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How Power Monitoring Helps Reduce Downtime

Posted on Monday, September 20, 2021 by Packet Power Team

Critical facilities like data centers require a power infrastructure that is energy-efficient and cost-efficient but, above all, reliable. Downtime is expensive and even possibly "career limiting." Power problems can also result in damage to equipment. Power monitoring helps avoid downtime by providing facility management with the information needed to allocate power most effectively, detect problems early, and resolve issues with minimal disruption.

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Topics: data center monitoring, power monitoring, data center power monitoring, Facilities monitoring, facility downtime, power capacity planning, wireless power monitoring, data center downtime

Data Center Retrofitting: The Role of Monitoring

Posted on Thursday, August 12, 2021 by Packet Power Team

Data centers must meet constantly evolving needs. Trends such as increasing power density, cloud computing, edge computing, and data analytics ultimately place differing demands on the data center. This often requires that improvements be made to existing facilities to enable the facility to meet the new demands. This process often is referred to as “retrofitting”.

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Topics: data center monitoring, Know your power, data centre monitoring

[VIDEO] Convert basic PDUs into Smart PDUs in minutes

Posted on Tuesday, July 27, 2021 by Packet Power Team

Do you have basic power strips that you wish were metered? Would you be interested in a way of upgrading your existing power strips that doesn’t require running additional wires or removing your existing equipment? Packet Power’s Smart Power Cables offer the simplest, most cost effective way to convert any unmetered rack PDU into a smart PDU.

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Topics: data center monitoring, wireless monitoring

We Recommend: Top 10 Reasons to Monitor Busway Tap Boxes

Posted on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 by Packet Power Team

Energy usage data helps ensure your critical facility runs smoothly. DCIM provider, Sunbird, recently published an ebook  that does a nice job of outlining the benefits of using power monitoring on overhead busways. 

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Topics: data center monitoring, busway

Making the case for facility monitoring

Posted on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 by Packet Power Team

You know that your operations team can use energy usage data to help ensure your entire facility runs more smoothly. Monitoring can also save money by reducing costs and extending the life of critical equipment. It can identify inefficient energy use and times when buildings are approaching peak demand usage triggering peak utility pricing. Monitoring can highlight ways to safely reduce cooling costs. Monitoring delivers the data to help in capacity planning. It can help identify when additional capital expenditures will be needed or that such investments can be delayed.

Even though we know the benefits of monitoring, it can still be viewed as "non critical" when budgets are constrained. Here are a few tips to help make the case for adding power and environmental monitoring to your critical facility.

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Topics: data center monitoring, Packet Power, wireless monitoring, cost allocation, environmental monitoring, power monitoring, Wireless technology, Facilities monitoring, reduce energy costs

Packet Power welcomes Site Preparation Management

Posted on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 by Packet Power Team

Packet Power is pleased to welcome Site Preparation Management, Co. Ltd (SITEM) to our global partner network. SITEM is a leading design, consulting and data center management company based in Thailand. They provide solutions and professional services for new and existing data center managers including overall facility design, cooling, power management and security.

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Topics: data center monitoring, Packet Power, Partner events

Packet Power launches new compact wireless multi-circuit monitors

Posted on Thursday, December 13, 2018 by Packet Power Team


The new monitors offer an easy way to add monitoring to some or all of the circuits on switchgear, panelboards, HVAC units, generators and other devices. 

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Topics: data center monitoring, Packet Power, wireless monitoring, power monitoring, data center power monitoring, selective circuit monitoring, New product launch

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

Total Harmonic Distortion - what happened to my perfect wave?

Posted on Thursday, January 26, 2017 by Alan Katz

Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) is at its most basic a measure of how much your load is distorting the perfect waveform of the power provided by your utility. Many Packet Power power meters can now report harmonic distortion on both current and voltage. But is it information you need to know?

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Topics: data center monitoring, THD

Packet Power announces simple PUE solution for EO 13693

Posted on Wednesday, November 9, 2016 by Scot Love

Executive Order 13693 requires federal government data center managers to install energy meters by 2018 so they can establish a specified PUE. Packet Power is pleased to offer focused, simple PUE Monitoring Packages for U.S. government entities.

We can help meet EO 13693 requirements by the deadline and at a fraction of the cost of other solutions.

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Topics: data center monitoring, Packet Power, PUE, EO 13693

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