Server Technology (News
) has added another member
to its data center power monitoring technology family – the Smart POPS (Per Outlet Power Sensing) CDU product family.
“Customers are happy to see that we are building out our high-end product lines to incorporate more varieties of outlets, power types, and feature sets to accommodate their specific needs,” said Brandon Ewing, president of Server Technology, in a statement. “We’ve developed the Smart POPS product family to meet the needs of data center managers who need individual device level power measurements with secure outlet power that is always on. Our POPS technology is the most accurate, granular, device level power monitoring available in the CDU market today. Our engineers have a passion for innovation and are committed to meeting the demands of our customers with unique solutions.”
Server Technology has been providing the biggest companies in the world with power management solutions for over two decades. The company touts itself as a leader in power distribution products and power monitoring software.
The idea to craft the Smart POPS CDUs came about after one of the world’s largest financial institutions came to the data center power monitoring company looking a solution that would provide power measurements on their individual servers. However, as a financial institution, they also needed the peace of mind that their outlet state would never be turned to off, according to company officials.
Unlike Server Technology’s Switched CDUs, which do provide outlet reboot status, the Smart CDUs’ outlets are always on. Moreover, they provide reliable power distribution combined with local and remote power and environmental monitoring via IP.
“Although our Switched POPS CDUs are a fantastic solution, some customers prefer the added security of non-switched receptacles. There is a concern that someone could, by accident, power down the wrong outlet and cause a loss of critical data,” said Steve Hammond, product manager at Server Technology, “Smart POPS CDUs keep critical devices online while providing the outlet monitoring data they need.”
After the financial institution embraced the Smart POPS CDUs into their data center, they immediately began to measure their actual power consumption per device with a secure “always-on” outlet state, Server Technology officials explain. And with help from Server Technology’s Sentry Power Manager (SPM), the company was able to monitor, store, report, and trends CDU power and environmental data globally over the entire network.
Smart CDUs distinguish themselves with a built-in network interface to view power, temperature and humidity levels through a Web browser, or receive SNMP-based alarms when conditions exceed defined thresholds. Power information per outlet includes: current load (A), Voltage (V), Power (kW), apparent power (VA), crest factor, and power factor.
“We believe in high-end, high-quality CDUs. This new product family adds to our over 1,700 product skus,” said Ewing, “And because we only do CDUs at Server Technology, our focused engineering expertise means you are getting the highest quality product in a market that is filled with sub-par knock-offs. The release of Smart POPS CDUs marks the beginning of several more industry leading products we will be releasing this year.”
Smart POPS CDUs are currently available through Server Technology or one of its Channel Partners.
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