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Wired vs. Wireless Power Monitors [VIDEO]

Posted on Thursday, January 20, 2022 by Packet Power Team

Power monitoring is essential for efficient, cost-effective facility management. The stakes are even higher in critical facilities where power or environmental anomalies can lead to expensive equipment damage and customer services failures.

Power monitoring helps identify and resolve problems and proactively manage power usage. This enables facilities managers to control costs, limit the risk of outages, and respond faster if there is an outage. You can get the data from your power monitor through a wired connection or any number of wireless technologies. Here is how your options compare.

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Topics: wireless monitoring, data center operations, wireless power monitors, Facilities monitoring, reduce energy costs, energy benchmarking, wired power monitor, wireless power monitor, manage power usage, wired vs wireless monitoring, wired vs wireless monitor

Say what? Data center acronyms clarified

Posted on Monday, November 1, 2021 by Packet Power Team

Data center industry jargon is filled with acronyms and expressions. Even the most experienced professional can get caught off guard by a new term or an old abbreviation. Here are the acronyms and phrases you’ll run into the most.

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Topics: data center operations, Data center power, DCIM

Avoiding Disaster With Smart Power and Temperature Monitoring Systems

Posted on Thursday, October 21, 2021 by Packet Power Team

Power and environmental monitoring can reduce outages and downtime by keeping you abreast of operating conditions within your critical facilities at all times. You can be alerted to issues quickly before they escalate into serious problems. And you might be able to save money with more efficient power consumption. You cannot entirely prevent outages, but you can be prepared by constantly monitoring conditions in your facility.

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Topics: realtime alerts, data center operations, Know your power, power monitoring, Power basics, Facilities monitoring, remote monitoring, environmental monitoring software, facility downtime, wireless power monitoring

Six ways to lower costs through smarter cooling

Posted on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 by Alan Katz

Cooling is one of the main drivers of data center operating costs, but figuring out how to get the information needed to drive costs down can be confounding.  Read on for ways to break the  overall challenge into manageable pieces as well as what you need from a monitoring system to support each approach.

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Topics: Packet Power, data center operations, data center cooling, environmental monitoring

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

Top Threat to US Power Grid: Squirrels

Posted on Thursday, March 16, 2017 by Alan Katz

The stability of the power grid is important to people responsible for operating critical facilities such as data centers, and a great deal of effort is put into ensuring that all risks to the uninterrupted supply of power are anticipated and accounted for.  So it's interesting to note that the power grid is most frequently "attacked" by squirrels.

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Topics: data center operations, Data center power

Data center hot spots -- don't get burned

Posted on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 by Scot Love

Data center hot spots are a bit of an enigma. While they remain colorless and odorless, you know they're there. You can feel them as you walk by rows of humming server racks. We've all done it -- the hot spot drive-by. You feel it. It's kind of hot right here, isn't it?


Data center hot spots

It's unfortunate that some managers don't take hot spots seriously. Perhaps it is the covert and evasive nature of hot spots that place them on the back burner. Yet it only takes one negative thermal event to get management's attention.

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Topics: data center temperature monitoring, data center operations, environmental monitoring, data center hot spots

Three-phase power or the magic of the missing Neutral

Posted on Wednesday, February 3, 2016 by Paul Bieganski

Few things seem to cause as much confusion as three-phase power, especially in a Delta configuration.  Plumbing and car enthusiasts: rejoice! In this post we'll present a plumber's (and car mechanic's) version of a three phase power system.  

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Topics: data center operations, Know your power, Data center power, Power basics, 3-phase power

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