Data center power monitoring company Server Technology (News - Alert) is adding another accomplishment to its resume; the company has unveiled the industry’s first seamless system for data center power management, with the release of SPM v5.0 combined with the latest version 6.1 update to the intelligent cabinet (CDU) family of power distribution units (PDU.)
“We have been providing data center power distribution for 25 years, hold nearly three dozen patents associated with building intelligent power distribution devices, and have thousands and thousands of customers who trust our expertise and guide our strategy,” said Brandon Ewing, president of Server Technology, in a statement. “It’s the natural next step for us. Using the Server Technology power management system, customers are no longer faced with the burden of adding new complexity as they grow their data center. With our system, adding additional power capacity does not bring along the traditional added management complexity.”
“In these new version releases, we’ve responded to literally hundreds of customer requests to integrate more tightly, increase the level of access and control, continue to refine the user experience and the ease of accessing business analytics available,” he added. “Our customers will now have at their fingertips the industry’s most complete power management solution including device and group state control, dynamic dashboards, power consumption trending, status and health check. We make rack-level power simple, reliable and cost-effective.”
Released this summer, SPM 5.0 represents a fundamental design change to the SPM product itself. SPM 5.0, touted as an “unbelievable solution” for rack-level data center power management, provides significant innovations. This single pane of glass view has the ability to manage an entire CDU network while providing measurement, monitoring and trending data at the rack level or device level, according to company officials.
SPM 5.0, which took about nine months to develop, offers an affordable solution that provides the critical power information from IT equipment that data center management needs to make informed decisions about power and energy use. The new SPM Version 5.0 is enhanced with an intuitive interface, world-class design and functionality, and improved CDU monitoring and management capabilities.
Version 6.1 firmware for the intelligent CDU device line now features a “System Summary” dashboard with an at-a-glance view of the cabinet PDUs and their attached sensors with a graphical green-yellow-red health status of each device, representing power load, temperature and current, according to company officials. Overloaded conditions show as an alarm status and a problem diagnosis. The upgraded firmware version also includes over 20 configuration and customization options, allowing the user to configure the PDU to serve their individual requirements.
The total solution for data center power management has already been warmly received.
“I love the functionality and look of SPM 5.0 and the seamless integration with the new Version 6.1 controller firmware,” early adopter Tony Tate, senior manager, Corporate Facilities & Data Center Infrastructure for New York based Yellow Book, said. “The new dashboard makes all the difference. I can see everything I need at a glance. I can pull up a status of my data center floor plan and all the CDUs; I can see everything – trending power, temperature, recent events, alarms. I can run trending reports, trouble shoot problems, set thresholds, get email alerts and diagnose problems – all with pinpoint accuracy.” 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 Tammy Wolf