Rack PDU Blog

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It’s Server Technology Here, Giving Thanks

by Sandi Renden

nd here we are, another year under our belts. Almost. As we head into the last month of 2018, it is time once again to take a moment from our regular blog posts to reflect and give thanks. It has been a great year not only for Servertech, but for technology in general. It would be insincere to pretend otherwise: we just love technology. Not only are we a company of dyed-in-the wool, full-on electro-dorks, but we have a little love affair with the technology that we power, too. We spent some time this week musing about what our ServerTech PDU’s are doing out in the world, and it occurred to us that they may just be powering some of the most amazing technological advancements that took place in 2018.

Categories: Server Technology

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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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Then, What is a Switched PDU?

by Kayla Poole

In our previous post “So, What Is an Intelligent PDU?” we provided some clarification to what can be thought of as a broad a category of products, all of which have a network connection in common. An intelligent PDU is a basic PDU with a network connection. And like most general categories, there are subcategories that bear some discussion. As we defined it in the last post, an intelligent PDU does two things: first, the network connection provides data feedback on the operation of the unit; second, the network connection provides the ability to control the operation of the unit remotely. From these two features come the two major subcategories in the intelligent PDU world: ‘smart’ for data feedback, and ‘switched’ for command and control.

Categories: Helpful Features

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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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Critical Facilities Summit 2018

by Kayla Poole

On October 14th-16th, 2018, Server Technology will be attending the Critical Facilities Summit in Nashville, TN. The summit focuses on educating, networking and discovery for facility professionals. Server Technology’s Director of Engineering, Travis Irons, will be speaking about the new HDOT Cx technology. The award-winning innovative features from HDOT has evolved into the advanced HDOT Cx - one standard PDU to power your entire data center.

Categories: Server Technology

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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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SpiceWorld 2018

by Maria Martinez

This year Raritan and Server Technology will be exhibiting together at SpiceWorld 2018 in Austin, TX. Now that 2 of the leading brands in the datacenter space are under the brand of Legrand, customers have superior choices when it comes to power and control in the datacenter.

Categories: Server Technology