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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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…]

5 Questions to Consider When Choosing a UPS System

Choosing the right UPS System can be a daunting task for even the most knowledgeable IT professional. Here are five basic questions you should ask to give you peace of mind knowing you made the right decision.

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Managing High-Density Cabling in Rack Environments

I think it’s safe to say that cable clutter is a major problem in most data center or server room rack environments, but how do we fix it?

First, let’s talk about how cables get to the rack. If you have a raised floor, it may seem convenient to route cables under the floor and bring them through the bottom of the rack. The problem is that most people use that under-floor space to route cold air when using a hot-aisle, cold-aisle setup. Cables are not only going to block the flow of cold air, they’re also going to reduce the efficiency of our cold air delivery system another way by causing leaks where they come up through the floor. So if you can avoid routing cables under the floor, that’s what you want to do. [Read more…]

Considering a Wall-Mount Rack? Here are 5 Convincing Facts

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1. You can secure equipment in minimal space
Wall-mount rack cabinets are perfect for housing equipment like servers and audio/video consoles in rooms with limited floor space like wiring closets. They come with adjustable vertical mounting rails with square holes that accommodate all standard 19‑inch rack equipment, and sturdy steel frames are rated up to 250 lb. Plus, you don’t have to worry about unwanted access because you can protect equipment with a hinged wall-bracket lock. [Read more…]