Tuenti, a Spanish language social networking site that launched in 2008, didn’t realize how quickly it had taken off with its subscriber base until it noticed that it was experiencing power distribution problems that were resulting in frequent downtime from the power strips.
While the original solution development was able to rely on APC (News - Alert) racks and HP blade servers with the capability to supply both 16 and 32 Amp feeds to their racks, at the time Tuenti did not consider power distribution and management as a requirement and settled for basic (home use) power strips.
The social networking site soon found itself facing several challenges. There was no way to accurately see if a circuit was going to be overloaded, locked up devices remained locked, there was no redundancy if a power source was lost, and after hours issues couldn't be resolved since the data center is not a manned 24/7.
“Being a social networking website, these urgent problems required a solution – fast,” according to a recent customer case study.
Tuenti found a new friend in data center power monitoring company Server Technology (News - Alert) – a company that was able to provide an onsite survey within four days of initially being contacted and quickly come up with a data center power distribution solution.
The product selected to resolve address these problems was Server Technology’s CW/CX-24VE-XXX (16 & 32 Amp) Sentry Switched CDU.
The CW-24VE (Switched Cabinet Power Distribution Unit, PDU) allows Tuenti to observe and measure the power draw on each circuit, which allows them to properly load the rack without fear of an overload.
Tuenti also enlisted the help of Server Technology’s two environmental sensors per Cabinet PDU since each intelligent Cabinet PDU has the built in capability to support two humidity and temperature measurements.
“Now they have the ability to see their power, and set outlet states to on, off, or reboot based on the desired state of the device,” Server Technology officials state in the case study. “They also gained the ability to set SNMP based alarms based on user defined thresholds for power and environmental conditions.”
Sever Technology’s data center power monitoring technology has allowed Tuenti to experience increased up-time, and the implementation of Switched Cabinet PDU's has resolved their critical issues.
“Server Technology has one focus, power distribution, and our expertise resulted in a quick, timely solution,” officials explained. Carrie Schmelkin is a Web Editor for TMCnet. Previously, she worked as Assistant Editor at the New Canaan Advertiser, a 102-year-old weekly newspaper, covering news and enhancing the publication's social media initiatives. Carrie holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and a bachelor's degree in English from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.
Edited by Rich Steeves