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A Case for DC Power Distribution, Part 2

Posted by Josh Schaap on Jan 31, 2019 9:59:57 AM

In our previous post, we started a conversation about the topic of DC power distribution and 48v DC power in the data center.  The struggle to improve efficiency within computing facilities began long before the chipset had been invented, back in the ‘war of the currents’ in the 1880s.

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Topics: power distribution and monitoring, dc power distribution, 48v dc power distribution panel, dc power distribution unit

A Case for DC Power Distribution, Part 1

Posted by RJ Tee on Jan 28, 2019 1:10:05 PM

While we touched on the topic in this 2017 blog, we wanted to spend a little more time exploring the concept of DC (or direct current) power distribution in the data center.  For years, it has been an esoteric blip on the radar of critical power distribution, hovering just outside the realm of ‘interested, just not today.’  We would like to revisit the topic because a strange thing has been happening—quietly, mind you--over the last couple of years:  designers and large data center operators are actually starting to implement solutions that utilize DC power.

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Topics: 48v dc power distribution panel, dc power distribution unit, power distribution and monitoring, dc power distribution

What it Means to Go the Extra Mile

Posted by Kayla Poole on Jan 21, 2019 10:17:31 AM

“At Server Technology, we pride ourselves in going the extra mile for customers.  Whether it's our expert customer support staff talking you through technical issues or our vast library of product documentation, our goal is to help you Stay Powered, Be Supported and Get Ahead.”

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Topics: Server Technology, ServerTech, Server Tech

Need a Crystal Ball to Predict your Future Rack Power Requirements?

Posted by RJ Tee on Jan 7, 2019 4:25:08 PM

 

Updated January 08, 2019 - Originally posted November 9, 2018

Are you faced with the challenge of selecting a rack PDU to meet not only your existing but also future power needs? Whether it’s for a refurbishment, new build, or retro-fit, when making such a purchase, you need to ensure you are maximizing your investment for the long-term - yes? But how does a data center manager feel secure in the knowledge that he has all potential future requirements covered? Short of gazing into a crystal ball and asking for some otherworldly guidance, there has been no simple answer to the question, ‘what will my future power needs be?’…until now.

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Topics: Server Technology, rack PDU, Rack Mount PDU, rack mount power distribution

Best of the Stay Powered Blog: 2018’s Top Posts

Posted by RJ Tee on Jan 2, 2019 10:21:11 AM

Suffice it to say, 2018 has been a fun year for the Stay Powered Blog here at Server Technology.  We’ve really run the gambit in terms of topics – from intelligent PDUs and IP Power Strips to Network PDU(s) and all points in between.  We covered them all with, ahem, a mix of intelligence and humor.  If you were to read the five most popular blogs from this year, what would they be?

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Topics: Server Technology, intelligent PDU, IP Power Strip, network pdu

It’s a Server Tech Christmas, Charlie Brown

Posted by RJ Tee on Dec 25, 2018 3:33:21 PM

The staff here at Server Tech wanted to spend a little more time spreading some Christmas cheer, so we turned to this iconic comic strip for inspiration. Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang are so much a part of the US Christmas culture. Likewise, Vince Guaraldi’s A Charlie Brown Christmas album, and the ‘Linus and Lucy’ theme in particular, has been the soundtrack for many a family Christmas gathering. 

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Topics: For Fun, data center power distribution unit, data center PDU

'Twas the Night Before a Christmas Poem Got Stolen

Posted by RJ Tee on Dec 24, 2018 4:28:51 PM

The original purpose of this blog was to offer our readers a respite from the standard technical fare, but as you will see from the lines below, it took on a life of its own.  Our apologies in advance to the great poet Clement Clarke Moore, who penned the famous opening line “‘Twas the night before Christmas” almost two-hundred years ago. 

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Topics: For Fun, Switched PDU, rack PDU, network controlled power strip

Server Tech Cx and Data Center Standardization

Posted by RJ Tee on Dec 14, 2018 11:55:09 AM

The idea that standardization benefits those of us in the data center space is neither new nor difficult to grasp.  Data center standardization is a reality that directly supports the uptime goals of your organization.  This applies wherever your PDU(s) are operating, like a colocation facility, corporate data center, or hyperscale complex.  You may wonder, then, how PDU power factors into this equation, let alone a small receptacle tucked into a PDU at the back of a rack?

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Topics: Industry Trends and Solutions, PDU, rack PDU, PDU power

Just the Facts Part 2: Data Center Environmental Monitoring Defined

Posted by RJ Tee on Dec 10, 2018 11:37:28 AM

In our previous post on intelligent PDUs, we dedicated a blog to defining what it means to be an intelligent PDU.  In this blog, we will discuss one of the characteristics of intelligent PDUs in more detail: data center environmental monitoring.

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Topics: Helpful Features, data center environmental monitoring, Data Center Environmental Monitoring Systems, Data Center Environment Sensors

Just the Facts Part 1: Intelligent PDUs Defined

Posted by RJ Tee on Nov 30, 2018 3:22:00 PM

 

With all of the talk in the industry about ‘intelligent PDUs,’ sometimes referred to as Network PDUs or IP power strips, this blog will seek to provide some basic information to help the reader understand what exactly they are.

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Topics: Helpful Features, intelligent PDU, IP Power Strip, network pdu

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