At the recent Interop Vegas 2011 show, TMC’s (News
) CEO Rich Tehrani, had a chance to interview
Server Technology’s Calvin Nicholson, director of new technologies for Server Technology (News
). Server Technology is a leader in data center power monitoring solutions.
The company’s expertise is keeping things running smoothly, and Nicholson spoke to some of the most common problems he sees, caused by people plugging in something they shouldn’t, or exceeding a rated workload capacity.
“We can alarm and alert on all those things, and let people know before there’s a problem,” he said.
Getting down to specific examples, Nicholson was able to outline a real-life example dealing with overall capacity in the data center. “Demand continues to go up and up,” he said, adding that they have customers managing down to the device level, and wondering how much capacity they have, and whether adding racks or expanding the data facility is in order.”
In March TMCnet reported that Server Technology’s Sentry Power Manager (SPM) is “a one-stop shop for combating data center challenges such as improved uptime, increased power costs, lower power availability and higher density cabinets, among other things.”
Nicholson said at the time that SPM is “the most affordable and accurate system available that can measure, monitor and trend your power usage.”
Speaking to Tehrani’s question of what bad things can happen at a client’s site before Server Technology is called, Nicholson said a number of things could go wrong. Environmental problems are one.
“We can alert them to where they have hot spots before there’s a problem,” he said. Environmental problems include varying temperatures in a room affecting a rack and suffering a higher temperature than the rest of the room. These factors can cause devices to go down and equipment to be damaged, which all leads to down time.
Watch the full interview below.
David Sims is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of David’s articles, please visit his columnist page. He also blogs for TMCnet here.
Edited by Carrie Schmelkin