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Is Your Power-Hungry Data Center a Liability? Read This

Posted by RJ Tee on Oct 13, 2017 2:52:14 PM




Ireland’s state-owned Electricity Supply Board (ESB) recently made headlines when the company publicly referred to its data centers as a liability for their heavy power consumption.

As explained in DatacenterDynamics, the remarks appeared in an interim financial statement from 1H17. The issue was referred to as a principal risk to the company, and was later clarified by a company spokesperson.

“To put it into context, the current load in Dublin is around 1,200 mega volt amps (MVA), which has grown over the last 90 years, and there is about 1,400 MVA in data center applications and enquiries in train.

“This level of demand growth is unprecedented and would almost double the demand in Dublin over a five-year period,” the spokesperson continued.

To accommodate this growth, the company is constructing two 220kV stations. This will make seven stations in total.

Now is a good time to analyze your own data center, and check to see whether it, too is a liability. Do you have the resources in place to accommodate future growth? And from a cost perspective, is your data center becoming a drain on the enterprise?

If so, real-time data center power monitoring solutions can help. By monitoring electricity consumption directly at the rack level, you can gain the insight you need to understand exactly how your facility is performing and understand what you need to do to keep it running at a high level into the future.

Server Technology provides a wide range of intelligent power distribution units, and even lets you build your own custom model. For more information, check out our PDU buying guide.

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Topics: Remote Power Monitoring, Rack Power Management

Three Hard-hitting Questions To Ask Before Purchasing Power Monitoring Software

Posted by Eric Giacomini on Jun 29, 2015 8:33:35 AM

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If you’re in the market for data center power monitoring software, you’re already taking a big step towards creating a more resilient, and efficient, network. It’s important to remember before making a purchase, however, that not all data center power management solutions are capable of providing the same level of support.

Here are three hard-hitting questions you should ask before investing in a data center power monitoring solution for your facility:

1. Does it come with remote access? Your business regularly has you travelling across the world. You need to be able to access your server’s utilization rates from any location, so that you can stay informed and make critical changes when they are needed. Don’t ask your IT staff to check and report critical metrics for you; they’re busy enough with other tasks!

2. Can it support hot swapping? You shouldn’t have to shut your whole cabinet down while making adjustments to your servers. Look for a solution that will allow you to run power to your cabinet while you’re performing routine maintenance.

3. Can it give you more than basic power data? In addition to providing basic power data, like voltage, amps and watts, it’s important that your power distribution unit provides a variety of environmental information too—like heat and humidity levels. This way, you can see when your equipment is in danger and work to make changes before problems arise.  

Click here to learn more about how Server Technology can outfit your data center with first class power monitoring software.

Topics: data center power, Rack Power Management, data center software

Three Ways Power Monitoring Can Change Your Data Center’s Culture

Posted by Eric Giacomini on May 20, 2015 1:07:27 PM


We talk a lot about how Server Technology’s High Density Outlet Technology (HDOT) Switched, with its industry-leading 40 outlets of alternating-phase currency, can help slash costs and improve power-related efficiencies in your data center.

But there’s another exciting reason to invest in this next-generation power monitoring technology: It can also be a catalyst for cultural change in your data center for the following reasons:

  1. It reduces stress: Uptime can be a major stressor for data center operators, who are often forced to spend many nights and weekends fixing errors that could have been prevented ahead of time. With HDOT Switched, you can gain the real-time visibility needed to be proactive about system maintenance so that you can always stay informed when system changes are necessary.
  2. It facilitates remote working: HDOT Switched can stream real-time power usage data to mobile devices, making it possible to access information while on-the-go. In effect, data center operators do not have to wear traditional ball and chain that comes with managing a data center, as the technology facilitates remote monitoring. This also makes it possible to more-effectively manage data centers that are spread out across different areas.
  3. It saves money: Let’s face it: When budget cuts affect the data center, nobody is happy. You will save money by reducing unnecessary power loss in your cabinets, which will result in a bigger cash flow towards your department. This will allow you to hire more, invest in exciting new equipment or even grow your facility. The process is simple: Focus on improving your per-rack power consumption, and your entire department will benefit from the positive effects.

Learn more about HDOT Switched!

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Topics: data center power, SPM, data center power management, Rack Power Management

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