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Data Realty and Packet Power Featured in Mission Critical

Posted on Thursday, December 6, 2012 by Steve VanTassel

We are delighted that Data Realty has selected Packet Power as the standard for power monitoring in it's impressive new data center in South Bend, IN. With 21,000 sq ft of raised floor space and a PUE of 1.28, it is a substantial and highly efficient facility. 

There is an excellent article on the data center and it's use of monitoring in Mission Critical.  The portion of the article that focuses on monitoring is excepted below.  You can find the full story here. And you can learn more about Data Reality here. They have been a pleasure to work with!

Data Realty Northern Indiana data center


Data Realty has a two-tired monitoring system. Tridium Monitoring System ( is the staple BAS used first and foremost to control and monitor the facility’s infrastructure and its systems' interconnectivity. This monitoring system was chosen for its strong industry name and ability to promote operational efficiency, providing Data Realty with the ability to react quickly to any adjustments that need to be made in efficiency or quality of service.

Secondly, a Packet Power wireless power monitoring system ( is employed at Data Realty to monitor and database all of the power quality and activity in the data center at any given time, down to the individual circuit level for each customer. Typically a costly venture for data centers, power monitoring has previously required running multiple connections to each rack and a completely separate networking infrastructure for support. However, Packet Power’s wireless solution was specified for its ability to allow Data Realty to do the power monitoring without all the infrastructure.

“We looked at a number of solutions and this is a new company with new ideas, doing it in a less conventional way than everyone else. Their solutions solved a lot of problems,” said Tom Panozzo, chief technology officer for Data Realty.

Data Realty monitors every rack for every customer with the wireless system, pulling information from circuits every 30 seconds regarding rack temperature, humidity, differential pressures, potential power overloading, and more, notifying the system administrator of any issues immediately. System administrators use the power monitoring to generate the number of kilowatt hours that each client is using, carbon emissions, and redundancy status, while providing a portal for tenants to plug into and access their own reports historically as well.

“The system allows us to have an unprecedented amount of visibility into power quality for our clients, and we can provide them with information that will allow them to react to potential issues before they become problems,” said Panozzo.

--Copyright Mission Critical, December 2012

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