PDF: Raising the Bar for Higher Power: The Advantages of Overhead Power Distribution in Data Centers
We often take for granted the infrastructure necessary to support our increasingly digitized and interconnected world. This demand for bandwidth is only growing, and with it, so is the demand for power.
Mission critical facilities need to be larger to accommodate for more servers, and facilities managers need to be able to quickly address this constant need for additional capacity. In order to support the extra elements required, worldwide IT spending on servers, power and cooling, and management/administration has rapidly increased over the past decade. But other than just an increase in costs, the need for a higher voltage of power poses additional challenges.
To accommodate this need, overhead power distribution systems emerged within the data center arena within the past decade or two, and quickly began rising to the challenge of providing increasing amperages of power.