Josh Schaap

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    Zombies In the Data Center: Exclusive Interview With Calvin Nicholson

    Posted by Josh Schaap on March 13, 2016

    n a show like “The Walking Dead,” it’s relatively easy to dispatch a zombie. A quick headshot or katana slash will usually solve your problem. In the data center, zombies are just as prevalent, but not quite as easy to kill. First, you have to identify them. Data center zombies don’t exactly shamble around with their mouths agape, but they can do just as much damage as their fictional counterparts if left unchecked.

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    Worried About Hurricanes? Protect Your DataCenter

    Posted by Josh Schaap on October 06, 2015

    Back when Hurricane Sandy landed on the East Coast of the U.S. back in 2012, very few citizens and business owners were adequately prepared to handle the massive superstorm which caused a total of $65.5 billion in damage. Fast forward to 2015, and everyone is pretty well prepared for another major event. All along the Eastern seaboard, people are stocked up on supplies and ready to handle a major natural disaster. Just look at the massive amount of preparation that went into planning ahead for Hurricane Joaquin as proof.

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    Work Smarter Not Harder With HDOT Switched

    Posted by Josh Schaap on August 10, 2015

    We are concerned about you and your data center. Your hair is turning grey from the stress of having to manage your facility. You spend long hours toiling in your data center, balancing circuits, performing system maintenance and trying to identify the root cause of system errors.


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    Why You Need Intelligent PDUs for Remote Cloud and Colocation Services

    Posted by Josh Schaap on December 14, 2016

    Awhile back, your business made a strategic decision to expand its data center beyond its physical borders. Now, a large amount of your servers live in hosted, third party cloud and colocation facilities around the U.S. and possibly the world. Why did you outsource a large portion of your infrastructure? You did so to save money, increase efficiencies and establish a local presence around your key markets to reduce latency and costs when transmitting data. It made much more sense at the time to partner with companies offering premium infrastructure in managed facilities, than to expand your legacy network (and take on additional CAPEX and OPEX).

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    Why We’re Your Power Strategy Experts

    Posted by Josh Schaap on April 29, 2016

    At Server Technology, we don’t just bill ourselves as “The Power Strategy Experts,” but rather, “Your Power Strategy Experts.” When you think about it, there’s a difference between those two concepts. Anyone can claim to be the best in their field, but it takes a special relationship with your customers to rightfully say you’re in their corner – and to have them consistently back up that statement. Calling ourselves “Your Power Strategy Experts” says, “we’ve got your back through thick and thin” and, “we’ll always be there to help solve your power problems.”

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    Why Denser Data Centers Are Growing In Popularity

    Posted by Josh Schaap on August 22, 2016

    An increasingly common conversation within the data center industry revolves around the need for flexibility balanced against the desire to save money. It’s getting harder to make the case that your enterprise needs more land for capacity expansion. At the same time, 27 percent of data center costs are for power, according to a DCD report in 2014. As you can imagine, the result has been a drive for proportionally higher server and power densities across the globe.

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    What’s The Real Cost of Data Center Downtime?

    Posted by Josh Schaap on May 06, 2016

    Ever experienced that sinking feeling when you check in on your 401k only to find that it’s been slowly hemorrhaging your future away for the past six months? Financial advisors will, of course, tell you to hold tight, play the long game and wait out the ups and downs. That’s a good strategy when you’ve got years until retirement, but it’s not a particularly helpful approach when you’re running a data center.

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    What’s Driving Bandwidth Demand and Why Should You Care?

    Posted by Josh Schaap on February 02, 2016

    Bandwidth is the hottest commodity of the new year and will likely continue as such for the long haul. After all, both enterprise and consumer appetites will only become more insatiable as technology continues to require more support from the Internet. For example, enterprises are increasingly using the public cloud to run applications and store data due to its cost efficiency and simplicity. However, the more enterprises that utilize the cloud, the more bandwidth that is required to support their needs. Additionally, a surge in mobile video consumption is also impacting bandwidth requirements. This particular driver of bandwidth demand will likely multiply over the years as consumers continue to watch video on social media, stream movies and use video chatting applications such as Skype or FaceTime.

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  • What We Mean When We Say We're the Power Strategy Experts

    Posted by Josh Schaap on January 29, 2016

    We recently sat down with two of our in-house power strategy pros to talk about what the Server Technology slogan “The Power Strategy Experts” really means. The conversation helped to underscore the importance of doing one thing and doing it well, an idea that’s at the core of the Server Technology philosophy.


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    Want To Support High-Density Applications? Try a Three Phase PDU

    Posted by Josh Schaap on April 08, 2016

    Sometimes, the road less traveled proves to be the better route. That’s certainly the case with a less common, new approach to PDU design that employs 3 phase power distribution. In the past, this has meant dividing power into several branches within the rack PDU, but this new approach from Server Technology makes use of alternating each phase on a per-receptacle basis instead of per branch. As you can imagine, demand for more power in the cabinet is behind the move towards a 3 phase PDU in many data centers. If the search for more power is on your mind, alternating phase PDUs might be the answer to your problems.