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How Would Data Center Power Fare If It Faced An Unplanned Power Outage?

Posted by Josh Schaap on Aug 21, 2015 2:31:59 PM

Google recently learned the hard way about what can happen when Mother Nature strikes near your data center.

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Topics: uptime, data center uptime, data center power outage

Avoid Embarrassing Power Mishaps In Your Data Center

Posted by Erik Stabile on May 13, 2015 3:48:39 PM

 Stop and think about all of the critical processes that run through your data center. From enterprise communications like VoIP and email to the WiFi that powers your business’s network, your data center is responsible for facilitating a great deal of important critical tasks.

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Topics: data center power, uptime, converged computing

Washington Power Outage Should Be a Wakeup Call for Businesses

Posted by Erik Stabile on Apr 16, 2015 8:57:00 AM

On April 6, the unthinkable happened in Washington, D.C.: The lights went dark in the White House when a local power transmission line failed and sent a cascading power failure across our nation’s capital.

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Topics: data center power, uptime, data center power outage

The Five Biggest Costs of Data Center Downtime

Posted by Erik Stabile on Mar 23, 2015 9:32:00 AM

Data center downtime is one of the most expensive threats facing IT professionals today. The overall cost of downtime can range from thousands of dollars per minute to hundreds of thousands of dollars per hour, depending on the size and severity of the outage.

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Topics: uptime, downtime, power distribution and monitoring

How Can I Ensure Uptime in My Unpredictable Data Center?

Posted by Eric Giacomini on Mar 16, 2015 4:22:43 PM

Recently, a lot of customers have been asking us here at Server Technology about maximizing uptime.

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Topics: uptime, data center uptime

Study Shows Enterprise Data Centers Experience More Downtime Than Co-location Centers

Posted by Sandi Terry on Mar 13, 2015 1:50:11 PM

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Topics: data center power, uptime, downtime, data center downtime

Every Strong Customer Application Is Backed by a Healthy Server

Posted by Josh Schaap on Feb 4, 2015 8:46:53 AM

Your customer has been trying to get your application to work for about 10 minutes. But the application just won’t load since your main server is experiencing power-related downtime. As a result, the customer can’t complete his or her order.

What will your customer do as a result of your application downtime? Chances are likely that he or she will seek out a competitor that can provide a working application. This means your company will lose out on this business transaction, and potentially the customer’s trust in your company.

As this example proves, uptime should be a primary focus of your data center. If your business-critical servers aren’t functioning, your bottom line will be directly affected. That is, your customer-facing application is only as strong as the network infrastructure that powers it.

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Topics: Server Technolgy, uptime, power distribution, downtime, server

Load Balancing Made Simple

Posted by Erik Stabile on Jan 30, 2015 11:39:08 AM

Whether you’re deploying fully populated or partially filled racks, keeping loads balanced is important from both a power and networking perspective. But getting loads balanced can be difficult. You could try to plug in the same number of devices per branch, but that assumes all equipment is pulling the same load. Or you could install the equipment; power up your PDU and pull up branch load information; then go unplug equipment, find the right length of power cord, and re-plug in the equipment to rebalance the loads.

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Topics: data center power, uptime, load balancing

Question of the Month: How Can I Ensure Uptime in My Unpredictable Data Center?

Posted by Josh Schaap on Jan 28, 2015 8:00:00 AM

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Topics: data center power, uptime, environmental monitoring, capacity planning, Server Technology, remote management

Smart Load Shedding Ensures Uptime

Posted by Bruce Auclair on Feb 15, 2007 9:02:00 AM

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.

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Topics: CDU, uptime, smart load shedding

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