Thank you to Sixto Ortiz Jr. for featuring Darren Bonawitz of 1102 GRAND on Processor.com
Bonawitz is co-owner of 1102 GRAND, Kansas City’s data center and Internet hub. 1102 GRAND is not only the largest carrier neutral facility in the Kansas City Metro area, but it is also one of the fastest growing of its kind in the Midwest. Here is what Bonawitz had to say on Processor.com.
“It is also important for personnel to be aware that water is not recommended for Class C electrical fires, says Darren Bonawitz, co-owner of 1102 GRAND (www.1102grand.com), a Kansas City-based data center. Adding water to an electrical fire will exponentially worsen an already bad situation.”
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A cabinet level PDU (sometimes called a power strip) distributes electric power within a colocation cabinet. There are three important things about PDUs to ask your provider: (1) are they metered, (2) monitored remotely and (2) does you, the customer, have the ability to remotely reboot equipment?
Metered: Ask the provider whether or not the cabinet level PDUs are included in the price and if they are metered. This means there is a digital display on the cabinet showing the amount of amps being utilized. If you are on a 20 amp breaker and are at 15 amps, you are near capacity (only allowed to sustain 80% of the breaker size). That means the customer needs to order more power from their colocation provider or refrain from connecting more equipment to that power strip.
Remote monitoring: Although not a requirement, check with your colocation provider to verify whether they can monitor your power draw and alert you to issues with the PDUs operation, etc. This can give an early alert if there is a problem such as a breaker pop.
Remote rebooting: This allows the provider or customer to reboot the power of the device without being physically in front of the equipment. If you have a server lock up, with remote rebooting, power can be cycled without entering the colocation room or driving to the facility itself. Ideally they would like the ability to reboot individual outlets/devices as opposed to the entire strip.