Wall-mounted racks are often used to organize and secure IT equipment at the edge of a company network, for example, in branch offices, classrooms, retail spaces and other remote locations. In recent years, the growth in cloud computing, powerful mobile devices, and the use of video for digital signage and security have required branch locations to access corporate resources and perform mission-critical functions previously available only at a headquarters location.
When companies distribute headquarters-like service to branch locations, there is inevitably competition for secure space to house IT equipment. With this in mind, Tripp Lite has combined a basic Power Distribution Unit (PDU) with an unmanaged Gigabit Ethernet Switch as an all-in-one, space-saving, 1U rack-mount solution. PDU/Ethernet Switch Combos are perfect for wall-mounted racks in smaller, distributed networks where space is at a premium by providing both network-grade power distribution and Gigabit Ethernet connectivity in only 1U of rack space.
The PDU supplies continuous AC power from a connected UPS system or alternate power source and contains up to 12 NEMA 5-15R outlets, allowing you to power critical IT equipment in network closets and data centers. The Gigabit Ethernet Switch has up to 24 RJ45 ports that support functions such as auto MDI/MDIX cross-over detection and auto-negotiation for 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet to provide true plug-and-play capability.
If you are a network manager who would like to maximize space in your current wall-mounted rack, or you’re preparing for a new remote location deployment, a PDU/Ethernet Switch Combo should be part of your upgrade plans. They’re not only an efficient way to optimize rack space, but can also significantly reduce costs across distributed installations.