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Locking Cords and The Future of High Density Data Centers

More data was created in the past two years than in the entire history of humankind. Data centers have had no choice but to scramble for higher ground (or power capacity). Those that evolved now manage 10-12 kilowatts (kW) of power per rack—a sizable jump from the 3-4 kilowatt racks of yesteryear. But this storage capacity won’t be the standard for long. By 2020, our digital universe is expected to expand from 4.4 zettabytes (ZB) to about 44 ZB. To put this monumental growth spurt into perspective, here’s what a single ZB looks like compared to other measures of data. data-centers-bytes

High-density data centers will need to keep scaling to support the tsunami of data expected to swell over the next several years, and increasing kWs is only the beginning.

Locking Cords Will Be Mission Critical

The quality of a data rack’s electrical cords could be the difference between surviving the next data flood or going down. With the capacity to store and manage more data than ever thought conceivable—the risk for data centers has never been so great. Already, an unplanned outage costs roughly $7,003 per minute. The more data at stake, the higher the financial impact.


This image by Data Center Knowledge illustrates how increasing the kilowatt capacity of a data rack also increases the number of cords required to support the influx of power. Despite all the benefits of high-density racks, the increase in power and, subsequently, power cords are creating new challenges for data center operators.<

  • Cords are housed extremely close together, which increases their exposure to bumping, pulling, straining, abrasion and accidental disconnections.
  • High-density racks generate more heat, which can impact the lifespan of a rack’s cords.
  • Because high-density data racks use more power cords, the cord environments are becoming more challenging to keep organized, which could hinder response times in the event of an outage.
  • High-density data racks weigh significantly more than older data racks, which means moving them to access parts, perform maintenance or address issues is a laborious task.

If data centers want flawless connectivity, continuity, and power—they will eventually need to upgrade to locking power cords, which solve every one of these issues.

Locking power cords can be securely fastened to eliminate the risk of human error or accidental disconnects that can result in catastrophic downtime. These cords are also simple to integrate and use, but shopping for quality is critical. Why upgrade your data center power cords to decrease risk by investing in poor-quality cords?

Always source your locking power cords through a qualified power cord manufacturer. They will have a large inventory of UL listed locking power cord options that are sure to meet your exact specifications, including international configurations. A manufacturing partner will also provide customizable solutions that address concerns, such as high-heat overmolded locking power cords that are specially developed to withstand hot temperatures. Or, color-coordinated power distribution units (PDUs) and locking power cords to easily identify power feeds, keep data rack environments organized and ensure faster troubleshooting.

The more secure and stable your electrical environment is, the less maintenance you’ll need and the more prepared you will be for the unexpected. To learn more about your locking power cord options, including angles, voltage, plug type, connector type and more, browse our products.

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