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Installing Packet Power Smart Power Cables [VIDEO]

Posted on Wednesday, March 2, 2022 by Packet Power Team

Monitoring the power usage of any device that with a plug is simple with Packet Power’s Smart Power Cables. Just how easy is it? This short video explains the quick installation process and how quickly you begin collecting data.

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Topics: data center monitoring, Know your power, power monitoring, smart power cables, Facilities monitoring, energy benchmarking, installation video

Packet Power Branch Circuit Monitors Cut Installation Time in Half [VIDEO]

Posted on Wednesday, January 12, 2022 by Packet Power Team

Easily add branch circuit monitoring to any RPP, PDU or power distribution panel to gather the information needed to allocate energy costs, avoid outages, balance loads, extend the life of existing equipment and plan future capacity. Packet Power’s flexible Branch Circuit Monitoring system is designed to minimize installation time and costs.

With our Monitoring Made to Measure approach, your branch circuit monitor is built to your specifications and arrives fully configured -- no field configuration required. This video walks you through the installation process.

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Topics: wireless monitoring, Know your power, power monitoring, Technical Information, branch circuit monitoring, data center power monitoring, customer support

Understand Power: Volts, Amps, Watts, Watt-hours and Cost

Posted on Thursday, December 9, 2021 by Paul Bieganski

We live in a world of electrical power. It runs our lights, heating, cooling, computers, and machinery. Consider a data center or any large power-hungry facility -- they need power to function and they must ensure enough power is always available. But power isn’t free. Data center managers closely track power as the cost of energy used by a server over its useful life routinely exceeds its purchase price. And most data centers spend twice that amount to cool the servers and remove heat from the facility.

Here's a quick review on the basics of electricity -- Volts, Amps, Watts and Watt-hours. Adding information on cost at the bottom turns this review of the basics into a necessary part of any critical facility manager's job.

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Topics: Know your power, Power basics, energy efficiency

Monitoring Made to Measure Simplifies Power Monitoring [VIDEO]

Posted on Tuesday, November 30, 2021 by Packet Power Team

Your power monitoring needs are unique. You need a system built specifically to meet these needs. Sound expensive? Packet Power’s "Monitoring Made to Measure" approach to building power monitoring systems significantly reduces installation time, saving you time and money compared to other power monitoring solutions.

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Topics: data center monitoring, Know your power, power monitoring, wireless power monitors, Facilities monitoring, wireless power monitoring, Monitoring made to measure

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

Current Transducers: Split Core, Solid Core, and Why You Should Care

Posted on Monday, October 11, 2021 by Packet Power Team
At the heart of every power monitoring device is the current transducer (CT). If you have ever wondered why they are used or how they work, here's a quick review of AC CT basics.
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Topics: Know your power, power monitoring, Technical Information, Power basics

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

Power Factor: The difference between promise and reality

Posted on Thursday, September 9, 2021 by Paul Bieganski

You may be getting less power throughout your facility than you think, thanks to something known as power factor. Power factor affects power management, especially if you’re running very high power equipment such as an uninterruptible power supply (UPS). Power factor also affects accurate cost measurement since you are effectively getting less usable power than you’re paying for. So it pays to understand power factor and how it affects your operations.

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Topics: Know your power

How to Pinpoint Hot Spots in Your Data Center

Posted on Wednesday, August 25, 2021 by Packet Power Team

Hot spots in a data center must be closely monitored: let the warmest areas in your facility get too warm and you risk degraded performance, outages, and potential equipment damage. Yet they can also drive how much you spend to cool your entire data center. The key is to find them, monitor them, and manage them.

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Topics: data center temperature monitoring, Know your power, environmental monitoring, data center hot spots, remote temperature monitoring

Data Center Retrofitting: The Role of Monitoring

Posted on Thursday, August 12, 2021 by Packet Power Team

Data centers must meet constantly evolving needs. Trends such as increasing power density, cloud computing, edge computing, and data analytics ultimately place differing demands on the data center. This often requires that improvements be made to existing facilities to enable the facility to meet the new demands. This process often is referred to as “retrofitting”.

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

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