Power Usage

This page allows you to monitor and report on the kilowatts or amps of power being used by any of your individual or primary/redundant (A+B) power circuits over a configurable length of time. You can also see the total kilowatts of power being used by all circuits within a cabinet. You can also request a full power report that shows all your power circuits and their total power usage over a specified length of time. Once generated, this online report can be filtered, sorted, and grouped like other grid views to help you target the specific cabinets or circuits that you are most interested in.

 

Power Monitoring

To view the power being used by an individual or primary/redundant paired circuit, first select the power circuit from the drop-down list. By default, the kilowatt usage of the circuit(s) are displayed, however, you can elect to view the amps instead if desired. You can then filter the date range as needed by using the built-in “zoom” buttons, date fields in the upper right, or date range slider at the bottom. Like the Bandwidth Usage page, you can also simply “click and drag” or “loop” across an area of the chart to quickly focus in on that section of usage data.

Under the chart you will find minimum, maximum, and average readings over the applicable time. If power utilization starts to approach the individual or primary/redundant pair’s ‘Usable’ amount (80% of the circuit’s full rating per National Electric Code rules), or has exceeded it, a ‘Usable’ line will appear on the chart, making it easy to see if you are approaching the circuit’s usable capacity, or if it has already been exceeded.

After targeting a specific date range, you can generate a quick report by downloading the graph as a JPG, PNG, or PDF file, or you may elect to download the readings to CSV or XLS file. Alternatively, the graph and associated data can be printed.

  • Power information is shown in your workstation’s local time, and new readings are available every 5 minutes upon page refresh.
  • Circuits are listed according to the cabinets in which they are installed, and indicates whether they are ‘single’ or ‘paired’ depending on the configuration.
  • Each circuits’ Voltage and amperage ratings are also included, along with their internal identifiers if needed by Support.
  • If custom tags had been entered for the cabinets or power circuits in the DATA CENTER INVENTORY area, those names will appear as well; making it easy to identify the circuits that you’d like to view.

Power Usage Notifications

To view existing notification configurations and create new ones, click the Notifications button. This will display a list of any existing notifications that were previously created. To view the history of any notifications that had been sent, click ‘Notification History’. Otherwise, to create a new one, click ‘New Notification.

Select the name of the single or primary/redundant paired circuit that you’d like to monitor or select ‘Any Power Circuit’ to apply the threshold equally to all your installed power circuits.

Enter a threshold as a percentage of the circuit’s ‘Usable’ capacity. The National Electrical Code (NEC) specifies that a circuit’s ‘Usable’ capacity is 80% of the circuit’s rated capacity Therefore, if you’d like to simply monitor your circuit’s ‘Usable’ capacity, enter a threshold of 100%. To specify a delivery address other than your own, enter one or more email addresses into the ‘Delivery Email Address’ field and then click ‘Submit’. You can create as many different threshold notifications as you like for your power circuits.

If your power circuits exceed the threshold that you had set, a notification will be sent within 24 hours to inform you of the overage.

Power Reports

Reports that include all your power circuits can be generated online for a date range you specify (up to 90 days of information in each report). The reports show the cabinets in which your circuits are installed, and includes each single and primary/redundant circuit’s Average kW, Maximum kW, Total Average kW and % of Usable to help show where capacity may be available to add more equipment or when you may need to redistribute some of your loads to avoid overloading your circuits. The total average kW used by all circuits in your deployment is also included in the report. These reports can also be filtered to sub-divide the power utilization by cabinet, customer, or data center.

To generate a new power report, take the following steps:

  1. From the Power Usage page click the Power Reports button.
  2. Click the New Report.
  3. Specify the start and end date range for which you’d like to report on power usage, keeping in mind the specified date range should be limited to 90 days.
  4. Click Submit.

An email will be sent once your online report is ready. You can also click the refresh button above the grid view to watch for the report to become available.

  1. To view the report, click the report name to open it. From this view, you can filter the data as needed and export to .XLS if desired.