Packet Power Blog

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's CoE reviews Packet Power's Environmental Monitors

Posted on Monday, March 12, 2018 by Scot Love

The Center of Expertise for Energy Efficiency in Data Centers (CoE), located at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, recently completed an in-depth analysis of several portable air management measurement tools for use in small data centers.  

Here's part of what they had to say about Packet Power's wireless environmental monitoring solution.

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Topics: Packet Power, environmental monitoring, data center energy efficiency

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

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

Catch water leaks before they become a severe problem

Posted on Wednesday, January 4, 2017 by Alan Katz

Do you have critical equipment that could be damaged by a water leak? Packet Power is pleased to add a leak detector probe to our environmental monitoring offerings delivering a simple, cost-effective way to minimize the risk of damage from an undetected leak.

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Topics: Packet Power, environmental monitoring, New product launch

New Environmental Monitors install in seconds

Posted on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 by Alan Katz

Measuring temperature and humidity just got even easier and more affordable with Packet Power's new wireless Environmental Monitors.  They gather temperature data from one to three points per unit and measure relative humidity just where you need it. And they install in seconds. Really.

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Topics: environmental monitoring, Packet Power, New product launch

Multi-company study on server room energy efficiency uses Packet Power to drive insights

Posted on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 by Troy Wyborny

Energy is one of the highest costs in data centers -- even the small ones. Server rooms and data closets (known as "small embedded data centers") are one of the fastest growing end users of electrical energy in commercial buildings in the United States. And as much as one third of their energy usage is unnecessary, representing a significant cost savings opportunity.

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Topics: data center monitoring, environmental monitoring, power monitoring, server room energy efficiency

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

Helping Involta manage power in eight data centers for hundreds of clients

Posted on Thursday, January 28, 2016 by Alan Katz

Co-location companies need the ability to track power usage at the cabinet level to accurately bill customers, meet their SLAs, and plan for growth. Involta, a rapidly growing multi-tenant data center services provider, wanted one monitoring solution that could meet the needs of a number of different facilities with different power configurations. Packet Power delivered a solution that installed quickly, integrated seamlessly and provides value to Involta and Involta's clients.

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Topics: data center monitoring, Involta, EMX, environmental monitoring, co-location, power monitoring

How to grow into data center monitoring without breaking your budget or your career

Posted on Tuesday, January 12, 2016 by Paul Bieganski

Data center power and environmental monitoring can be a daunting project, but it shouldn’t be! It should be a simple and low risk proposition, quickly providing tangible benefits.  Many of our customers have done it. We distilled their experiences into eight simple rules and present them below. Whatever solution you choose, we hope you will find them helpful.

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Topics: data center monitoring, environmental monitoring, power monitoring

How Data Realty helps its customers avoid unplanned outages

Posted on Wednesday, December 9, 2015 by Alan Katz

One of the things that can keep co-location data center managers up at night is the worry that customers will unknowingly exceed their capacity and trip a breaker resulting in the possibility of an unplanned outage.

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Topics: data center monitoring, realtime alerts, EMX, environmental monitoring, power monitoring