Essentials for physical Power-Distribution, Power-Management, Monitoring
and Metering for IT environments of any size.
Physical Power-Distribution in the Datacentre
Any interruption or failure of the power supply in a Mission Critical Data Centre can have a dramatic impact on the security
of sensitive data or business transactions as well as on the running of the whole business. It is therefore vital to focus
on security during the planning of any DataCentre power distribution.
Other considerations such as flexibility, space restrictions and rack density are becoming more and more important when planning
for the future. Mission Critical Data Centres, test and demo
labs often need to be reconfigured to simulate real world scenarios or to update hardware. The Starline
track busbar allows for power changes to be made with the power plug-ins even in a live environment eliminating the need
for downtime. Power plug-ins can be configured to customer requirements with 16A, 32A or 63A single and/or three phase connectors
available. Traditional cable whips and cable panels require costly and time consuming pulling of cables, connection and often
downtime which must all be planned weeks if not months in advance. Starline
offers a flexible, scalable secure alternative to the traditional power whip.
Track Busbar - advantages of a busbar with none of the disadvantages!
Starline Track Busbar is different to all other
busbar systems. The continuous access design of the Starline
busbar allows for power the plug-ins to be placed where they are required along the entire length of the busbar, not at
predefined locations. Available rated to 100, 160, 225 and 400 Amps and up to 415 volts,
Starline can support any size of Data Centre. The flexible
design allows for installation either overhead or under the raised floor. The connections between the track elements consist
of a patent protected spring pressure connection which is nut and bolt free preventing any loose connections. The same spring
pressure connections are used to connect the power plug-ins to the
busway ensuring a secure and solid connection at all times. The entire busbar system is easy to assemble and dismantle
meaning that tracks can be inexpensively installed, moved, reused and recycled.
The plug-ins are designed to allow for individual customer requirements. Current monitoring, which can be accessed via RS232, IP or Modbus, can be included per rack or per busbar run. The number of and type of connections is determined by your own requirements. For example, a 16A single phase tap off can be put next to a 32A three phase tap off on the same Busbar. Even drop cords and hard wire options are available. Regardless of the type of connection, breaker or current monitoring, Starline has a power plug-in for your needs.
Sustainability and cost-effectiveness
The flexible bus design, redundancy and modular expandability are some of the main reasons, why Mission
Critical Data Centres rely on Starline. Naturally financial aspects also play a big role as to why companies are choosing
to use a Starline solution:
Because of the ease of circuit adds and deletes without the need for an electrician the total ownership costs of the Starline System are much less than cable based solutions. With a total ownership cost savings of between 20and 40 percent and between 30 and 50 percent for installation and maintenance Starline is one of the most cost-effective power solutions in the market.
- Modular Track Busbar
- Power Plug-In via Twist & Lock
- Tool-Free Installation of Plug-In-Units
- No interruption of the power supply from racks
- Up to 400 Amps - 415 Volts
- Plug-Ins available with 16, 32 or 63 Amps
- Easy Reconfigurations
- No cabling
- Lower total ownership costs compared with traditional power distribution panels
1. Power Management for server cabinets
With solutions from Avocent (Cyclades), Dataprobe,
Technology and Dataprobe Daxten offers a wide range of in rack power distribution units (PDU) to
provide DataCentre professionals with the tools they need to monitor, reduce, and manage their growing power consumption costs.
Thresholds can be created to allow Datacentre teams to know before problems occur and minimise downtime caused by overloaded
circuits. Our products for data centre power management include intelligent Cabinet
Power Distribution Units (PDUs) that provide power management via IP including remote reboot, branch circuit protection,
input current power monitoring, environmental monitoring, serial console port access as well as basic power units as well
as 3 Phase Power units.
- Measure and monitor power consumption per outlet
- Remote switching capability to power on/off individual outlets
- Create thresholds to generate alerts/notifications
- Flexible installation- IP and Serial interface options
- PDUs can be managed directly or integrated with a management software applications like Avocent DSView 3 or Raritan Command Centre Secure
2. Power Metering & Monitoring
The DSView 3 Energy Manager software and the Raritan Command Centre Secure applications provide access and control to nearly
all equipment found in today's Data Centres. The applications give companies the ability to monitor and measure IT energy
consumption, costs, and trends across all levels within their Data Centres and remote locations. The applications gather information
from the power distribution units and other supported power devices to generate historical graphs and reports. IT administrators
and managers can analyse overall costs and capacity across individual PDUs,
racks, rows of racks, or entire data centres.
Monitor the overall IT energy consumption for:
- Individual PDUs
- Individual Racks
- Rows of racks
- Data Centre
- Whole Company
Understand available power capacity
- Set thresholds and alerts to prevent overloading of circuits
- See the direct impact of any changes or additions
Monitor IT energy costs
- Look at the impact of changes from consolidation or expansion projects
- Track cost over long periods of time
- Implement chargeback policies