Over the years, we have heard many data center personnel state that DHCP cannot and will not be used for infrastructure pieces like cabinet PDUs. All Server Technology CDUs are shipped with DHCP enabled so that the user can setup the DHCP server to provide IP settings based on MAC address. For those installations where that is not a viable solution, Server Technology has developed the StartUp Stick for quick mass-deployment. Now, instead of walking the floor with a crash-cart and writing scripts to handle the initial network configuration, you can sit in the comfort of your office using our simple spreadsheet configuration tool and then walk the floor with this simple tool instead.Read More
This is the second in a series of blog posts providing tips and tricks for answering common data center questions with the use of SPM. Last month, I gave some guidance on answering, “How do I identify the best places to install new IT equipment?” Once you understand the ways SPM can help you with that question, the next question tends to naturally follow.
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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).
Question from Carlton <omitted>: I have multiple remote DSL modems that each stop working two to three times a week. I've deployed 2-outlet Sentry Switched CDU units to allow me to remotely reboot them when they hang, and they work great! But, I have to wait until someone notifies me of the problem, then I have to manually login to the CDU to initiate the reboot. I've noticed that the DSL modems fail to respond to ping requests when they hang. Is there a method available to automatically reboot the DSL modems when they stop responding to ping requests?
Uptime or zero down time is the key driving factor in today’s data center design and operation with companies measuring downtime in thousands of dollars per minute when a system is not available. Many companies operating Tier III and Tier IV data centers also manage remote sites and co-location facilities that are just as critical as their main location. Managing both remote and co-location facilities requires new innovative solutions to ensure uptime. One such solution is using intelligent Cabinet Power Distribution Units (CDU’s) capable of providing Smart Load Shedding capabilities. Smart load shedding allows the operator to load shed based on three key operating parameters; 1) whether the UPS is on battery, 2) the temperature level or 3) the current load. These key parameters allow the user to automatically shed designated, non-critical, devices based on one or all of these conditions ensuring uptime and avoiding damage to the critical devices within the cabinet should a problem occur.