM

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Originally Posted December 14, 2016 - Updated June 16, 2017

Awhile back, your business made a strategic decision to expand its data center beyond its physical borders. Now, a large amount of your servers live in hosted, third party cloud and colocation facilities around the U.S. and possibly the world.  

Why did you outsource a large portion of your infrastructure? You did so to save money, increase efficiencies and establish a local presence around your key markets to reduce latency and costs when transmitting data. It made much more sense at the time to partner with companies offering premium infrastructure in managed facilities, than to expand your legacy network (and take on additional CAPEX and OPEX).  

Click Here To Build Your Own HDOT PDU  with Alt-Phase and POPS

There’s just one thing you failed to take into full account:  

Server management and optimization is your responsibility. Not your provider’s.  

Most colocation facilities, in other words, provide access to four walls, a roof and a room full of bare metal infrastructure. They give you the basic tools you need to thrive in the cloud. But you still need to monitor and manage this infrastructure to be successful unless you are working with a managed services provider.  You can discover more about our solutions for colos here.

Many businesses rush into the cloud, and then face heavy unexpected costs — particularly from their heavy power usage. Expenses can easily accrue when managing large numbers of servers in disparate locations. It’s also possible to run into performance issues.  

So, what you can you do to trim expenses and boost server performance?  

You can invest in intelligent power distribution units (PDU). 

Server Technology offers smart and switched PDUs that come with High Density Outlet Technology (up to 42 C13 outlets), which is the highest number of outlets per form factor on the market.  

Here are some reasons to use Server Technology’s intelligent PDUs to monitor and manage your infrastructure:  

  • Keep costs low: Server Technology’s intelligent PDUs can provide you with real-time and historical power usage metrics for each rack. With this information at your disposal, you can get a full sense of how your servers are using electricity, and how you can safely migrate workloads to reduce costs. You may find, for instance, that you have a group of zombie servers in one facility that can be shut down until they are needed.  
  • Maintain uptime: When using intelligent PDUs, you can receive important alerts, and monitor trends that could lead to unplanned instances of downtime. Using a switched PDU, you can actually shut down power ahead of time if you need to.  Learn more about our uptime solutions.
  • Reduce travel: You shouldn’t have to travel hundreds or thousands of miles to make critical adjustments to your servers. Using Server Technology’s PDUs, you can make changes remotely — thereby saving time and money on maintenance.  

Want to learn more about how Server Technology’s intelligent PDUs can help your business? Click here.   

Topics: colocation, remote cloud

What Type of Datacenter User Are You?

Posted by Marc Cram on Sep 12, 2016 10:32:43 AM

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While both “cloud” and “cloud-first” are the new go to IT solutions for many companies, there remain a large number of situations where a complete outsourcing of your hardware infrastructure is not practical. In that circumstance, colocation of your IT should make the short list for consideration, whether it is driven by the needs for expansion, proximity, or interconnect. Colocation offers the advantages of highly efficient buildings, support for multiple locations, and access to some of the best interconnections available in the industry.

For those that are expanding beyond the use of a few hundred virtual machines running in the cloud, growing into one or more colocation facilities can bring a quick return on investment without requiring the capital to build your own green field datacenter. Colocation can also serve as a bridge point between public and private cloud deployments.

See the Server Technology Industry Brief “What Type of Datacenter User Are You?” for a further discussion on colocation, public and private clouds.

Datacenter Model Industry Brief

Topics: cloud data center, colocation, cloud first, datacenter model