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Protect Your Data Center for the Busy Holiday Shopping Rush

Posted by RJ Tee on Nov 27, 2017 1:24:05 PM

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It’s official: We are now in one of the busiest times of the year for shopping. All across the world, consumers are scouring the Internet looking for deals on gifts. This year, holiday shoppers are expected to spend at least $680 billion which is an increase from the $655 billion that was spent in 2016.

This is great news for your business, especially when coupled with the long-term economic predictions for 2018. According to Goldman Sachs, the economy is expected to boom in 2018. So consumers will have even more money to spend on products and services.

Of course, success isn’t guaranteed in business even during the most favorable economic conditions. In order to capitalize on a healthy market, and win over customers, it’s vital to have one thing: A healthy and fully-functioning network. And this starts with a robust data center power management strategy.

Network downtime, in other words, can happen at any time and for a variety of reasons (like foul weather, environmental catastrophes or human error). And when it happens during a busy time like the holiday rush, it can be absolutely catastrophic.

So as you optimize your data center for the holiday shopping rush, make sure you take power management into consideration. This is something that tends to go overlooked. But power management is a critical part of data center operability, and scalability.

Server Technology offers a variety of intelligent power distribution units, and ultra-fast shipment times. So even if you miss Black Friday and Cyber Monday, there is still time to upgrade your current infrastructure before the season is over.

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Topics: intelligent power strip, uptime, intelligent PDUs, data center uptime, Switched

Five Reasons to be Thankful for Intelligent Data Center PDUs

Posted by RJ Tee on Nov 21, 2017 10:15:11 AM

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One tool that every data center administrator can be thankful for this year is intelligent power distribution units (PDUs). Recent advancements in the data center PDU market have drastically improved the way that power is managed at the rack level. Over the last few years, intelligent PDUs have gone from a disruptive new technology to a staple tool — and something that every data center should be using to streamline efficiencies.

So in the spirit of Turkey Day, here are five reasons to be thankful for intelligent PDUs.

Intelligent PDUs…

1. Help control costs:

Data centers are notoriously expensive. But oftentimes, it has little to do with the cost of power more to do with the fact that data center administrators have little to no idea how power is being distributed around the data center. Intelligent PDUs allow administrators to see exactly where power is being allocated in the data center.

2. Improve sustainability:

Many organizations today are “going green” in some form or another. But many are failing to address their heavy data center power footprints. Data centers can consume enormous amounts of energy. By measuring power at the rack level with an intelligent PDU, data center administrators can better understand how servers are consuming resources — and take active measures to eliminate waste.

Read how you can benefit with the top environmental monitoring tools.

3. Streamline reporting:

In the past, the majority of data center reporting was done using either pencil and paper-based systems, or spreadsheets. Both of these systems were prone to fraud and abuse. Intelligent PDUs can connect to Web-based monitoring and management systems, which can collect data, organize it into reports and export these reports to team members via email.

4. Identify zombie servers:

Data centers often have hundreds or even thousands of “zombie” servers, or idle machines that suck up power. The problem is that it’s not easy to tell which machines are active, and which ones are zombies. Intelligent PDUs can provide immediate insight, allowing administrators to shut down inactive machines and prevent waste.

5. Improve uptime:

Ultimately, there is one word that every administrator fears: Downtime. Intelligent PDUs come with advanced power alerts and also environmental monitoring—something that is critical for data centers located in areas that are subject to extreme weather shifts. Using intelligent PDUs, administrators can gain better visibility into how their systems are performing.

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Topics: intelligent power strip, uptime, green data center, intelligent PDUs, smart, zombie servers, Switched PDU, smart PDU, Switched

Experience the Most Game Changing PDU to Date

Posted by RJ Tee on Mar 13, 2017 11:16:22 AM

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Stop and think about how much your data center has changed over the last several years. It seems like just yesterday you were tinkering with massive, UNIX-based servers that used around 18 W of power. Today your servers may be physically smaller, but they pack a much bigger punch with some exceeding 80 W.

These smaller servers can be stacked much more efficiently into your cabinets, meaning your cabinets are in all likelihood much denser than they were in the past. What’s more, they are playing a much greater role in your business’s daily operations. In the past, they provided ancillary services to your business. Today, if something happened to your data center or its servers your organization would come to a grinding halt.

And yet, you are still supporting this critical infrastructure with the same types of power strips that you used back in the 1990s!

This means your business is at increased risk for downtime — especially if you are experimenting with different power settings.  

What’s more, you currently have little to no visibility into how your data center is using power at the cabinet level — meaning you could be wasting a large amount of money on a daily basis without even realizing it. Traditional power strips do not contain any built-in technologies for recording or reporting power metrics.

It’s time to replace these outdated power strips as soon as possible, and make the switch to a new line of intelligent power distribution units that contain the necessary features for supporting a modern data center.

Server Technology offers the most game changing family of Switched PDUs on the market, enabling:

Remote switching: Server Technology’s Switched PDUs will allow you to toggle cabinet power on and off from a remote location, meaning you don’t have to be physically present in your facility to make critical changes. For this reason, they are ideal for use in edge data centers or colocation facilities.

Real-time environmental monitoring: Switched PDUs also contain embedded environmental sensors for collecting and transmitting temperature and humidity levels. With this feature, all of your team members can receive alerts when your equipment exceeds its allotted environmental thresholds.

Web access: These products can be used in conjunction with Server Technology’s Sentry Power Manager (SPM), a secure Web interface for data center power monitoring and management functions. SPM is a user-friendly portal.

Server Technology’s Switched PDUs are American-made and Trade Agreements Act (TAA) compliant, meaning they are safe for use in government-owned data centers. Server Technology’s products have been used by many different government owned entities, as well as businesses across all vertical markets.

Most products can be shipped within three to 10 business days.

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Topics: Switched PDU, Switched, Switched POPS

Problem? Not A Problem With HDOT Switched PDUs.

Posted by Erik Stabile on Dec 1, 2016 10:00:00 AM

If a solution doesn’t exist for your problem, we’ll innovate one, simple as that. Case in point: our High Density Outlet Technology (HDOT) PDUs didn’t exist until a client came to us looking for an innovative solution to a unique challenge.

Travis Irons, Server Technology Director of Engineering, recalls the moment the idea for HDOT came to him.

“About four years ago, one of our larger clients came to us with a quote for 40 to 50 different configurations of products,” Irons says. “Many of them were high density, with many outlets for the volume. With the conventional, off-the-shelf outlets everyone was using then, we couldn’t make it fit at first.”

The answer, Irons says, was sitting right on his desk. It was a prototype of an outlet he was using to find a cord locking solution. He realized the cord locking aspect wouldn’t help Server Technology’s client, but its high-density design was just what they needed.

“I realized this thing that had been staring at me from my desk for months was the answer,” Irons says.

By stacking the outlets and slimming down the form factor, the HDOT was born. Today, it’s one of our top sellers, and it has begun racking up awards, too.

By offering a 20 to 30 percent reduction in footprint, the HDOT PDU allows data center customers to put more servers into their racks, saving on increasingly valuable real estate costs. Using alternating phase power, HDOT creates a more efficient flow than those running one- or two-phase power. It also simplifies load balancing and cable management by creating shorter cable runs.

Check out the top 10 reasons to try our HDOT Switched units.

HDOT is available in Switched and Smart POPs to offer an extra level of monitoring for data center managers who are looking to track trends across the center floor. With HDOT in place, you can better understand and improve your power usage habits in a very short time. Another bonus: HDOT helps you spot zombie servers that consume power without providing any benefit.

In the end, Irons says the ability to innovate on the fly is a major differentiator for Server Technology.

“We can offer out of the box solutions and different technologies that just aren’t feasible for our competitors to design,” he says. “We have a small company mentality with a startup attitude and that, I think, gives us an edge.”

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Topics: HDOT, data center power density, Switched

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