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    The Role of Environmental Monitoring in Hyperscale Data Centers

    by Anna Paquette

    Server Technology’s 2019 re-release of the “The Power of Hyperscale Computing” addresses the role of data center environmental monitoring in hyperscale data centers. This blog explores this critical component of hyperscale computing.

    Categories: Power Distribution & Monitoring

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    Flying Solo or Going Colo Means an Intelligent PDU

    by Kayla Poole

    As more and more companies plan for hybrid IT, Server Technology visits the issues around colocation and cloud. In this three-part blog, learn everything about flying solo, or going colo.

    Categories: Industry Trends & Solutions

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    What to Consider When Considering Going Colo

    by Kayla Poole

    As more and more companies plan for hybrid IT, Server Technology visits the issues around colocation and cloud. In this three-part blog, learn everything about flying solo, or going colo.

    Categories: Industry Trends & Solutions

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    The Smart City Within the Marvel Universe

    by Kayla Poole

    Marvel Comics brought the What If…? series to life. This Server Technology blog explores the unanswered questions and ‘what ifs’ posed at the end of its new Smart City whitepaper.

    Categories: For Fun

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    Cx and the Environment: A New “Intelligent” PDU

    by Kayla Poole

    The data center industry is making environmental headlines again. In this blog, learn how to reuse, reduce, and recycle with a new form of intelligent PDU: the HDOT Cx.

    Categories: Industry Trends & Solutions

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    Smart City: Systems, Sensors, and Networks

    by Kayla Poole

    Marvel Comics brought the What If…? series to life. This Server Technology blog explores the unanswered questions and ‘what ifs’ posed at the end of its new Smart City whitepaper.

    Categories: For Fun

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    A Smart City Overview

    by Kayla Poole

    At the ‘edge’ of any Smart City is a data center PDU that is supporting the data it generates. In this blog post, Server Technology talks about its new whitepaper about the rise of the Smart City.

    Categories: Industry Trends & Solutions

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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 Three 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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    The Dynamic Data Center: Driving Lower PUE

    by Kayla Poole

    In support of the new Marc Cram white paper, “Flexibility and Sustainability for the Dynamic Data Center,” we are going to be rolling out a three-part blog series that supports some of the key data center themes covered in the document. The paper itself, a copy of which can be found here, is a mission-critical state of the union address that calls attention to the challenges facing today’s dynamic data center operators.

    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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    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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    [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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    HDOT Cx in the Realm of Great Ideas: Part 3

    by Kayla Poole

    Leave it to Dilbert to remind us that the collective human effort known as corporate doesn’t always generate the best ideas when it comes to your data center. Not to worry: Server Technology’s data center power distribution units, from single phase to three phase PDU(s), always have your best interests in mind. Take the newly launched HDOT Cx, for example. The new Cx outlet design provides 2 outlets in 1, which not only solves the ongoing issue of density, but also provides future flexibility to swap out IT gear without swapping out your rack PDU(s).

    Categories: For Fun

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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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    Shedding Light on Three Phase Power - Part 1

    by RJ Tee

    art of the issue is that it is counterintuitive, particularly if you fully understand and have spent most of your life surrounded by single phase power. That is the form of power that most of us know because it is the way power is distributed inside our homes, schools, and workplaces. It’s how we understand the world of electricity: you plug in an appliance, and it turns on and works. Plug in too many appliances into a single receptacle, and the circuit trips. Power within the data center follows the same basic principles, although there is a bit more at stake with the tripped circuit breaker. Plus, most of our homes do not have redundant sources of UPS power. But I digress. With single phase, what you see is what you get. Single phase wiring for your home has two hot wires and a neutral. One hot wire and a neutral provides 120V, and two hot wires and a neutral provide 240V for larger appliances such as the oven and air conditioner.

    Categories: Power Distribution & Monitoring

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    Managing the Challenges of Density

    by Josh Schaap

    When considering implementing a power-dense data center, you face a number of challenges: cost, heat, load balancing, data center environmental monitoring and power monitoring, increased network traffic and system configuration management. With each of these challenges come serious, seemingly insurmountable obstacles, but with the proper planning and understanding, it can be done. As the Power Strategy Experts, Server Technology is here to help you successfully manage density and data center power.

    Categories: Server Technology

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    Average Power Density Vs. Peak Power Density

    by Josh Schaap

    It’s not unusual to be a little fuzzy on the differences between the two, but here it is at a high level: average rack power density is power utilization density that’s averaged over a period of time and space, and peak power density is a maximum power reading at a specific point in time.

    Categories: Industry Trends & Solutions

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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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    Three Things You Don’t Know About Your Own Data Center

    by Josh Schaap

    This is your data center speaking. You think you know me pretty well, right? After all, you spend almost all of your time around me. Take a harder look, however, and you’ll see that there are some important things about me that you aren’t aware of!

    Categories: Industry Trends & Solutions

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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.

    Categories: How To

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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.

    Categories: Helpful Features

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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.

    Categories: Industry Trends & Solutions

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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.

    Categories: How To

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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.

    Categories: Server Technology

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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.

    Categories: Server Technology

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

    by RJ Tee

    These projects are being driven by security concerns, company growth, disaster recovery, cost savings, aging facilities, mergers, etc. The list of cost-cutting opportunities is nearly endless: power, cooling, maintenance, physical space, licensing, etc. Great time to also look for a location that can provide alternate power sources like (wind, solar, and geothermal) to reduce or eliminate your carbon foot print. Power selection can increase efficiency including 3-Phase 400V power solutions (230 or 240V to the device) to reduce conversion losses and heating. Updating facilities with more efficient servers also reduces costs greatly. Increasing the data center’s operating temperature and looking at alternative cooling solutions like free cooling can greatly reduce costs as well.

    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!

    Categories: For Fun