Yesterday, Sentilla announced the release of its Energy Manager, a powerful piece of software that works with a microsensor system to detect and manage the energy consumption of data centers. The core of Sentilla’s product is a series of microprocessors embedded in intelligent power strips. Each strip measures power use at the server level.
Every few minutes, the microprocessors’ data is sent wirelessly to a computer so data center managers can monitor energy patterns— specifically, RMS current, RMS voltage, aggregate energy, power factor, and active, apparent, and reactive power. The sensors can also be used to monitor room temperature.
“This has been exciting for us, because we’re providing information that I haven’t seen anyone else provide at this level of granularity,” said Joe Polastre, Sentilla’s co-founder and CTO. Polastre estimates that data centers using Sentilla Energy Manager can reduce energy usage by over 10 percent.
And since data center energy costs can be 100 times higher than those for typical buildings, every little bit helps.
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Ariel Schwartz was formerly the editor of CleanTechnica and is a contributor at Fast Company, Inhabitat, Triple Pundit, SF Weekly, and NBC Bay Area Online. A graduate of Vassar College, she has previously worked in publishing, organic farming, documentary film, and newspaper journalism. Her interests include permaculture, hiking, skiing, music, relocalization, and cob (the building material). She currently resides in San Francisco, CA.