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Smart City: Systems, Sensors, and Networks

Posted by RJ Tee on Apr 19, 2019 12:57:21 PM

For those of us who work in the data center and IT space, the idea of a smart city is not overly surprising.  In fact, the smart city is a macrocosm of the workings of a data center.  Servers, powered by an intelligent PDU, process and collect data across complex networks.  Data center environmental monitoring systems manage the cooling and power ‘utilities’ through a network of sensors of varying types.  And thanks to Moore’s Law, the amount of data that is collected, processed, and stored has grown exponentially.

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Topics: data center PDU, data center environmental monitoring, intelligent PDU, For Fun

The Role of Efficient and Intelligent Power in the Smart City

Posted by RJ Tee on Apr 15, 2019 11:31:49 AM

In our previous post on the smart city, and as explained in Marc Cram’s latest whitepaper, ‘Smart Cities Run on Smart Power,’ we identify the contributing factors in the development of smart city technology.  It is the advent of the microprocessors and microchips that collect the massive quantity of intelligence that enables the city.  In this blog we will shift our attention to another contributor: energy efficiency measures in the field, at the data center, and within racks that are supported by data center environmental monitoring and intelligent PDU(s).

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Topics: data center PDU, 3 phase PDU, single phase PDU, Industry Trends and Solutions

A Smart City Overview

Posted by RJ Tee on Mar 29, 2019 2:41:46 PM

A cooperative effort between city governments and private enterprise is leading cities to adopt the goal of becoming ‘smart cities.’  Marc Cram’s new whitepaper ’Smart Cities Run on Smart Power,’ connects these initiatives to the data centers that support them, and ultimately to the 3 phase PDU(s) and single phase PDU(s) that power them.   The promise of the smart city is to provide real-time monitoring and control of the IT systems that govern the municipal infrastructure.  The result yields many benefits,  including lower energy use, reduced pollution, improved public safety, and increased quality of life for the citizens and visitors of the smart city.

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Topics: data center PDU, 3 phase PDU, single phase PDU, Industry Trends and Solutions

Video Review: Take a New Look at 3-Phase Power Distribution

Posted by RJ Tee on Mar 21, 2019 9:40:05 AM

Warning:  this blog contains spoilers for the newly released ‘Take a New Look at 3-Phase Power Distribution’ video from Server Technology.  Readers are encouraged to watch the video here first before reading the review.

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Topics: 3 Phase power, power distribution and monitoring, three phase PDU, 3 phase PDU

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

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 power distribution, Rack Mount 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: data center PDU, For Fun, data center power distribution unit

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

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: PDU, rack PDU, Industry Trends and Solutions, 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

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