Our Secret to Power Monitoring

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November 11, 2010
In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death, taxes, and the cost of power increasing.

If you have looked at an electricity bill recently you may have noticed that it's gone up... again! 

The Age newspaper was recently told by Ben Freund of price comparison service GoSwitch: "The current conservative forecast is for a 100 per cent (electricity price) increase over the next five years... And that is a conservative estimate."

Environmentally responsible companies like OMNIconnect do their best to reduce the amount of 'black balloons' that ascend from their data centres by choosing 'greener' ways of running them like the innovative fresh air cooling system. However, in the back of everyone's mind is the rising cost of power, the increasing density of servers, and how these costs can be accounted for and passed on fairly to customers.

Although power monitors have been around for many years, an aggregated yet granular way of monitoring power at a server, rack, or client level has been difficult.

But with Smart Power Cables from Packet Power, power monitoring has become a whole lot more manageable. Smart Power Cables provide granular power management allowing monitoring at any level, be it per port, per rack, per room or per customer across multiple rooms or racks.

These Smart Power Cables use wireless mesh networking to aggregate the data to a central server and then massage it into a readable format so it can not only accurately pass on power costs to the appropriate customers, but also very easily manage rack and room power density.

Ultimately, having this sort of capability encourages customers to be more selective in choosing efficient hardware which results in less 'black balloons' for everyone.

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