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If there is one thing in the IT space that gets our blood pumping, it’s innovation. And not only our own, but anything that can move the industry forward and make your job a little easier.

IT Mythbusters

Test your knowledge of tomorrow’s power trends

Change is constant. That’s especially true when it comes to power. The need for "always on" infrastructures and the rise of power density will directly impact remote management/automation requirements, the demands on the electrical grid and energy price. While no one in IT can predict power’s future with 100 percent certainty, we believe tomorrow’s applications will be shaped by these industry-changing trends.

IT pros have begun to implement the latest IT strategies and products to battle tomorrow’s higher energy demands and costs:

  • Predictive Analytics – Know about power issues before they happen.
  • Autonomous Monitoring – Allows equipment to function on its own (and notify you if something goes awry!)
  • Alternative Batteries – Lithium-ion batteries that offer longer lifespan and quicker recharging rates.
  • Efficiency – Effectively conserving the energy you consume to reduce electrical costs.
  • Peak Shaving – Consuming energy at times when the kWh cost is cheapest.

Are you a tower of power? Test your knowledge

With new power strategies come misconceptions. Do you know the facts? Find out with our hot topics cards!

Batteries
Do lithium-ion batteries have a
2x faster recharge rate
than traditional lead acid batteries?
Batteries
NO!
Lithium-ion batteries can charge up to six times faster!
Batteries
Is it true that the lithium-ion battery lifespan is up to 3X longer than traditional lead acid batteries?
YES!
Standard lead acid batteries are typically replaced every three years at a cost of about $200 per replacement (estimation for a <3kvA UPS). Lithium-ion batteries can last eight to ten years before they’re replaced.
Monitoring
It’s a challenge to monitor multiple PDUs remotely; is an IT manager’s only option to remote-in to network cards individually?
NO!
In fact, Eaton’s Intelligent Power Manager and Visual Power Manager can remotely monitor hundreds at a time.
Monitoring
With the rise of remote automation, do experts predict robots will soon take over the world?
NO!
World domination won’t happen any time soon, but experts do believe robots and artificial intelligence may claim 38% of American jobs over the next 15 years.* * “U.S. workers face higher risk of being replaced by robots. Here's why.” Alanna Petroff, March 24, 2017. robots-jobs-us-workers-uk
Monitoring
Is predictive analytics an appealing option for businesses because it eliminates the need for human service?
NO!
Predictive analytics enhances human interaction, enabling a more efficient work environment.
Energy
Should IT managers peak shave when energy prices are at their highest throughout the workday?
YES!
Via power management software, IT managers can power cap their servers to save wattage consumption.
Batteries
Will UPSs (both component level and batteries) continue to become smaller due to advances in technology?
Energy
YES!
For example, the 5P compact optimizes footprint and runtime for your remote office application.
Energy
Will rising power densities within the rack lead to larger kW PDU deployment?
YES!
Density is proportionate to the amount of power consumed.
Energy
Does power device consumption becomes less important as you increase virtualization?
NO!
Virtualization requires that every server get more power. In fact, a virtualized machine may run 80 percent capacity, whereas a non-virtualized machine runs at up to 15 percent.
Energy
Do corporate data centers use more electricity than other data centers in the U.S?
NO!
Small- and medium-sized centers consume 49% of data center electricity. (Corporate = 27%.)*
*Natural Resources Defense Council. “America’s Data Centers Are Wasting Huge Amounts of Energy.” August 2014
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