Today’s data center has come a long way from being the home of a single mainframe computer. It is a complicated mix of servers, storage, networking, load balancers and other hardware, all running multiple layers of software, keeping each data center manager busy overseeing daily operations.
The modern data center facility contains racks of Information Technology (IT) equipment that consists of Server Racks, Network Racks, and Storage Racks. The methodology chosen for power delivery to IT equipment within these racks is a key factor for operational best practices that will allow power delivery improvements and drive up energy efficiency. Comprehensive power management and control is required to understand how power is being used and what can be done for improvements.
This white paper from Server Technology defines 10 things every data center manager should know about power and identifies some key considerations for the data center planner and operator regarding how to simply and reliably power all of the IT hardware in the modern data center.