Who tripped the circuit? The clear-cut case for branch circuit monitoring in data centers

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The power demands of data centers are exponentially larger and more variable than ever before, creating a real management challenge. How can you utilize the power distribution system to fullest potential, without compromising reliability?

Organizations have invested millions in uninterruptible power systems (UPSs), battery backup, generators and system-wide monitoring to protect their electrical systems. Yet there might still be a proverbial weakest link at the local level: the branch circuit that serves critical equipment. Even the largest and most sophisticated enterprises are suffering unplanned downtime due to a most rudimentary failure: tripped circuit breakers.

The risk is increasing, thanks to blade servers, high-density architectures, variable power consumption patterns and other factors. The good news is that there is a simple, low-cost and surprisingly straightforward solution. New or existing electrical infrastructures can easily be equipped for 7x24 monitoring at the branch circuit level, to ensure reliable, continuous power for essential business systems.

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