The server has 8gb ram, raid card, 3 sata II disks, intel quad core x3200 cpu and IPMI card.
The problem is the data center does not have a power strip load meter and we are calculating based on the server specs.
If they have no idea how much power it's using, how can they charge based on usage?
In any case, the very most it is likely to be using is around 150 watts, but I would say 120 watts is more likely from my experience.
I have to question what kind of "datacenter" doesn't have at the very least a power meter they can use on a temporary basis to get an idea of your server's actual power use. Even my $150 APC ups can measure accurate to a few watts, and a plug in power meter costs something like $20.
We were having an argument with the DC on the amp usage in our rack. They claim the amp is calculated by 100V x 5 Amp = 500 / 230v = 2.17?
We argued it should be calculated by 300W / 230v = 1.304 amps.
Who is correct?
sounds to me that you might want to consider migrating to another DC. I would recommend Global Switch, they offer data center space all over the world.
This is taken from their website:
"Key benefits of the Global Switch Racks:
* Secure and resilient infrastructure
* Controlled environment
* Managed cabling solutions
* Power consumption based on agreed specification
* Flexible terms to adapt to your requirements as your business evolves"
You agree beforehand with them the power consumption specs so you know what you pay exactly.
Hope that helps!
One thing that I don't like with company like this is they have a secret price. Why not post it in their site?
There is no secret price, it's just that a quote is given to each customer depending on their needs. I can't give you the information from the company where I work because
A I don't have access and
B I'm pretty sure I'm not supposed to hand out company details
I just know they're good at what they do so maybe ask them for a quote? Just my 2 cents.