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Paul Bieganski

Paul is a serial entrepreneur, investor and inventor with twenty-five years of technology and business experience in software, Internet, embedded systems, medical devices and bioinformatics. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science and is a past president of the Minnesota Venture Capital Association.

Understand Power: Volts, Amps, Watts, Watt-hours and Cost

Editor's note: This blog was originally posted in 2015. Although electrical definitions haven’t changed, it was updated in 2023 because the cost of electricity has increased and resources for monitoring power usage have been added. Read More

Three-phase power or the magic of the missing Neutral

Electricity can seem both simple and confusing at the same time. A refresher on things like the differences between volts, amps and watts never hurts. Or a recap of where a direct current system may make the most sense. One particularly tricky... Read More

Power Factor: The difference between promise and reality

You may be getting less power throughout your facility than you think, thanks to something known as power factor. Power factor affects power management, especially if you’re running very high power equipment such as an uninterruptible power supply... Read More

Remote monitoring now essential for business operations

It has never been more important for your critical infrastructure to be up and running. Remote monitoring helps ensure your facilities are operating as they should be, even when no one is physically around. Remote monitoring isn't a new thing, but... Read More

Bowling balls and one-way mirrors:  The physics of provably safe and secure monitoring systems

Security and safety are the foremost concerns of anybody deploying and managing an energy and environmental monitoring solution within a data center or any other networked environment such as a building or factory floor. The system being monitored... Read More

IoT convenience doesn't require sacrificing security

The rise of the "Internet of Things" (IoT) has made it possible to monitor and control an incredibly wide range of devices using wireless connections. This convenience can create security concerns. But not for Packet Power. Read More

Baby you can drive my (electric) car!

Electric cars are here. If you don't drive one yet, chances are you will before the end of the decade. An electric car is basically a computer (multiple computers really) with a bunch of batteries and an electric motor or two on four wheels. Just... Read More

Walk and chew gum -- data center monitoring at every speed

Data center infrastructure monitoring is not a one-size-fits-all proposition. There are many parameters you could monitor: power, energy, temperature, humidity, pressure, etc. There are also multiple levels in physical and organizational hierarchy... Read More

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

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... Read More

DC in the DC

Direct Current has been an intermittently hot topic in the Data Center community for over a decade, yet it remains relatively unknown. It is finally beginning to change and many of our customers are starting to consider and actually deploy DC... Read More