RJ Tee

Title: Content Marketing Specialist

Bio: I make pretty things that convert people to do stuff.

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    Servertech and You: Technical Support

    by RJ Tee

    Let’s face it – sometimes things don’t go as planned. While we pride ourselves on all of the work that goes into ensuring everything goes exactly right with our products, we also strive to provide the best support in case it doesn’t. Server Technology has extensive on-line and live technical support services designed to make it easy to reach out when either you or your rack PDU needs a little extra attention. We have a number of web-based tools and resources to guide you through the process, whether it is a technical question, an upgrade, or an all-out issue with the gear. You can go to our website for self-help and self-diagnosis. For the in rack PDU, that is.

    Categories: Server Technology

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    The Role of Efficient and Intelligent Power in the Smart City

    by RJ Tee

    In our previous post on the smart city, and as explained in Marc Cram’s latest whitepaper, ‘Smart Cities Run on Smart Power,’ we identify the contributing factors in the development of smart city technology. It is the advent of the microprocessors and microchips that collect the massive quantity of intelligence ...

    Categories: Industry Trends & Solutions

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    Want to Support High-Density Applications? Try a 3 Phase PDU.

    by RJ Tee

    Sometimes, the road less traveled proves to be the better route. That’s certainly proven to be the case with Server Technology’s series of 3 phase PDUs. Once it was a less common, new approach to power distribution in the data center, now three phase PDU(s) sales have spiked over the past three years. One of the early challenges of three phase power was load balancing. In the past, this meant carefully dividing power evenly across the three branches of the rack PDU so that you could draw roughly similar current on each branch. This only worked in a perfect world where the rack is filled with a single type of device.

    Categories: How To

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    Video Review: Take a New Look at 3-Phase Power Distribution

    by RJ Tee

    In support of the new Server Technology 3-Phase power video, we offer this blog as a critic’s review of the latest installment from Server Tech Theater. Grab some popcorn and have a seat.

    Categories: Power Distribution & Monitoring

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    A Case for DC Power Distribution, Part 1

    by RJ Tee

    While we touched on the topic in this 2017 blog, we wanted to spend a little more time exploring the concept of DC (or direct current) power distribution in the data center. For years, it has been an esoteric blip on the radar of critical power distribution, hovering just outside the realm of ‘interested, just not today.’ We would like to revisit the topic because a strange thing has been happening—quietly, mind you--over the last couple of years: designers and large data center operators are actually starting to implement solutions that utilize DC power.

    Categories: Power Distribution & Monitoring

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    Need a Crystal Ball to Predict your Future Rack Power Requirements?

    by RJ Tee

    Are you faced with the challenge of selecting a rack PDU to meet not only your existing but also future power needs? Whether it’s for a refurbishment, new build, or retro-fit, when making such a purchase, you need to ensure you are maximizing your investment for the long-term - yes? But how does a data center manager feel secure in the knowledge that he has all potential future requirements covered? Short of gazing into a crystal ball and asking for some otherworldly guidance, there has been no simple answer to the question, ‘what will my future power needs be?’…until now

    Categories: Server Technology

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    It’s a Server Tech Christmas, Charlie Brown

    by RJ Tee

    The staff here at Server Tech wanted to spend a little more time spreading some Christmas cheer, so we turned to this iconic comic strip for inspiration. Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang are so much a part of the US Christmas culture. Likewise, Vince Guaraldi’s A Charlie Brown Christmas album, and the ‘Linus and Lucy’ theme in particular, has been the soundtrack for many a family Christmas gathering.

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    'Twas the Night Before a Christmas Poem Got Stolen

    by RJ Tee

    The original purpose of this blog was to offer our readers a respite from the standard technical fare, but as you will see from the lines below, it took on a life of its own. Our apologies in advance to the great poet Clement Clarke Moore, who penned the famous opening line “‘Twas the night before Christmas” almost two-hundred years ago.

    Categories: For Fun

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    Server Tech Cx and Data Center Standardization

    by RJ Tee

    The idea that standardization benefits those of us in the data center space is neither new nor difficult to grasp. Data center standardization is a reality that directly supports the uptime goals of your organization. This applies wherever your PDU(s) are operating, like a colocation facility, corporate data center, or hyperscale complex. You may wonder, then, how PDU power factors into this equation, let alone a small receptacle tucked into a PDU at the back of a rack?

    Categories: Industry Trends & Solutions

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    Just the Facts Part 2: Data Center Environmental Monitoring Defined

    by RJ Tee

    In our previous post on intelligent PDUs, we dedicated a blog to defining what it means to be an intelligent PDU. In this blog, we will discuss one of the characteristics of intelligent PDUs in more detail: data center environmental monitoring. Intelligent PDUs provide the support network that gives more rack-based data. In addition to power quality or capacity data, intelligent PDUs can be outfitted with data center environment sensors that collect additional information required for the management of the data center. Besides power, feedback on the operation of the cooling system is of utmost importance, but so is the physical security of the rack itself.

    Categories: Helpful Features

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    Just the Facts Part 1: Intelligent PDUs Defined

    by RJ Tee

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    Categories: Helpful Features

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    And What Is a PDU in the First Place?

    by RJ Tee

    If you have landed on this blog and were looking for sports awards, corporate awards, and recognition products, you are in the wrong place. Unless, of course, you want to see the Server Technology trophy case, which is quickly being filled by our team of engineers.

    Categories: Power Distribution & Monitoring

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    So, What Is an Intelligent PDU?

    by RJ Tee

    The term ‘intelligent PDU’ has become so ubiquitous, the definition is no longer clear. Not surprising, “What is an intelligent PDU?” is one of the most common questions we get from our readers. Terms like ‘network power strip’ and ‘IP power strip’ get bandied about, but they somehow fail to capture the essence of choosing and using an intelligent unit. We thought we would take a moment to clear the air about the term, and in doing so, we hope to set the record straight about this class of rack power strips. It is important to think of them as a category or family, if you will, rather than a specific kind of PDU.

    Categories: Helpful Features

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    Halloween, Part 11?

    by RJ Tee

    If you’re Laurie Strode, Halloween isn’t exactly happy with Michael Myers creeping around – it’s more like a day of reckoning. What’s worse, poor Ms. Strode has had to wait around 40 years for a chance at revenge - and a decent sequel. At Server Technology, we are committed to not having you wait that long to get what you want. If you’re sensitive to jump scares or gore, no need to worry about this blog. Server Technology doesn’t have a frightening number of franchise reboots or disemboweled corpses to present today. We don’t have to retool our mission because we’ve always been focused on delivering power efficiently and precisely. Over the years, we’ve been getting smarter about our PDUs and power strips, as our industry recognition shows. Not to worry that you’ll have to bear with a lesser replacement, muttering all the while that it’s not as good as the original.

    Categories: Server Technology

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    [Pt. 3] New Hardware in the Data Center

    by RJ Tee

    One of the identified macro trends for the data center market is the never-ending progression of new hardware technologies. Where “density” used to mean a 42U rack full of 1U servers, today’s hyperscale, hyper dense data centers may have tens, hundreds, or even thousands of nodes and cores within a single rack (or even single RU in some instances). In addition, SSDs, networking fabric, GPU processing cards, specialty FPGA and ASIC chips for AI applications are all being added at a rapid clip to the already complex stack found in most data centers.

    Categories: Industry Trends & Solutions

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    [Pt. 2] New Workloads in the Data Center

    by RJ Tee

    In the early days of data centers, we had data. Then, we wanted to know more about how and when and where the data came into being. Thus, we developed metadata. Then we needed to report on both the data and the meta data. And then we wanted to analyze the reports – what are they telling us? Are they accurate? Are we optimized? Machine learning, deep learning, “big data” and “analytics” were developed as a means of understanding the underlying pools of data, resulting in still more data. Today, we are drowning in the ocean of data, metadata, reports, big data, analytics, and machine learning. So where do we turn? More technology needing more data – artificial intelligence.

    Categories: Industry Trends & Solutions

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    [Pt.1] Hyper Growth, Hyperscale, and Hyper Density in the Data Center

    by RJ Tee

    How to keep up with the need to build out multiple data centers a day? Edge and cloud computing players such as Vapor IO are finding themselves with a daunting task – figuring out how to roll out 40,000 data centers at cell tower locations around North America. Partnering with fast, flexible suppliers offering short lead times and high production capacity is a key enabler for widespread micro/edge data centers as well as building hyperscale data centers.

    Categories: Industry Trends & Solutions

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    HDOT Cx in the Realm of Great Ideas: Part 1

    by RJ Tee

    While the Server Technology engineers here in Reno are a little more on the ball than Frank and Earnest, the newly launched power distribution unit we’ve dubbed ‘HDOT Cx’ could arguably be a turning point in network PDU history.

    Categories: Server Technology

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    HDOT Success Part 3: The Evolution of HDOT

    by RJ Tee

    In our previous post HDOT Success Part 2: Lessons Learned, we discussed the success of our HDOT High Density Outlet rack PDU, and how that success is based on listening to our clients and learning how we can help them get ahead of the power distribution challenges of the data center industry. In this blog, we will shift our focus and discuss the answer to the question, what is the next step in the evolution of the most popular intelligent PDU on the market? Server Technology is proud to say that the HDOT is evolving. The market challenges that were emerging when we started still exist today: high density three-phase power that needs to be distributed to the rack by an intelligent power distribution product that is customizable and readily available. Check. But how do you improve on that formula?

    Categories: New Products

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    HDOT Success Part 2: Lessons Learned

    by RJ Tee

    In our previous post HDOT Success Part 1: Staying True to our Vision, we discussed the success of our HDOT High Density Outlet rack PDU in relation to our mission statement to Stay Powered, Be Supported, and Get Ahead. In order to understand that success within the context of continuous improvement, we took a step back to look at the big picture. As a result of that process, we identified some factors that contributed to the popularity of the HDOT product family, and in doing so answered an important question: how do we improve the product and allow our customers to continue to get ahead? First, it is important to understand what HDOT is – and isn’t. The HDOT product is not a basic data center PDU, but rather a solution to the issues of density, planning, and power management. To tackle these basic issues, we offer the product in Switched, Smart, and POPS versions that allow you to control power and measure power at the rack. HDOT is also available with Alternating Phase Outlets to make power distribution and load balancing even easier.

    Categories: Server Technology

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    HDOT Success Part 1: Staying True to Our Vision

    by RJ Tee

    Sometimes it is a good thing to take a step back and take a look at the big picture. For most of us, it offers opportunities: for reflection, to be reminded of what is important, and to refocus on the things that will make the biggest impact in our lives. For companies like Server Technology, the same holds true. We find that it is essential to take a step back and make sure that what we do day in and day out is focused on our core mission. For many of you, our mission statement is simple and familiar: Stay Powered. Be Supported. Get Ahead. But what do those words mean in light of our desire for continuous improvement in server power distribution? Here’s what we think.

    Categories: Server Technology

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    Should Labor Day be called Data Center Day?

    by RJ Tee

    We wanted to take a moment to reflect on the Labor Day holiday in the US. Today’s holiday celebration looks more like an end-of-summer poolside blowout, complete with charcoal grills belching smoke, water splashing, and American flags waving. Kids are back in school and summertime is officially over. The origin of the holiday was a little less about chillin' by the water with a beer and a hotdog and had a more noble goal: to celebrate the American worker, and the product that resulted from his labor. In the late 1800’s, the head of a then-new labor union proposed a day of rest for those "…who from rude nature have delved and carved all the grandeur we behold."

    Categories: Server Technology

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    The Big Decision: Selecting Smart vs. Switched Data Center PDUs

    by RJ Tee

    Recently, many customers have inquired about whether they should implement a Smart or Switched Rack PDU in their data centers. When looking at the two Servertech products side by side, they appear to be almost identical, since both products offer the following features: Branch circuit protection Input current monitoring Environmental monitoring Access, security and communications An expansion module There is one major difference, however, between Smart and Switched PDU(s): a Switched PDU adds the ability to turn power on and off on a per-outlet basis. Because of this, a switched PDU offers more control at the outlet where it’s being used. Conversely, a Smart PDU will provide the same level of critical power and environmental monitoring data but will not allow you to make changes to the outlet from a central location. Smart PDUs are mainly about monitoring and reporting, Switched PDUs add a level of command and control.

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    ZTP = PDQ

    by RJ Tee

    If there was ever a situation where practice doesn’t necessarily make perfect, this is it: setting up a PDU manually – without ZTP. As you can see in our new white paper, Server Technology is in the business of making provisioning our power distribution units simpler for you.

    Categories: Helpful Features

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    Our Hot New ‘How to ZTP’ Video

    by RJ Tee

    Do you know how to ZTP? If not, don’t worry. We have recently posted a YouTube video to show you how. ZTP, or zero touch provisioning, is the methodology that allows you to make configuration changes to key data center services without interruption or the need to go on the data center floor itself. All configuration changes are completed online and over the ethernet cables that connect your Server Technology rack PDUs (power distribution units) to a core server. As an example, you may want to reconfigure settings when there are software updates, or you need to make changes to user permission profiles.

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    Shedding Light on 3 Phase Power - Part 2

    by RJ Tee

    In our previous post on 3-phase 208 power, we set the stage by describing some of the differences between it and single-phase power, including the fact that 120 + 120 does not equal 240 in the three-phase world. One thing that most of us know is that the rules for calculating capacity are different between the two. In this blog we will discuss the reason behind the difference and help build the case for the importance of a metered three-phase power strip.

    Categories: Power Distribution & Monitoring

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    How Can Intelligent PDUs Improve Your Data Center?

    by RJ Tee

    Let’s be honest: Your data center is one of the most expensive components of your organization. For this reason, your key stakeholders may very well be considering outsourcing operations to a cost-effective colocation center at some point in the future if you don’t gain control over your spending. Why is your data center so expensive to operate? There are countless contributing factors. First and foremost, infrastructure is not cheap. Every year, a large portion of your budget is allocated toward hefty CAPEX and OPEX on equipment and cutting-edge technologies. Plus, there are workers’ salaries to consider, as well as costs related to heating, cooling and real estate.

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    Shedding Light on 3 Phase Power - Part 1

    by RJ Tee

    Ask most people involved in data center operations to explain three-phase power to a data center PDU to you, and you’ll notice that they get a little squeamish. Except for your Principals of Electricity professor in college, most people have a difficult time explaining three-phase power and three phase PDU(s). Heck, most people have a tough time explaining how power works, period.  When it comes to rack mount power distribution, what is the difference between single phase and three phase power, you ask?

    Categories: Power Distribution & Monitoring

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    Groundhog Day feat. Server Technology's PDUs

    by RJ Tee

    On February 2, 2018, Server Technology will join, at least in spirit, the crowd gathered at Gobbler’s Knob outside Punxsutawney, PA. There, Groundhog Day celebrants will await the appearance of Punxsutawney Phil, the groundhog who will supposedly determine the length of winter by his ability to see his own shadow. We will also be joining countless others in their annual viewing of the Bill Murray classic, Groundhog Day. As movie fans know, Bill Murray plays a wretched reporter named Phil Connors, who finds himself stuck reliving the same day over and over again. Over the course of the film, which takes place over a ten-year period of real-time, Connors eventually redeems himself. Not only does he win the heart of Andie McDowell’s character Rita, but he also becomes a better person in the process. While much has been written about the spiritual and philosophical virtues of the classic comedy, the thing that strikes us is the idea that making improvements is a daily commitment.

    Categories: Server Technology

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    Schools: Use Summer to Overhaul Your Data Center Power Strategy

    by RJ Tee

    Students may have left for the summer, but for data center professionals working for school systems and universities, the work is just getting started. Summer is a time to reflect on how the data center performed during the previous year, for identifying areas that need improvement and for making critical adjustments before September rolls back around. One issue that must be addressed during summer planning is data center power management. After all, power is a critical foundational element in the data center. But it’s also very expensive, and risky.

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    Don't Underestimate the Risk of Human Error in the Data Center

    by RJ Tee

    In May and August of last year, British Airways was forced to cancel flights following a critical data center power outage. According to Network World, the trouble started when an engineer disconnected a critical power supply at a London-based data center. When the engineer tried to reconnect the system, it generated a large power surge that in turn caused the outage. Sources indicate that the power-up was handled “in an unplanned and uncontrolled fashion.” Altogether, 75,000 people were stranded at the airport following the incident. And the power surge also created a considerable amount of damage for the airline — to the tune of at least $112 million.

    Categories: Server Technology

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    Data Center Managers: Ten-HUT!

    by RJ Tee

    Server Technology’s new white paper 'Top 10 Concerns of Data Center Managers in 2018' is a comprehensive summary of the 10 things that keep the typical DCM up at night and make their jobs harder. But we’re not here to commiserate. We’re here to say this: toughen up and avoid chugging over to mamby-pamby land. After all, it’s those things that put the ‘manage’ in ‘data center manager.’ Server Technology is here to share these concerns with you and offer our HDOT PDU solution to help you make these battles a little easier.

    Categories: Industry Trends & Solutions

  • Like a Mother, in a Good Way

    by RJ Tee

    That’s how we’d like you to think about Server Technology’s solutions. In all the myriad ways your own mother looks after you, Server Technology is there for your business. Just like your mother knew what you needed and when, often before you did, we can anticipate and meet the needs of your data center racks and everything on them. In case you hadn’t guessed, we have Mother’s Day on the brain. And while we are busy trying to find the gift that says just how special and important she is, it occurred to us that our product lines aren’t so different from what moms do, day in and day out.

    Categories: Industry Trends & Solutions

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    Rack PDUs: Making the Choices less of a Challenge

    by RJ Tee

    While in previous blogs we’ve talked about the advantages of customization and having so many PDU options to choose from, now might be a good time to keep it simple. Server Technology is in the business of meeting complex power needs for every customer’s equipment and data demands. But we would be remiss if we didn’t address those needs in the simplest and most straightforward way possible.

    Categories: Helpful Features

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    3 Phase PDUs---It’s Not Just a Phase

    by RJ Tee

    In the data center, our customers are always going through them. Equipment comes in, rack counts go up, and loads increase. Electrically speaking, many of our client’s centers are in a state of flux. Server Technology manufactures a variety of PDU types for whatever phase of development your data center happens to be in.

    Categories: Power Distribution & Monitoring

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    What does a Rack PDU do again?

    by RJ Tee

    On the surface, it is an amazingly simple question. Everyone knows what a rack PDU is, don’t they? In one of the few industry blogs to reference the movie Gremlins, we attempted to answer the question in the context of the acronym-laden industry we work in. Power Distribution Unit. In this blog we are going to move beyond semantics and talk more about the doing side of a PDU. Our friends will point out that a power strip is just the same thing: a device that has outlets, a cord, and maybe a little surge protection thrown in. To channel my inner Elf, “Say power strip ONE MORE TIME!”

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    Best Practices for High Density Data Centers Start with Server Technology

    by RJ Tee

    We thought we would take a moment to talk about high density data centers, case studies, and best practices. Whether you are building a new data center, upgrading an existing one or just keeping abreast of the PDU power industry trends, it’s good policy to start with what works. What are the biggest and best companies doing to optimize their high-density computing needs and manage their power and usage data? Look no further than the experts at Server Technology for answers. With an extensive list of customers well-served by our support and product expertise, not to mention client case studies for reference and validation, Server Technology has lots to offer a customer looking to get comfortable with the notion of powering a high-density, hyperscale computing environment.

    Categories: Industry Trends & Solutions

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    Servertech and You: Technical References

    by RJ Tee

    At Server Technology, we are focused on making the process of identifying, selecting, and purchasing a rack PDU as simple as possible. (I mean, have you seen our Rack PDU Selection Wizard?) Our dedication to support does not stop when the rack PDU ships. In fact, that is when it begins. Our technical support and resources even exceed the level of support we provided when you were just thinking about buying the rack PDU.

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    Servertech and You: Solutions Pages

    by RJ Tee

    Server Technology is focused on making the process of identifying, selecting, and purchasing a rack PDU as simple as possible. Our dedication to support does not stop when the rack PDU ships, and it begins when your new rack PDU is but a twinkle in your eye. We strive to provide the highest level of service throughout the entire lifecycle of the product starting with making sure you find the product that best suits the application you have. Sometimes the best way to figure out what you need is to take a look around and see what your peers are up to. Taking this basic concept, we created solutions pages to provide our prospective customers a glimpse into what we are seeing in the industry, and context that will help bring their decision making process into focus. We organized these solutions pages in a manner that makes sense to our customers. They are broken into three broad categories: what is going on from a technology standpoint, what is going on from an industry standpoint, and what is going on within a specific vertical.

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    Servertech and You: BYOPDU

    by RJ Tee

    At Server Technology, we focus on what we can do to make the process of identifying, selecting, and purchasing a rack PDU as simple as possible. That dedication to support does not stop when the rack PDU ships. Our philosophy is to provide a high level of service throughout the entire lifecycle of the product. In our first blog on service and support, we discussed the Rack PDU Selection Wizard as a way to identify the right type of PDU for your application. In the next blog, we discussed using the Rack PDU Selector to dial in the features you need to specify your tailored PDU.

    Categories: Server Technology

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    Don’t Have A Cow About Load Balancing, Man

    by RJ Tee

    Server Technology can simplify the load balancing process with its Alternating Phase PDUs, which distribute power on a per receptacle basis —as opposed to a per branch. Server Technology’s Alternating Phase PDUs come with color-coded outlets, for easy setup, and automated power distribution throughout each receptacle. This means you won’t have to manually configure each path.

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    Server Technology and You: the Rack PDU Selector

    by RJ Tee

    For the second in a series about Servertech’s lifecycle approach to award-winning customer service and support, we would like to talk about the next steps in the process of selecting just the right PDU for you. In our previous post on this topic, we discussed our Rack PDU Selection Wizard and its uncanny, often magical ability to help you select the right PDU type for your application.

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    What is a PDU vs. a Power Strip?

    by RJ Tee

    Recently, a customer wondered about the real difference between high-quality power distribution units (PDUs) for the data center, and standard 120V power outlets (like the kind you would find in Home Depot). Why spend the extra money? They both supply power directly to the cabinet, right? In short, yes—they do. Both the PDU and the power strip, however, are in different classes in terms of what they are capable of providing. Think of it this way: A power outlet is to a power distribution unit like a flip phone is to a smart phone; the former is very basic, while the latter is much more powerful and complex.

    Categories: Power Distribution & Monitoring

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    Spectre and Meltdown vs. Servertech Rack PDUs

    by RJ Tee

    Server Technology has you covered when it comes to threats from the latest cybersecurity attack. Like last week’s YouTube star, the latest security threat has come and gone. It is unfortunate that these attacks have become so commonplace that they barely raise an eyebrow these days. I imagine that this is much to the chagrin of the nefarious code writers who are cooped up in an abandoned warehouse in a very, very cold part of the planet hacking away right now.

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    The Advantages of an Uncluttered Rack, Part II

    by RJ Tee

    As mentioned in our previous post on Alternating Phase rack PDUs, many of us at Server Technology (including myself) like to talk about the benefits of our approach to handling three-phase power distribution within the rack. While the subject of three phase is de rigueur in the fashionable world of high density, there is a lot to talk about above and beyond the distribution of large amounts of power in a very small footprint.

    Categories: Helpful Features

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    The Advantages of an Uncluttered Rack, Part I

    by RJ Tee

    Alternating phase power distribution technology from Server Tech is one of my favorite subjects. It has benefits that extend well beyond the electrical distribution world. In fact, it is one of the few power products whose secondary benefits meet and sometimes exceed the fundamental purpose of a three-phase distribution product. I discussed it in a previous post. Server Tech’s Alternating Phase PDUs may well set the new standard for the phrase, “the gift that keeps on giving.”

    Categories: Helpful Features

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    On the Benefits of Alternating Phase

    by RJ Tee

    We’ve extolled the virtues of single phase 60A power distribution to the rack. But there are still may situations in which a three phase deployment is required to power the needs of racks that consume 12kW or more. In other words, situations that begin with ‘high’ and end with ‘density.’

    Categories: Helpful Features

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    Making Light Work of Configuring with Zero Touch Provisioning

    by RJ Tee

    It has recently come to my attention that not all intelligent, cabinet-level power distribution units are smart. Now, don’t get me wrong – we’ve come a long way since the days of bulky, black, power bars that were available in black or, well, black. More modern power distribution units are chock full of features, colors, and options for voltage, monitoring, and controls that would rival the most sophisticated switchgear available. But when it comes time to plug these sophisticated cabinet-level units into your data center’s network, eyes glaze over and thoughts wander at the prospect of manually configuring those new units. Each. And. Every. One.

    Categories: Server Technology

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    The Rack PDU’s Role in Battling Cyber Threats

    by RJ Tee

    One of the ongoing issues facing data center managers is cybersecurity, and the rack PDU may play a surprising role in the protection of the IT systems housed within the mission critical facility. While threats of intrusion are as old as the IMSAI 8080 from the movie WarGames, the intelligent power strip is a surprising new actor in the ongoing security battle.

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    Three Immutable Data Center Predictions for 2018

    by RJ Tee

    Well, it is that time of year again. With the holidays behind us and a new year dawning, industry analysts and pundits are providing their predictions for our ever-changing, mission critical, data-driven industry. From DCK to IDC to that predictable predictor Gartner, the blogosphere is filled with forward-looking statements about the data center industry.

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    HDOT Family Welcomes Per Outlet Power Sensing PDUs

    by RJ Tee

    Just in case you didn't know, our award winning HDOT PDUs contain embedded Per Outlet Power Sensing (POPS) with device-level power monitoring, making this the most innovative product line yet. Every data center should seriously consider using HDOT PDUs — with +/- 1 percent billable-grade accuracy — to drive efficiencies, maximize uptime and slash operating costs.

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    Server Technology and the Internet of Things: Power at the Edge

    by RJ Tee

    By now, you are familiar with the Internet of Things, or IoT. In fact, according recent statistics, you’re also likely involved in a deployment that has brought some of the challenges associated with the bulk data collection and storage issues presented by this technology. You've probably run into three phase PDU requirements or the need for a network controlled power strip.

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    Uptime and the Job of Predicting the Unpredictable

    by RJ Tee

    Sounds impossible, doesn’t it? If one were to take the second half of the title of this blog at face value, it would be. A thing that escapes prediction is by definition unpredictable, and it would be a fool’s errand to spend time finding a thing that is impossible to find.

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    2017: What a Year for Server Technology

    by RJ Tee

    As we wind down another year and look ahead to 2018, Server Technology would like to take a moment to review the many reasons we have to be thankful for the year that was 2017. And what a year it was!

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    May the POPS Be with You

    by RJ Tee

    Since much of the buzz this week will be about the much-anticipated release of Star Wars ‘The Last Jedi’ on Friday (or Thursday if you happen to live in the UK), we thought we would take a moment to share some of our favorite old lines. And now, from a galaxy far, far away… (cue fanfare) “The force is strong in this one.” Bad guy or not, Darth Vader hit the nail on the head here. While we had to wait until much later to find out why he knew what he knew, we do know now that sometimes you just have a feeling about things. The Server Tech team had that same good feeling when we started talking about ZTP, our zero-touch provisioning approach for our PDU line. (We even have a pretty nifty whitepaper...) A way to provision all your rack mounted power strips at once, hands-free, and outside of the data center? We still have to remind people this is no Jedi mind trick.

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    Five Reasons to be Thankful for Intelligent Data Center PDUs

    by RJ Tee

    One tool that every data center administrator can be thankful for this year is intelligent power distribution units (PDUs). Recent advancements in the data center PDU market have drastically improved the way that power is managed at the rack level. Over the last few years, intelligent PDUs have gone from a disruptive new technology to a staple tool — and something that every data center should be using to streamline efficiencies. So in the spirit of Turkey Day, here are five reasons to be thankful for intelligent PDUs.

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    Protect Your Data Center for the Busy Holiday Shopping Rush

    by RJ Tee

    It’s official: We are now in one of the busiest times of the year for shopping. All across the world, consumers are scouring the Internet looking for deals on gifts. This year, holiday shoppers are expected to spend at least $680 billion which is an increase from the $655 billion that was spent in 2016. This is great news for your business, especially when coupled with the long-term economic predictions for 2018. According to Goldman Sachs, the economy is expected to boom in 2018. So consumers will have even more money to spend on products and services.

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    Single vs. Three Phase Power Distribution - Know the Difference

    by RJ Tee

    Electricity is the single most important resource in a data center, as it’s needed for powering every system — from the servers on the floor to the lights overhead. Often the differences between a single phase PDU and a three phase PDU are not as complicated as they may seem, and even more often a 3 phase PDU is the right fit. At the same time, electricity is incredibly expensive, dangerous and easy to mismanage — especially when considering the sheer volume of power that is typically used. Some facilities, after all, use enough electricity to power hundreds of thousands of homes. Even though energy efficiency is now top of mind for data center administrators, there’s no getting around the fact that data centers consume a great deal of power. As such, it’s vital to have the correct underlying power distribution system in place before moving in and setting up any equipment.

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    Every Data Center Needs Real-time Reporting

    by RJ Tee

    Now, the data center power monitoring process can be fully-automated with the help of intelligent, IP connected power distribution units (PDUs). By providing real-time power monitoring at the rack level, data center administrators can gain instant access to power usage metrics and then use the information to make improvements that can boost uptime and reduce operating costs.

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    Is Your UPS System Ready for Winter?

    by RJ Tee

    According to the latest Farmer’s Almanac, much of the U.S. is in store for a cold, wet winter that will stretch well into March. At least five major storms expected to hit the eastern seaboard. In just a few short weeks — when the snow starts falling — we will learn which businesses are prepared for winter, and which are not. Businesses that take the time to plan ahead and invest in disaster recovery and business continuity will have a major competitive advantage. One thing you will want to pay attention to as you winterize your data center is the operability of your uninterruptable power supply (UPS) system. According to a recent study, UPS system failure is now the leading cause of data center downtime. In fact, UPS system failure now accounts for one quarter of all data center outages.

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    Use Data Center PDUs to Reach Your Corporate Social Responsibility Goals

    by RJ Tee

    It’s important to realize that data centers — which are notorious energy hogs — need to be front and center in a CSR strategy. It’s impossible to build an effective and honest CSR strategy without reigning in and controlling your data center’s power output. So, how do you control your data center’s power output? The easiest, and most effective way, is to invest in tools that provide real-time power monitoring and environmental reporting at the rack level.

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    Who Put the ‘i’ in PDU?

    by RJ Tee

    As I was sitting around the other day and casting about for a topic for this blog post, my colleagues jokingly suggested that we talk about this trend of putting an ‘i’ in front of everything. You know, how an intelligent PDU can be called iPDU or even IP-PDU, the now-normal branding standard of our modern age, the world of iEverything. The ‘i’ in the first iMac stood for Internet, not necessarily intelligent. At the time, the idea of an internet-based personal computer was quite revolutionary. The ‘i’ moniker also brings to mind another intelligent ’i’ product, introduced by German sports car company BMW and infamously known as the iDrive. While it originally stood for intelligent, the ‘i’ quickly became known to stand for ‘infuriating.’

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    Legrand, North and Central America Expands Data Power and Control Capabilities with the Acquisition of Server Technology, Inc.

    by RJ Tee

    Legrand is a global specialist in electrical and digital building infrastructures. Its comprehensive offering of solutions for use in commercial, industrial, and residential markets makes it a benchmark for customers worldwide. Innovation for a steady flow of new products with high added value is a prime vector for growth, including, in particular, connected devices stemming from Legrand’s globalEliot (Electricity and IoT) program. Legrand reported sales of $5.6 billion in 2016. Legrand has a strong presence in North and Central America, with a portfolio of well-known market brands and product lines that includes AFCO Systems, C2G, Cablofil, Chief, Da-Lite, Electrorack, Finelite, Luxul, Middle Atlantic Products, Nuvo, OCL, On-Q, Ortronics, Pass & Seymour, Pinnacle, QMotion, Quiktron, Raritan, Sanus, Server Technology, Solarfective, Vaddio, Vantage, Wattstopper, and Wiremold. Legrand is listed on Euronext Paris and is a component stock of indexes including the CAC40, FTSE4Good, MSCI World, ASPI, Corporate Oekom Rating, and DJSI (ISIN code FR0010307819) www.legrand.us.

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    Using a Horizontal vs. a Vertical Rack PDU, Part Deux

    by RJ Tee

    In a recent blog post from these pages, we discussed several situations in which you might consider using horizontal power distribution units in lieu of the more common vertical power distribution devices. Based on responses to our post, we decided to provide more feedback on going horizontal. We discussed several situations in our previous post that favor the use of the more compact horizontal PDU. Some of the reasons include distributing power from a rack-mounted UPS, or when you have space at the back of the rack left by shallow IT equipment such as those half-sized switches and routers. We also discussed situations in which additional air flow through the sides of the cabinet could be advantageous.

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    What’s The Difference Between AC and DC Power?

    by RJ Tee

    The voltage in a DC supply unit (such as a fuel cell), by comparison, cannot be changed unless the power supply is altered or turned off, such as with a high-voltage direct current (HVDC) system. DC is, therefore, less efficient and affordable to transmit than AC power, but it can be accomplished.

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    Environmental Monitoring: Mission Critical Monitoring, or Mission Impossible?

    by RJ Tee

    Data center environmental monitoring is nothing new. Systems such as the first Sensaphones have been around for decades, dialing out on POTS lines to report on space, power, and cooling. But don’t get me wrong – we’ve come a long way, baby. Haven’t we? As our friends at the Green Grid have correctly noted, you cannot improve what you are not measuring. It is safe to say that, up until now, we have never had access to the volume of information we can capture now, nor could we process it into useful and actionable data. But one thing has not changed, and that is the fact that we still rely on probes and sensors to capture all those little kernels of information.

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    Winter is Coming: Is Your Data Center Ready?

    by RJ Tee

    As they say in Game of Thrones, winter is coming. And while you may not have to worry about ice zombies invading your data center, if you are located in the north may have some tough power-related challenges to face when the temperature plummets.

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    Using a Horizontal vs. a Vertical Rack PDU

    by RJ Tee

    While use of vertical PDUs, or vertical rack power distribution units, has become nearly ubiquitous in today’s data center, they are not the only game in town. Since we have been getting a lot of questions lately about Horizontal rack PDUs, we thought it would be useful to take moment to pause and reflect on our counterpart from the other axis. Besides orientation, the most obvious difference between the two rack mount power strips is that of space – outlet space to be exact. Since the typical horizontal PDU fills 1 to 2U gaps, the number of outlets available is limited to the width of the rack, or the number of U spaces you are willing to part with.

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    Is Your Power-Hungry Data Center a Liability? Read This.

    by RJ Tee

    Ireland’s state-owned Electricity Supply Board (ESB) recently made headlines when the company publicly referred to its data centers as a liability for their heavy power consumption. As explained in DatacenterDynamics, the remarks appeared in an interim financial statement from 1H17. The issue was referred to as a principal risk to the company, and was later clarified by a company spokesperson.

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    Three Data Center Power Goals for 2018

    by RJ Tee

    October is already here, which means we’re rapidly approaching the end of the year. Before you know it, the holiday rush will arrive, followed closely by the start of 2018 — which means time is running out to plan your data center’s 2018 power management strategy. Now is an important time to round up your team and discuss ways that you can reduce energy waste next year so that your data center can save money and become more efficient in the process.

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    2017: A Record Year for Data Center Investment

    by RJ Tee

    According to a new study, companies have thus far invested $18.2 billion in U.S. data centers, which is double the amount they pulled in last year. At this pace, they are on track to surpass the total amount for the last three years combined.

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    Single Phase PDU & Rack Power [APPLICATION NOTE LINK INSIDE]

    by RJ Tee

    How do you balance the electrical needs of a cabinet of equipment with available technology? Many data center facilities have come to rely on a standard rack mount power strip PDU configuration fed by 3-phase, 30A circuits running at 208V. This setup can yield approximately 8 kW to feed your power-hungry IT gear.

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    Selecting the Right Hyperscale PDU

    by RJ Tee

    Yes, Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook, and Google – we’re talking to you and your kind. While most would consider it a good day to dominate the world of commerce, you and your hyperscale computing compatriots have completely changed the landscape of information technology and data centers as we used to know them. Your executive leadership is brilliant, your stocks are soaring, and you’ve got the world at your feet. Well, ever think about what life would be like without the right rack PDU? OK, you have to admit, we’ve got you there.

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    Enhance Your UPS System with Real-time Power Monitoring

    by RJ Tee

    Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS) systems have emerged as a main driver of growth in the booming data center power market — a market, it should be noted, that will continue growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6 percent until 2025, when it will reach $10.77 billion.

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    Houston’s Data Centers Emerged from Harvey Unscathed

    by RJ Tee

    Hurricane Harvey’s rainfall has finally passed, meaning the long cleanup and recovery process can now commence. Here at Server Technology, our hearts go out to all of the victims that were impacted by the storm, and to those who will be facing terrible difficulties in the days to come. Already, Harvey is being called the biggest flood-producing storm in U.S. history. Its winds reached 125 mph and brought more than 50 inches of rain to the region, which is an American record. Looking ahead, there are many questions that are starting to come to the surface — perhaps the biggest for the U.S. data center community being, when will the next major storm reach land? And what will it entail? Some scientists now believe hurricanes are in fact getting worse due to climate change, and weaker storms are also happening less frequently.

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    Beijing Bans Data Centers with High PUEs

    by RJ Tee

    In a surprising announcement, the Chinese government has issued a full ban on data centers in Beijing whose power usage effectiveness (PUE) exceeds 1.5.

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    Power Management: A Critical Need for Hyperscale Providers

    by RJ Tee

    It’s no secret that data centers are massive energy hogs. As explained in a recent Server Technology white paper, “The Power of Hyperscale Compute,” a typical data centers can be 10 to 100 times more energy-intensive than an office. And altogether, data centers use about 3 percent of the U.S. electricity supply. Over the last two decades, as compute and storage densities have increased, rack power densities have also skyrocketed. In the past, a typical rack would consume an average of 1 to 2 kilowatts of power. Now, as we move deeper into the hyperscale era, loads are hovering around 20 to 40 kilowatts. More servers and hard drives are being put into single racks today than ever before, in a scale out approach.

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    What is a PDU?

    by RJ Tee

    What is a PDU? This may seem like a rather existential question, particularly from the blog space of one of the leaders in the marketplace. So why ask such an obvious question? Well, because the answer is not entirely clear. The mission-critical data center world is chock full of acronyms, those pesky, foreshortened forms of communication that allow us to sum up so much in an efficient amount of space. But when they take on a life of their own, they become like the little monsters in the movie ‘Gremlins.’

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    On the Subject of Electrical Inequality

    by RJ Tee

    I must admit I have been thinking a lot about quality lately. Our data center industry, at its core, is about power correction, conditioning, and quality. The ability of a mission-critical electrical system to deliver the proper sine wave to the server is a multi-billion-dollar industry. (My apologies in advance to the mechanical minded for such unilateral statements.)

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    Pushing the Easy Button: Tips for Remote Power Management

    by RJ Tee

    For those of you who are working through the issues of remotely managing your data center power, or are thinking about heading in that direction, we have a few pearls of wisdom. There is definitely some confusion in the industry about smart versus switched power distribution units. I’d like to take a minute to talk about the latter. Although both types of rack PDU’s have the same features such as circuit protection, monitoring, security, and communications, it is the switched variety that opens the doors to remotely managing your data center.

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    Back to School and The Dog Days of Summer

    by RJ Tee

    At the beginning of the sunny season we talked about some things for school system and university data center managers to review during the summertime break. Seems like yesterday.

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    Where Density, Square Meters, and Practicality Meet

    by RJ Tee

    In this recent article on Data Center Knowledge, the author discusses the growing issue of data center real estate in Singapore and other APAC markets – or more accurately, the lack thereof. While many countries, including portions of the United States and Northern Europe, benefit from large land masses, high-density city centers in most of the world place an absolute premium on every square meter of space. In these areas, data center facilities are built more on the vertical axis, with support equipment stacked on roof tops and in basements.

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    Use Smart PDUs to Gain Visibility Into Your Data Center

    by RJ Tee

    e were recently approached by a C-level executive who was facing a challenge. His company had recently acquired another organization, and was now in the process of trying to determine the best way to integrate its data center. The data center, however, was in need of a major overhaul. A big part of the problem was the fact that the former company’s IT team had been using traditional spreadsheets to track its devices and daily power metrics. These spreadsheets were rife with errors (and possible manipulation). For example, the team discovered several network devices in the data center that did not appear in any records.

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    Expect FITARA Extensions in 2018 NDAA

    by RJ Tee

    Earlier this year there were many questions in the data center industry about what would happen to the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA), a 2015 law that is set to expire in 2018 and 2019. It’s taken a few months, but now we’re starting to see some answers. Just recently, news broke that there is a new version of FITARA being proposed in the House version of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act. So FITARA does not appear to be going away anytime soon.

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    Top 5 Questions From the Edge Computing Webinar Answered

    by RJ Tee

    You asked, we answered. During our highly anticipated webinar last week, "Delivering Resilience and Uptime at the Edge," our speakers were asked a few questions in regards to the challenges presented by edge computing, their views on its future development, as well as how Server Technology's portfolio of products will address its demands.

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    How to Calculate Three Phase Power in the Data Center (And Why it’s Important)

    by RJ Tee

    To illustrate the importance of calculating three phase power in the data center, let’s pretend you are going to cook a meal for a big group of people. As simple as it sounds, first you’ll need to figure out how many guests will be arriving so you don’t run out of food and wind up in a pinch. In the data center, this planning process is called capacity planning. Only in this case, instead of feeding food to people, you are feeding electricity to servers.

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    So, You Say Your Data Center Is Green? Prove It!

    by RJ Tee

    According to a study from Unilever, there is now a $1 trillion market opportunity for companies that can successfully explain their sustainability practices to consumers. For many companies — particularly technology providers — the data center is a natural place to start. After all, data centers have a reputation for being notorious energy hogs, often using as much power as a small city. So businesses like to flip the script and differentiate their services by focusing on steps they are taking to become more environmentally responsible.

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    Location Is Only Half the Battle When Building a New Data Center

    by RJ Tee

    Just recently, Network World ran an interesting article explaining how Ireland is the best place to set up a data center in Europe. The author pointed out how strong connectivity, affordable taxes and active government support make Ireland a premium destination for businesses seeking colocation and interconnection services.

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    Overcome Environmental Challenges at the Edge with Server Technology

    by RJ Tee

    Many businesses today are exploring edge computing, a process that involves decentralizing core network infrastructure and pushing it closer to end users in localized markets. With edge computing, the goal is to reduce long haul data transmissions, resulting in improved performance and lower operating costs. It can also provide access to localized analytics, which can help businesses understand and respond more effectively to users’ needs. There are, however, some critical logistical issues at play in edge environments that need to be considered in order to experience a successful deployment — one of the most important being changing environmental conditions in and around edge data centers.

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    Congrats DCS Data Centre Individual of the Year.....Marc Marazzi!

    by RJ Tee

    Marc Marazzi, VP of International Sales, has put Server Technology on the map in the global market- growing the international team from three to ten members over the course of five years. Because of these efforts, we are able to better provide our customers with exceptional products and services, regardless of their location or application.

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    Can Your Data Center Withstand a Hurricane?

    by RJ Tee

    Take a hard look at your data center, and ask this tough question: If a hurricane were to hit right now, and you were to lose power, how would your facility fare? Does your data center have a reliable backup system that would immediately kick in? Houston's data centers came out unscathed after Harvey.

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    Don't Let Cooling Costs Burn Your Dollars - Save Money With HDOT

    by RJ Tee

    Save money by adopting smart rack PDU technology, such as the Alt-Phase HDOT PDU, along with Sentry Power Manager for your environmental monitoring solution.

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    Scaling Back Your Data Center? Don’t Forget to Do This

    by RJ Tee

    Data centers are quickly disappearing, explains a new report from IDC. According to the report, data centers across the world are dropping in numbers and in square footage annually. In 2015, there were 8.55 million data centers in the world. By the end of 2017, this figure will drop to at least 8.4 million. And by 2021, there will only be about 7.2 million data centers — a total reduction of 15 percent from 2015.

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    Take Baby Steps to a Greener Data Center

    by RJ Tee

    Over the last several weeks, green energy has emerged as a major topic of discussion among businesses. Facebook, for instance, recently announced a new $1 billion data center in Fort Worth, Texas that runs entirely on renewable energy. “This is one of the most advanced and energy-efficient data centers on the planet, and it features our Open Compute Project hardware designs that result in world-class levels of energy efficiency,” stated Site Manager KC Timmons. “Also, it’s cooled using outdoor air and direct evaporative cooling systems that emphasize both water and energy efficiency.”

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    Living on the Edge? You Need Remote Power Management

    by RJ Tee

    Your business is currently in the process of decentralizing its core network and migrating to the “edge” of the network. The goal is to push your servers closer to key markets, in order to eliminate long-haul data transmissions. In doing so, you hope to reduce operating costs and minimize latency for your customers. Rest assured, your business isn’t the only one doing it. Edge computing has quickly emerged as one of the top data center trends, and we only see this patternaccelerating as the need for high-speed connectivity increases over the next 10 years.

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    Picking the Right Rack Mount PDU For Your Data Center

    by RJ Tee

    Decisions, decisions. We often stress over relatively easy decisions more than we reasonably should. One decision that shouldn’t be all that difficult – once you’re armed with the proper knowledge – revolves around which type of rack mount PDU you’ll need to help power your data center for the foreseeable future. When picking a rack mount PDU for your data center, pinpointing your exact needs before shopping will save you a lot of time and energy in the long run. Perhaps density is your primary concern. Or maybe uptime is on the top of your checklist, along with capacity planning. That’s where Server Technology comes in. We offer smart, switched and other intelligent rack PDU options ranging from ready-made units with super-fast shipping to PDUs precisely customized to meet your every need.

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    Top Reasons Your DCIM Strategy Isn’t Working

    by RJ Tee

    Awhile back, you and your team implemented a data center infrastructure management (DCIM) strategy to help control your rapidly-growing department. At the time, your thinking was that DCIM would streamline operations, aid in knowledge-based decision making and help your business respond to changing workloads. The whole point was to make life easier for you and your team members, while also making the data center more efficient and cost-effective for your business (which is now riding almost entirely its network infrastructure). Let’s face it, though: Things aren’t going exactly as they planned. Your data center is still wasting vast amounts of power on a daily basis, and it’s still suffering from sporadic bouts of downtime. And on top of it, you’re continuously operating in the red zone and upper management is not happy about it.

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    FITARA - Data Center Consolidation Deadline Could Be Pushed Back

    by RJ Tee

    Since 2014, federal data centers have been optimizing their facilities under the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA), a money-saving initiative imposed by the federal government that will force certain data centers to close by 2018.

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    Educational Efficiency - Rethinking Your Current Strategy

    by RJ Tee

    If you were in the position to start from scratch with power distribution, what would you do? For many of our education customers looking at planning a new facility, the answer is to completely rethink the norms. Many data center managers are making do with the power distribution that came with the building, and for most, the system is not current. No pun intended.

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    An Interview with Server Technology’s Marc Cram: Smart PDUs Translate to More Efficiency

    by RJ Tee

    With people, there’s such a thing as book smart and practical smart. In the case of Server Technology’s Intelligent PDU line, you get the best of both worlds – a product that not only boasts powerful specs on paper, but also makes a real difference in your data center’s efficiency efforts. We recently sat down with Server Technology’s Director of OEM and Global Accounts, Marc Cram, to discuss the benefits of choosing Switched or Smart Rack PDUs in your data center and how they can lead to greater efficiency and cost savings in the long run.

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    Migrating to the Cloud? You Still Need Intelligent PDUs

    by RJ Tee

    We see this problem time and again with cloud computing: First, a business will partner with a hosted cloud provider offering affordable access to premium infrastructure; then, the business will migrate its workloads and wait for the cost savings to roll in. Oftentimes, though, the cost savings never materialize. In fact, it's very common for a business to spend more money on cloud services in the long run than it would on legacy network expenses.

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    Experience the Most Game Changing PDU to Date

    by RJ Tee

    Switched PDU, Switched, Switched POPS

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    Three Questions to Ask About Three Phase Power Distribution

    by RJ Tee

    Across the globe, data center managers are making the move to 60A service at the rack level. Why? One big reason is because it better supports higher-density applications. As a result, three-phase power distribution is seeing a boost in popularity. Put simply, it just makes sense for data centers from economic and efficiency standpoints. A popular choice for those looking to make the move to alternating phase power is the HDOT Switched power distribution unit from Server Technology. These rack-mount PDUs simplify time consuming processes such as cable management and load balancing. Offering up to a 30 percent footprint reduction, HDOT PDUs let you install more servers per rack and create a much more efficient flow over standard one- or two-phase power by using three-phase power distribution.

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    Federal Data Centers: Use Switched POPS PDUs to Save Money

    by RJ Tee

    A new bill is being considered in Washington, D.C. that would directly impact federal data centers. According to The Stack, the U.S. House of Representatives recently passed the Energy Efficient Government Technology Act (HR 306), which would require every federal agency to provide a detailed report outlining the exact steps that are being taken to improve energy efficiency in their data center and computing environments.

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    5 Reasons to use Intelligent PDUs in Edge Data Centers [WEBINAR LINK]

    by RJ Tee

    A growing number of companies are now moving their servers to the “edge” of the network for lower latency data transmissions, and reduced network operating costs. This is one of the major trends occurring in the IT space right now, and industry experts predict it will continue to accelerate in the coming years.

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    Top Tools For Data Center Environmental Monitoring

    by RJ Tee

    There’s an old proverb that goes, “Trust, but verify.” This sentiment is particularly apt for data center management, where it’s vital to track every metric you can get your hands on. The need for better environmental monitoring capabilities is increasing due to increasing compute, network, and storage densities and increasing operating temperatures in the data center. Thus, keeping close watch over environmental activity in your data center, particularly when it comes to temperature, and humidity in the rack are critical to prevent disasters if left unchecked. So, what is the best way to get four or more data center environmental monitoring points in your cabinets? Sounds like a complicated question, but the answer is simple: Server Technology Intelligent PDUs are enabled right out of the box with the abilities to attach environmental probes that can precisely detail environmental conditions in your data center equipment cabinets. This information is most reliable when measured external to the devices in the cabinet.

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    Data Center Choices – Part 2 The Power Strikes Back

    by RJ Tee

    Before signing on the dotted line, ask your colocation provider these questions about your data center power needs.

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    10 Things You Need to Know Before Ramping Up to 415 VAC Power

    by RJ Tee

    You and your team members have been thinking about switching your cabinets to 415/240 VAC. This will reduce the total number of transformers in your power path, which should in effect reduce power loss — and operating costs — in your facility.

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    Data Center Choices - Part 3 Return of the PDU

    by RJ Tee

    In many cases, service with a colocation provider begins the minute you sign their contract. This means time is of the essence when it comes to getting up and running quickly. Server Technology offers more than 12,000 PDU variants to handle every request you can imagine (and then some). Of these, we have a select line of rack PDUs known as Fast Movers, which ship within 3-5 business days so you can have your cabinet operational ASAP.

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    Data Center Choices: A Colocation Facility?

    by RJ Tee

    A long time ago in a data center far, far away, users had only a handful of choices: build your own enterprise data center or house a server rack in your company’s storage closet. The hybrid options were few and far between.

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    No Room for Errors When Planning for Data Center Power Capacity

    by RJ Tee

    As a data center administrator, one of the most important parts of your job — besides maintaining uptime and staying under budget — involves monitoring and managing your department’s resources. It’s your responsibility to make sure that your data center is fully capable of meeting the current and future needs of your enterprise and its changing customer base. Of course, capacity planning is a broad topic that extends throughout all areas of the data center. It’s important to stay on top of resources like cooling, available rack and floor space, lighting and more. But all of these resources have one underlying commonality: They need electricity to function. So data center power usage should be a top resource to monitor.

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    Still Using the PUE Standard In Your Data Center?

    by RJ Tee

    PUE is nothing more than a ratio that compares a data center’s total energy consumption to the energy that is consumed by its IT equipment. In other words, it’s a way of seeing how much power your servers are using, versus your lights. The ideal PUE for a data center is 1.0, while a reading closer to 2.0 indicates that for every kilowatt of electricity consumed by the equipment, another kilowatt is needed to power the facility.

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    Fast Mover PDUs | Server Technology

    by RJ Tee

    Let’s face it, power is often one of the last boxes you tick on your data center to-do list. Nobody intends to save one of the most mission critical elements for last, but time and again, it’s one of the final pieces of the puzzle data center managers deal with.

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    Federal Data Centers: Use Switched POPS PDUs To Slash Power Costs

    by RJ Tee

    While the private sector is experiencing unprecedented data center growth, the exact opposite is happening in the public sector. Even though the federal government is using just as much data and technology as any other entity, the marching order for federal data center operators is reduce, reduce, reduce.

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    Innovative Solutions For Government Clients: Part 2

    by RJ Tee

    In Part 1, we explained how the federal government is improving data center efficiency, lowering overall energy costs and optimizing their data center environments. In our next segment, we will dive deeper into solutions that can help meet those critical needs. Federal Sales Manager Jason Mollicone discusses how Server Technology’s expertise with intelligent PDUs positions the company to best provide solutions to the power challenges faced by the federal government. He says the need for remote monitoring and management has become a priority over the past couple of years. “We’re really starting to see those conversations come up in the federal space,” he says, explaining that Server Technology’s intelligent rack power solutions – from our Smart rack PDUs to our Switched PDUs - can help clients drill down to the outlet level, if needed, to see individual IT device power consumption and trends while allowing all necessary data points to be collected.

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    Data Center Power Market Is Poised For Growth

    by RJ Tee

    Back in the early days of information technology, data centers were almost embarrassingly wasteful entities. But this was a different time, before the necessary technology was available to accurately track and manage power consumption over time.

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    The Big Decision: Smart vs. Switched Data Center PDUs

    by RJ Tee

    Conversely, a smart PDU will provide the same level of critical power and environmental data, but will not allow you to make changes to the outlet from a central location. Smart PDUs are more for monitoring and reporting purposes.

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    What Thermal Exhaust Ports Have You Overlooked in Your Data Center?

    by RJ Tee

    Look at you, skulking around your data center like Lord Vader at home in his Death Star. Sure, you don’t have any plans to destroy any competitors’ offices or nearby planets with your superlaser any time soon, but you’re pretty confident that, if given the opportunity, you could.In the mean time, you can rest easy in your ergonomic office chair knowing that your department—and job—are safe and secure. Right? Well, this is exactly what Darth Vader did. And it didn’t work out too well for him.

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    Use Top Shelf PDUs for your Colocation

    by RJ Tee

    If there’s one need you can’t skirt around as a colocation provider, it’s rack-level power management. Power is expensive, and there is too much at stake in your mission critical environment to go without a reliable network of intelligent power distribution units (PDUs) that can track daily usage, prevent outages and respond to environmental alerts.

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    Innovative Power Solutions for Government Clients: Part 1

    by RJ Tee

    Helping the federal government operate more efficiently may sound like a Herculean task, but it’s one the Power Strategy Experts at Server Technology are well prepared to take on. With years of experience working with the federal government, we proudly help the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Coast Guard, NASA, the Army, Navy and others with their data center power needs. There are some unique needs and initiatives driving change in the Federal data center space. We’ll explore some of those in this, the first of a two-part series.

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    Five Key Benefits of HDOT Switched POPS PDUs

    by RJ Tee

    Not that long ago, we told you about our customer-focused approach to design and production. We showed how our products often result from working closely with customers to determine their power distribution needs. Now, we’re excited to roll out the newest evolution in customer-driven design: the HDOT Switched POPS PDU. With this HDOT® Switched POPS® (Per Outlet Power Sensing) unit, we’ve unleashed one of the most powerful additions you can make to your data center floor, giving you complete control and the peace of mind that comes with it.

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  • Problem? Not A Problem With HDOT Switched PDUs.

    by RJ Tee

    If a solution doesn’t exist for your problem, we’ll innovate one, simple as that. Case in point: our High Density Outlet Technology (HDOT) PDUs didn’t exist until a client came to us looking for an innovative solution to a unique challenge. Travis Irons, Server Technology Director of Engineering, recalls the moment the idea for HDOT came to him. “About four years ago, one of our larger clients came to us with a quote for 40 to 50 different configurations of products,” Irons says. “Many of them were high density, with many outlets for the volume. With the conventional, off-the-shelf outlets everyone was using then, we couldn’t make it fit at first.”

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    Using a consumer power strip in your server rack? It's time to upgrade.

    by RJ Tee

    Recently, a customer wondered about the real difference between high-quality power distribution units (PDUs) for the data center, and standard 120V power outlets (like the kind you would find in Home Depot). Why spend the extra money? They both supply power directly to the cabinet, right? In short, yes—they do. The products, however, are in different classes in terms of what they are capable of providing. Think of it this way: A power outlet is to a power distribution unit like a flip phone is to a smart phone; the former is very basic, while the latter is much more powerful and complex.

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    The Right PDU For Your Data Center Power Needs

    by RJ Tee

    At Server Technology, we understand that power needs vary from customer to customer. Some data centers require all-in-one power solutions complete with all the available bells and whistles, while others have more basic needs. But one thing that doesn’t vary is the desire for a best-in-class high quality power product. Another thing that’s for certain is that Server Technology’s award-winning power solutions provide just that.

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    Data Center Power Management, From The Bottom Up

    by RJ Tee

    The best way to stay under (or even close) to an energy budget in the data center is to invest in a reliable data center power management solution. In our recent whitepaper, “Bottom-Up Data Center Power Management,” we detail one of the main ways to achieve these goals: the use of rack PDUs with outlet switching and outlet-level power measurement capabilities. The paper delves into the following topics: Managing IT Devices: IT devices housed in the data center must be managed not only for what they’re doing during operation, but also for their lifecycle from deployment through retirement and everything in between. Lock-out and Deployment: The three big questions of “where” relate to power, cooling and space required to support new devices in the data center. We’ll show you why the method of installing equipment simply where it fits isn’t an optimal approach, and why the locking out of outlets is a better way to go. Tracking: More easily manage deployments by configuring the basic characteristics of each piece of equipment. Managing Growth: Why it’s no longer valid to only think about growth in terms of the overall data center size or total number of data centers. Density: Learn about the extent to which the particular equipment in each rack plays a major role in the overall density of power usage in the data center. Capacity Planning: See how to set a threshold limit for capacity to allow for an alert, which results in an actual prediction for when a cabinet will run out of power or exceed a temperature threshold. Managing Efficiency: Learn about maintaining the balance between “going green” and “saving some green” in your wallet.

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    Data Center Operators: It’s Time To Stop Guessing About The Future

    by RJ Tee

    As a data center operator, you need to be able to predict the future. Your business is growing, and it’s relying on its data center more than ever.

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    Complexity Is Great In Video Games, Not In Data Centers

    by RJ Tee

    You’ve spent countless hours crawling around dungeons in The Legend of Zelda. It’s taken a commendable amount of dedication, but you’ve beaten them all, from the Deku Tree to the Black Tower. And you still love the game as much now as you did when you were seven.

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    Shouldn’t We Be Talking About Medium Density?

    by RJ Tee

    In the world of rack-mountable power distribution, the term high density is so hot right now. After all, it is no secret to anyone in the industry that the business that takes place within the four corners of a rack has been warming up faster than a Jane Fonda workout video.

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    Server Technology Wins Large Company Manufacturing Excellence Award at the 5th Annual EDAWN Existing Industry Awards Event

    by RJ Tee

    The Economic Development Authority off Western Nevada is a private/public partnership established in 1983. EDAWN is committed to adding quality jobs to the region by recruiting new companies, supporting the success of existing companies, and assisting new forming companies to diversify the economy and have a positive impact on the quality of life in Greater Reno-Sparks.

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    What Would it Take to Bring Down Your Data Center?

    by RJ Tee

    data center power, downtime

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    Consolidating Your Data Centers? Focus on Power Management

    by RJ Tee

    According to the Wall Street Journal, the agency is also rationalizing its applications and systems portfolios as it prepares to migrate workloads into core and enterprise data centers. The overhaul is part of the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative, a plan implemented in 2010 to reduce hardware, software and operations costs within federal data centers. The initiative also mandates agencies integrate efficient computing platforms, increase security measures and use more green IT solutions.

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    Are you ready for the future of power consumption?

    by RJ Tee

    Consider this: In 2013, U.S data centers consumed about 91 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity. This is enough electricity, as the Natural Resources Defense Council points out, to power every household in New York City. Twice.

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    What Rack PDU is Right for You?

    by RJ Tee

    At Server Technology, we understand that power needs vary from customer to customer. Some data centers require all-in-one power solutions complete with all the available bells and whistles, while others have more basic needs. But one thing that doesn’t vary is the desire for a best-in-class high quality power product. Another thing that’s for certain is that Server Technology’s award-winning power solutions provide just that.

    Categories: Industry Trends & Solutions

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    Top 10 Reasons to use Per Outlet Power Sensing (POPS) in Your Data Center

    by RJ Tee

    Server Technology offers Per Outlet Power Sensing (POPS) technology for switched and smart power distribution units (PDUs). POPS-enabled PDUs enable per-outlet measurements of voltage, power (kW), current, crest factor, power factor and apparent power. It's availalbe in Server Technology's Smart and Switched PDUs.

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    The Impact of Increased Power Demand In Data Centers

    by RJ Tee

    Demands on data centers are growing with each passing day. When you add in the soaring cost of real estate, the result is that data centers are getting creative and adapting to create higher rack densities for future planning. To drive this point home, one only needs to look at power consumption over the past three years, particularly in emerging markets. This gives a better sense of power densities and capacity planning as it relates to the global growth of data centers.

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    Need TAA-Compliant Rack Power Distribution Solutions? We’ve Got You Covered

    by RJ Tee

    Procuring certain types of hardware for federally-affiliated data centers—like power monitoring systems—often requires IT managers to consider factors beyond cost and performance. In some cases, they must also ensure that the equipment is in compliance with federal regulations. Otherwise, it could result in significant penalties.

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    Server Technology’s Secret Sauce: Support

    by RJ Tee

    Want to see an infographic that gets to the heart of why customers love Server Technology so much? Check this out. Yes, our customers appreciate the quality of our PDU builds as well as the value they’re getting when they buy our products. They also look to us for innovation in the PDU space while acknowledging that Server Technology has a stellar reputation.

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    It’s Time to Declare War on Data Center Power Inefficiency

    by RJ Tee

    Your data center is suffering from severe power inefficiency, with electricity bills costing your business thousands of dollars every month. As a result of your exorbitant power bills, your data center is consistently over budget. As a result, your business is pumping too much money into the data center, and not enough into areas that are critical for organizational growth, like product development and customer acquisition.

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    The Problems And Solutions Of Capacity Planning

    by RJ Tee

    It’s never fun to lose sleep over a problem, but night after night, many of us toss and turn, worrying about the things both within our control and beyond it. For the folks who run data centers, it’s no different.

    Categories: Industry Trends & Solutions

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    Top Power Tips For Data Center Managers: Part 2

    by RJ Tee

    In the last post, we explored a pair of tips related to power density and voltage, including the use of three-phase power over single-phase and providing increased voltages to your equipment. This week, we’ll dive into power and environmental monitoring in the IT equipment racks. These days, data centers are constantly dealing with an increase in the number of devices within individual racks. Along with higher operating temperatures, this has led to the need for a careful approach to ensure there are very few – if any - costly interruptions in service.

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    Upcoming Trade Shows: Server Technology In Vegas, Manchester, Frankfurt

    by RJ Tee

    Billed as “five days of education, networking and fun,” Cisco Live is a major opportunity for networking giant Cisco to show off the latest solutions from 250 of its top partners.

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    Top Power Tips For Data Center Managers: Part 1

    by RJ Tee

    Some things in life just don’t come with a handbook: raising children, navigating the job market, deciding what to do with your life. These things require a combination of on-the-job-training, intuition, planning and luck. Fortunately, when it comes to data center management, the job is as much science as it is art. In this series, we’ll cover some of the fundamentals every data center manager needs to know when it comes to power.

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    In The Spotlight: Server Technology’s PRO2 Platform

    by RJ Tee

    If you haven’t met PRO2 yet, it’s time for an introduction. As Server Technology’s newest platform for CDU products, PRO2 is designed with real world power situations in mind, meeting a whole host of power needs for a new generation of data centers.

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    Nobody Builds A PDU Better Than Our Customers

    by RJ Tee

    Build Your Own PDU, step 1 (choose Smart or Switched), step 5 (select outlet type), step 7 (choosing color quantity and quote) “If you build it, they will come.” Many people think they recall this line from Kevin Costner’s 1989 baseball film “Field of Dreams,” but the actual line is, “If you build it, he will come,” referring to the main character’s late father, John Kinsella. Semantics aside, the line holds a powerful message: when you set out to create something of your own – something built for your needs and no one else’s – it’s likely others will find value in it, as well.

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    Server Technology’s HDOT Wins Big At DCS Awards In London

    by RJ Tee

    The HDOT is the most feature-rich rackmount PDU we’ve developed to date, and it’s perfect for customers who have between 36 and 54 devices in their cabinet, need quick-turn PDUs with a large number of outlet variations, are looking to minimize power drops and need high-temperature PDUs. The proprietary outlet design of HDOT makes it the perfect tool for capacity planning, power density and uptime.

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    by RJ Tee

    Power measurement in the data center could be one of the most important capacities to measure (and by that rationale, monitor) on a frequent basis. Without power functioning your assets, nothing is going to work. Monitoring the power gives us a heads up if power is behaving itself; it's just as important to be able to know if power is decreasing, just as much as if it's increasing.

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    Keeping Up With Data Demands In The Medical Field

    by RJ Tee

    Elizabeth ‘Liz’ Wise, biological scientist in the oncology lab of Christopher Cogle Things, as they say, change. This statement holds particularly true in the medical field, where advancements often take place at lightning speed. New technologies supplant old ones overnight, and best practices are rewritten with each passing day. No one knows this more than our client, University of Florida Health. As technologies such as X-ray and PET scans have been converted from film to digital imaging and as medical records transition from paper to digital, the need for secure, HIPAA-compliant servers has grown exponentially. As a result, UF Health has expanded from a single data center to four over the past decade, with Data Center Manager Joseph Keena overseeing each move.

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    Even More Ways To Get Help On ServerTech.com

    by RJ Tee

    At Server Technology, we are constantly evaluating our products, asking how we can make improvements that better server our customers. It’s this sort of innovative approach that has vaulted us to the top of the data center power solution industry and it’s also what’s helped keep us there. Just as it does with any product we produce, this philosophy also holds true for our website.

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    Server Technology Takes Home Award for Best Places to Work

    by RJ Tee

    For yet another year, Server Technology has taken home an award for Best Places to Work. This year Server Technology won 2nd place for Best Places to Work in Northern Nevada. A big thank you to our employees!

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    Server Technology Wins Two Awards From the Northern Nevada Development Authority

    by RJ Tee

    Server Technology won two awards from the Northern Nevada Development Authority. The Comstock Award for Innovator of the Year and the Wagon Wheel Award for Best Technology, Program or Patents.

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    Vote For Server Technology for the DCS Data Centre PDU Product of the Year

    by RJ Tee

    Do you have Server Technology in your data center? If so, you know that Server Technology PDUs are the best in the industry, backed by over 30 years of innovation and supported by power strategy experts. That's why this year, Data Center Solutions has made Server Technology a finalist for our product "High Density Outlet Technology (HDOT) Rackmount PDU In Switched and Smart POPS."

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    It’s Time For Some Data Center Spring Cleaning

    by RJ Tee

    The sun is out, the sky is blue and baseball season is right around the corner. That’s right, folks, springtime is here. It’s the perfect time to roll up your sleeves and give your data center a fresh overhaul. In doing so, it’s vital to take a hard look at your facility to see if your equipment is up to par. Look for ways of improving network performance or energy efficiency now, before the hot weather rolls in and puts your setup—and budget—to the real test.

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    Whack Those Moles: Key Components to Capacity Planning

    by RJ Tee

    In the arcade game Whack-a-Mole, the object is to smash multiple mechanical rodents with a large felt mallet as they pop up from their holes. Simple enough, right? That is, until the game progresses and the moles start popping up with alarming frequency, requiring you to exercise cat-like reflexes just to keep up. Similarly, being a data center operator takes constant vigilance in order to avoid unscheduled downtime, obsolescence and other operational moles from popping up.

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    Planning For Short And Long Term Variations in Power Usage

    by RJ Tee

    or centuries, philosophers and laymen have loved to ask the really big questions in life, even if they don’t always come up with satisfactory answers. Questions like “why are we here,” “how can the universe be infinite if it has a beginning” and, “if a tree falls in the forest and no one is around, does it still make a sound?” But it’s not always the big existential quandaries that keep data center managers up at night. Sometimes it’s the much more practical concerns, such as “what is the optimal density to provision for and what sorts of variations in power usage should I expect over time?” While this question may not rank up there with “what’s the meaning of life,” it’s still pretty important when you’re overseeing millions of dollars worth of capital investments.

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    Do You Really Understand Your Power Usage?

    by RJ Tee

    There’s a memorable scene in “All the President’s Men” when the FBI informant famously whispers, “Follow the Money” to Robert Redford, setting him off on an investigation that will change the world. It’s a phrase that’s been repeated time and again over the years and, yes, it even applies to data center management.

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    Exclusive Interview With Jack Cleveland, Design Patent

    by RJ Tee

    If you wanted to tell the story of the American Dream personified, you couldn’t go wrong by talking about Jack Cleveland. An Eagle Scout who joined the Navy to fight for his country in the Korean War before coming home to raise a family while working and going to night school to better his lot in life, Cleveland reminds you of the old saying, “they just don’t make them like they used to.”

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    What’s Keeping Data Center Managers Up at Night? Recent Survey Tells All

    by RJ Tee

    Today, IT professionals face numerous challenges in overseeing the operation of an efficient data center. Just consider the pressure associated with maintaining 100 percent network uptime while upholding environmental standards. Indeed, data center supervisors are more overwhelmed than ever trying to manage this balancing act. That being said, data center managers are stepping up to the challenge and implementing new ways to cut costs and improve efficiencies all while remaining sustainable. A recent infographic from Intel and Dell reveals just how they are doing that by spotlighting the specific areas of struggle paired with plans to meet these challenges head on.

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    Stone Soup?

    by RJ Tee

    Stone Soup is an old folk story in which hungry strangers trick the local people of a town into sharing their food. The story is usually told as a lesson in cooperation, especially amid scarcity. It is an Aarne-Thompson tale from around 1548.

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    PDUs As A Single System in the Data Center

    by RJ Tee

    It’s easy to think of intelligent PDUs within large populations as separate entities, each with its own needs such as operating system updates, patches and configuration details. Perhaps the smarter approach is to consider them as a single system. That’s the argument we’ve made in the recent whitepaper, “Power Distribution as a System within the High-Density Data Center.” When you shift your thinking to the single system approach, you aren’t completely neglecting the individual unit. You’re still retaining access to the features of the individual components including accurate power consumption reporting, remote access to metrics and secured means of switching power at device level. But you’re also gaining a complete intelligent energy monitoring system that’s easy to configure while providing versatile reporting along with capacity planning and seamless integration.

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    Streamlining Data Center Power Efficiency in the Government Sector

    by RJ Tee

    Ensuring your data center is fully optimized so that it can remain cost- and energy-efficient as well as highly secure, is important for any industry. For the government, however, meeting these objectives is absolutely mandatory as the sensitive data at stake is critical to national and local security, and the costs of mismanagement directly affects taxpayers.

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    Are You as Resourceful as Mark Watney in ‘The Martian’?

    by RJ Tee

    In the Oscar-nominated film “The Martian,” astronaut Mark Watney, played by Matt Damon, uses his wits and available resources to attempt survival on a hostile planet. With a limited supply of food, water and air to breath, he optimizes his immediate resources to mitigate risks posed by the dangerous forces surrounding his space station.

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    Before Venturing Into Space, Consider Power Monitoring Solutions

    by RJ Tee

    As the human race blasts forward into the future, network professionals are looking for new territories in which to build innovative data centers. For instance, we recently posted a blog about the first waterborne data center—check out the article here if you haven’t yet. Now, the likes of NASA and organizations in the defense aerospace technology space are looking to set up shop in the final frontier.

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    All-In-1 Converged Power for Converged and HyperConverged Systems

    by RJ Tee

    Working as a data center IT professional is not unlike juggling chainsaws: there’s little room for error and a mistake could lead to disaster. While most data center IT pros are smart enough to stay away from flying power tools, they are tasked with juggling uptime, reliability, performance and efficiency. And the stakes are high.

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    Why The Super Bowl is A Model for Data Center Consolidation Perfection

    by RJ Tee

    The Super Bowl continues to be one of the most watched television events in history, year after year. In fact, last year’s game where the New England Patriots took on the Seattle Seahawks became the No. 1 most watched televised event ever with an astounding 114.4 million viewers. And while you might be thinking about the outrageous strain on bandwidth—and thereby power consumption—required to broadcast this live event to televisions across the nation, the Super Bowl is actually one of the most energy efficient live broadcasted events.

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    Putting Your Excess Data Center Heat to Use

    by RJ Tee

    Your servers generate a ton of heat over the course of a single day. So, why not take this excess heat and pump it back into your office building during cold winter months? It’s a great way to save money and reduce waste at the same time. Think about it: A typical server running at 400 watts will generate almost 1,400 British thermal unit (Btu) per hour. A standard 20-by-20 room with a 10-foot ceiling only needs about 35,000 Btu per hour to maintain a 72 degree temperature. Since a large enterprise will run several thousand servers at a given time, it will generate more than enough energy to keep an entire building heated for an extended duration.

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    Data Center Capacity Planning in a Retrofit or New Build

    by RJ Tee

    If you gathered data center operators from some of the world’s top brands to discuss capacity planning, you could probably pick up a helpful tip or two on how to plan for a new build or retrofit. In fact, that’s what our friends at Datacenter Dynamics Intelligence did when they set out to interview 15 data center owners and operators from companies as varied as Cisco WebEx, Defense.net and ING Bank about capacity planning best practices. The resulting study provides a wealth of common-sense tips for those tackling either new builds or retrofits.

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    Is Capacity Increasing in High Density Data Centers?

    by RJ Tee

    here’s no crystal ball to predict the future of your data center’s power density, but if you have a clear understanding of your data center’s goals, you can cut through much of the confusion that revolves around density while being prepared for eventual increases. In recent years, high density seems to have become a relative term with various data center operators having their own ideas about what it really means. For a long time, the data center was an amalgam of old mainframes, networking racks and a variety of server/storage cabinets. Around this period – roughly 15 years ago – most racks were running the 1-3 KW range with power and cooling infrastructures being overbuilt to attain maximum uptime. By the time 2005 rolled around, data center managers were seeing increased rack power, especially on blade servers.

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    100 Percent Data Center Uptime from Day One

    by RJ Tee

    ScaleMatrix seeks to set itself apart from the pack of cloud/colocation providers in the marketplace. The San Diego-based company provides a variety of hosting platforms and services to help companies connect workloads across development, production and disaster recovery environments. When ScaleMatrix set out to create a new type of multi-tenant data center, its team chose Server Technology to assist with its most pressing issues.

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    Top Five Challenges Data Center Managers Face

    by RJ Tee

    Preparedness is a data center manager’s best friend. Between determining how best to deliver power to a variety of rack types, to energy efficiency reporting, to overseeing capacity planning management, data center management is a job that requires intense focus, methodical planning and the most reliable tools available. In this whitepaper, we broke down the 10 things every data center operations manager needs to know about power. This paper contains practical, real-world data center best practices and tips you can employ to help increase energy efficiency and gain a deeper understanding of power management and control.

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    Mind the Energy Gap: The Demand for Electricity Continues to Grow

    by RJ Tee

    Northbridge Energy Partners recently released a new study titled “Mind the Gap: Energy Availability and the Disconnect with Data,” which highlights the growing demand for electricity amongst global data centers, its main drivers and what we can expect to see in terms of energy efficiency and consumption in the future. The report reveals some compelling statistics about the current state of data center energy consumption, which all network administrators should take note of. For instance, data centers represent one of the fastest growing electricity markets in the world and are responsible for about 3 percent of all electricity consumption annually. What’s more, data center electricity consumption has increased by about 100 percent over the past five years.

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    A Temperate Winter Reminds Us of the Importance of Sustainability

    by RJ Tee

    Normally, the majority of the US would be covered in a soft blanket of snow by this time of year. This year, however, winter jackets and snow shovels have yet to make an appearance due to unseasonably mild temperatures.

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    What’s the Best PDU Solution?

    by RJ Tee

    There are a lot of best PDUs, then, and that is the point. The goal of our product line and the design of our manufacturing process is to allow our customers the ability to find exactly the right set of power distribution features for their application. Why else would Server Technology provide so many options, from horizontal to vertical, 120V to 415V, low density to high, and from managed to not? It is because every data center rack is its own unique deployment, which demands the ultimate in flexibility from those devices that power the load.

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    All Energy Resources Must be Monitored in the Data Center

    by RJ Tee

    These days, there’s no shortage of new and exciting alternative data center power options from which you can choose. Consider nuclear energy, for instance. A few years ago, nobody was using nuclear energy to power their data centers. But now, some facilities are starting to consider it.

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    Without Rack Power Monitoring Technology, You’re Skating on Thin Ice

    by RJ Tee

    Today, you may be feeling as if you’re skating like a professional, gliding across the ice without so much a care in the world. After all, your data center is efficient (enough) and you aren’t too far over budget. So what could possibly go wrong? The truth is that all it takes is one major power outage for things to quickly go south. Just look at what happened to the Telecity Group as an example of what can happen if you’re not vigilant. The company recently experienced two back-to-back power outages, which disrupted operations for its many customers that use the London Internet Exchange and accompanying AWS Direct Connect service. The scale of this outage was immense and it negatively impacted the company’s uptime, as you can easily imagine.

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    NASA Unveils New State-of-the-Art Data Center

    by RJ Tee

    Everyone put on your spacesuits, we’re about to take a journey into the Final Frontier. Alright, maybe not outer-space per-say, but we are going to explore NASA’s new data center at the Kennedy Space Center. NASA, like many modern enterprises, is taking measured steps towards consolidating its data center infrastructure to preserve energy and improve uptime. In fact, the new data center at the Kennedy Space Center replaces five legacy centers that were ultimately draining power and utilizing unnecessary space.

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    Don't miss the DCS editorial: PDU Solutions in a (hyper)converged world

    by RJ Tee

    The modern data center places increasing pressure on 'humble' PDU and power management technologies to help deliver more value, in terms of issues such as capacity planning and reporting, higher density environments, and increased uptime. The latest solutions in the Server Technology portfolio are designed to address these, and other, data center optimization objectives.

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    Forget Planning For 2016—Plan for 2024

    by RJ Tee

    All aboard! It’s time to hop in your figurative time machines and blast your data center forward to year 2024. At least, that’s what industry experts are suggesting. In fact, a recent article from TechTarget suggests that data center uptime will be a top economical priority during the 2020s as Internet-connected devices and data continue to be leveraged and consumed on a macro scale.

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    Server Technology Wins Large Company of the Year Award at the 4th Annual EDAWN Existing Industry Awards Event

    by RJ Tee

    Server Technology was recognized for their valuable contributions after winning the Company of the Year Award for a large company from the Reno, Sparks, Tahoe Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada (EDAWN).

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    Are Vampire Servers Silently Sucking Up Your Data Center Power Supply?

    by RJ Tee

    Halloween is nigh, which means data center administrators need to be on guard against the multitude of threats lurking in the server room, which are capable of inflicting harm on business operations.

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    Are You Ready To Meet Your Dream PDU?

    by RJ Tee

    Using this solution, you can confidently increase server densities and experiment with higher data center operating temperatures without having to worry about overloading your system and experiencing costly downtime. It’s the ideal solution whether you’re trying to improve your day to day operations, or plan for future growth in your facility as it will provide you with easy access to a steady stream of power usage and environmental data.

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    Living On The Edge: Increasing Server Density Without Power Monitoring

    by RJ Tee

    You’re the kind of person who likes to takes risks. Sometimes, you drive without a seatbelt. You smoke cigarettes. You don’t wash your fruit before eating it. But if there’s one place where you need to curtail your true cavalier self, it’s in your data center—particularly when it comes to increasing server densities. Look, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with increasing the workload of your servers through virtualization. In fact, virtualizing your hardware can lead to tremendous cost savings, and a smaller carbon footprint.

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    Three Reasons Why Every SMB Should Monitor their Rackmount PDUs

    by RJ Tee

    There is a major misconception today that large enterprises alone account for the majority of data center electricity consumption in the United States. Surprisingly, small- to medium-sized business (SMB) operations are using more power. According to research from NRDC, small-business server rooms and closets account for almost half of all server electricity consumption in the nation. The remaining consumption is split between enterprise and corporate facilities (27 percent), multitenant data centers (19 percent), hyper-scale cloud computing (4 percent) and high-performance computing (1 percent).

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    Join Server Technology at Critical Facilities!

    by RJ Tee

    Join us at Critical Facilities on October 5-7! We will be at tabletop #220. Visit for a chance to win an Xbox One by playing our "Closest to the Pin" golf game.

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    Three Reasons You Should Care About Data Center Power Monitoring

    by RJ Tee

    You and your coworkers have a laundry list of new items that you need to purchase for your data center. You need new servers, racks, switches and cables.

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    Five Major Costs of Data Center Downtime

    by RJ Tee

    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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  • Slash Your Energy Costs To Gain A Competitive Edge

    by RJ Tee

    The widespread opinion in the sports world has been that Tom Brady gained a competitive edge in last season’s AFC championship game when he deflated the game ball, as he’s been accused of doing by the NFL. Though this was an underhanded attempt to gain an advantage, most competitive entities can understand the drive to win that motivated him to take this course of action.

    Categories: Power Distribution & Monitoring

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    Two sets of data needed to diagnose your data center

    by RJ Tee

    The data center is a complicated organism. In order to get the most out of your data center you need to keep it healthy, and just like keeping yourself healthy, you'll need to monitor your data center constantly.

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    Data Center Power Monitoring: A Critical Back-to-School Investment

    by RJ Tee

    In less than a month, school will be back in session. As any school administrator can testify, August will fly by—which means there is little time left to make sure everything is in top working order before students hear that first bell ushering them into their classrooms.

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    Get Ahead with StartUp Stick

    by RJ Tee

    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.

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    Don’t Be a Greenwasher; Prove That Your Data Center Has Reduced Its Power Usage

    by RJ Tee

    Your company works hard to maintain its esteemed reputation. Customers know that they can trust your company to deliver on its promises and maintain its integrity. Your company, in other words, has a lot to lose. Going green is a serious endeavor, one that takes a big commitment. Don’t promise to make this change in your organization without a proper plan, or you’ll risk losing credibility with your customers and business partners.

    Categories: Power Distribution & Monitoring

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    The First Step Towards Real Energy Savings Is To Develop A Strategy

    by RJ Tee

    By now, you’re well aware that you need to make some big changes in your data center. After all, your facility is losing large amounts of money and energy on a daily basis due to widespread inefficiencies.

    Categories: Power Distribution & Monitoring

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    What Can Your California-based Business Do to Help Resolve the State’s Water Crisis?

    by RJ Tee

    Here’s some troubling news: According to NASA senior water cycle scientist Jay Famiglietti, the state of California—which is mired in one of its longest and most severe droughts ever—has about one year left before its water supply runs out.

    Categories: Industry Trends & Solutions

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    If Density Is the New Black, then the HDOT PDU is The Fonz

    by RJ Tee

    Server Technology's High Density Outlet (HDOT) PDU is a trendsetter in PDU outlet density. But is the HDOT PDU right for your data center? Are you looking to expand your data center? If so, there’s no need to purchase a larger facility with more floor space. You can achieve better results—meaning greater power usage effectiveness (PUE) and greater energy efficiency—by increasing the density of your cabinets. What does this mean? Essentially, the process involves consolidating a greater number of assets into a smaller space using microservers and virtualization.

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    Help Your Data Center's Tenants Save on Power

    by RJ Tee

    Think about how hard it is trying to get your kids to turn off the lights when they’re not using them. Why don’t they listen? It’s because they don’t pay the bill; and usually, they don’t listen until you start asking them to chip in on the bill. The same problem exists in multi-tenant data centers, where tenants often have little incentives to reduce their energy usage. There is often a big divide between the expectations of tenants who pay premium rates for data center space, and building operators who must deal with exorbitantly high utility bills. Further, mulit-tenant data centers are some of the most egregious environmental offenders due to how much power they consume on a monthly basis.

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    You’ve Just Been Told To Slash Your Data Center Power Consumption. Now What?

    by RJ Tee

    The most important issue you’ll want to address first is the lack of communication that exists between you and the C-suite. Part of the reason your boss is upset is because he or she is paying a lot of money without really understanding why.

    Categories: Industry Trends & Solutions

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    Server Technology - It’s all about resilience

    by RJ Tee

    I know we all know this already, and I’m preaching to the choir here, but the pressures on today’s data center managers are enormous and there are no breaks in sight. What’s all the pressure about? Uptime!! That’s the bottom line. Dependability of the infrastructure is on top of everyone’s list. Downtime is just not an option. This is especially true with large enterprises such as banking and trading where the cost of downtime has been calculated to be $6 million a second due to unbalanced trades.

    Categories: Industry Trends & Solutions

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    Three Hard-hitting Questions To Ask Before Purchasing Power Monitoring Software

    by RJ Tee

    If you’re in the market for data center power monitoring software, you’re already taking a big step towards creating a more resilient, and efficient, network. It’s important to remember before making a purchase, however, that not all data center power management solutions are capable of providing the same level of support.

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    Don't be Homer, take a proactive approach to data center management

    by RJ Tee

    Recently, you’ve been longing for those halcyon days of the early 1990’s, when data centers were first emerging, and personal computers were the only devices you had to worry about connecting to your servers. Closing your eyes, you can still hear Pearl Jam wafting out of your battery-powered transistor radio... Enough, already. The truth is that what seems like a simpler time was anything but; it’s easy to forget, in other words, from a power management perspective, just how difficult these early days of computer networking actually were. Issues like overloading circuits and overheating servers regularly led to inefficiencies, long periods of downtime, fires and high operating costs. For these reasons, being a data center manager at this time meant having to practically live at work as maintaining uptime was an around the clock responsibility.

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    Dilbert’s Top 5 Lessons for the Data Center: Number One

    by RJ Tee

    Big Data will make our lives better!

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    Dilbert’s Top 5 Lessons for the Data Center: Number Two

    by RJ Tee

    Cloud Computing is here it stay!

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    Dilbert’s Top 5 Lessons for the Data Center: Number Three

    by RJ Tee

    Data Center consolidation saves huge amounts of money in the long term and is driving a lot of data center spending right now!

    Categories: For Fun

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    Dilbert’s Top 5 Lessons for the Data Center: Number Four

    by RJ Tee

    There is a lot of value in server virtualization and consolidation projects!

    Categories: For Fun

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    Dilbert’s Top 5 Lessons for the Data Center: Number Five

    by RJ Tee

    People in the Data Center Cause Problems and always have!

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    Let’s Talk About Your Business’ Energy Usage

    by RJ Tee

    The topic of electricity prices are on just about everyone’s mind in southern California these days. That’s because the California Public Utilities Commission may soon ask local utility providers to adopt a new time-based payment system that will significantly drive up prices during peak times. Under this plan, which could go into effect in 2019, electricity rates could change depending on the time of day, and the time of year. Electricity will be more expensive when it is in peak demand, and less expensive when it is not.

    Categories: Industry Trends & Solutions

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    Strapped For Data Center Capacity? Server Technology Can Help

    by RJ Tee

    Network capacity is currently running at a premium rate in Silicon Valley. As explained in a recent Data Center Knowledge article, data center rents are now running from anywhere between $125 to $165 per kilowatt per month. Prices could increase again by the end of 2015, too.

    Categories: Power Distribution & Monitoring

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    How To Improve The Elephant-Sized Power Problem In Your Data Center

    by RJ Tee

    It’s time to address the 3,000 lb. elephant in your data center. The fact is, your facility is behind the times in regard to its ability to track and control power consumption. And if you don’t get a handle on the situation quickly, you could risk dealing with an expensive ordeal stemming from a power overload, or by reaching network capacity.

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    Three Ways Power Monitoring Can Change Your Data Center’s Culture

    by RJ Tee

    The process is simple: Focus on improving your per-rack power consumption, and your entire department will benefit from the positive effects.

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    Server Technology Wins DCS Awards for Second Year

    by RJ Tee

    The DCS awards are designed to reward the product designers, manufacturers, suppliers and providers operating in data centre arena. The Awards recognise the achievements of the vendors and their business partners alike and this year encompass a wider range of both facilities and information technology award categories designed to address all of the main areas of the datacentre market in Europe. The DCS Awards categories provide a wide-range of options for organisations involved in the IT industry to participate, so you are encouraged to get your nominations made as soon as possible for the categories that you think you have achieved something outstanding or where you have a product that stands out from the rest.

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    Avoid Embarrassing Power Mishaps In Your Data Center

    by RJ Tee

    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.

    Categories: Power Distribution & Monitoring

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    Server Technology Wins First Place for 2015 Best Places to Work in Northern Nevada

    by RJ Tee

    Server Technology's power strategy experts have provided power solutions for labs, data centers, and telecommunications operations for 30 years. Over 60,000 customers around the world rely on our cabinet power distribution units and award winning power management solutions to reduce downtime, facilitate capacity planning, improve energy utilization, and drive efficiency. With the best quality, best technical support and most patents, Server Technology products provide uncompromising reliability, innovation, and value for the datacenter. Only with Server Technology will customers Stay Powered, Be Supported and Get Ahead.

    Categories: Server Technology

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    See us at Interop in Las Vegas April 28-30--- Booth #2159

    by RJ Tee

    Join us in Las Vegas for Interop. Stop by our booth (#2159) and discover the newest solution from Server Technology, an All-In-1 PDU Solution that will help you stay powered and get ahead in your data center strategy. This year, Server Technology was selected to have our PDUs powering the Interop Net and networking racks around the show flow. Stop by our booth to discover why leaders in the data center industy choose Server Technology. Then, don't miss a presentation by Server Technology's Calvin Nicholson as he presents "Power Monitoring and Capacity Planning."

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    3 Reasons Your Data Center Is Losing Money

    by RJ Tee

    In Server Technology’s new video, “Take a New Look at 3-Phase Power Distribution,” the newly organized Server Tech Theater tackles the subject of 3-phase PDU power distribution to the rack and, more specifically, where and when you should and should not reach for an alternating phase rack mount PDU.

    Categories: Power Distribution & Monitoring

  • WATCH: DCD Enterprise NY: How to engineer a PDU

    by RJ Tee

    Learn More about our latest PDU solution: The HDOT Switched PDU is the most versatile PDU platform for today’s demanding data center environment. Server Technology has converged their three top solutions All-in-1 PDU. It includes: High Density Outlet Technology (HDOT) most outlets, in the right place, in a smaller form factor. Alternating Phase Outlets provide better airflow, easy load balancing, and greater efficiencies. PRO2 Platform a flexible and feature rich hardware and firmware platform

    Categories: How To

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    Washington Power Outage Should Be a Wakeup Call for Businesses

    by RJ Tee

    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. Fortunately, the White House’s backup power generator kicked in almost immediately, which was able to restore power. However, several federal buildings and surrounding academic institutions were left without electricity for several hours following the event.

    Categories: Power Distribution & Monitoring

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    Court Orders Schneider Electric (SU) to pay Server Technology a 15 percent Royalty on Future Sales of Infringing PDUs

    by RJ Tee

    April 2, 2015 – Reno, NV – The United States District Court for the District of Nevada ruled in favor of Server Technology Incorporated and awarded a post-judgment compulsory license of 15%, supplemental damages, and prejudgment interest against the defendant American Power Conversion Corporation (“APC”), a division of Schneider Electric of France (Euronext: SU). The Court ordered APC to pay Server Technology a 15% royalty on future sales of its infringing AP7900 series and AP8900 series vertical, switched power distribution units (PDUs).

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    Five Major Threats Facing Your Data Center

    by RJ Tee

    Your company will undoubtedly still be around 10 years from now, but will your data center? Unless your data center is operating consistently in the “green zone,” and is running at a high level of performance, it could be on upper management’s radar to be outsourced.

    Categories: Industry Trends & Solutions

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    Three ways to be a better leader in your data center

    by RJ Tee

    You’re the head honcho of your data center—the one that everyone looks to for advice about how to keep your facility running at peak performance. Without you, your data center would be a giant mess of critical error messages and tangled wires. There’s always room to improve your game, though, and increase your value to your organization.

    Categories: Industry Trends & Solutions

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    Server Technology Recognized as a Pioneer in Reno's Tech Scene

    by RJ Tee

    Recently, Server Technology was recognized by NCET as a pioneer in Reno's technology scene. The article recounts our growth from the perspective of Brandon Ewing, president and co-founder of Server Technology.

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    Is There a Power Struggle Occurring in Your Data Center?

    by RJ Tee

    s occurs in many data centers across the U.S., there is a big disconnect between your business’s IT department and upper management. Despite the multitude of functions that your data center provides for your organization, just as with any other department, it is ultimately driven by its bottom line. Executives need to see that your data center is making money.

    Categories: Power Distribution & Monitoring

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

    by RJ Tee

    Many organizations are struggling with the question of whether to outsource their data center infrastructure and operations to a managed colocation center. But as a data center professional, you know that this move would be harmful for your organization. Your goal is to keep your network in-house, under your close supervision. In fact, your job depends on it.

    Categories: New Products

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    10 Reasons To Check Out the New HDOT Switched PDU

    by RJ Tee

    You are tasked with streamlining an increasing amount of power to your individual racks, while also keeping factors like costs and safety in mind. Making matters more complicated, these demands will be increasing significantly over the next few years due in large part to the Internet of Things. As your business continues to add connected devices, and as it places a greater reliance on its core infrastructure, the threat of downtime will spike considerably.

    Categories: New Products

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    Your All-In-1 PDU Solution - HDOT Switched

    by RJ Tee

    Introducing the High Density Outlet Technology (HDOT) Switched PDU, your All-in-1 PDU Solution.

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    Watch our new video: Stay Powered

    by RJ Tee

    Server Technology’s power strategy experts have provided power solutions for labs, data centers, branch offices and telecommunications operations for 30 years. Over 60,000 customers around the world rely on our cabinet power distribution units and award winning power management solutions to reduce downtime, facilitate capacity planning, improve energy utilization, and drive efficiency. With the best quality, best technical support and most patents, Server Technology products provide uncompromising reliability, innovation, and value for the datacenter. Only with Server Technology will customers Stay Powered, Be Supported and Get Ahead.

    Categories: Server Technology

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    Wow! What happened to the Support and Downloads Page?

    by RJ Tee

    In case you are a frequent visitor or at least have visited our website before, you have probably noticed some significant changes to the look and feel of Support and Downloads. Our Team in support, was becoming increasingly fatigued of how things were looking as well as the difficulty finding documents and other pertinent items. To address this, we decided to update some pages to hopefully make navigating the site a bit easier and give it an overdue refresher. The Support and Downloads updates are an ongoing process, so please excuse our dust for the time being. Stay tuned and we hope you enjoy the refreshed look and feel.

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    Look Beyond Your Servers When Measuring Your Data Center’s Power Usage

    by RJ Tee

    When it comes to measuring your data center’s power usage, your servers are a great place to start. After all, servers typically comprise the bulk of electricity consumption in a facility, with each one consuming between 400 and 500 watts on average. It’s important to realize, however, that servers are only part of the equation when analyzing your data center’s overall power consumption. If you want to assess your facility’s true carbon footprint and reduce as many expenses as possible, it’s also critical to analyze every system that taps into your uninterruptible power supply.

    Categories: Power Distribution & Monitoring

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    CAUTION: Your data is trying to warn you!

    by RJ Tee

    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.

    Categories: Power Distribution & Monitoring

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    Smoke Signals

    by RJ Tee

    Humans have always had an inherent desire to communicate. I think whether we realize it or not, our species has flourished because of the technology enhancements that have allowed us to speed up and improve our communication capability. Everything of what we see and use today is simply an upgrade of something that was there before. I think we can go back pretty far and compare communication technology of today with communication technology of yesterday. And I'm talking way back.

    Categories: For Fun

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    Only with Server Technology will you: Stay Powered. Be Supported. Get Ahead.

    by RJ Tee

    My name is Sandi and I am the head of marketing for Server Technology. I am hopeful you noticed that we recently updated our corporate messaging. We determined our new messaging after a full year of conducting customer research answering some key questions like: Why do you buy from Server Technology? What differentiates us from our competition? What key challenges do we solve for you?

    Categories: Server Technology

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    Server Technology Brings Back the 80s

    by RJ Tee

    On Friday the Server Technology employees dressed up in 80’s gear and donated $2,100 for a local family in need. Server Technology has a small team of people who get together on a monthly basis to discuss our Northern Nevada community and determine the on-going fundraising activities we should conduct here at Server Technology. It is important to all of us to give back to this great community we live in. Wishing you a great day.

    Categories: Server Technology

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    Server Technology Wins a TMC 2014 infoTECH Spotlight Data Center Excellence Award

    by RJ Tee

    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.

    Categories: Server Technology