Posted on July 18, 2019 by Jessica Ciesla
Data centers now consume an estimated 1.8 percent of electricity within the United States. As energy consumption has risen, so too have the associated costs. These costs, coupled with the fact that approximately 30 percent of data center servers are either idle or underutilized, have resulted in unnecessary expenses that could have been mitigated with the right environmental monitoring best practices. These best practices include monitoring temperature and humidity in accordance with ASHRAE 90.4.
What Is ASHRAE 90.4 ?
In its simplest forms ASHRAE 90.4 is a new standard that is designed to help data centers effectively monitor temperature and humidity levels so that downtime is reduced, and enhanced efficiencies can be introduced. This standard focuses on the use of on-site and off-site renewable energy. It uses both Mechanical Load (MLC) and Electrical Loss (ELC) to better determine the maximum allowable values for climate zones. At its core, ASHRAE 90.4 helps data center managers understand when they are undercooling their machines and operating at detrimental humidity levels, so that power utilization can be enhanced for the entire data center.
Posted on July 2, 2019 by Jessica Ciesla
In theory, a data center should be a well-orchestrated entity where a certain technological harmony is achieved. Unfortunately, much like a seven-year-old learning to play Frère Jacques on their new recorder, data centers can easily become a disconcerted mess of idle servers. According to a recent survey by the Uptime Institute, approximately 30 percent of global data center servers are either underutilized or completely idle. To move beyond Frère Jacques to a beautiful symphony, data center managers must first identify why idle servers exist.
Posted on June 27, 2019 by Jessica Ciesla
In recent years, energy costs have more than doubled for some data centers. As energy costs have risen, so to have the demands for power increased. The combination of rising energy costs and power consumption needs has led to new demands for more efficient power capacity planning. In fact, power capacity planning just might be one of the most important tasks that data center managers will tackle this year.
Posted on May 30, 2019 by Jessica Ciesla
A Power Distribution Unit (PDU) at its most basic level is a device that is fitted with multiple outlets. However, an intelligent and high power PDU is far more effective than a basic PDU. In fact, a high power PDU is not only capable of providing specific levels of electric power to storage devices, servers, and networking equipment, but it can deliver effective and long-lasting advantages to data centers throughout the world.
Posted on May 16, 2019 by Jessica Ciesla
It's no secret that data centers have copious amounts of IT equipment. However, the challenge that data center managers face on a daily basis is knowing how to properly monitor and react (in real time) to each piece of IT equipment. The good news is that intelligent PDUs can help data center managers successfully monitor inlet, outlet, and circuit breaker metering. As any seasoned data center manager will tell you, inlet, outlet, and circuit breaker metering is critical to avoiding downtime, effectively utilizing power resources, and reducing data center costs year over year.