Power Distribution, Inc. (PDI), a provider of data center power management and alternative energy solutions, has signed PeakColo as its newest customer for the recently launched PowerMap solution.
PeakColo delivers Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) solutions via the company's three Denver, Colo., and one Phoenix, Ariz., data centers. The company is using PowerMap solution across its five data centers to automatically upload individual circuit-based power statistics and secure power management information in the cloud – eliminating the need for handheld meters.
PDI’s data center energy management solution enables data center managers to reduce energy consumption in data centers. According to the reports from The Environmental Protection Agency, power use in the data center doubled between 2000 and 2006. The government agency also expected this figure to double yet again by 2011.
"Energy costs are quickly getting out of control. When you combine rising prices with the expanding size of today's data centers, it's easy to see why efficient energy management is so critical," said Luke Norris, founder and CEO of PeakColo, in a statement. "To help our customers maximize their investments in virtualization and cloud services, we needed to keep a close eye on our pass-through energy costs. That's why we turned to PDI."
PeakColo was looking for a better way to track power in its data centers. PDI's PowerMap enabled the company to instantly upload all client power usage data into the cloud, where PeakColo can then instantly access the information and send customer reports. By forwarding detailed power utilization reports alongside invoices, PeakColo saved thousands of dollars.
PDI's solution gives TCP/IP access into any branch circuit. It provides energy consumption metering including Voltage kw, Real Power kw, Apparent Power kw and Energy kwh. With this solution, users can get detailed graphical power consumption analysis by day, week or month.
Users can get exportable CSV, Excel, ODS, PDF, RTF and XML reports that detail the energy consumption details. In addition, users also get e-mail alarm notifications to ensure power loads do not exceed circuit levels.
"Not only did we save a significant amount of money right from the start, but we're also now realizing cost-efficiencies of one man-day of labor per month," said Norris. "Even more importantly, we deliver stronger SLAs for our customers. Before PDI, this never would have been possible."
In other industry news, data center power monitoring company Server Technology (News - Alert) added 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.”
Raja Singh Chaudhary is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Raja's articles, please visit his columnist page.
Edited by Carrie Schmelkin