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Is Your UPS System Ready for Winter?

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


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.

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

Enhance Your UPS System with Real-time Power Monitoring

Posted by RJ Tee on Sep 11, 2017 2:41:57 PM


Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS) systems have emerged as a main driver of growth in the booming data center power market — a market, it should be noted, that will continue growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6 percent until 2025, when it will reach $10.77 billion.  

As explained in a new report, UPS can now be considered the backbone of the modern data center. These systems ensure that servers and networking devices can continue to operate as normal in the event of an unplanned accident or natural disaster.

The UPS segment, it should be noted, took in the largest share of this market in 2016. This is partially due to the rising demand for data center power. And over the next several years, this market will continue to grow due to the increasing penetration of IoT technologies, and artificial intelligence (AI) systems.

Now, consider this:

If a UPS system can be considered the backbone of the modern data center, then we can liken intelligent power distribution units (PDU) to the nervous system. Intelligent PDUs can collect and report critical power metrics directly from the rack level. PDUs, in fact, are one of the most important supporting components for UPS systems because of the fact that they can provide real-time information about how servers are consuming energy — and whether they are operationally sound and efficient.

Intelligent PDUs from Server Technology can be combined with the Sentry Power Manager (SPM) platform, a web-based management console that can be used to remotely monitor energy consumption throughout all areas of the data center.

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.

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Topics: Remote Power Monitoring, uptime, UPS

Data Center Power Monitoring: Protect Your Infrastructure

Posted by Eric Giacomini on Jan 14, 2015 4:08:00 PM


For people in the U.S. energy sector, securing the infrastructure that provides much of the country’s juice has become of paramount importance. With the number and impact of security breaches increasing, many are asking the same question: What would happen if the U.S. energy sector were to get hit with a massive cyberattack?

The consensus amongst security experts is that such an attack could be catastrophic; it could lead to the loss of life, and cause severe damage to our critical infrastructure and economy.

Hackers are certainly attempting to attack the energy grid, too—and frequently.  In 2014, they managed to break into at least 37 percent of energy companies. Experts believe that the infrastructures of major U.S. energy providers are riddled with dormant malware, which if activated could make it possible to launch a cyberattack and cause widespread outages.

What all this portends is that such an event could occur. Malware could be released at anytime, leading to a service outage.

But it’s just as likely that a major natural disaster, like a freak storm, could arise and damage the sensitive power grid too.

As a data center manager, you need to be prepared to protect your facility should a major outage occur. If your power supply were to unexpectedly shut off, your business’s data would depend entirely on its backup uninterruptible power supply (UPS) to kick in and keep your servers running.

If your UPS system is malfunctioning, however, your facility could easily be stranded until power is restored to your area. This means that all of your company’s electric systems, including its security architecture, could be shut down.

A power monitoring and distribution system is your best bet for ensuring that your UPS system is functioning at all times. Click here for more information about how Server Technology can help provide your data center with this critical technology.

Topics: distribution, hacker, Data Center, power monitoring, Server Technology, energy, UPS, malware

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