Back in the early days of information technology, data centers were almost embarrassingly wasteful entities. But this was a different time, before the necessary technology was available to accurately track and manage power consumption over time.Read More
Over the years, we have heard many data center personnel state that DHCP cannot and will not be used for infrastructure pieces like cabinet PDUs. All Server Technology CDUs are shipped with DHCP enabled so that the user can setup the DHCP server to provide IP settings based on MAC address. For those installations where that is not a viable solution, Server Technology has developed the StartUp Stick for quick mass-deployment. Now, instead of walking the floor with a crash-cart and writing scripts to handle the initial network configuration, you can sit in the comfort of your office using our simple spreadsheet configuration tool and then walk the floor with this simple tool instead.Read More
Like most data centers, your server racks are becoming increasingly dense as you adopt cutting-edge new technologies. This is creating the need for more power in your data center. Your challenge, therefore, is to increase power to each individual rack safely and affordably.
What are Server Technology Fast Movers? With a 30-year legacy, our desire to meet our customers' ever changing data center power distribution requirements resulted in thousands of designs across multiple product lines. Sorting through this dizzying array to find that right one for your needs is like car shopping. Do I want a base model or tons of features? A compact or full-size? 2WD, AWD or 4WD? Colors? To help relieve some of that anxiety, our product managers identified the Fast Movers consisting of not just popular PDUs, but units with quick turnaround, typically shipping in 2-5 days, and you still get to pick your color.
Up until now, you were able to power your servers and applications using a 30A single phase, 208V power distribution unit (PDU) that contained two 20A circuit breakers. This power cord feeding this PDU contained two power wires and a ground wire. In order to properly distribute 30A of power without overloading any branch, you needed two 20A branches with an equal quantity of outlets per branch.
This is the second in a series of blog posts providing tips and tricks for answering common data center questions with the use of SPM. Last month, I gave some guidance on answering, “How do I identify the best places to install new IT equipment?” Once you understand the ways SPM can help you with that question, the next question tends to naturally follow.
Considering Power Distribution Units (PDU) for your data center racks and IT equipment should require much more thought than simply selecting a ‘power-strip’ hardware configuration. If you care about Green energy initiatives and desire to save on electricity cost by making the most efficient use of the energy you use, make the move to intelligent rack PDUs if you haven’t already done so. This is particularly true for a new data center build and collocations. If you’re considering a collocation space, choosing the right PDU features will provide additional insight into your true energy use and a tool for capacity planning. We are now seeing large data center growth with collocation providers that charge clients based on actual energy consumed, kilowatt hour (kWh). A well thought out data center power distribution implementation will lead to reduced downtime, improved power monitoring management & control capabilities, and drive greater energy efficiency. The best suited Power Distribution solution requires considerable planning.