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Steve VanTassel

Steve has over twenty-five years of experience in driving growth at both well-established and early stage technology companies.

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1950's department store gets new life as a data center

Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2016 by Steve VanTassel

Venyu's new 87,000 sq ft Shreveport, Louisiana, data center started out as a department store that opened in 1955.

Packet Power is pleased to provide the power monitoring infrastructure in this innovative Tier III facility. The project went so well that Venyu will take the same approach in another 1950s department store in Jackson, Mississippi next year.

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It's a thing to be a "thing" on the IoT

Posted on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 by Steve VanTassel

The Internet of Things (IoT) is booming. As consumers, we often think of it as "things" such as Nest thermostats, SmartThings-controlled home appliances, Fitbits or Apple watches. Of course, the IoT also extends deeply into commercial environments as more devices used in places such as factories, hospitals and schools become broadly connected. Within these buildings (as within our homes), data from heating, cooling and power systems that not so long ago were at best linked to a building-level management system (or not connected at all) are now available on the cloud courtesy of the IoT. 

A venture capital firm in Detroit, Center Electric, compiled the graphic above ( that nicely shows the breadth of the IoT.

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Topics: IoT, The Internet of Things, Internet of Things

Track rack temperature in the right places and for the right price

Posted on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 by Steve VanTassel

Accurate information on rack-level temperature in your data center can help lower operating costs, avoid outages and meet SLA agreements. Packet Power's wireless Environmental Monitor makes getting that information easy. And it costs as much as 70% less than other solutions. 

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Topics: data center temperature monitoring, data center cooling, relative humidity, differential pressure, environmental monitoring

Visit Packet Power at DCD San Francisco

Posted on Friday, July 31, 2015 by Steve VanTassel

 We are in booth 617 at DataCenterDynamics San Francsico today!

We're showing the widest range of wireless power and environmental monitoring solutions available to the data center industry. Stop by to discuss the easiest, most affordable means of instrumenting even the largest facilities.

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Topics: Events

Packet Power Launches New Web Site

Posted on Monday, July 20, 2015 by Steve VanTassel

We are excited to announce the first major update to our web site in several years. 

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New Video Highlights Involta's Duluth Data Center

Posted on Thursday, April 30, 2015 by Steve VanTassel

Our customer Involta has just released a very nice video highlighting one of their data centers in Duluth, Minnesota. Watch it to see an innovative approach to data center design --- and pay particular attention around the 1:50 mark for a quick Packet Power cameo!

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Topics: Packet Power, Involta

Packet Power Wins German Data Center Award

Posted on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 by Steve VanTassel

Packet Power and its partner Daxten were announced as the winners of the 2015 Deutscher Rechenzentrumspreis award for Data Center Software at the annual awards ceremony on 20 April in Darmstadt. The award recongizes the leadership the partners have shown in making wireless environmental and power monitoring useful to companies as they seek to improve data center energy efficiency and operational effectiveness.

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Topics: data center monitoring, Packet Power

MN Cup Update on Packet Power

Posted on Thursday, April 2, 2015 by Steve VanTassel

We are happy to be the focus of the MN Cup's "Where are they now" feature.

The MN Cup is an annual contest aimed at helping entreprenuers in Minnesota. Over 9,000 people have participated from companies that have gone on to raise over $170 million in funding. 2015 marks the competition's 11th year, and companies will compete for over $300,000 in awards. Winning the Green Tech division in 2009 certainly helped Packet Power, and we would encourage any MN-based startup to tap into the extensive network of resources the MN Cup draws together to work with the participants.  Find details at

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Posted on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 by Steve VanTassel

Congratulations once more to Fujitsu UK and our partner Daxten for the well-deserved recognition that Fujitsu's Project Empower received. It is a testament to the value that data center monitoring can provide when it is done well. 

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Packet Power Unveils New Power and Environmental Monitors

Posted on Thursday, August 14, 2014 by Steve VanTassel

We are excited to announce several major product enhancements:

  • a full refresh of our three-phase power monitoring offerings
  • new environmental monitors
  • new Ethernet gateways
  • a significant new firmware release for all power monitoring products and Ethernet Gateways
  • major reporting enhancements to the EMX energy portal application
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