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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

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

Optimize your data center cooling safely, easily and cost effectively

Posted on Tuesday, November 17, 2015 by Alan Katz

Cooling represents one of the largest portions of data center energy usage -- 20-35% on average. Most data centers are overcooled with ambient temperatures kept at the lower end of ASHRAE guidelines.


ASHRAE 2011 Thermal Guidelines for Data Processing Environments

This is done to account for any possible condition that may be occurring in any rack at any time. This "abundance of caution" comes at a high energy cost and it creates an opportunity for substantial cost savings for many data centers.

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

Track rack temperature in the right places and for the right price

Posted on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 by Steve VanTassel

Accurate information on rack-level temperature in your data center can help lower operating costs, avoid outages and meet SLA agreements. Packet Power's wireless Environmental Monitor makes getting that information easy. And it costs as much as 70% less than other solutions. 

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Topics: data center temperature monitoring, data center cooling, relative humidity, differential pressure, environmental monitoring

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