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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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    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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    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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    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