High Power Delivery Critical to Data Center Reliability
October 14th, 2013 By: Bill Kleyman
Today’s data center supports multi-tenancy, high-density computing, and is facilitating new types of platforms around virtualization and cloud computing. These new hardware platforms are being placed within the data center and now have new power requirements. Remember, although we’re consolidating and creating efficiency around the modern data center – these new hardware requirements also need more power.
Many data center managers are doing a good job conserving energy – decreasing PUE, raising data center temperatures, using air-side economizers to reduce energy consumption for cooling – but average power consumption at the rack is still going up. In fact, the increased efficiency means more power is available for servers to support data center growth. Data centers are finding that they must deploy more and more power to their racks. This white paper from Raritan addresses considerations surrounding the deployment of high power to cover modern data center needs.
So is it time to deliver high power to your racks? Is your organization actively growing and adopting new technologies? Whether you operate a large, a medium or even a small data center, it may be time for you to consider deploying high power to at least some of your racks. Good candidates are racks that will be packed with 1U servers, racks with blade servers and racks with data center networks or storage devices.
And, there are side benefits. Moving to higher voltages, whether single phase or three phase, reduces transmission losses which leads to energy savings. Higher voltages, especially when deployed as three-phase power, are a good way to increase rack power capacity without adding to cable clutter and blocking cooling air in under-floor plenums. High power racks, coupled with in-row or overhead local cooling, also eliminate the energy waste from moving air across the room since cooling is now localized.
Download this white paper today to learn about modern data center power requirements and how to deploy high-power solutions to support your evolving needs. Raritan outlines several examples around high power alternatives. However, high-power deployments, even three-phase 400V, are becoming more common and accepted. To deploy a modern data center capable of supporting high-density computing high-power solutions should be on your short list of deployment options.