Posted by Annie Paquette on April 23, 2014
In part 1 of this blog, Server Technology discussed the critical power and environmental information available from Cabinet Power Distribution Units (CDU’s). In part 2 of this Solution Partner blog, Servertech will talk more about our power solution products and ways we integrate with other vendors within the data center space.
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Posted by Josh Schaap on March 13, 2016
n a show like “The Walking Dead,” it’s relatively easy to dispatch a zombie. A quick headshot or katana slash will usually solve your problem. In the data center, zombies are just as prevalent, but not quite as easy to kill. First, you have to identify them. Data center zombies don’t exactly shamble around with their mouths agape, but they can do just as much damage as their fictional counterparts if left unchecked.
Posted by RJ Tee on July 31, 2017
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.
Posted by RJ Tee on May 20, 2015
The process is simple: Focus on improving your per-rack power consumption, and your entire department will benefit from the positive effects.
Posted by Josh Schaap on January 12, 2017
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!
Posted by RJ Tee on June 10, 2017
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.
Posted by RJ Tee on February 10, 2017
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.
Posted by RJ Tee on May 03, 2016
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.
Posted by Josh Schaap on October 31, 2016
Just recently, eWeek ran a Halloween-themed article titled “The Data Center: Where the Stuff of Nightmares Lurks.” The article pointed out some of the darkest fears that IT professionals are facing. And one caught our attention: “The ‘Help’ Desk Tech from Hell.” “One of my greatest fears (brought about by an actual experience) is another absolutely pitiful on-site help desk tech who completely disregards procedures and starts moving cables around on network devices trying to get one device working again, but takes down six more in the process,” the article stated. It’s sad, but true: Help desk technicians —as well as interns and careless, or sleep-deprived IT workers — can create a great deal of trouble in the data center.
Posted by RJ Tee on August 14, 2015
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.