How can understanding power consumption lead to a more efficient data center? The team at Raritan aims to answer that very question in a new report that explores power monitoring and metering in data centers.
The role of data center managers is changing. These industry leaders are increasingly faced with the challenge of providing accelerated levels of power in reduced areas of space. These challenges are being addressed while pursestrings are being tightened, and maintaining mission critical levels of both uptime and reliability, and reducing stress on existing data center infrastructures is key.
According to the new report, this seemingly impossible task is only made possible by “leveraging the right approach to power monitoring at the outlet, circuit breaker, and inlet levels.”
Yes, understanding your power consumption and addressing power monitoring and metering can largely help data center managers tackle the aforementioned challenges.
That said, the report asserts many businesses are turning to outdated power monitoring solutions that don’t provide the insights, alerts and more necessary to create a “scalable, reliable, and agile IT infrastructure.”
The latest white paper from Raritan addresses how power monitoring solutions can be effectively used to meet the aforementioned demands, while simultaneously delivering an IT environment that is able to achieve evolving business, usage, regulatory, and financial goals.
So, where do you measure power consumption? The report breaks it down into five areas:
- Power Entering The Data Center.
- Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS)
- Panel and Floor Measurements
- Rack-based Power Measurements
- Individual Outlet Measurements
And do you know how power is gathered in your own data center? The new report walks readers through the ins and outs of basic PDUs, intelligent PDUs, branch circuit monitors and individual device load measurement, overhead busway systems, and more.
Raritan also explores additional factors that contribute to power consumption in the data center, including environmental sensors: “Another major contributor to power consumption in a data center is their HVAC system, which can sometimes be overlooked but plays a crucial role in energy consumption,” the report states. “that’s why is important to have environmental sensors deployed in your data center.”
Ultimately, the benefits of power monitoring within a data center can be vast.
“By using the right power monitoring tools, data centers can not only enjoy lower operating costs, but also reduce unexpected outages, optimize device power consumption, and more effectively manage the entire data center.” — Raritan
Ultimately, the right power monitoring tools can help data center managers more effectively run the facilities they manage.
Learn more by downloading the full report, “Power Monitoring & Metering Can Lead to a More Efficient Data Center,” courtesy of Raritan.