Datacenter power options keep growing

Summary:With the datacenter moving towards on-demand, fully configurable, highly efficient power models, how many different types of physical power distruibution units will you need?

Power management is certainly a key issue for datacenters. The last year has seen the release of a relatively large number of applications and hardware designed for power optimization within the datacenter, as well as monitoring and management of power use and efficiency. So when I saw today's announcement that Server Technology had released 18 new solutions for datacenter power management, I was unsurprised.

After actually taking a few minutes to read the release I noticed, first, that these 18 new products were all types of cabinet power distribution units; that is they are all designed to be deployed in concert and likely in the same physical rack as the servers and storage in your datacenter. My first thought was  ‘that's a lot of different models" but I reasoned that there a number of very specific needs for power in the datacenter and deploying solutions specific to the power needs is a good idea.

But finishing the release brought me the information that there weren't simply 18 new units; Server Technology makes a point of identifying that there are actually 120 potential new CDUs when you combine the potential options available with each of the new units.

That's a lot of choices.                                 

It makes sense to be able to carefully tailor your power distribution to your power needs, so the large number of potential solutions offered by Server Technologies is a solution to efficiently meeting your power needs.  But it really seems to be a short term business model, regardless of their current business success. Just about every vendor that talks to me inserts the words ‘dynamic" and "on-demand" when discussing their deliverables, be they services or power. I'm sure that Server technology is well aware of the trend towards dynamic configuration and optimization for power management in the datacenter.  It's just that this announcement gives me pause with its focus on separate, discrete hardware configurations for specific datacenter issues.

Topics: Data Centers, Hardware, Servers, Storage

About

With more than 20 years of published writings about technology, as well as industry stints as everything from a database developer to CTO, David Chernicoff has earned the term "veteran" in the technology world. Currently the principal of an independent consulting business and an active freelance writer, David has most recently been a Seni... Full Bio

zdnet_core.socialButton.googleLabel Contact Disclosure

Kick off your day with ZDNet's daily email newsletter. It's the freshest tech news and opinion, served hot. Get it.

Related Stories

The best of ZDNet, delivered

You have been successfully signed up. To sign up for more newsletters or to manage your account, visit the Newsletter Subscription Center.
Subscription failed.