If you’re upgrading your existing 3-phase network, switching from single-phase to 3-phase power or overseeing a co-location network, the ability to monitor and control the power consumption of individual devices is crucial to network performance. Monitoring power consumption of individually connected devices such as servers, hubs, routers and switches is vital for capacity planning and ensures you are not being overcharged for power provided by the co-location operator.
The Advantages of Monitored-by-Outlet PDUs
Some 3-phase monitored PDUs provide real-time remote monitoring of voltage and load levels via a built-in network interface. Not only can you remotely monitor voltage and frequency, but most intelligent PDUs also allow metering of per-phase input current, as well as output current per bank and per outlet. Banks can be individually monitored to ensure proper load balance and prevent downtime.
Also, the ability to monitor individual outlets allows you to manage power consumption trends for each connected device. This helps you detect hardware problems and network traffic bottlenecks, as well as compare power usage among various devices.
Some 3-phase monitored-by-outlet PDUs are available that can mount vertically in rack mount cabinets with outlets facing the rear for better airflow and equipment access.
Tripp Lite has 3‑phase monitor-by-outlet PDUs with up to 30 outlets.