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Alan Katz

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New Packet Power products deliver cost-effective, time-saving BCMS solutions

Posted on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 by Alan Katz

Packet Power is excited to add two models to our set of branch circuit monitoring retrofit solutions and an industry-leading way to share monitoring data between two distinct and secure IP networks

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Topics: Packet Power, New product launch, wireless monitoring, wireless security, branch circuit monitoring, secure IP network bridge

Stop by if you're in Mumbai

Posted on Thursday, October 19, 2017 by Alan Katz

Curious about the advantages of wireless power and environmental monitoring? Planning to be in or near Mumbai early November? Consider stopping by.

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Topics: Packet Power, Partner events, wireless monitoring

Data center cooling optimization is easier than you think

Posted on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 by Alan Katz

One of the most contentious areas of data center operating cost reduction is cooling. There is an ongoing tension between lowering cooling costs and keeping facility temperatures within a deliberately conservative range. Many data centers accept higher cooling costs to avoid going outside the "comfort zone". Some avoid addressing cooling optimization based on a belief that the cost to implement doesn't have an acceptable payback -- costs too much and/or takes too long.

But optimizing data center cooling can be easier than you think.

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Topics: Packet Power, data center cooling, data center temperature monitoring, environmental monitoring

Power monitoring ROI

Posted on Thursday, September 7, 2017 by Alan Katz

There are countless reasons for monitoring power in data centers. We've outlined some of the most common applications and the resulting benefits. Often the determining factor in deciding to install power monitoring is the initial capital cost. Lower cost monitoring solutions coupled with measurable returns help justify the investment.

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Topics: power monitoring, data center power monitoring, Packet Power, wireless monitoring

Using Rogowski Coils

Posted on Tuesday, August 29, 2017 by Alan Katz

Conventional split-core CTs may not always be the best solution when installing current transducers on existing cable bundles. The CT may not fit around the conductor or in the required space. An easy alternative is to use a Rogowski coil.

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Topics: Power basics

New look, same secure wireless technology

Posted on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 by Alan Katz

Packet Power has moved from opaque to clear plastic enclosures for our "M", "R" and "P" wireless power monitors. The material is unchanged, only the level of coloration has been modified. 

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Topics: Packet Power, New product launch

The best way to access a voltage source

Posted on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 by Alan Katz

Packet Power is frequently asked how to access the voltage source when installing power monitors. This can be done using a variety of methods.

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Topics: Know your power

Six ways to lower costs through smarter cooling

Posted on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 by Alan Katz

Cooling is one of the main drivers of data center operating costs, but figuring out how to get the information needed to drive costs down can be confounding.  Read on for ways to break the  overall challenge into manageable pieces as well as what you need from a monitoring system to support each approach.

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Topics: environmental monitoring, data center operations, data center cooling, Packet Power

One path to "Monitoring Nirvana"

Posted on Thursday, July 27, 2017 by Alan Katz

We ran across a good article in the Data Center Journal written by Leon Adato entitled "Monitoring Nirvana" describing data center monitoring and who should be doing it. The full article can be found hereIf you're short on time, here's a synopsis. 

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Topics: data center monitoring, data center operations

Say what? Data center acronyms clarified

Posted on Thursday, April 20, 2017 by Alan Katz

When using industry jargon, it can be laborious to verbalize each individual word. This is why every industry has a unique set of acronyms and expressions. But even the most experienced professional can get caught off guard by a new term or an old abbreviation. Whether you're new to the data center industry or feeling out of the loop in jargon-heavy discussions, read on for clarity.

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Topics: data center operations, Data center power, DCIM