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Enhance Your Data Center PDU With These Three Accessories


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Purchasing a smart cabinet power distribution unit (PDU) is the first step in obtaining reliable data center power distribution and branch circuit protection. It is essential for building an efficient, eco-friendly and cost-effective facility. Now, take it a step further and enhance your PDU with these essential accessories that Server Techology has to offer:

Environmental monitoring: Power consumption isn’t the only thing you should be observing in your data center. Temperature and humidity can make or break the performance of your network infrastructure. Server Technology’s temperature and humidity probe uses built-in firmware in cabinet PDUs to provide alerts in the event those environmental conditions begin to become an issue. The environmental monitoring solution provides you with the data necessary to address system problems before they can lead to overheating or a power failure.

ST Eye: You are rarely in front of your desk during the day; instead, you are moving among your data center, the executive suite and the business floor. With the ST Eye, an app that transmits power, system and environmental data straight to your mobile device, you will stay connected and receive alerts from your cabinet PDUs wherever you are in the building. This means you will never have to worry about missing critical alerts when they arise.

Cord retention: Cable management is still one of the biggest headaches that IT operators struggle to overcome. Cables can become bunched up, mixed up and uplugged. Server Technology provides locking cables, latches, cord sleeves and cable retention clips to make it easier to store cables and prevent mishaps from occurring. 

Is My Data Center Too Hot?


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We’ve reached that point in the year when, in an effort to combat steep cooling costs, IT managers start toying with the idea of changing the temperature in their data centers. But is this a wise decision?

As it turns out, it’s safe enough to be backed by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), which now recommends network professionals raise data center temperatures from the recommended 72 degrees to as much as 80 degrees. The association claims that for every degree you raise your data center, you will save 4 to 5 percent in energy costs.

Right now, however, an overwhelming 47 percent of data center managers keep their data center between 71 and 75 degrees. Only 7 percent claim their average server supply air temperature is above 75 degrees.

Ultimately the decision as to how cool your data center should be is up to you. You could play it conservative and pay more in electricity, or you could test your equipment and potentially save some valuable resources in your data center like water, energy and money. In either case, you should always know exactly what temperature it is in your data center. And data center environmental monitoring devices will allow you to do this.

Server Technology’s data center power monitoring software can provide critical information about the temperature and humidity of your data center. This will give you the ability to benchmark progress and understand exactly how your equipment operates under different climatic conditions. This solution, when coupled with a smart power meter, will give you the equipment you need to experiment with temperature safely and accurately.

Click here to learn more about Server Technology’s environmental monitoring equipment. 

Don't Let Your Data Center Get Caught in a Power Pinch



In a data center, power-usage problems can sneak up just like old age. It’s hard to spot long-term consumption issues when adding equipment and applications to your data center on a day-to-day basis. You might add a server here or an application there and not really think much about the bigger picture. Then, you run out of capacity, and problems such as network outages begin to arise.

The key is to avert a power-capacity pinch before it happens through proactive data center power monitoring. By taking this approach using real-time and long-term predictive analysis, data center operators can gain a clear view of the impact to their data center power supply before they install a new piece of network hardware.

Server Technology’s Sentry Power Manager (SPM), the 2014 DCS Data Center Management Product of the Year, is one solution that can provide this level of insight. SPM uses two different time parameters to anticipate future power usage, so technicians can be advised when more resources are needed ahead of time. The system also uses email notification to show where problems might occur in the network.

If left unchecked, the costs of an unplanned network outage can be devastating. Research shows that just one minute of data center downtime can cost as much as $7,900 on average. Most organizations simply don’t have the resources to recover from such a disaster. Instead of waiting for a power pinch in your network, click here to learn how Server Technology can help you stay ahead of the curve. 

How Quickly Can You Diagnose Problems in Your Data Center


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Picture this: you go on break believing that everything is fine with your data center. An hour later, you come back to chaos- the network is down and nobody knows why.

What is your plan for this type of emergency? How will you go about fixing the problem? Has your team even previously agreed on a charter to rectify the situation in a step-by-step process? Unfortunately, every second that you waste is lost revenue, data and, most likely, customers. What you need is a plan in place so that you can spring into action and resolve the problem.

One of the most crucial steps in getting your data center up and running again is your ability to quickly observe your network and find out the power levels of your equipment. You need to be able to glance at a single interface and see a working map of hardware in real time in order to bring your network back up to a working order.

With a data center power monitoring solution, you can measure and manage your power levels so that you can find out the exact location of a power failure almost instantly, in real time. Automated cabinet-redundancy status will also ensure cabinet redundancy in the event of a power loss, which will provide statistics and reporting in a bar graph form. You will also gain access to visibility indicating whether any additional space is left in cabinets for re-allocating data during the recovery process. 

For more information about how Server Technology can make this happen in your data center, please click here

Why Every SMB Should Invest in Data Center Power Monitoring



Small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are at risk of substantial financial losses from unplanned network outages. In fact, 80 percent of SMBs stand to lose at least $20,000 per hour when network downtime occurs. And for 20 percent of SMBs, a single hour of downtime can cost as much as $100,000. The majority of SMBs lack the necessary resources for recovering from such financial catastrophe.

When looking for ways to safeguard against network downtime, consider the most important part of your data center: its power supply. Unchecked power consumption increases in data center power usage following the addition of network hardware can lead to problems like network failure and unexpected outages. IT managers need to be constantly aware of how much power their equipment is using so they can plan ahead and add devices onto their network without the threat of an outage.

Server Technology’s complete line of power distribution units provide both real- and non-real-time reporting to aid data center managers in preventing outages. For instance, by using Server Technology’s data center power monitoring solutions, IT managers looking to add servers to their data centers can learn whether they have the room to accommodate such growth now and in the future.

Network downtime can be costly, but with advanced data center power monitoring and reporting tools, IT managers at the SMB level will have all the resources they need to stay up and running. Click here to learn more about how Server Technology can benefit your organization. 

3 Ways to Maximize the ROI of Data Center Power Monitoring Solutions



Your data center is expensive enough. So, you want to make sure that any investment that you put into it will provide more than just the basic ROI. You want to maximize your cost savings as well as your profits.

Here are three ways that you can put your data center power management solution to good use and get the most out of it:

1. Use the data that you pull in: Raw data isn’t good for much unless it’s being organized and interpreted. With a Sentry Power System (SPS), you can take the basic measurements that you receive from your data center and transform it into useful metrics that can be used to run reports and chart progress over the long term. This way, you can get a better idea about how your investment is paying off presently and how it’s shaping up for the future.

2. Establish long term green initiatives: Make the decision to go green and show your partners and customers that you are invested in protecting the environment around you. Benchmark your energy savings and be able to look back in ten years to see what your carbon footprint would have been without a power monitoring solution.

3. Protect and optimize your equipment: The more care you put into your equipment, the longer it will last. By making sure your equipment gets enough power, you can extend the life so that you will not have to EOL hardware two or three years down the road. 

How do you get the most out of your power monitoring solution?

Three Signs Your Business is Headed for a Capacity Planning Nightmare


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You regularly add new hardware to your network without thinking of the network’s total power capacity limit. But what if the next server you add is the straw that breaks the camel’s back, and your network crashes from a lack of power? Your business will be forced to purchase additional capacity, which can cost a fortune. Or, you will have to re-distribute information amongst servers, which can take a lot of time.

Here are three signs your data center could be in for a capacity planning nightmare:

Your data center budget recently grew: Best practices for avoiding a network planning catastrophe call for showing restraint when your IT budget grows. Make sure you actually have the network capacity before you go out and buy the new switches, routers and/or servers you need.

Your company is investing in IoT technology: The Internet of Things (IoT) movement is growing quickly. According to Gartner, by 2020 the IoT will include 26 billion units. This means that businesses are going to be soon be flooded with large amounts of data from the increasing number of connected devices. So businesses need to prepare ahead of time to avoid running into capacity issues.

“The enormous number of devices, coupled with the sheer volume, velocity and structure of IoT data, creates challenges, particularly in the areas of security, data, storage, management, servers and the data center network, as real-time business processes are at stake,” explains Gartner analyst and Vice President Joe Skorupa.

Without the ability to understand the amount of power that smart devices—like those embedded in light bulbs and climate control units—are using, IT managers will have a hard time keeping networks up and running as the IoT movement grows.

You have no network power visibility: If the only visibility you have into your data center’s energy efficiency is the electricity bill you receive at the end of the month, then you are not seeing the total picture. You need in-depth reporting of all of your network equipment in order to benchmark progress and prevent downtime.

Click here to learn how Server Technology can help you gain total network visibility with its power distribution and monitoring solutions. 

5 Reasons Why You Need Power Monitoring in Your Data Center



As an IT manager in charge of overseeing your company’s data center operations, you are constantly looking for ways to increase efficiency and keep costs to a minimum. This begs the question: have you considered implementing a robust power monitoring solution into your data center yet?

Here are the top five why you need to make power distribution and monitoring a priority in your data center:

1. Increase energy efficiency: It’s hard to reduce the amount of energy that your data center consumes. But it is easy to track each watt in order to know where you can re-allocate electricity and stretch your budget further.

2. Save money: Face it: energy is expensive. And some data centers can take up as much energy as a small city over the course of a year. Increase your energy efficiency by tracking where power is distributed through active power monitoring.

3. Prevent downtime: Unless your company has a bottomless pit of resources, it cannot afford even a few minutes of downtime. By investing in power distribution and monitoring, you can rest assured that you’ll always be on top of important issues when they arise.

4. Promote environmental responsibility: Do your part to ensure that you clean up the environment and don’t consume an excessive amount of energy. At the same time, make sure that you are using all of the electricity that you are paying for.

5. Protect and optimize equipment: Extend the life of your equipment by making sure that it’s constantly filled with power and not in danger of crashing. Equipment that receives adequate power levels will stand less of a chance of crashing.

How has power monitoring helped your organization’s data center? Please tell us about your experiences in the comments section below. 

Facebook: You Can Profit from Data Center Efficiency



For many organizations, the data center can be likened to a really inefficient car engine. It’s necessary to keep the enterprise moving, but it is an absolute money pit in terms of revenue.

Just like car owners hate putting money into a lemon, corporate executives often feel the same way when it comes to investing in improvements for the data center. But now, IT managers have a new ally in the fight for corporate spending in the data center space: Facebook.

It is well known that Facebook loves its data centers, as the company spends hundreds of millions of dollars every year on operational expenses. This means that Facebook is constantly looking for ways to reduce spending. And recently, the company made a big announcement when it informed the world that efficiency can actually be profitable.

One of the heaviest areas of focus in terms of data center efficiency at Facebook over the past few years has involved energy consumption. According to Facebook’s VP of Infrastructure Jay Parikh, a lot of it has to do with renewable energy.

“We did a lot of work trying to minimize the amount of energy we pull off the grid to power our workload at Facebook,” Parik said. “Our goal was to be 25 percent renewable [by 2015].”

Now, Facebook data centers are 50 percent powered by hydroelectricity and another 50 percent by wind.

The lesson here is that while data centers will continue to be an expensive entity for enterprises, when you decide to pay close attention to efficiency you can absorb operational expenditures that you would typically spend trying to power your facility.

One of the best ways to clean up your data center and become more profitable is to focus on responsible power distribution and monitoring. Taking the time to focus on your consumption will pay dividends and lead to a change in the mentality surrounding power usage in your company.

For more information on how Server Technology can help you accomplish this, please click here

Which CDU is Right for Me?


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So, you’ve decided that data center power monitoring is a top priority for your enterprise. Nice job—you have taken the first step towards staying on top of one of the most important operational aspects of your data center by making a commitment towards responsible energy consumption.

Now, you have some choices to make in regards to your cabinet power distribution unit (CDU). Which model is right for your energy needs? Here is a look at a few of the options that are available for you to choose from in your data center:

     • Basic CDU: Basic CDU protection will help you protect one of the most important parts of your energy distribution cycle, your circuit conductors which are located between the overcurrent protection and attached outlet or load. The Basic CDU will allow you to distribute power evenly throughout all of the devices in your cabinet.

     • Metered CDU: Do you have a firm grasp on the capacity levels of the racks in your data center? A metered CDU will help prevent circuit overload and an accurate reading of each individual amp load per network device in a rack.

     • Smart CDU: For those looking to take monitoring to the next level, smart CDUs provide the ability to shed light on environmental influences such as the temperature and humidity of your servers. Smart CDU data can be transmitted directly to a Web browser, and alerts can also be sent via SNMP or email when something goes wrong.

Server Technology offers a complete line of CDUs including switched, smart POPS, smart power monitors and power managers. For a complete view of available solutions, please click here.

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