Royal Oak, MI. October 2, 2012. What do Instagram, Heroku, Netflix, and Arizona State University have in common? All suffered lengthy outages due to power issues at their data centers this summer. Power management is one of the most critical factors faced by data center managers in their quest to make sure their systems are always available. Liberty Center One, a high availability data center in Royal Oak, Mi has partnered with TrendPoint Systems, a leader in utility grade power monitoring, to improve its pro-active power management practices.
While Liberty has developed its own system that keeps track of its critical infrastructure elements including dual redundant UPS units, redundant generators and Computer Room AC units it was looking for a monitoring product that could provide visibility down to the individual branch circuit level for customer racks.
“Our goal for monitoring systems is to detect potential issues before they become problems,” says Tim Mullahy, Managing Director at Liberty Center One. “Notices when problems occur are important, but our overall objective is to keep problems from happening.”
After searching for a monitoring product that would meet its proactive mandate and that would meet the specifications used by Fortune 100 corporations to manage high availability business applications, Liberty Center One decided to integrate a new product from TrendPoint Systems, a leading provider of utility grade power and cooling monitoring devices.
TrendPoint’s EnerSure® Bus Power Meter gathers precise data from IT and cooling loads – amps, volts, power factor, watts, kWh energy — and is the only product that meets ANSI C12.1 standards to provide utility-grade data at the branch circuit level. Its proprietary split core CT’s are .5% accurate from 1-100% of the rating, giving customers the confidence to make decisions about their power utilization.
Liberty was the first commercial data center in the US to pilot test the new Ensure® Bus Power meter product this past summer.
According to Patrick Turner, Liberty Center One’s CTO, the selection of TrendPoint was ‘nearly a no-brainer.’ “First and foremost, we needed a solution with utility grade accuracy. We found that integrating EnerSure® Bus into our in-house monitoring systems was incredibly easy.”
“TrendPoint’s offerings for both circuit breaker panel-based and busway-based solutions provide the right solution for the right price and help us be competitive in the per-rack colo commercial data center space.”
The EnerSure® Bus provides pro-active information and warnings to Liberty Center One customers if their power usage spikes to levels that may trigger circuit overloads, and provides the ability to trend power usage data over time.
TrendPoint’s products will assist with trouble shooting and help Liberty Center One’s support teams and customers more quickly isolate issues. In any outage, speed of recovery is critical and the TrendPoint system is a tool that will greatly reduce diagnostic time.
“We will be providing customers with web-based tools that they can access to see their power consumption patterns on each of their circuits in real time,” added Mullahy. “Customers will have access to a planning tool that will help them understand changes in power usage over time and to determine how present power usage might influence future hardware additions or changes.”
Another benefit for Liberty Center One management is the ability to get a rack by rack view of power usage patterns that can assist in environmental management.
“TrendPoint’s tools are a great compliment to our temperature monitoring system and will allow us to improve our environmental efficiency,” says Turner.
Liberty Center One is also incorporating the EnerSure® Bus Power Meter into the design of a new 4,000 square foot expansion space scheduled for completion by the end of 2012.
About Liberty Center One
Liberty Center One is a SOC2 Type II audited, commercial data center located in Royal Oak, MI offering high availability colocation, managed, dedicated and shared hosting services with superior power density architecture. Contact Liberty Center One by calling 734-507-0521, by visiting www.libertycenterone.com, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
TrendPoint Systems provides industry-leading power and cooling monitoring systems that measure power consumption and provide predictive failure analysis to maximize uptime and energy efficiency.