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Why Do Idle Servers Exist in the Data Center?

Posted on February 24, 2016 by Gento  |  Comment (0)

When orchestrated correctly, the data center is a symphony of disparate devices working together in complete harmony.  But, the reality is that few data centers are as orderly as the New York Philharmonic.  In 2012, the Uptime Institute published a report that found around 30% of data center servers were under-utilized or altogether idle.  But why do idle servers exist in the data center in the first place?


Understanding Overload Protection in Raritan’s Rack Transfer Switch

Posted on February 16, 2016 by Gento  |  Comment (0)

This past week, we opened our mailbag and found the following customer email:

Dear Raritan team,

We mostly love the 16A rated rack transfer switch so far! The physical design made it easy to connect power feeds from the back of the cabinet. The outlet-level metering and switching let us power off development servers no one was using on weeknights and weekends.  But, here’s one thing that wasn’t so great:

We recently experienced a total device failure.  We weren’t sure what it was at first, but quickly realized it was a blown fuse from both the web interface and indicator lamp/alarm on the unit. Once we replaced the fuse the unit continued operating just fine.  But, why is it there in the first place? And why not have a circuit breaker instead of a fuse?

Tl;dr What is the purpose of the fuses located on the inlet side of Raritan’s rack transfer switch and why not have a circuit breaker instead? 


Are Data Center Power and Cooling Being Overlooked?

Posted on February 10, 2016 by Gento  |  Comment (0)

There’s been no shortage of coverage on the data center industry over the last few years.  Topics like big data, cloud, CI, IOT, HPC, and virtualization get all the headlines. But why don’t fundamental topics - like power, cooling, and infrastructure - get the same amount of exposure?


How Savvy Data Center Managers are Driving Change in the Colo Industry

Posted on February 3, 2016 by Gento  |  Comment (0)

Up until recently, the colocation model was pretty straightforward.  You brought your servers and storage devices to your provider’s facility.  In return, your provider supplied the infrastructure, power, cooling, physical security, and so on.  But new trends and smarter data center managers are forcing colos to up their game. So going forward, providers will need to offer more flexibility, transparency, and services.


KVM Switches, Embedded Processors & Software Solutions All Have Their Place

Posted on January 4, 2016 by Gento  |  Comment (0)

 

Originally Published in Processor.com on April 27, 2015

IT managers have a lot on their plates when it comes to managing servers both in-house and remotely, especially if they work in environments where they need access to multiple systems regardless of whether they are onsite or at a separate location. Fortunately, there are plenty of solutions to consider for remote server management that are unique from one another but can also be used together in certain situations to cover all of your bases.


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