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Packet Power launches Wireless Network Connector

Posted on Thursday, July 18, 2019 by Packet Power Team

No more stranded smart power strips! Packet Power now provides an easy way to make supported metered devices not connected to a network work over Packet Power's wireless network. Simply plug the Wireless Network Connector (WNC) into the Ethernet or serial port of a supported device and data will automatically begin to flow across the wireless network. 

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Topics: Packet Power, wireless monitoring, environmental monitoring, power monitoring, New product launch, EMX Energy Portal, wireless network connector, stranded power

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

Touchpad replaces joystick for Packet Power Gateway and other devices

Posted on Friday, April 12, 2019 by Packet Power Team

Packet Power has moved to a new touchpad interface for our Version 4 Ethernet Gateway, Hub and Data Diode devices. While the touchpad replaces the joystick, all other functionality remains the same.

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Topics: Packet Power, wireless monitoring, EMX, environmental monitoring, power monitoring, secure IP network bridge

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's CoE reviews Packet Power's Environmental Monitors

Posted on Monday, March 12, 2018 by Scot Love

The Center of Expertise for Energy Efficiency in Data Centers (CoE), located at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, recently completed an in-depth analysis of several portable air management measurement tools for use in small data centers.  

Here's part of what they had to say about Packet Power's wireless environmental monitoring solution.

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Topics: Packet Power, environmental monitoring, data center energy efficiency

Data center cooling optimization is easier than you think

Posted on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 by Alan Katz

One of the most contentious areas of data center operating cost reduction is cooling. There is an ongoing tension between lowering cooling costs and keeping facility temperatures within a deliberately conservative range. Many data centers accept higher cooling costs to avoid going outside the "comfort zone". Some avoid addressing cooling optimization based on a belief that the cost to implement doesn't have an acceptable payback -- costs too much and/or takes too long.

But optimizing data center cooling can be easier than you think.

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

Catch water leaks before they become a severe problem

Posted on Wednesday, January 4, 2017 by Alan Katz

Do you have critical equipment that could be damaged by a water leak? Packet Power is pleased to add a leak detector probe to our environmental monitoring offerings delivering a simple, cost-effective way to minimize the risk of damage from an undetected leak.

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Topics: Packet Power, environmental monitoring, New product launch

New Environmental Monitors install in seconds

Posted on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 by Alan Katz

Measuring temperature and humidity just got even easier and more affordable with Packet Power's new wireless Environmental Monitors.  They gather temperature data from one to three points per unit and measure relative humidity just where you need it. And they install in seconds. Really.

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Topics: Packet Power, environmental monitoring, New product launch

Multi-company study on server room energy efficiency uses Packet Power to drive insights

Posted on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 by Troy Wyborny

Energy is one of the highest costs in data centers -- even the small ones. Server rooms and data closets (known as "small embedded data centers") are one of the fastest growing end users of electrical energy in commercial buildings in the United States. And as much as one third of their energy usage is unnecessary, representing a significant cost savings opportunity.

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Topics: data center monitoring, environmental monitoring, power monitoring, server room energy efficiency

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

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