A total of 300 federal IT workers recently took the time to grade their departments’ downtime management strategies in a survey conducted by Meritalk, as was reported in a Financial Times article.
The results of the survey were not pretty, indicating that downtime is one of the biggest cyber issues facing the federal government in 2015.
Some 36 percent of federal IT professionals gave their IT departments a grade of “C,” meaning average to below average, for downtime management performance. Additionally, just 29 percent of federal IT professionals believe that their IT department is fully aware of the impact that downtime can have on their agency’s overall performance.
Furthermore, about half of those surveyed indicated that their data center lacks the necessary computational power, data storage and personnel needed to ensure optimal efficiency.
This study is alarming given the fact that the transmission of real-time information is critical for facilitating a wide range of important federal tasks. These tasks range from safety inspections to healthcare. Without the help of a reliable network and a fully optimized data center, many workers are finding it difficult to complete important tasks.
What can be done to rectify the federal government’s data center woes? Real-time data center power monitoring, as well as environmental monitoring, is an essential technology that would help ensure the safety and stability of core government networks, in regard to power. Federal IT professionals require real-time access to energy consumption metrics provided by this technology in order to prevent system overloading, network crashes and capacity shortages. With such a technology, the federal government could gain critical oversight into real-time power consumption as well as environmental data.
Time flies as, once again, we reached the end of another year. It seems like just yesterday we were sharing with you ways to shelter your network equipment from soaring summer temperatures. Now, you should be preparing your data center to handle 2015.
You’ll want to make sure your data center is well-equipped to handle the multitude of power-related challenges that will arise over the course of the next year. Toward this effort, we recommendation that you keep the following three data center power resolutions:
Let your racks breathe: Do your cables have a stranglehold on your racks? If so, they could be preventing cool air from getting to your servers, which could lead to overheating and equipment failure. Cable congestion also leads to frustration and confusion for network operators. So make sure reducing cable congestion is high on your list of priorities.
Improve your power usage effectiveness (PUE): Like most data centers, you simply don’t have the budget to be hemorrhaging money on inefficient equipment. You should make it a point, therefore, to improve your PUE, which is a metric for quantifying how efficiently your data center uses energy apart from cooling and other forms of overhead.
Gain control over your infrastructure: Are you managing your data center, or is your data center managing you? If you feel like you’ve lost control over your data center equipment, it’s only a matter of time before you experience a catastrophe like sudden power failure or you reach network capacity. You need critical insight through a robust data center power managing program that will let you see critical power draw in real time.
Server Technology, a leading provider of data center power management solutions, has all of the tools that you need to fulfill these resolutions. So don’t wait until the new year to actualize your goals. Click here to get started today.
A new study from Research and Markets shows that data center power monitoring technology will continue to be a “go to” power management solution for network professionals over the next several years.
The report, titled “Data Center Power Market by Solutions, by Services, by Verticals & Regions – Market Forecasts and Analysis (2014-2019),” shows that the global data center power market will grow from $15.19 billion in 2014 to $23.67 billion in 2019. This demonstrates a compound annual growth rate of 9.3 percent.
In the report, data center power monitoring is defined as the cost-effective management and maintenance of the distribution of power and back-up electricity sources.
Why is the data center power market growing so quickly? The next-generation technology that the market encompasses provides greater visibility into network operations, resulting in:
• Longer equipment life cycles: Replacing network hardware is expensive, so it’s vital to keep equipment functioning properly. To function properly, network hardware needs an adequate supply of power at all times. Data center power monitoring solutions ensure this equal and safe power distribution.
• Reduced downtime: Using power monitoring software, it’s possible to glean advanced information about the health and stability of a network. If a server begins to run low on resources, for instance, IT managers can be alerted about the problem and can work to address the situation before it leads to prolonged downtime.
• Better oversight and management: Armed with critical performance feedback, managers can make important changes in regard to capacity planning and data management.
Server Technology is proud to be listed in the Research and Markets report as a leading provider of power monitoring solutions. Server Technology offers a robust line of smart and metered power monitoring services, as well as advanced, high-density outlets that can provide a greater amount of power to the rack. Click here for more information.
For people in the U.S. energy sector, securing the infrastructure that provides much of the country’s juice has become of paramount importance. With the number and impact of security breaches increasing, many are asking the same question: What would happen if the U.S. energy sector were to get hit with a massive cyberattack?
The consensus amongst security experts is that such an attack could be catastrophic; it could lead to the loss of life, and cause severe damage to our critical infrastructure and economy.
Hackers are certainly attempting to attack the energy grid, too—and frequently. In 2014, they managed to break into at least 37 percent of energy companies. Experts believe that the infrastructures of major U.S. energy providers are riddled with dormant malware, which if activated could make it possible to launch a cyberattack and cause widespread outages.
What all this portends is that such an event could occur. Malware could be released at anytime, leading to a service outage.
But it’s just as likely that a major natural disaster, like a freak storm, could arise and damage the sensitive power grid too.
As a data center manager, you need to be prepared to protect your facility should a major outage occur. If your power supply were to unexpectedly shut off, your business’s data would depend entirely on its backup uninterruptible power supply (UPS) to kick in and keep your servers running.
If your UPS system is malfunctioning, however, your facility could easily be stranded until power is restored to your area. This means that all of your company’s electric systems, including its security architecture, could be shut down.
A power monitoring and distribution system is your best bet for ensuring that your UPS system is functioning at all times. Click here for more information about how Server Technology can help provide your data center with this critical technology.
Like most data centers, your server racks are becoming increasingly dense as you adopt cutting-edge new technologies. This is creating the need for more power in your data center. Your challenge, therefore, is to increase power to each individual rack safely and affordably.
But you are limited in your ability to meet this challenge due to escalating power prices in some parts of the country, particularly in New England where there is a natural gas shortage. Many businesses are also rebounding from the stagnant economy, meaning budgets are still under close surveillance.
So what’s the best solution to deliver power to your server racks? The answer is to migrate to a three-phase power distribution system. Three-phase power distribution generates and distributes an alternating current, which means power that is typically run into the ground in single-phase architecture can be pumped back into the data center. In other words, you gain more power without having to purchase an additional amount when you employ three-phase distribution; you simply optimize the distribution method.
How effective is three-phase power distribution? Research shows that it can increase the available power in a rack by as much as 300 percent. Installing the technology also reduces your copper conductor count, too—meaning you will have more storage capacity.
One of the best parts about three-phase power distribution is that it is safe. Since it uses more branches, there is less chance of experiencing an overload that could severely damage your equipment.
Server Technology’s advanced line of power distribution units (PDUs) combines three-phase power distribution with advanced local and remote power and environmental monitoring capabilities, so you can keep a close watch on your equipment at all times.
Click here to read Server Technology’s white paper about three-phase power distribution in the data center.
Right now you and your IT staff are in the process of planning your budget for 2015. During this course of action, have you considered investing in a data center power monitoring solution for your business?
A data center power monitoring solution is a rack-level management system that lets you observe and control your power intake and environmental settings from a central Web-based location. It’s affordable, easy to install and simple to use.
Here are three major benefits it can provide for your facility:
Increase UPS efficiency: When the electricity goes out in your facility and your UPS power supply kicks in, you’ll want to make sure that you squeeze every ounce of energy that you can from it. Research shows that the average UPS only has an efficiency level of 92 percent, so you’ll want to make sure that power is being adequately distributed to all of your equipment. A monitoring solution can help provide the visibility necessary for making critical changes when necessary to conserve power and protect your equipment.
Create a proactive IT culture: A power monitoring solution will help you spot electricity-related problems well in advance, giving you the power to make critical changes before downtime occurs. By establishing an IT culture based on proactive maintenance, you can save money and time in your data center.
Re-allocate your IT staff: Are your best IT workers spending the majority of their time tending to power-related issues? If so, it’s time to re-allocate your staff to higher-level work. This can be accomplished through the use of a central power manager, which can provide real-time power monitoring and alerting. When something goes wrong, your team will know exactly where the problem is and how to fix it.
Your data center uses a massive amount of electricity. Like most large enterprises, the energy you burn in a year is enough to power a small city for an extended period of time.
While your business’s heavy energy consumption is largely unavoidable, since your sizeable data center is an integral part of your organization’s operations, you can, on the other hand, avoid growing your carbon footprint by choosing to invest in green energy sources.
It’s possible to help clean up the environment by switching to renewable energy like solar, wind or water power. Now, moving to renewable energy is more affordable and easier than ever before: In many states, you simply contact your utility provider and request the change. So, no more excuses as well as no more reasons to forego renewable energy.
Don’t let the size of your enterprise keep you from switching your energy supply either. Google, for instance, a massive corporation with multiple data centers (at least 12 in the U.S. alone), currently uses renewable energy to power 35 percent of its operations. If Google can rely this heavily on renewable energy, your business can too.
Beyond “going green” by switching your energy source, enhance your efforts by adopting a culture of responsible energy usage. This entails measuring and controlling your data center’s power consumption in real time. With the right data center power monitoring software, you can keep a close watch on your business’s usage and look for ways to reduce your impact on the environment. It can help you lower your energy costs, and comply with local and federal energy consumption mandates.
Here at Server Technology, we’re ready to help you better manage your data center’s energy usage. Our advanced power monitoring software can provide unparalleled visibility into your daily power consumption, putting you in the driver’s seat when it comes to making important changes based on hard data.
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What is the cost of power failure in a 24/7, mission-critical environment? Depending on your organization and the type of operation you are conducting, the results could be devastating.
For some organizations, power failure could result in the loss of life, or millions of dollars of lost revenue. This is true for space exploration missions, for example, or for military operations where technology must remain up and running at all times. Whether a device is being used to conduct advanced scientific research or to guide a group of soldiers safely to their destination in hostile territory, the same message holds true: certain devices simply cannot fail while they are in use.
As these examples prove, when power failure occurs in environments like deep space, military combat zones or at the bottom of the ocean, performing a physical reconnaissance mission can be risky, exorbitantly expensive or even impossible.
For this reason, system administrators must have the ability to control and reboot mission- critical devices from a remote location at all times.
Server Technology, a leading provider of remote data center power monitoring technology, provides system administrators with this ability through its Sentry PTXL products. These products provide network operations personnel with the ability to perform a variety of remote power monitoring and control functions, so that critical updates can be performed without having to be physically present in the location of the device.
Interested in learning more? Click here to read about Server Technology’s cabinet power distribution solutions for Department of Defense information technology and national security system applications.
Your data center was provisioned with far more servers than it uses on a daily basis; in fact, chances are likely that it typically operates at far below network capacity. But like most facilities, your data center continues to idle the majority of its machines even when operating at this level.
As a result of this practice, your data center is distributing a large amount of power through these idle machines. Consider the fact that there are about 12 million servers in the U.S. right now, and up to 30 percent are considered to be idle or unused yet still waste large amounts of energy.
You may be looking to reduce expenses and help save power by turning off your idle servers. Before you do this, however, it’s important to gain a clear picture of how your entire network is utilizing them. You need to figure out the exact workflows that are run on these machines in order to determine whether it makes sense to power them down. You may find that it costs much more money to power your servers back up than it does to keep them running in idle states.
A data center power monitoring solution will provide you with an in-depth look at your facility’s overall energy usage. Look for a device that can give you detailed information about how each rack consumes power so that you know which machines are safe to power down. Once you have a good idea of your utilization rates, you can then make an informed decision about how to adjust your equipment. But best practices call for taking a metric-driven approach to power reduction. This way, you can save money and electricity without creating an excessive amount of risk.
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.
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.
To order the HDOT PDU go to STIs new Build Your Own PDU configurator on servertech.com, where you can configure your own custom HDOT PDU.
Learn more at http://information.servertech.com/hdot
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