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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

The best way to access a voltage source

Posted on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 by Alan Katz

Packet Power is frequently asked how to access the voltage source when installing power monitors. This can be done using a variety of methods.

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Topics: Know your power

Measuring PUE doesn't have to be hard

Posted on Tuesday, November 8, 2016 by Scot Love

Trying to understand the impacts of changes in demand in your data center? Perhaps you want to measure the impacts of energy efficiency initiatives you recently implemented. Or, you may be a U.S. federal government data center manager looking for ways to meet the requirements of Executive Order 13693 with its mandate to meet specific PUE levels.

Whatever your reason for measuring PUE, Packet Power offers a focused, simple solution.

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Topics: data center monitoring, Know your power, PUE

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

DC in the DC

Posted on Tuesday, December 1, 2015 by Paul Bieganski

Direct Current has been an intermittently hot topic in the Data Center community for over a decade, yet it remains relatively unknown. It is finally beginning to change and many of our customers are starting to consider and actually deploy DC systems. Here's a brief review of the basics of DC vs. AC installations.

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

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