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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

Measuring PUE doesn't have to be hard

Posted on Tuesday, November 8, 2016 by Scot Love

Trying to understand the impacts of changes in demand in your data center? Perhaps you want to measure the impacts of energy efficiency initiatives you recently implemented. Or, you may be a U.S. federal government data center manager looking for ways to meet the requirements of Executive Order 13693 with its mandate to meet specific PUE levels.

Whatever your reason for measuring PUE, Packet Power offers a focused, simple solution.

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Topics: data center monitoring, Know your power, PUE

Ethernet Gateway Version 4 now available

Posted on Thursday, September 15, 2016 by Alan Katz

Packet Power is pleased to announce Version 4 of our Ethernet Gateway is now available.

It provides a foundation for new Gateway functionality while working seamlessly with existing Packet Power devices.

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Topics: data center monitoring, Packet Power, New product launch

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

Posted on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 by Paul Bieganski

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 that monitoring could be deployed at:  main feeds, PDUs, cabinets, busways, servers, etc. Obviously, you want a system that supports as many parameters as possible and covers them throughout the hierarchy.

What is sometimes forgotten, however, is the dimension of time. Good monitoring also takes place on multiple time scales.

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Topics: data center monitoring, data centre monitoring

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