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June 2018

How Smart Power Distribution Units (PDUs) Help Bitcoin And Cryptocurrency Miners

By | Critical Power Products & Services

Bitcoin was the beginning of cryptocurrency. It was no small feat that the invention of Bitcoin inspired the creation of the wide variety of cryptocurrency available today. In fact, there are over 900 different cryptocurrencies in existence today.

How Is Cryptocurrency Made?

Cryptocurrency is created by a process called “mining,” which isn’t mining in the traditional sense, but its similar in the sense that it is a repetitive process that eventually yields currency. In a nutshell, cryptocurrency miners need to confirm every Bitcoin or alternative coin transaction and add it to a blockchain, which is far different from descending a mine shaft! The blockchain verification is often coupled with difficult mathematical equations that the miner must solve. And, it’s not as easy as it sounds, which is why most of us trade cryptocurrency instead of mining it.

How Can Smart PDUs Help The Mining Process?

Since cryptocurrency mining can be power intensive, it can drive up electricity costs tremendously. Smart power distribution units can help you to monitor connected equipment so you can manage power usage. Monitored or switched PDUs work best in this situation because they can remotely monitor through an Ethernet network. You can even be notified of events through automatic alerts.

Smart PDUs Can Monitor Current Remotely

Smart power distribution units monitor power remotely through a feature called a load meter. Miners can see power usage, data and event logs in real time, which can help you to be a more efficient cryptocurrency miner. 

When your load levels are high a smart power distribution unit sends alerts to prevent downtime and other potentially expensive events. The best part is, you don’t have to be there in person when you’re mining in order to adjust your load.

Using a switched PDU allows you to monitor the amps you transmit through each outlet. Although not remotely, this allows you to switch around your connected equipment. Or, if you’re monitoring remotely, you can shut down unused outlets until you can physically be there to reconfigure them.

Smart PDUs Open Doors For New Cryptocurrency Miners

Smart PDUs allow people who have jobs or other obligations to manage cryptocurrency mining, making it more accessible to more people. Critical Power Products and Services is making smart PDUs more accessible, by offering a wide variety of used PDUs. Contact Critical Power for more information on how smart power distribution unit or smart PDU can help you mine the next big cryptocurrency coin and help you manage your energy use at the same time.

Data Centers 101: An Introduction To The Uninterruptible Power Supply

By | Backup power, Critical Power Products & Services, Uninterrupted Power supply

If your company has a computer system or a data center, meet your new best friend, the uninterruptible power supply. An uninterruptible power supply, what’s that? It is only one of the most essential components of your data center. Also called UPS, it provides essential power during blackouts, brownouts and any weather-related or accident related power outage. An uninterruptible power supply does exactly what the name suggests, offers uninterrupted power to the devices it’s attached to. So, no matter the circumstance, your essential devices will always be running.

What’s In A Name?

The uninterruptible power supply goes by a few different names, which mean essentially the same thing. Common terms that are interchangeable with the term uninterruptible power supply are:

  • Battery Backup
  • Power Backup
  • UPS Backup
  • Uninterruptible Power Source
  • Uninterrupted Power Supply

Most people in the data center and computer industries use the abbreviated version of Uninterruptible Power Supply and just say UPS. They don’t say it like the word “up”, they spell out each letter, like this: “you-pea-ess”.  So when you hear your computer tech or data center tech person say “U-P-S” you’ll know what they’re referring to.

What Do UPS’s Support?

UPS’s support much of the essential equipment that keeps your business alive. Here are some of the many devices your UPS can support:

  • Computers
  • ATM
  • ABM
  • Servers
  • Data Centers
  • VoIP
  • PBX
  • Phone System
  • Other Telecom Equipment
  • Heart Lung Machines
  • Dialysis Machines
  • Other Lifesaving Medical Equipment
  • Cash Registers
  • Debit Machines
  • Other Point Of Sale Equipment

A UPS Keeps The Heart Of Your Business Beating

These are just a few of the many examples of what a UPS can support. Essentially your UPS supports any equipment that cannot lose power, whether it’s sustaining a person’s life, sustaining the security of your computer, or keeping essential lines of communication open. And, UPS’s are everywhere, in hospitals, in supermarkets, in retail businesses, banks, data centers and so much more. If you haven’t noticed them before, you’re sure to notice them now. Imagine them as a pacemaker for essential electronics, when power fails, they kick in to keep the heart of health centers, businesses alive.

Learn More About How Critical A UPS Is Critical To Your Business

Critical Power Products and Services offers a wide variety of UPS’s and equipment to keep your business up and running in any situation. Contact us to find out more about how an uninterruptible power supply can be a literal lifesaver for your business.

Make Cooling Costs And PUE Part Of Your Data Center Decommissioning Decision

By | Critical Power Products & Services, Data Centers

As your company grows, you increase your demands on your current data center. At this point, your equipment becomes less and less efficient. It’s important to calculate your power usage effectiveness ratio (or PUE ratio) and your cooling costs, so you can determine how efficient your data center really is. Calculating

 cooling costs and your PUE ratio can help you make the decision to relocate or begin data center decommissioning, relocation or demolition.

What Is A PUE Ratio?

Power and cooling costs make up nearly one-quarter of a data center’s budget. That can add up to a lot of money annually. This combined with the power usage effectiveness ratio can wreak havoc on your data center budget.

According to government standards, a 1.0 is an ideal and efficient PUE, with a realistic goal of 1.5 or less. When we calculate PUE, we divide Total Facility Energy by the IT Equipment Energy. This should equal one plus the non-IT generated energy over the IT generated energy. If this sounds complicated, you can ask your data center relocation company for help calculating.

Your current data center configuration may have been efficient enough when your company began, but it’s likely that it’s in desperate need of an overhaul. Overworked data center equipment coupled with outdated airflow management can create a higher than recommended PUE and increased cooling costs. This will cost your company excessive amounts of money over the years.

Lowering Your PUE Ratio Can Save Your Company A Lot Of Money

It may not seem like much, but if a data center decommissioning or relocation can lower your PUE ratio by just .25 percent, your company can potentially save millions. One way to reduce your PUE ratio is to move your data center to an area with a naturally cooler climate. This will reduce cooling costs and non-IT generated energy costs because Mother Nature will be doing some of the cooling for you. Also relocating to a less urban area with lower energy prices can help. And, of course, updating to high-density modules with more efficient airflow is a must.

A Reputable Company That Offers Data Center Decommissioning And Relocation Is Key

Critical Power Products and Services offers the full life cycle of data center decommissioning and relocation services. They understand how data center decommissioning can lower your PUE, saving your company in the long run.

Contact Critical Power today to find out how data center decommissioning can lower your company’s carbon footprint.

When Should You Consider A Data Center Relocation?

By | Data Centers

Data center relocation is a big undertaking and commitment. However, keeping your current data center equipment could be costing your business. It’s

 important to determine whether your company’s data center needs to be relocated or not. Here are some helpful tips and signs to determine whether or not you need to relocate your data center.

Changing Requirements: Technology and demands change, so logically the demands on data center equipment also changes. If you’re considering a cooling system upgrade or you plan to increase the power to an existing data center, it may be wise to reassess your equipment. Run a cost/benefit analyses to find out if your current data center is running as efficiently as it should.

Increasing Costs: Times have changed, so having data centers in key urban areas isn’t as essential as it used to be. Plus, highly populated areas can experience spikes in energy costs that other, less densely populated areas don’t experience. Researching an area with lower energy costs may benefit your company in the long run.

Issues With Security: Cyber and “on-ground” security have changed drastically even over the past few years. What may have been secure just a short while ago might not be secure today. Data security should be one of your top priorities, so reassessing your security periodically is a must. If you find your security lacking, you may want to consider a relocation.

Acquisitions And Mergers: Acquisitions and mergers happen often, and they offer added resources and many other benefits. 

However an acquisition or merger may propose a problem: you may have duplicate data center equipment. This means your company may have to consolidate and relocate data centers.

Reevaluating Your Service Level Agreement: If your company is renting from a colocation or “colo” data center, you may want to revisit your SLA or service level agreement. If your needs have changed, or your colo provider is no longer providing what you need, you may want to consider a relocation.

Business Growth: Business growth is the aim for any company, but that growth includes changes as well. Your current data center and data center equipment may not be able to keep up with your growing business. You may need more space and bandwidth, which might point to a relocation. 

Trust Critical Power For Your Data Center Equipment And Relocation

Critical Power Products and Services understands the many different reasons a company might need to relocate and we can accommodate them all. Contact us for more info on how we can relocate and consolidate your data center and data center equipment.