2011 Emerging Power Trends

Data Center Resources has gathered information from customers to determine what data center power trends are real and which are just hype.

Online PR News – 14-October-2010 – – Data Center Resources was recently named to Inc’s Magazine of fastest growing private firms in the U.S. How did we accomplish this in such a tough market? We listened.

About a year ago, we noticed changes in what our customers were buying. And having over 300 customers, there was clearly a focus on improving the efficiencies of current installations within a limited budget. As we progressed into the year, we selected addition power equipment suppliers, many of which are not known to the general market. It was their innovation and ability to demonstrate a short ROI that has driven more than 40% of Revenue.

With this in mind, I thought I would share with you what we continue seeing from our customers. We believe this input will be the trend of power for the forthcoming years. Some items you may be aware of, but other items may surprise you or contradict what you are doing. As always, we encourage you to reach out to us with your comments or ideas.

Below are a several trends we uncovered from our customer base.

Shorter Power Cords
One of the top, lowest cost methods to reduce the heat and improve ventilation in server cabinets and reduce torque on cables.

Medium Density Power Strips (5-8.6kW)
Split Phase (L14-30) to support combination of low voltage (NEMA) and high voltage (IEC) receptacles and requires only two breaker poles.

High Density Power Strips (10-15kW)
60A single phase is re-emerging as it provides 10kW on two pole positions.

Ultra High Density Power Strips (17kW+)
Hardwired connections significantly reducing installation time and material costs

Panel Boards
400A/208V panels are dominating projects. Requests for 600A distribution panels are increasing (e.g. I-Line). 225A/208V is simply becoming obsolete. With only 63kW available on 42 poles, its output is no longer suitable to next gen hardware.

Small form factor units (400A) that mount at the end of a row of enclosures. Rackbased (e.g. EPDM) models gaining rapid acceptance.

300kVA models with Energy Management and Branch Circuit Monitoring. TP1 energy efficient transformers also increasing.

UPS Systems
Real energy efficiency, small foot print and fault-hardened architecture. Models as high as 98% efficiency at 50% load (.90 pf)

Bus Systems
600A/400V is the future HD datacenter, but upstream autotransformer limiting a full scale roll-out

Medium Total Load per Enclosure
Holding steady at 6-7kW on average. Customers spreading out virtualized servers in excess space being created by the use of fewer servers. Customers preparing for high density but few implementations.

Voltage Standards
More customers exploring high density are inquiring about 400V inputs. We are confident this will be a standard in the next few years.

As Engineering Manager, Kevin Macomber brings extensive experience on the raised floor environment. With nearly 20 years of experience, he has developed or supported the design and build of dozens of industry-leading power quality designs throughout the data center electrical architecture. He is a well respected lecturer and author. He has spoken most recently at Markley Symposium (Boston), 7x24 Exchange, IT Roadshow and has written numerous white papers and articles to include the BICSI 2009 publication.

Data Center Resources, LLC is headquartered in Estero, FL and provides products and services specifically targeted to the unique needs of the critical data center environment. They specialize in best-of-breed solutions which integrate power, cooling and monitoring. Cool Shield TM aisle containment systems, Command WatchTM console furniture and Power WatchTM power distribution are among the successful product lines they have introduced to the market. In addition, they are also national distributors of several leading manufacturers including Eaton, Liebert, GE, Cannon, Evans and Rittal.

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