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Total Harmonic Distortion - what happened to my perfect wave?

Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2022 by Packet Power Team

Our physical world is full of waves–big, small, visible, and invisible. Total harmonic distortion (THD) is a useful tool for measuring what is happening when a wave is not behaving exactly the way you expect it to.

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Topics: data center monitoring, THD

Monitor Your Critical Equipment with a Smart Power Cord

Posted on Thursday, August 25, 2022 by Packet Power Team

If you want to know how much power your equipment is using but don't want to pay costly electrician fees or deal with complex IT networks, a smart power cord could fit the bill.

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Topics: data center monitoring, power monitoring, data center power monitoring, smart power cables, remote monitoring

Save Money with an Energy Monitoring System

Posted on Thursday, May 5, 2022 by Packet Power Team

Your energy costs are likely going up. It's an unavoidable expense because you need electricity to do business. How can you reign this in? The first step is knowing exactly where the power is being used. Once you have that data, you can make good decisions around strategically reducing energy usage as well as getting the most out of the power you are drawing. If energy monitoring has not been a part of your business plan before, now is the time to start.

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Topics: data center monitoring, power monitoring, data center energy efficiency, energy efficiency, Facilities monitoring, reduce energy costs, wireless power monitor

Installing Packet Power Smart Power Cables [VIDEO]

Posted on Wednesday, March 2, 2022 by Packet Power Team

Monitoring the power usage of any device that with a plug is simple with Packet Power’s Smart Power Cables. Just how easy is it? This short video explains the quick installation process and how quickly you begin collecting data.

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Topics: data center monitoring, Know your power, power monitoring, smart power cables, Facilities monitoring, energy benchmarking, installation video

Rescuing Stranded Smart Devices In Your Facility

Posted on Tuesday, February 15, 2022 by Packet Power Team

You’ve invested in smart monitoring devices – power strips, meters, ATS’s, temperature sensors, gas flow meters, and leak detectors. They’re in the desired location, next to the equipment you want to monitor. But your facility’s layout can make it difficult to connect metered devices to your network. Running data communications wire may not be possible due to physical limitations. Or the cost of running wire is too prohibitive.

The result is a stranded monitor. Packet Power has a cost-effective solution.

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Topics: data center monitoring, wireless monitoring, wireless network connector, stranded smart devices, stranded monitoring devices, stranded monitoring data

Monitoring Made to Measure Simplifies Power Monitoring [VIDEO]

Posted on Tuesday, November 30, 2021 by Packet Power Team

Your power monitoring needs are unique. You need a system built specifically to meet these needs. Sound expensive? Packet Power’s "Monitoring Made to Measure" approach to building power monitoring systems significantly reduces installation time, saving you time and money compared to other power monitoring solutions.

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Topics: data center monitoring, Know your power, power monitoring, wireless power monitors, Facilities monitoring, wireless power monitoring, Monitoring made to measure

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

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