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Helping Involta manage power in eight data centers for hundreds of clients

Posted on Thursday, January 28, 2016 by Alan Katz

Co-location companies need the ability to track power usage at the cabinet level to accurately bill customers, meet their SLAs, and plan for growth. Involta, a rapidly growing multi-tenant data center services provider, wanted one monitoring solution that could meet the needs of a number of different facilities with different power configurations. Packet Power delivered a solution that installed quickly, integrated seamlessly and provides value to Involta and Involta's clients.

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Topics: data center monitoring, Involta, EMX, environmental monitoring, co-location, power monitoring

How to grow into data center monitoring without breaking your budget or your career

Posted on Tuesday, January 12, 2016 by Paul Bieganski

Data center power and environmental monitoring can be a daunting project, but it shouldn’t be! It should be a simple and low risk proposition, quickly providing tangible benefits.  Many of our customers have done it. We distilled their experiences into eight simple rules and present them below. Whatever solution you choose, we hope you will find them helpful.

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Topics: data center monitoring, environmental monitoring, power monitoring

How Data Realty helps its customers avoid unplanned outages

Posted on Wednesday, December 9, 2015 by Alan Katz

One of the things that can keep co-location data center managers up at night is the worry that customers will unknowingly exceed their capacity and trip a breaker resulting in the possibility of an unplanned outage.

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Topics: data center monitoring, realtime alerts, EMX, environmental monitoring, power monitoring

DC in the DC

Posted on Tuesday, December 1, 2015 by Paul Bieganski

Direct Current has been an intermittently hot topic in the Data Center community for over a decade, yet it remains relatively unknown. It is finally beginning to change and many of our customers are starting to consider and actually deploy DC systems. Here's a brief review of the basics of DC vs. AC installations.

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

What do you need to know to manage your data center more effectively?

Posted on Monday, November 9, 2015 by Troy Wyborny

You probably need to know which circuits could handle more power and which are at risk of tripping. Are you also being asked to reduce cooling costs but aren't sure where you can safely increase ambient temperature? How confident are you in your documentation for meeting service level agreements? Is all this information instantly accessible?

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Topics: data center monitoring, EMX

Convert basic PDUs into Smart PDUs in minutes

Posted on Wednesday, October 7, 2015 by Cesar Medina

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

Price power in your data center to propel profits

Posted on Wednesday, September 30, 2015 by Troy Wyborny

How you charge for power is one of the most important pricing decisions you make as a hosting company.  Whether you allocate costs based on energy used (kWh),  the maximum load your facility must provide (peak  kVA),  typical usage (average hourly W) or some other approach,  your choice will have a significant impact on both your selling strategy and your revenues. Packet Power’s EMX Energy Portal provides instant access to detailed power usage information helping dozens of colo companies like yours effectively bill customers.

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Topics: data center monitoring, cost allocation

Choose the right wireless protocol for your data center

Posted on Wednesday, September 23, 2015 by Paul Bieganski

Wireless monitoring networks for data centers have specific requirements that are not always obvious and can be painful if ignored. Packet Power has spent years building and running large scale wireless monitoring systems for data centers and found the following features to be essential.

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Topics: data center monitoring, wireless monitoring

Fujitsu UK Recognized Again for Power Monitoring Innovation

Posted on Wednesday, September 16, 2015 by Alan Katz

We are pleased to see that Fujitsu UK's innovative use of Packet Power's wireless data center monitoring solutions continues to gain recognition. 

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Topics: data center monitoring, Packet Power

Packet Power unveils the industry's first wireless DC power monitors

Posted on Thursday, September 10, 2015 by Alan Katz

Packet Power now offers data centers, telcos and cable companies an easy and cost-effective way to capture energy usage on 48V and 380V DC circuits. 

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Topics: data center monitoring, Packet Power, DC monitoring

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