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Harnessing Monitoring Data to Optimize Data Center Cooling

Posted on Wednesday, May 18, 2022 by Scot Love

Cooling costs are a major component of data center operating costs. The economic and environmental benefits that can result from lowered cooling costs are significant. But raising the temperature can raise risks. If only one or two cabinets in an entire facility exceed temperature thresholds, damage to equipment, SLA violations, and unplanned outages could result. 

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Topics: data center temperature monitoring, data center cooling, energy efficiency in data centers, environmental monitoring software, temperature sensor

Metered, Monitored, Switched, Smart: Comparing Types of PDUs

Posted on Thursday, September 30, 2021 by Packet Power Team

Power distribution units (PDUs), commonly referred to as power strips or rack mounted power distribution units (RMPDUs), are critical components within a data center's power hierarchy. They include multiple outlets that provide power to rack level equipment and can balance the demand to prevent circuits overloading. Having the right power distribution units for your facility can help you do even more -- like remotely access critical data on power usage in real time, examine historical trends, and even remotely manage power usage.

PDUs range from “basic PDUs” to various types of “smart PDUs.” The terms describing smart PDUs are often used interchangeably, making the distinctions confusing. Let’s clarify the PDU options and how they compare.

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Topics: realtime alerts, Know your power, energy efficiency in data centers, Power basics, smart power cables, Facilities monitoring, reduce energy costs, smart devices, wireless power monitoring

Monitoring insights deliver energy savings

Posted on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 by Troy Wyborny

Thanks to data from Packet Power solutions, the Center for Energy and Environment (CEE) is finding "solid opportunities to improve energy efficiency."

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Topics: Packet Power, energy efficiency in data centers, server room energy efficiency, CEE

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