With the rapid growth of cloud and virtualization technologies, new applications and supporting hardware needed in the data centers is also rising. The result is the need for more power to support all these new applications in the cloud.
In other words, to support all these new activities in the cloud, data centers are finding it necessary to place more and more power equipment within each rack and thereby, the need to increase the rack’s power density.
With increased rack power density, the heat generated also increases. In a Server Technology blog post, company executive Bob Parente wrote, “With higher density racks, maintaining equipment uptime remains a key issue; where any failure can potentially influence other equipment if best practices to control and monitor the power delivery are not utilized.”
As per Parente’s opinion in this blog, the changes in rack configuration requires efficient capacity planning. It requires a solution that can monitor energy use per rack and/or per IT device that will provide insight to energy usage and prevent power under-provisioning failures and over-provisioning waste, according to Parente.
“More importantly, the best solutions would provide trending and/or predictive analysis to predetermine power limitations and aid with changes that will require provisioning for more power,” wrote Parente.
In conclusion, Parente added to his post that with rising power density increases, it becomes vitally important to choose a solution with the tools to maximize energy efficiency. In fact, the blogger thinks that while it is important to do the most with what you have, proper planning and monitoring is also equally important.
As new applications and technologies are deployed, understanding each rack’s power demand continues to validate the need and benefits of power monitoring tools that provide power capacity planning, trending and predictive analysis, wrote Parente.
To help manage capacity, reduce downtime and improve energy efficiency, Server Technology (News - Alert) offers the highest quality rackmount power distribution and monitoring solutions. Plus, it offers an extensive selection of Sentry CDUs that are engineered and manufactured to meet the highest quality standards, and are 100 percent performance tested for reliability and accuracy.
The company recently unveiled its latest product release, the PDU Power Pivot, a patent-pending new data center PDU feature with a 90-degree rotatable power cord, making it the ultimate PDU for multiple racks and multiple facilities.
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Edited by Rachel Ramsey