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Does Your Data Center Have a Zombie Problem?

July 17, 2017

If you ask anyone in your data center about zombies this week, chances are likely the answer will involve Game of Thrones (GoT) in some form or another. After all, season 7 is finally here and the ice zombies, or White Walkers, are more horrendous looking than ever.

One of the major storylines in GoT is that only a handful of characters know their civilization is at risk from ice zombies. Most characters don’t believe in them, or even think about them. They are too concerned with other challenges like surviving and struggling for influence, unaware of the much larger threat that they all face. Still, the zombies are always present in the show —growing in size and power with each passing episode.

Most viewers can at least escape from the zombies by turning off the television.

But not you.

As a data center administrator, you have your own zombie problem to deal with: Zombie servers. Research, after all, shows that 25 percent of all physical servers and 30 percent of all virtual servers are actually zombie servers — or comatose machines that unnecessarily consume large amounts of power.

Server Technology can’t offer any Dragonglass, so you are on your own if any White Walkers show up at your doorstep. But it can help you identify and eliminate zombie servers in your data center with our high quality power distribution units (PDUs) and Web-based Sentry Power Manager (SPM) platform.

With these technologies, your data center will reduce unnecessary power draw — becoming more cost, and operationally efficient.

Winter is coming. 

Edited by Maurice Nagle

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