Demands on data centers are increasing, while the space and budgets for these facilities stagnates. As data center staff are forced to be more efficient, they turn to metered power distribution units (PDUs). A metered PDU offers the ability to conserve resources – money, personnel hours and space – at a granular level, freeing up staff to concentrate on more strategic tasks.
Metered PDUs' resource-saving benefits
1. Reduce cooling costs.
The cost for regulating a data center’s temperature can eat up an operating budget. Modern hot-air containment solutions help to reduce costs, but the lower operating temperatures for legacy rackmount PDUs mean they can only help so much. Newer metered rack PDUs have a higher operating temperature – up to 140°F/60°C – meaning a big cut to the cooling cost of your facility.
2. Maximize space
Instead of requiring a dedicated infrastructure rack, a metered rack PDU is designed to utilize space that would otherwise go unused: vertically mounted inside or on the side of a server rack or enclosure. Not all vertically mounted metered PDUs are created equal, though. To make the best use of space, a rackmount PDU should have low-profile circuit breakers and a width optimized for side mounting to avoid interfering with access to hot-swap fans and power supplies.
3. Prevent accidental disconnects
Downtime caused by a plug getting bumped out of place is an occurrence that happens too often in data centers. Most rack PDUs rely on external clops or cable trays to secure plugs. While those methods of prevention are effective, they require additional time from staff and represent an added cost. Next-generation metered rack PDUs offer built-in IEC outlet grips, which provide the same prevention without the need for proprietary power cords or bulky additions.
The right metered PDU can provide all these resource-saving benefits. With the money, personnel power and space now available, your data center will be better able to meet changing computing demands.
What is Power Distribution?
Power distribution is facilitated through different pieces of equipment that take the power
conditioned by your uninterruptible power supply (UPS) and send it to your IT equipment.
Power distribution solutions can manage and even control energy consumption in smaller
environments as well as large data center applications. Distributing power efficiently results
in reduced operating costs and increased reliability.
Rack power distribution units, also known as rack PDUs, are a key component to any IT environment. They do exactly as the name suggests and distribute power to network equipment within racks. A common misconception is that they’re just power strips, and at first glance, they even look like it, but modern rack PDUs provide benefits a simple power strip cannot. Some of the valuable features include network connectivity, environmental monitoring and remote access, but we’ll get more into that later. This guide should help you get familiar with power distribution ,gain interesting insights and learn some key considerations for future IT investments.
Which UPS is right for you?
To determine the level of protection you require from a UPS consider the following criteria:
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Birds are chirping, flowers are blooming and spring is in the air. Yard sales will soon become Saturday morning’s most prolific event for homeowners set on cleaning out their clutter. Are you taking the same steps to clean up your IT environment? At this point, you may have just finished setting up some of the precious new IT equipment that you weren't able to squeeze into the 2016 budget or you’re beginning to finalize your spend for this year. Regardless of your situation, here are a few tips to be more successful in your IT spring cleaning adventure and prepare for a more productive 2017.
IT maintenance is a must, whether it’s your network closet itself or the equipment that resides in it, so try to schedule a reoccurring time to do some technology housekeeping. It will not only help you on a daily basis, but it will look like you truly value your company’s investment. Who doesn’t like getting kudos from the boss? I hope these 3 tips are helpful reminders that you can put to use. What are some of your most efficient cleaning tips?
The Eaton ePDU family from Brisk Worldwide includes models with a variety of power inputs and outputs to fit most power requirements. You can select from UK, Schuko, French and IEC (C13 & C19) type output receptacles and local (UK or Schuko), EN 60309 or unterminated cords for termination directly to the output terminals of the UPS. Separate circuit breakers for outlet groups.
Eaton ePDUs offer individual branch rated circuit breakers to protect load segments, in other words, outlet groups. This increases overall availability by ensuring that an overloaded circuit does not affect other load segments. Circuit breakers have flat rockers or are fully shrouded to prevent accidental on/off operation. Quick and easy installation
With pre-installed mounting brackets, the unit is immediately ready to install in the rack without additional mounting hardware or accessories. Optional recessed mounting is available to accommodate large input connectors. Rugged design for reliable performance
Eaton ePDUs meet applicable industry standards for IT equipment safety. An optional cable retention bracket prevents power cords from being accidentally disconnected. With visual indication of available incoming power and tripped circuits, you never have to guess the unit’s operational state.
Standard two-year warranty
Eaton ePDUs are covered by a two-year limited factory warranty from Eaton, the company Frost & Sullivan has repeatedly named “Power Quality Company of the Year”.
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