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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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    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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    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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    If You Can’t Stand The Heat … Fix It

    by Josh Schaap

    When President Harry S. Truman coined the phrase, “If you don’t like the heat, get out of the kitchen,” in 1942, he was referring to critics of his aggressive use of war contracts in the Second World War. Good advice for politics, perhaps, but not so much for data center management. In fact, when heat becomes an issue in your data center, it’s time to do something about it. Each kW hour of server power creates and equivalent amount of heat. Over time, this heat can accumulate, impacting server performance. You canmonitor this within the cabinet, zone, and location levels. While servers have been adapted to withstand higher temperatures, computing power is rising, and this is generating more heat. Add on top of this the growth of virtualized servers leading to fewer idling computers, and you have an endless cycle of heat generation.

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