Posted on April 26, 2017 by Gento | Comment (1)
Industrial Machinery and increased automation across facilities are impacting power consumption like never before. Not only is it becoming increasingly difficult to address the needs of the modern facility, but the conditions that dictate those needs are also constantly evolving. Because of this, production facilities and data centers are often battling against things like overloaded circuit breakers - something that can lead to costly damages and lost productivity if left unchecked.
For these reasons, many facilities are turning to branch circuit monitoring to get the job done. If you're thinking about implementing branch circuit monitoring for power monitoring and measurement in your own production facility, there are a few key things you'll need to keep in mind.
What is Branch Circuit Monitoring?
As a method of measuring power for regular building electrical distribution at the branch circuit level (hence the name), branch circuit monitoring systems are often integrated into main power panels (Power Distribution Units) and remote power panels (RPPs) for superior visibility. They also offer much needed flexibility, as they can be retrofitted into existing PDUs and RPPs without causing any type of significant disruption which leads to downtime.
This one simple-yet-critical shift addresses a number of the most common pain points that production sites deal with in the modern era. BCM systems by design allow you to mitigate risks associated with lack of data and insight, variable production loads, rigid production schedules, the difficulty associated with resource allocation and machinery power loads. BCM helps critical production facilities operate with a better visibility on power, increasing their uptime and productivity.
The Major Advantages of Branch Circuit Monitoring
Making the decision to retrofit a facility with branch circuit monitoring systems comes with a wide array of different benefits that can't be ignored. For starters, it's a viable way to both optimize power usage and infrastructure power capacity, all without the expense of a complete product overhaul. Not only will a facility save money through smarter resource allocation and more actionable data and intelligence, but they won't have to invest in a completely new architecture in order to do it.
Additionally, a number of studies have been conducted that prove retrofitted BCM solutions allow end users to reduce downtime significantly by deploying a clear and actionable capacity planning strategy as early in the process as possible. This allows them to leverage instant cost benefits from a higher level of operational efficiency into their operation, outpacing even the up-front value generated by the solution and the installation costs.
Perhaps the most important benefit of BCM systems has to do with their superior level of metering accuracy. The vast majority of BCM products available on the market today strive for "utility grade" (sometimes referred to as "billing grade") accuracy. This means that the meter is accurate enough to meet strict legal requirements in terms of how it can be used to bill customers or internal business units. Essentially, production facilities are now working with the same level of accuracy that utility companies are using of +/-1%.
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These are just a few of the many benefits that branch circuit monitoring systems bring to the table for modern day production facilities around the world. If you're interested in finding out more information about moving away from a break-fix model for power, or if you're looking for advice on addressing some of the challenges that are common in many factories, production facilities, and large distribution centers, please feel free to download Raritan's application brief "Branch Circuit Monitoring: Power Monitoring and Measurement in Production Facilities" today.
Posted on May 22, 2018 by Gento | Comments (4)
Top Four Concerns for Data Center Managers
Preparedness is often the first step for resolving potential challenges and devising solutions. As such, in order to properly prepare for the future of data centers, it is important to first understand the top concerns for data center managers.
1. Climate Change. -- In a recent 2018 study, more than 50 percent of participating organizations were concerned about the potential for climate change disruptions to existing data centers. Throughout the globe, organizations need to take into consideration the potentially negative impacts of rising temperatures, growing floodplains, and an increase in violent storms. All three types of climate change coincide with the increase in region-wide disasters. In order to prepare for this potential challenge, data centers need to include disaster and emergency planning efforts into the broader business continuity plans for the entire organization.
2. Data Center Infrastructure Security Threats. -- Due to the nature of the sensitive business and personal information that they hold, data centers need to remain vigilant for potential infrastructure security threats. Recent studies show that these attacks are more frequently being conducted on an IP-basis. As such, organizations need to effectively control how machines are connected to their data centers. Through private networks, a limited number of access points, and stringent monitoring systems, data centers can remain prepared to effectively combat infrastructure security threats.
3. Emerging Edge Computing Capacity. -- Edge computing is set to be one of the emerging technologies that disrupt the data center sector. This type of technology is a direct response for the need to process data closer to where it is generated, consumed, integrated, and computed. As with any emerging data center technology, the concern for many managers lies in security and data sovereignty. However, as organizations require access to data at the "edge," these solutions will continue to be implemented for a variety of purposes. From "store and forward," to data consolidation and backup, self-contained micro-modular data centers will play a key role in deploying a viable solution for edge computing.
4. DCIM Strategies. -- Data center complexity is on the rise. As a response to this increased complexity, the requirements for control, management, and visibility from DCIM software has also grown. Fortunately, DCIM products have recently matured to now offer rich, scalable, and stable management solutions to increase the forecasting, agility, and efficiencies of data centers. While it is still an under-deployed technology, it is expected that as it continues to mature, so too will it become a more widely adopted solution. The challenge for data center managers will be creating and implementing the operational changes needed to support DCIM software.
The Bottom Line: Be Prepared for Upcoming Challenges
Climate change, data center infrastructure security threats, edge computing, and DCIM strategies are all concerning areas for data center managers. As these emerging technologies continue to be adopted, data centers will need to take a proactive approach. Through a state of preparedness, data centers can more readily adopt the technologies needed to meet the growing needs of organizations. Finally, with the right knowledge and preparation, data centers can continue to grow and evolve as they adopt new technologies, address the concerns of data center managers, and meet the evolving needs of organizations.
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Posted on May 17, 2018 by Gento | Comments (4)
With the rapid expansion of data centers creating highly complex IT infrastructures, it’s becoming more important than ever to find ways to increase the efficiency of day-to day operations. One of the most practical ways to achieve improved efficiency is through devices that are easy to use and easy to deploy.
Posted on May 4, 2018 by Gento | Comments (2)
Major changes in data centers operations have historically involved the location of data processing. At one time, this function was moved off-site to mainframes, but the advent of microcomputers, now known as desktops or PCs, brought data processing back to the customer’s own data center. Cloud servers and collocated data centers resulted in data processing being performed off-site once again.
Today, some organizations are using micro data centers to process data on their own premises. This solution can provide performance improvements that justify the initial expense of a data center and has the potential to gain wide acceptance in the near future.
Posted on April 25, 2018 by Gento | Comments (17)
If you’re an IT leader, you’ve probably made significant investments in data center management over the past few years. That’s because the success of the organization you serve depends heavily on the technical and economic performance of your data center. So the more digital your organization becomes, the smarter you have to be about how you manage your data center infrastructure.
Chances are, though, that you’ve focused on aggregate management of your data center as a whole. That’s good – but it will only get you so far. To fully optimize the value your business derives from its data center capex and opex, you must aggressively pursue operational excellence at the rack level.
Posted on April 25, 2018 by Gento | Comments (16)
An Intelligent Power Distribution Unit (iPDU) is a networked power distribution unit that increases the efficiencies of data centers with real-time remote power monitoring, environmental monitoring, and data center infrastructure integration. Intelligent rack PDUs deliver technologies which enables a smarter IT infrastructure so you can stay ahead of problems before they occur. They help achieve the ultimate goal of any data center manager, maintaining uptime while reducing cost.