There’s a memorable scene in “All the President’s Men” when the FBI informant famously whispers, “Follow the Money” to Robert Redford, setting him off on an investigation that will change the world. It’s a phrase that’s been repeated time and again over the years and, yes, it even applies to data center management.
When you follow the money, you’re familiarizing yourself with the sources of your data center costs, allowing you to identify high-cost items and gain better control of your expenses. You probably already understand that power and cooling are your high-ticket items. When trying to increase efficiency, the typical response is to operate at higher temperatures or use free cooling to cut costs, but these aren’t always the best solutions. Without the right monitoring tools in place, you’ll never meet your goals.
One of the biggest mistakes you can make when measuring power is to overlook it at the cabinet level, as this is where nearly half of your power can be traced. Server Technology’s Intelligent PRO2 CDUs provide power monitoring at various levels beyond the cabinet proper. This will not only help you better understand your power infrastructure, but it’ll show you several ways to increase efficiency and provide for uptime.
Figure 1. Power Monitoring Using PRO2 CDUs – PIPS, POPS, and Branch Current Monitoring
Get details and best practices for better monitoring your power consumption and reducing costs in this white paper, “Advances in Power and Environmental Monitoring for Increasing Efficiency in the Data Center.” You’ll learn about:
- Infeed monitoring with Per Inlet Power Sensing (PIPS)
- Branch current monitoring
- Outlet/device monitoring with Per Outlet Power Sensing (POPS)
- Monitoring at the cabinet level
- Monitoring at the zone level
- Monitoring at the location level
- The effects of increasing temperature
- Other steps to increase efficiency