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Is Your UPS System Ready for Winter?

Posted by RJ Tee on Nov 13, 2017 2:37:34 PM

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According to the latest Farmer’s Almanac, much of the U.S. is in store for a cold, wet winter that will stretch well into March. At least five major storms expected to hit the eastern seaboard.

In just a few short weeks — when the snow starts falling — we will learn which businesses are prepared for winter, and which are not. Businesses that take the time to plan ahead and invest in disaster recovery and business continuity will have a major competitive advantage.

One thing you will want to pay attention to as you winterize your data center is the operability of your uninterruptable power supply (UPS) system. According to a recent study, UPS system failure is now the leading cause of data center downtime.  In fact, UPS system failure now accounts for one quarter of all data center outages.

Remember: When the power goes out, there can’t be any question as to whether or not your UPS system will turn on.  Server Technology can provide you with that peace of mind.


The other leading causes of data center downtime are cybercrime/ DDoS; accidental/ human error; water, heat or CRAC failure; generator failure; and IT equipment failure.

What’s more, 35 percent of organizations lost at least one mission critical application following an outage, while 24.3 percent lost multiple mission critical applications. 18.8 percent lost most or all of their data center functions. And 12.1 percent lost data that could not be recovered.

One way to reduce downtime in your data center is to invest in real-time power monitoring at the rack level. Using Server Technology’s intelligent power distribution units and Sentry Power Manager platform, you can gain advanced insight into the functionality of all of your data center infrastructure.

To learn more how Server Technology can help your business, click here.

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Topics: intelligent power strip, Sentry Power Manager, uptime, intelligent PDUs, UPS, Switched PDU, smart PDU

Use Data Center PDUs to Reach Your Corporate Social Responsibility Goals

Posted by RJ Tee on Nov 10, 2017 10:39:14 AM

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It’s important to realize that data centers — which are notorious energy hogs — need to be front and center in a CSR strategy. It’s impossible to build an effective and honest CSR strategy without reigning in and controlling your data center’s power output.

So, how do you control your data center’s power output? The easiest, and most effective way, is to invest in tools that provide real-time power monitoring and environmental reporting at the rack level.

Click here to view the top tools Server Technology recommends for environmental monitoring.

Before you can make any real changes that will make your data center eco-friendly, you need to first understand exactly how your facility is consuming electricity on a daily basis. Without this information, you will essentially be relying on guesswork — and this could lead to more harm than good.

knowing is half the battle

 

Server Technology provides a variety of intelligent data center power distribution units (PDUs), including the option to build your own modular high density solution. In fact, Server Technology offers the most outlets in a 42U intelligent rack PDU with industry-standard C19 and C13 outlets.

Sever Technology also offers the Sentry Power Manger (SPM) solution, for Web-based management and streamlined reporting.

For more information about how Server Technology can help your organization achieve its CSR goals with its intelligent PDUs and power management solutions, click here.

 

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Topics: intelligent power strip, Sentry Power Manager, green data center, intelligent PDUs, corporate social responsibility

Environmental Monitoring: Mission Critical Monitoring, or Mission Impossible?

Posted by RJ Tee on Oct 23, 2017 6:45:00 AM

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Data center environmental monitoring is nothing new.  Systems such as the first Sensaphones have been around for decades, dialing out on POTS lines to report on space, power, and cooling.  But don’t get me wrong – we’ve come a long way, baby.

Haven’t we?

As our friends at the Green Grid have correctly noted, you cannot improve what you are not measuring.  It is safe to say that, up until now, we have never had access to the volume of information we can capture now, nor could we process it into useful and actionable data.  But one thing has not changed, and that is the fact that we still rely on probes and sensors to capture all those little kernels of information.

What if I told you that Server Technology, known around the globe as the power strategy expert, with its team of electrical engineers and their trophy wall of industry patents, is really a data center environmental monitoring firm in disguise?  Or that a typical rack PDU is an advanced monitoring solution with a little power distribution thrown in to keep up the ruse?

Yeah, I’ll accept ‘crazy’ as your answer, but hear me out, Ethan Hunt.

What’s more, did you notice that we are capturing information at the source, from the source? 

Since our rack PDUs speak BACnet and Modbus, you can report the information back to the DCIM package of your choice.  The information gathered can provide instant feedback on environmental conditions, as well as the numbers you need to evaluate your PUE, cooling efficiency, power utilization, capacity planning, and more.

Not bad for a rack PDU. 

Click here for more information about Server Technology’s mission, or check out our full field report on Advances in Power and Environmental Monitoring.  Or stand watch with the Sentry Power Manger.

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Topics: Sentry Power Manager, environmental monitoring, DCIM, intelligent PDUs

Email Enhancements in SPM 6.1

Posted by RJ Tee on Sep 1, 2017 9:18:54 AM

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Sorry, hang on.  I just got an email from my rack PDU.

And with that, the word is out about the latest version of our Sentry Power Manager software.  In the new 6.1 release, the first major upgrade to the award-winning SPM 6.0 platform, the intelligence behind our power distribution units just got a little smarter.

Seriously, smarter intelligence in now a thing.

While the SPM introduced the data center and colocation world to outlet-level metering and management in a single pane of glass, our latest release brings your rack power distribution to new and uncharted territory:  your inbox.

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Here are some features of the new enhanced email release, all designed to allow you to send the right message at the right time to the right people:

Distribution groups.  You can set up single user or groups as recipients of alarms and notifications from your devices.  Multiple groups can also be created to support different policies that require notification of different personnel or departments.

Alarm policies.  You can set up separate policies for different types of alarms, based on the level or type of the alarm.  Depending on the situation, you can also establish the delay rules for the policy, which controls the amount of time between the alarm and the release of an email to the distribution group assigned to the policy.  Once set up, you can also toggle the alarm on and off.

Escalation.  If the alert is not resolved within an established timeframe, or within the distribution group you have established for the original policy, it will automatically roll over to the next policy in the chain.

Learn more about SPM alerts here.

For more information about our enhanced email escalation feature, check out the new Server Technology technical note about the software update. 

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Topics: Remote Power Monitoring, Sentry Power Manager

Use Smart PDUs to Gain Visibility Into Your Data Center

Posted by RJ Tee on Jul 31, 2017 11:25:57 AM

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We were recently approached by a C-level executive who was facing a challenge.

His company had recently acquired another organization, and was now in the process of trying to determine the best way to integrate its data center. The data center, however, was in need of a major overhaul.

A big part of the problem was the fact that the former company’s IT team had been using traditional spreadsheets to track its devices and daily power metrics. These spreadsheets were rife with errors (and possible manipulation). For example, the team discovered several network devices in the data center that did not appear in any records.


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(Need to add some bling to your power reporting?  Check this.)

As such, the team had no way of understanding the data center’s average power load — and was afraid to add or remove anything from the network out of fear of disrupting its delicate balance. At the same time, they couldn’t proceed out of fear of running into unexpected downtime or reaching network capacity.  

To improve power management in its new data center, the team implemented Server Technology’s intelligent power distribution units (PDUs), which provide a wealth of real-time data center power metrics directly from the rack level.

After implementing Server Technology’s industry-leading PDUs, the team was able to instantly understand how their facility was using energy. Now, it’s as easy as logging into the Sentry Power Manager (SPM) platform and browsing the list of connected devices.

The team can now confidently make changes in its data center, and plan for future growth, knowing exactly what the output will be from an energy standpoint. The result is that they save a tremendous amount of time, energy and frustration.

Need better insights into your data center?  Try Sentry Power Manager for a 120-Day Free Trial!

To learn more about Server Technology, click here.

Topics: power reporting, SPM, Sentry Power Manager, data center reporting

So, You Say Your Data Center Is Green? Prove It!

Posted by RJ Tee on Jul 10, 2017 11:50:22 AM

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Demand has never been higher for eco-friendly products and services, and this holds true across just about every vertical market today.

According to a study from Unilever, there is now a $1 trillion market opportunity for companies that can successfully explain their sustainability practices to consumers.

For many companies — particularly technology providers — the data center is a natural place to start. After all, data centers have a reputation for being notorious energy hogs, often using as much power as a small city. So businesses like to flip the script and differentiate their services by focusing on steps they are taking to become more environmentally responsible.

Here’s the catch, though: Not all businesses today can back up their eco-friendly claims. And in the eyes of consumers, this is a huge offense.

Make no mistake about it, reporting misinformation about environmental reports or strategies is called “greenwashing.” If you are found guilty of this practice, it’s a sure-fire way to draw the ire of consumers and consumer advocacy groups alike.

So if you plan on highlighting the steps that your business is taking to become more environmentally conscious, then take our advice: Back up your claims with real-time and historical data center power and environmental monitoring services. Show consumers how you are reducing energy consumption over time, so there are no questions.  Need help finding the top tools for environmental monitoring?  Check out this blog.

Server Technology offers a wide range of data center power distribution units that can help with your reporting needs. These products will pull power usage metrics directly from your racks, and make them easily exportable and shareable with other team members.

To learn more about how Server Technology can help your business prove its energy efficiency policies, click here.

Topics: SPM, Sentry Power Manager, green data center, greenwashing

Location Is Only Half the Battle When Building a New Data Center

Posted by RJ Tee on Jul 5, 2017 2:19:57 PM

Just recently, Network World ran an interesting article explaining how Ireland is the best place to set up a data center in Europe.

The author pointed out how strong connectivity, affordable taxes and active government support make Ireland a premium destination for businesses seeking colocation and interconnection services.  

On a side note, you can learn more about how your colocation service can benefit from Server Technology's solutions here.

This got me thinking…

Sure, it’s important to consider all of these factors when building a new data center, or moving your facility to a new area.

But they are all irrelevant if you don’t take care of your own backend maintenance.

Who cares, in other words, if you open a facility in rural Ireland or in the middle of the desert if you’re wasting boatloads of money every day due to wasteful data center practices? You may save some money on something like tax benefits, but you could easily lose it due to waste.

Businesses can benefit from pro-data center markets like Ireland only when all backend systems and processes are fully tracked and optimized. You can’t expect to capitalize on favorable market conditions until you streamline your own network services.  

Server Technology offers essential data center power management technologies that can help with this process. Using Server Technology’s intelligent power distribution units (PDUs) and the Sentry Power Manager (SPM) platform, it’s possible to easily identify and eliminate power drain and start putting your energy to better use.

To learn more about how Server Technology can help your data center improve its operational efficiencies, click here

 

Topics: Affordable Data Center Locations, Sentry Power Manager, data center locations, intelligent PDUs

How to Calculate Three Phase Power in the Data Center (And Why it’s Important)

Posted by RJ Tee on Jun 5, 2017 9:28:30 AM

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To illustrate the importance of calculating three phase power in the data center, let’s pretend you are going to cook a meal for a big group of people. As simple as it sounds, first you’ll need to figure out how many guests will be arriving so you don’t run out of food and wind up in a pinch.

In the data center, this planning process is called capacity planning. Only in this case, instead of feeding food to people, you are feeding electricity to servers.

Electricity is expensive, and dangerous; if you exceed your allotted power thresholds, you could wind up paying more and damaging your equipment or starting a fire. So before you approach an electrician about purchasing power breakers and cables, it’s important to have a clear idea of how much power each room will require.

So, how do you actually go about this?”

“To me the easiest way to solve three phase problems is to convert them to a single phase problem,” explains Steven McFayden of myElectricalEngineering. “Take a three phase motor (with three windings, each identical) consuming a given kW.  The kW per winding (single phase) has to be the total divided by 3.  Similarly a transformer (with three windings, each identical) supplying a given kVA will have each winding supplying a third of the total power.  To convert a  three phase problem to a single phase problem take the total kW (or kVA) and divide by three.”

Server Technology makes it easy to calculate three phase power in the data center, with the Sentry Power Manager (SPM) platform and purpose-built, three-phase power distribution units (PDUs).

To learn more, click here.

Topics: Sentry Power Manager, three phase, three phase power

Overcome Environmental Challenges at the Edge with Server Technology

Posted by RJ Tee on May 30, 2017 10:45:14 AM

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Many businesses today are exploring edge computing, a process that involves decentralizing core network infrastructure and pushing it closer to end users in localized markets. With edge computing, the goal is to reduce long haul data transmissions, resulting in improved performance and lower operating costs. It can also provide access to localized analytics, which can help businesses understand and respond more effectively to users’ needs.

There are, however, some critical logistical issues at play in edge environments that need to be considered in order to experience a successful deployment — one of the most important being changing environmental conditions in and around edge data centers.

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Here are some things that data center administrators need to be careful of:

Unfamiliar weather patterns: Opening an edge data center in a localized market will mean branching out into potentially unfamiliar climates. For instance, an organization based out of Texas could be in for a wild ride by opening up a data center in New England, where the weather can unexpectedly change by the hour—resulting in fluctuations in air pressure, temperature, and humidity. Data center administrators need to be able to respond immediately when environmental conditions change, as it can impact computing equipment.

Natural disasters:  Right now it’s still hard to tell how this year’s hurricane season will pan out. In the Central Pacific, for instance, there is a 40 percent chance of an above-normal season, a 40 percent chance of a near-normal season and a 20 percent chance that it will be below-normal. Altogether, at least 5 to 8 tropical storms are expected in the area. Therefore, it’s critical to ensure that backup power systems at edge facilities are fully functioning and ready for seamless failover in the event of a major storm.

Accidents: Last month, San Francisco suffered from a major power outage when a fire broke out in a substation. It was a stark reminder that accidents can happen when they are least expected, causing chaos in facilities that are unprepared. Heating and cooling systems can break. Sprinkler systems can accidentally go off. When such things happen, administrators need to be notified immediately to prevent major damage.

Server Technology provides switched rack power distribution units with embedded Per Outlet Power Sensing (POPS) functionality, for advanced power monitoring and management in edge data centers. In addition to providing real-time environmental and power monitoring, these racks can also provide historical environmental reports to aid in long-term planning.

Using Server Technology’s advanced PDUs, in conjunction with the Sentry Power Manger platform, data center administrators can actively respond to important environmental changes at the edge of the network while reducing downtime and controlling costs.

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Topics: Sentry Power Manager, environmental monitoring, environmental alerts, Edge Computing

Three Things You Don’t Know About Your Own Data Center (But Should)

Posted by Josh Schaap on Jan 12, 2017 1:19:38 PM

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Originially posted Jan 12, 2017, Updated Aug 09, 2017

This is your data center speaking. You think you know me pretty well, right? After all, you spend almost all of your time around me. Take a harder look, however, and you’ll see that there are some important things about me that you aren’t aware of! 

Ask yourself the following questions:

How many devices do I have?

Take a guess; I’ll bet you’re off by at least 15 or 20 pieces of hardware that have gotten buried while you’ve been expanding. You keep adding new components like servers, racks and switches; but you don’t monitor any of these devices in real-time. As a result, you’ve lost track and many of the devices are now sucking up power without your knowledge and steering you ever-closer to network capacity.  Learn how to find and get rid of zombie servers in this blog.

What is my ideal temperature?

I’ve been running at a cool 65 degrees ever since I was built. Did you know, however, that I am capable of safely operating at a temperature of about 15 degrees warmer? No, you didn’t, because you never experiment with different settings! If you did, you might find that you could significantly reduce your monthly expenses by raising the temperature on your cooling system.

How much power do I use on a daily basis?

You know how much you pay for electricity. But you don’t know how much power each one of your devices actually uses. A data center power monitoring solution, like the All-In-1 Solution, will provide this information, and will distribute it directly to your mobile phone—so you can see every device on your network, and how much power each one is using in real-time. So, it’s time to get to know me better. After all, I’m one of the most critical parts of your entire organization. So I suggest you check out Server Technology’s advanced line of data center monitoring products to see how you can protect me.

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Topics: data center power, SPM, Sentry Power Manager

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