Server Technology was recently awarded a TMC 2014 infoTech Spotlight Data Center Excellence Award for High Density Outlet Technology. The 2014 infoTECH Spotlight Data Center Excellence Award recognizes the most innovative and enterprising data center vendors who offer infrastructure or software, servers or cooling systems, cabling or management applications.
The 2014 infoTECH Spotlight Data Center Excellence Award recognizes the most innovative and enterprising data center vendors who offer infrastructure or software, servers or cooling systems, cabling or management applications.
Server Technology was recognized for High Density Outlet Technology (HDOT), HDOT provides up to 42 C13’s in a 42U high by 1U wide device, the highest possible outlet density available in a network connected PDU. Manufactured with robust high temperature materials carrying a UL94 V-0 flame rating makes these outlets ideally suited for harsh data center environments. Additional features include high native cord retention that eliminates the need for custom and costly ancillary locking cord devices.Read More
What are Server Technology Fast Movers? With a 30-year legacy, our desire to meet our customers' ever changing data center power distribution requirements resulted in thousands of designs across multiple product lines. Sorting through this dizzying array to find that right one for your needs is like car shopping. Do I want a base model or tons of features? A compact or full-size? 2WD, AWD or 4WD? Colors? To help relieve some of that anxiety, our product managers identified the Fast Movers consisting of not just popular PDUs, but units with quick turnaround, typically shipping in 2-5 days, and you still get to pick your color.
Up until now, you were able to power your servers and applications using a 30A single phase, 208V power distribution unit (PDU) that contained two 20A circuit breakers. This power cord feeding this PDU contained two power wires and a ground wire. In order to properly distribute 30A of power without overloading any branch, you needed two 20A branches with an equal quantity of outlets per branch.
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I always find it interesting that the power chain is measured and monitored in multiple locations throughout most data centers but is often forgotten once the power enters the data center cabinet. Especially considering that roughly half of the power used (or more) can be traced directly to the cabinet (See Figure 1) and power is typically one of the greatest single costs associated with operating a data center. Often monitoring at the cabinet is the invisible line between the IT and Facilities groups. Even though monitoring at the in-feed of the Cabinet Power Distribution Unit (CDU) is really the same as monitoring at the Remote Power Panel (RPP) as the branch circuits coming out of the RRP are the in-feeds to the cabinet power distribution unit (CDU).
As a Systems Engineer who spends a fair amount of time responding to inquiries received through our Technical Support department I often hear "The PDU blew a fuse. I replaced it but it blew again. Something is wrong with the PDU. Please send me a new one." Would that we could, but the PDU is doing what it should. Following are some notes about why fuses blow and circuit breakers trip, and how to respond to re-energize the outlet branch safely and effectively.
Considering Power Distribution Units (PDU) for your data center racks and IT equipment should require much more thought than simply selecting a ‘power-strip’ hardware configuration. If you care about Green energy initiatives and desire to save on electricity cost by making the most efficient use of the energy you use, make the move to intelligent rack PDUs if you haven’t already done so. This is particularly true for a new data center build and collocations. If you’re considering a collocation space, choosing the right PDU features will provide additional insight into your true energy use and a tool for capacity planning. We are now seeing large data center growth with collocation providers that charge clients based on actual energy consumed, kilowatt hour (kWh). A well thought out data center power distribution implementation will lead to reduced downtime, improved power monitoring management & control capabilities, and drive greater energy efficiency. The best suited Power Distribution solution requires considerable planning.