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May the POPS Be with You

Posted by RJ Tee on Dec 13, 2017 12:28:27 PM

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Since much of the buzz this week will be about the much-anticipated release of Star Wars ‘The Last Jedi’ on Friday (or Thursday if you happen to live in the UK), we thought we would take a moment to share some of our favorite old lines.

And now, from a galaxy far, far away… (cue fanfare)

“The force is strong in this one.” Bad guy or not, Darth Vader hit the nail on the head here. While we had to wait until much later to find out why he knew what he knew, we do know now that sometimes you just have a feeling about things. The Server Tech team had that same good feeling when we started talking about ZTP, our zero-touch provisioning approach for our PDU line. (We even have a pretty nifty whitepaper...)  A way to provision all your rack mounted power strips at once, hands-free, and outside of the data center? We still have to remind people this is no Jedi mind trick.

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“I find your lack of faith disturbing.” Suffice it to say, this understated line is one that you never want on the receiving end -- just ask the unfortunate Imperial officer Admiral Motti. You also don’t want to find yourself on the short end of a PDU specification for your data center. To keep you out of hot water and to loosen that nagging grip, we have developed the Build Your Own PDU tool. Faster than the Millennium Falcon’s twelve parsec Kessel run, you can specify and order a power distribution unit that will meet just about – uh – anyone’s exacting specifications.

“Do. Or do not. There is no try.” This could will be the motto for our research and development department. They have developed an industry-leading number of patents for technology developed specifically for rack-mounted PDUs. All of these variations are the result of demand from the market and the willingness of our team to make that happen. We appreciate Yoda’s maxim and have tried to embody his wisdom. Our R&D team does.

“Traveling through hyperspace ain’t like dusting crops, farm boy.” Well, Han Solo, we could also argue that the jump to hyperscale computing is not for the faint of heart either. That being said, our high-density solutions such as HDOT have found a place in the mission-critical space, and we dare say they helped propel the move to more sophisticated computing. We are here to make sure those Star Destroyers don’t damage your hyperdrive so you, too, can make the jump like a pro. Or a washed-up smuggler.

“Judge me by my size, do you?” Yoda will go down in movie history as the ultimate ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’ character, and we feel that our horizontal power distribution units could easily fall within the same category. Small but mighty, our horizontal units can also pack a punch. With more configuration options than a swamp full of womprats, they are a sometimes-forgotten (but never cloned) weapon in the arsenal of the power-distribution wars.

You see, the force is strong here at Server Technology. Like Jango Fett, we’re just a simple company trying to make its way in the universe. May the force be with you.

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Topics: HDOT, density, ZTP, BYOPDU

Our Hot New ‘How to ZTP’ Video

Posted by RJ Tee on Dec 11, 2017 3:48:11 PM

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Do you know how to ZTP? If not, don’t worry. We have recently posted a YouTube video to show you how.

ZTP, or zero touch provisioning, is the methodology that allows you to make configuration changes to key data center services without interruption or the need to go on the data center floor itself. All configuration changes are completed online and over the ethernet cables that connect your Server Technology rack power distribution units to a core server. As an example, you may want to reconfigure settings when there are software updates, or you need to make changes to user permission profiles.

Configuration provisioning is a simple affair, as the term ‘zero touch’ implies. That said, it is not a hands-free methodology, and some human engagement is required. The ‘zero human’ update is still in research and development, and we have word that the release date for this technology is still at ‘an undetermined future date.’

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Until then, let’s discuss how to ZTP. Before you start the provisioning process, it is important to make sure that you are using Sentry Power Manager, our power monitoring software solution. Next, you will want to make sure you are using a PRO1 or PRO2 version of our PDU.

Learn about our PRO2 firmware here.

The six-step process couldn’t be simpler. This is it in a nutshell:

  • Assign a DHCP and TFTP server
  • Download the STIC configuration file
  • Determine the configuration
  • Load the configured STIC file to the TFTP
  • Configure the DHCP server options
  • Power up your PDUs and connect them to the network

Now you know how to ZTP.

Really, the benefits of Zero Touch Provisioning are many. You can update more than one PDU at a time, and reduce all the errors that can happen in a manual configuration process. There is also avoiding the monotony of keying the same data over and over, which means you have more time to play chicken with the EPO switch.

We’re kidding on that last one, really. Just want to make sure you are paying attention.

Server Technology is indeed your Zero Touch Provisioning PDU expert. Take a peek at the how-to video, or head to our website to download the ZTP white paper and technical note.

 NEW WHITE PAPER  Learn how you can save time and effort configuring  your PRO series PDU with Zero Touch Provisioning

Topics: PRO2, video, Zero Touch Provisioning, ZTP

ZTP = PDQ

Posted by RJ Tee on Jul 27, 2017 9:06:00 AM

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If there was ever a situation where practice doesn’t necessarily make perfect, this is it: setting up a PDU manually – without ZTP.

As you can see in our new white paper, Server Technology is in the business of making provisioning our power distribution units simpler for you.

Here’s what you can expect from our new Zero Touch Provisioning (ZTP, or 0 Touch) feature found on all Server Technology PRO1 or PRO2 PDUs:

Get up and running – quickly.  Given the choice between going slow and manual or fast and fully automatic, most would prefer the latter - except those in the molasses industry, of course.  What once would take hours can now be accomplished with a minimum amount of effort.

Get it right the first time.  When you duplicate settings already on the power strip, you can count on consistency across all configurations and simplify your job.  And in our mission-critical world, consistency is the truly the hallmark of uptime.

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Tweak settings effortlessly.  One of the benefits of having easily achievable consistency is the low cost of change – which means that you can alter, fine tune, and adjust to your heart’s content.  The result is a well-oiled machine that is controlling power at it’s most critical point in the network, and at a place where efficiencies can be gained.

Server Technology offers essential power distribution provisioning technologies that can help with the setup process. By using Server Technology’s Zero Touch Provisioning and the Sentry Power Manager (SPM) platforms, it’s possible to get started quickly and start putting your energy to better use.

To learn more about how Server Technology can save time and energy through Zero Touch Provisioning, click here.

Download The White Paper Today

Topics: Zero Touch Provisioning, ZTP

Making Light Work of Configuring with Zero Touch Provisioning

Posted by RJ Tee on Jul 17, 2017 11:07:11 AM

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It has recently come to my attention that not all intelligent, cabinet-level power distribution units are smart.

Now, don’t get me wrong – we’ve come a long way since the days of bulky, black, power bars that were available in black or, well, black.

More modern power distribution units are chock full of features, colors, and options for voltage, monitoring, and controls that would rival the most sophisticated switchgear available.  But when it comes time to plug these sophisticated cabinet-level units into your data center’s network, eyes glaze over and thoughts wander at the prospect of manually configuring those new units.  Each. And. Every. One.

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What if this process truly could be plug and play?

Well, it can.  The engineers at Server Technology have developed the ability for new PDU’s to be provisioned uniformly and automatically.  If you use a server featuring dynamic host configuration protocol (DCHP) on your network, and store your user settings on a separate trivial file transport (TFTP) server on the same network, new Server Technology equipment will be provisioned automatically.

Now, there’s nothing trivial about that.

Using the moniker ‘Zero Touch Provisioning,’ or ZTP, any PRO1 or PRO2 Server Tech PDU can be set up in a flash.  And the same ZTP feature can be used to provide updates or configuration changes to all your power distribution units simultaneously.   Now, users of all sizes can appreciate that kind of flexibility.

There’s a great white paper with details about how it all works.

To learn more about how Server Technology can simplify the deployment of your networked PDU solution, click here.

NEW WHITE PAPER  Learn how you can save time and effort configuring  your PRO series PDU with Zero Touch Provisioning

Topics: PRO2, PRO@, Zero Touch Provisioning, ZTP

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