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HDOT Family Welcomes Per Outlet Power Sensing PDUs

Posted by RJ Tee on Jan 17, 2018 7:25:00 AM


Originally posted Mar 28, 2017, updated Jan 16, 2018

Just in case you didn't know, our award winning HDOT PDUs contain embedded Per Outlet Power Sensing (POPS) with device-level power monitoring, making this the most innovative product line yet.

Every data center should seriously consider using HDOT PDUs — with +/- 1 percent billable-grade accuracy — to drive efficiencies, maximize uptime and slash operating costs.

So, what makes POPS so remarkable?

Data center operators can use this feature to measure voltage, current, apparent power, active power, crest favor and power factor at the outlet level. Plus, warnings and alarms can be set up to monitor current, power, and power factor for both low and high values. This can help to reduce power faults, resulting in a safer and more effective data center.

Of course, customers who are familiar with the rest of the HDOT product line will find all of the same great features in this product. HDOT PDUs still come with full switching capabilities (for remote power toggling), alternating power distribution (for distributing power on a per-receptacle basis) and PRO2 architecture (our proprietary hardware and firmware platform offering modern security protocols, Zero Touch Provisioning, and advanced protection for ensuring system reliability and uptime.

Learn how to get the most out of your HDOT Alt-Phase PRO2 Switched POPS PDU

PDU in this white paper.

One of the great parts about this product line, it should be noted, is that it’s fully-customizable. Server Technology offers a special Build-Your-Own PDU feature, with an updated — and simplified — four step configuration process. 

Implementing POPS into the HDOT PDU product line was a true engineering feat, and it’s something that everyone should experience.

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Topics: HDOT, Per Outlet Power Sensing, POPs, HDOT Switched POPS, BYOPDU

Federal Data Centers: Use Switched POPS PDUs To Slash Power Costs

Posted by RJ Tee on Jan 27, 2017 9:32:50 AM


While the private sector is experiencing unprecedented data center growth, the exact opposite is happening in the public sector. Even though the federal government is using just as much data and technology as any other entity, the marching order for federal data center operators is reduce, reduce, reduce.

Over the last several years, the U.S. government — led by the White House and the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) — have cracked down significantly on federal data center spending. Under the Data Center Optimization Initiative, and the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative (FDCCI), federal agencies must actively strive to close extraneous data center facilities. At least 52 percent must go by the end of 2018. And facilities that do remain in operation must reduce costs, and support eco-friendly practices. 

“The Data Center Optimization Initiative, released [Aug. 1st, 2016], continues and builds upon the progress of FDDCI and ensures robust implementation of the data center provisions of the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA),” stated federal Chief Information Officer Tony Scott in a blog post. “The initiative requires agencies to implement strategies to consolidate inefficient infrastructure, optimize existing facilities, improve security posture, achieve cost savings, and transition to more efficient infrastructure, such as cloud services and interagency shared services.”

Now, everyone is wondering whether this plan will continue under the Trump administration. As of right now, it’s unclear how the president elect’s administration will handle federal IT spending, but so far there is no indication that these initiatives will be repealed — especially under Republican control where spending is liable to be limited. So the pressure is still on for federal data center operators to press forward and continue optimizing throughout 2017. In many ways, this is a critical year.

On one hand, it’s hard to argue against the initiative from a managerial perspective. In fact, it’s been quite successful. Since the launch of the FDCCI, federal agencies have closed 1,900 data centers, and reduced the total real estate footprint for federal data centers by 1.2 million square feet — resulting in a total cost savings of nearly $1 billion.

On the other hand, it’s creating some problems — particularly for agencies who need their data centers, and for employees who need their jobs.

Your main priority right now as a federal IT administrator should be to get a handle on your monthly data center spend, so that you can keep your facility up and running. If you fail to do so, it could mean the end of your department —and you and your colleagues could either be re-assigned, or put out of work. What’s more, your agency’s data center may either be outsourced or consolidated which will directly impact daily operations.


Server Technology to the Rescue

Here’s how Server Technology can help: 

Server Technology offers intelligent Per Outlet Power Sensing (POPS) Switched PDUs, that can be instrumental in your efforts to streamline data center power management — which is traditionally one of the most problematic data center expenses. Server Technology’s Switched POPS PDUs offer highly-accurate, outlet-level power monitoring for unparalleled visibility and control over rack-level power consumption. With this product, you can stop guessing and start making decisions based on hard metrics. 

That’s’ because Switched POPS PDUs will allow you to see exactly how much power you are using at the rack level in real-time, by providing a detailed glimpse into metrics such as voltage, active power, apparent power, crest factor, power factor and power consumption (measured in W-hours). And their embedded switching function makes it possible to perform remote power management tasks anyplace you have web access. This line of intelligent PDUs also comes with optional temperature and humidity probes for advanced environmental monitoring. With this feature, you can consolidate workloads and increase rack densities safely and efficiently. Switched POPS PDUs come with SNMP trap email alerts, for automated warnings about real-time environmental conditions in your data center.

Server Technology: Working For America’s Biggest Government Agencies 
Rest assured, your agency won’t be the only department working with Server Technology. Server Technology, based out of Reno, Nevada, provides rack power distribution units for a variety of government customers including: 
• Air Force 
• Coast Guard 
• Department of Energy 
• National Institutes of Health

Server Technology’s PDUs are manufactured in TAA-compliant locations. And since they are produced and stocked here in the U.S.A., they are able to ship faster – meaning you can count on Server Technology for speedy and reliable deliveries.

So don’t wait to take action. For more information about how your data center can leverage Switched POPS PDUs, call 703-295-2059 or email govsales@servertech.com.


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Topics: power costs, government data center, Switched PDU, POPs, HDOT Switched POPS

Top 10 Reasons to use Per Outlet Power Sensing (POPS) in Your Data Center

Posted by Erik Stabile on Aug 29, 2016 11:10:00 AM


Server Technology offers Per Outlet Power Sensing (POPS) technology for switched and smart power distribution units (PDUs).

 POPS-enabled PDUs enable per-outlet measurements of voltage, power (kW), current, crest factor, power factor and apparent power. It's availalbe in Server Technology's Smart and Switched PDUs. 

Here are 10 reasons to use POPS PDUs in your data center:

  1. See how devices are using power: It’s one thing to see how much power a rack consumes. It’s quite another thing to see how much power an individual server consumes. With a POPS PDU, you will be able to measure power consumption on a per-outlet basis for detailed tracking.
  2. Reduce costs: Once you see which devices are consuming the most power in a cabinet, then you can drill down further and make changes that can result in major cost savings.
  3. Prolong equipment life:  By keeping an eye on how much power your devices are using on a daily basis, you can optimize them for efficiency and get more mileage out of them.
  4. Become greener: A POPS PDU enables remote power, temperature and humidity monitoring. Use this feature to safely adjust environmental conditions in your cabinets. For instance, experiment with temperature settings to reduce cooling settings and save water.
  5. Stay in the know: You can receive email or SNMP-based alerts when temperature conditions exceed certain thresholds. This will allow you to cut or reduce power consumption to avoid problems.
  6. Increase density (safely): Increasing density is a great strategy that can grant you more floor space. It’s also risky. Use a POPS PDU to track and monitor power usage when increasing cabinet densities.
  7. Gain peace of mind: You can’t always be on site to check the status of your devices. You can, however, use Server Technology’s Sentry Power Manager in conjunction with POPS PDUs to view your equipment and perform updates over a Web interface.
  8. Streamline firmware updates: Firmware updates can be a hassle to deal with. Fortunately, POPS PDUs e can be automatically updated over an FTP server.
  9. Improve communication: With a POPS PDU, your whole team can be kept in the loop about cabinet conditions. Up to 104 user accounts can be created, and 18 people can be logged in simultaneously over an SNMP connection.
  10. Avoid human error: Avoid making critical mistakes when checking power loads, adjusting conditions or generating reports. POPS PDUs are fully-automated.

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Topics: Per Outlet Power Sensing, POPs

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