How Do You Choose Between the Different Types of PDUs?

Growing demand for computing power and constraints on physical space have led to even more densely packed rack enclosures. As the number of rack-mounted servers, blade servers, network switches and routers has increased, so has the need for more power in the rack. The ability to deliver this power in the most efficient way while conserving rack space is accomplished by a Power Distribution Unit (PDU).

PDU3MV6H50A PDU is a device with multiple outlets designed to distribute electric power to computers or networking equipment within a rack. For example, a blade server installation consisting of four 7U blade server frames in a 42U rack would require sixteen 20A power supplies! PDUs solve this problem by taking the power supplied to the rack and distributing it via multiple outlets to the rack’s servers and networking equipment.

With seven types of PDUs from which to choose, it can be a challenge to determine which PDU is best for your rack power design. I’ll overview the types and benefits of each PDU in this post to simplify the selection process.

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How to Connect a Tablet to an External Monitor, Flat-Screen TV or Projector

A tablet is an incredibly useful device that can boost your productivity, keep you in touch with family and friends or entertain you with movies and games. Although tablets are not a complete replacement for a laptop (yet), they can do more with a little help.

Wouldn’t it be nice to view video on a larger screen, like an external monitor or a flat-screen TV? Or even send video to a projector? Well, you can do all of these things by using the video port on your tablet. But to do so requires a little homework—chances are the video port on your tablet doesn’t match the video input on your monitor, TV or projector.

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Prevent Accidental Power Cord Disconnections and Downtime

Did you know that 70% of data center downtime is caused by human error?* Color-coded power cord plugs and plug inserts take the guesswork out of your data center and ensure that staff always know the priority of power connections. [Read more…]

What Are Surge Protector Joules and How Many Do I Need?

Among the factors to consider when choosing a surge protector – how many outlets, the optimal cord length and options such as protection for a coaxial cable connection – perhaps the most important factor is the surge protector’s joule rating. [Read more…]

7 Solutions for Powering, Protecting and Controlling Your Video Surveillance System

Security Camera, CCTV on location, airport

Video surveillance is big business. A March 2017 report published by MarketsandMarkets, an international market research firm that serves 1,700 Fortune organizations worldwide, values the video surveillance market at $30.4 billion last year and projects that number to reach $75.6 billion by 2022.

Whether you use your video surveillance system to protect your assets, monitor employee behavior, deter tampering and theft, or lower your insurance rates, you want to be sure it’s reliable. Video surveillance systems can be vulnerable to power problems, such as blackouts, brownouts, surges, and line noise, that can disrupt security cameras and corrupt data. Here are seven solutions to help your system remain functioning at its full potential 24/7. [Read more…]