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    Summary: The New “Renewable Energy in the Data Center Industry” White Paper

    by Annie Paquette

    In Server Technology’s newest white paper, “Renewable Energy in the Data Center Industry,” questions about renewable data center design are answered, without mention of Server Technology or Rack PDU(s). Really.

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    Energy Consumption and Hyperscale Leadership

    by Annie Paquette

    Server Technology, the Power Strategy Expert, recently released the “The Power of Hyperscale Computing 2019” and “Renewable Energy in the Data Center Industry.” Both touch on the role of corporate energy leadership in the hyperscale world.

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    Designing for Efficiency: A Green Data Center Checklist

    by Annie Paquette

    Tucked in an appendix to the recently released “The Power of Hyperscale Computing 2019,” Servertech provides a checklist to guide green data center design. Today we focus on bringing this potentially overlooked information to light.

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    Hyperscale Best Practices: DC Power Distribution and New PDUs

    by Annie Paquette

    Server Technology, the Power Strategy Expert, recently released “The Power of Hyperscale Computing 2019.” This blog focuses on the role of DC power distribution in new data centers, as well as the intelligent PDUs that support them.

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    Flying Solo or Going Colo Means an Intelligent PDU

    by Kayla Poole

    As more and more companies plan for hybrid IT, Server Technology visits the issues around colocation and cloud. In this three-part blog, learn everything about flying solo, or going colo.

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    What to Consider When Considering Going Colo

    by Kayla Poole

    As more and more companies plan for hybrid IT, Server Technology visits the issues around colocation and cloud. In this three-part blog, learn everything about flying solo, or going colo.

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    What to Consider When Considering Flying Solo

    by Kayla Poole

    As more and more companies plan for hybrid IT, Server Technology visits the issues around colocation and cloud. In this three-part blog, learn everything about flying solo, or going colo.

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    Cx and the Environment: A New “Intelligent” PDU

    by Kayla Poole

    The data center industry is making environmental headlines again. In this blog, learn how to reuse, reduce, and recycle with a new form of intelligent PDU: the HDOT Cx.

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    A Smart City Overview

    by Kayla Poole

    At the ‘edge’ of any Smart City is a data center PDU that is supporting the data it generates. In this blog post, Server Technology talks about its new whitepaper about the rise of the Smart City.

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    The Role of Efficient and Intelligent Power in the Smart City

    by RJ Tee

    In our previous post on the smart city, and as explained in Marc Cram’s latest whitepaper, ‘Smart Cities Run on Smart Power,’ we identify the contributing factors in the development of smart city technology. It is the advent of the microprocessors and microchips that collect the massive quantity of intelligence ...

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    The Dynamic Data Center: 10 Keys to Designing for Flexibility

    by Kayla Poole

    In our last blog supporting the new “Flexibility and Sustainability for the Dynamic Data Center” white paper by ServerTech’s own Marc Cram, we discussed the relationship between Moore’s Law and the resulting increased availability of data and its immediate consumption. In the first blog in this series, we talked about PUE and its contribution to the sustainable data center. For this last blog, we will shift our attention to the mission-critical facility itself and discuss flexible features that support sustainable design.

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    The Dynamic Data Center: Today’s Growing Demands

    by Kayla Poole

    In our last blog, we addressed the role of PUE and its relationship to flexible, sustainable data centers. If you missed it, you can follow this link here to get caught up on the series. Today, we are going to turn our attention to some of the new challenges facing data center operators, specifically around the seemingly continuous propagation of technology and data. While Moore’s Law and consolidation efforts have worked to ‘densify’ the data center, new applications and edge computing are working to offset the trend. As mentioned in our previous blog, the industry as a whole has made tremendous advances in getting the average data center PUE closer to 1.0 but the recent technological advances have challenged operators.

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    Server Tech Cx and Data Center Standardization

    by RJ Tee

    The idea that standardization benefits those of us in the data center space is neither new nor difficult to grasp. Data center standardization is a reality that directly supports the uptime goals of your organization. This applies wherever your PDU(s) are operating, like a colocation facility, corporate data center, or hyperscale complex. You may wonder, then, how PDU power factors into this equation, let alone a small receptacle tucked into a PDU at the back of a rack?

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    [Pt. 3] New Hardware in the Data Center

    by RJ Tee

    One of the identified macro trends for the data center market is the never-ending progression of new hardware technologies. Where “density” used to mean a 42U rack full of 1U servers, today’s hyperscale, hyper dense data centers may have tens, hundreds, or even thousands of nodes and cores within a single rack (or even single RU in some instances). In addition, SSDs, networking fabric, GPU processing cards, specialty FPGA and ASIC chips for AI applications are all being added at a rapid clip to the already complex stack found in most data centers.

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    [Pt. 2] New Workloads in the Data Center

    by RJ Tee

    In the early days of data centers, we had data. Then, we wanted to know more about how and when and where the data came into being. Thus, we developed metadata. Then we needed to report on both the data and the meta data. And then we wanted to analyze the reports – what are they telling us? Are they accurate? Are we optimized? Machine learning, deep learning, “big data” and “analytics” were developed as a means of understanding the underlying pools of data, resulting in still more data. Today, we are drowning in the ocean of data, metadata, reports, big data, analytics, and machine learning. So where do we turn? More technology needing more data – artificial intelligence.

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    [Pt.1] Hyper Growth, Hyperscale, and Hyper Density in the Data Center

    by RJ Tee

    How to keep up with the need to build out multiple data centers a day? Edge and cloud computing players such as Vapor IO are finding themselves with a daunting task – figuring out how to roll out 40,000 data centers at cell tower locations around North America. Partnering with fast, flexible suppliers offering short lead times and high production capacity is a key enabler for widespread micro/edge data centers as well as building hyperscale data centers.

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    Average Power Density Vs. Peak Power Density

    by Josh Schaap

    It’s not unusual to be a little fuzzy on the differences between the two, but here it is at a high level: average rack power density is power utilization density that’s averaged over a period of time and space, and peak power density is a maximum power reading at a specific point in time.

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    Data Center Managers: Ten-HUT!

    by RJ Tee

    Server Technology’s new white paper 'Top 10 Concerns of Data Center Managers in 2018' is a comprehensive summary of the 10 things that keep the typical DCM up at night and make their jobs harder. But we’re not here to commiserate. We’re here to say this: toughen up and avoid chugging over to mamby-pamby land. After all, it’s those things that put the ‘manage’ in ‘data center manager.’ Server Technology is here to share these concerns with you and offer our HDOT PDU solution to help you make these battles a little easier.

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  • Like a Mother, in a Good Way

    by RJ Tee

    That’s how we’d like you to think about Server Technology’s solutions. In all the myriad ways your own mother looks after you, Server Technology is there for your business. Just like your mother knew what you needed and when, often before you did, we can anticipate and meet the needs of your data center racks and everything on them. In case you hadn’t guessed, we have Mother’s Day on the brain. And while we are busy trying to find the gift that says just how special and important she is, it occurred to us that our product lines aren’t so different from what moms do, day in and day out.

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    Best Practices for High Density Data Centers Start with Server Technology

    by RJ Tee

    We thought we would take a moment to talk about high density data centers, case studies, and best practices. Whether you are building a new data center, upgrading an existing one or just keeping abreast of the PDU power industry trends, it’s good policy to start with what works. What are the biggest and best companies doing to optimize their high-density computing needs and manage their power and usage data? Look no further than the experts at Server Technology for answers. With an extensive list of customers well-served by our support and product expertise, not to mention client case studies for reference and validation, Server Technology has lots to offer a customer looking to get comfortable with the notion of powering a high-density, hyperscale computing environment.

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    Three Things You Don’t Know About Your Own Data Center

    by Josh Schaap

    This is your data center speaking. You think you know me pretty well, right? After all, you spend almost all of your time around me. Take a harder look, however, and you’ll see that there are some important things about me that you aren’t aware of!

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    Server Technology and the Internet of Things: Power at the Edge

    by RJ Tee

    By now, you are familiar with the Internet of Things, or IoT. In fact, according recent statistics, you’re also likely involved in a deployment that has brought some of the challenges associated with the bulk data collection and storage issues presented by this technology. You've probably run into three phase PDU requirements or the need for a network controlled power strip.

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    Is Your Power-Hungry Data Center a Liability? Read This.

    by RJ Tee

    Ireland’s state-owned Electricity Supply Board (ESB) recently made headlines when the company publicly referred to its data centers as a liability for their heavy power consumption. As explained in DatacenterDynamics, the remarks appeared in an interim financial statement from 1H17. The issue was referred to as a principal risk to the company, and was later clarified by a company spokesperson.

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    5 Reasons to use Intelligent PDUs in Edge Data Centers [WEBINAR LINK]

    by RJ Tee

    A growing number of companies are now moving their servers to the “edge” of the network for lower latency data transmissions, and reduced network operating costs. This is one of the major trends occurring in the IT space right now, and industry experts predict it will continue to accelerate in the coming years.

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    Still Using the PUE Standard In Your Data Center?

    by RJ Tee

    PUE is nothing more than a ratio that compares a data center’s total energy consumption to the energy that is consumed by its IT equipment. In other words, it’s a way of seeing how much power your servers are using, versus your lights. The ideal PUE for a data center is 1.0, while a reading closer to 2.0 indicates that for every kilowatt of electricity consumed by the equipment, another kilowatt is needed to power the facility.

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    What Rack PDU is Right for You?

    by RJ Tee

    At Server Technology, we understand that power needs vary from customer to customer. Some data centers require all-in-one power solutions complete with all the available bells and whistles, while others have more basic needs. But one thing that doesn’t vary is the desire for a best-in-class high quality power product. Another thing that’s for certain is that Server Technology’s award-winning power solutions provide just that.

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    The Problems And Solutions Of Capacity Planning

    by RJ Tee

    It’s never fun to lose sleep over a problem, but night after night, many of us toss and turn, worrying about the things both within our control and beyond it. For the folks who run data centers, it’s no different.

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    What Can Your California-based Business Do to Help Resolve the State’s Water Crisis?

    by RJ Tee

    Here’s some troubling news: According to NASA senior water cycle scientist Jay Famiglietti, the state of California—which is mired in one of its longest and most severe droughts ever—has about one year left before its water supply runs out.

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    You’ve Just Been Told To Slash Your Data Center Power Consumption. Now What?

    by RJ Tee

    The most important issue you’ll want to address first is the lack of communication that exists between you and the C-suite. Part of the reason your boss is upset is because he or she is paying a lot of money without really understanding why.

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    Want To Get Rid Of Your Zombie Servers? Here’s How.

    by Josh Schaap

    They’re silent. They’re always on. And they’re quietly eating up a large portion of your data center power budget. We’re talking, of course, about your zombie servers—that is, all of the servers that lay dormant in your facility yet play no part in your facility’s daily operations. It’s time to rid your data center of this problem. It may take some time, but as AOL recently proved, eliminating zombie servers from your network is feasible—and worth it. The company made headlines recently when it announced that over a five year period, it slashed 14,805 zombie servers from its data centers.

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    Server Technology - It’s all about resilience

    by RJ Tee

    I know we all know this already, and I’m preaching to the choir here, but the pressures on today’s data center managers are enormous and there are no breaks in sight. What’s all the pressure about? Uptime!! That’s the bottom line. Dependability of the infrastructure is on top of everyone’s list. Downtime is just not an option. This is especially true with large enterprises such as banking and trading where the cost of downtime has been calculated to be $6 million a second due to unbalanced trades.

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    Let’s Talk About Your Business’ Energy Usage

    by RJ Tee

    The topic of electricity prices are on just about everyone’s mind in southern California these days. That’s because the California Public Utilities Commission may soon ask local utility providers to adopt a new time-based payment system that will significantly drive up prices during peak times. Under this plan, which could go into effect in 2019, electricity rates could change depending on the time of day, and the time of year. Electricity will be more expensive when it is in peak demand, and less expensive when it is not.

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    Five Major Threats Facing Your Data Center

    by RJ Tee

    Your company will undoubtedly still be around 10 years from now, but will your data center? Unless your data center is operating consistently in the “green zone,” and is running at a high level of performance, it could be on upper management’s radar to be outsourced.

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    Three ways to be a better leader in your data center

    by RJ Tee

    You’re the head honcho of your data center—the one that everyone looks to for advice about how to keep your facility running at peak performance. Without you, your data center would be a giant mess of critical error messages and tangled wires. There’s always room to improve your game, though, and increase your value to your organization.

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