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As we enter 2016, I thought I would address a few articles on the ‘Data Centers of the Future’ or simply ‘Smart Data Centers’. One area of innovation over the past few years are called Smart PDU’s (Power Distribution Units). In the years past, a PDU simply monitored power usage and kept power distribution ‘clean’.

Those days are long gone. Today’s PDU’s monitor humidity, heating and cooling areas and so much more than just electricity.

Although I don’t have a specific article to share, a quick search (via your favorite search engine) will display the wares of many of the top PDU makers.

I am always asked, how can we innovate and what are you doing to make services more efficient.

To use an overused term…it’s time to think outside of the storage box or VBlock box, and look around at PDU data center management. We just might differentiate ourselves if our services evolve just like the age old datacenter into SMART SERVICES…and yes, we think outside of all boxes.

Do we offer management and monitoring of PDU’s in a customer data center and use Big Data to correlate it to our storage and backup services? Hmmmmm

A cut and paste from a manufacturer SMART PDE brochure immediately captures the innovation that has swept the datacenter from PDU’s of old that simply provided electricity.

Reduce energy costs

  • Identify high power consumption equipment by using logs and port
  • Find opportunities for consolidation of underutilized equipment
    such as near-idle servers
  • Use environmental monitoring to identify overcooling situations
    where temperatures could be increased for energy cost reduction

Manage and optimize power capacity

  • Use real-time remote monitoring to understand usage vs. capacity
    and make informed decisions on equipment additions and data
    center changes
  • Evaluate actual usage versus design assumptions (using equipment
    nameplate ratings) to understand true power needs which
    may help increase equipment densities

Spot and prevent potential problems to ensure uptime

  • Use alarms to quickly identify problems and drive resolution
  • Set alarm thresholds to spot potential problems such as overloads
    that could lead to power loss and downtime
  • Use logs to identify erratic power consumption
  • Use environmental monitoring to evaluate planned vs. actual
    temperatures to identify areas with insufficient cooling

Efficiently control power functions and resolve problems quickly

  • Use individual outlet control to remotely restart equipment or shut
    down specific units
  • Use sequencing to safely start up


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