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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

Top Threat to US Power Grid: Squirrels

Posted on Thursday, March 16, 2017 by Alan Katz

The stability of the power grid is important to people responsible for operating critical facilities such as data centers, and a great deal of effort is put into ensuring that all risks to the uninterrupted supply of power are anticipated and accounted for.  So it's interesting to note that the power grid is most frequently "attacked" by squirrels.

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Topics: data center operations, Data center power

Data center hot spots -- don't get burned

Posted on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 by Scot Love

Data center hot spots are a bit of an enigma. While they remain colorless and odorless, you know they're there. You can feel them as you walk by rows of humming server racks. We've all done it -- the hot spot drive-by. You feel it. It's kind of hot right here, isn't it?


Data center hot spots

It's unfortunate that some managers don't take hot spots seriously. Perhaps it is the covert and evasive nature of hot spots that place them on the back burner. Yet it only takes one negative thermal event to get management's attention.

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Topics: data center temperature monitoring, data center operations, environmental monitoring, data center hot spots

Three-phase power or the magic of the missing Neutral

Posted on Wednesday, February 3, 2016 by Paul Bieganski

Few things seem to cause as much confusion as three-phase power, especially in a Delta configuration.  Plumbing and car enthusiasts: rejoice! In this post we'll present a plumber's (and car mechanic's) version of a three phase power system.  

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Topics: data center operations, Know your power, Data center power, Power basics, 3-phase power