Power Assure Unveils Onsite PAR4 Measurement Service

IT power metrics help enterprises maximize rack capacity.

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Power Assure, Inc., a data center infrastructure and energy management solutions provider, has released the PAR4 Measurement Service that measures the true idle and peak power consumption of IT equipment in a rack or an entire data center to help enterprises maximize IT power and space constraints, freeing-up stranded power and increasing IT capacity.

Increasing demand for new applications is causing data centers to run out of power, even when the racks or rooms are half full. Data centers are typically provisioned based on the power consumption figures provided by the vendor on the server nameplate label. These figures are designed to be conservative and overstated, leaving much-needed power stranded throughout the data center rather than being put to productive use.

The PAR4 Measurement Service provides the accurate power data needed to achieve best practices in data center power management and significantly improve efficiency in energy management. The new service includes:

  • On-site visit by Power Assure technicians who perform all measurements using the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) tested PAR4 methodology and equipment, based on the UL2640 standard methodology

  • PAR4 measurements and certificates providing true power usage for every measured server at four power levels (powered off, idle, loaded, and peak) along with the waveform of the power cycle

  • Periodic access to additional measurements based on a customer’s hardware refresh cycle

  • Access to Power Assure’s EM/4 Energy Management Dashboard for rack and server performance monitoring and comparisons

  • An upgrade path to EM/4 Capacity Planning, ROI, and Lifecycle Analytics

“Data centers waste a lot of energy and money because they are designed for peak capacity -- with buffer amounts inserted in multiple places -- because they usually base their power consumption needs on data supplied by the server manufacturers,” said Brad Wurtz, president and CEO, Power Assure.

“After measuring hundreds of servers, Power Assure has found that the manufacturer's power consumption numbers are on average between 40 and 60 percent too high. This naturally results in power and space requirements being overstated, thereby creating a situation where the organization will outgrow its calculated power and space capacity far sooner than it will in actual use. By measuring exactly the maximum amount of power any server can consume, the PAR4 Measurement Service provides valuable intelligence that can often double data center capacity and delay the need for building costly new facilities.”

Pricing and Availability

The PAR4 Measurement Service is immediately available. Power Assure recommends customers test representative servers and offers a 10-pack Measurement Service completed in two days for $2,499, plus expenses.

For more information regarding the PAR4 Measurement Service, visit www.powerassure.com.

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