The Importance of Smart PDUs in Cryptocurrency Mining

Bitcoin and Beyond

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Bitcoin is the world’s first cryptocurrency, described by its inventor, Satoshi Nakamoto, as “a new electronic cash system that uses a peer-to-peer network to prevent double-spending…completely decentralized with no server or central authority.” Since Bitcoin’s 2009 debut, more than 900 cryptocurrencies have flourished, including the popular Ethereum and Litecoin.

Cryptocurrencies can survive only due to miners, who confirm every transaction and add it to a blockchain. Miners are then rewarded with Bitcoins or other cryptocurrencies, but it can be difficult to keep up with the expenses involved in a successful mining operation. As you know, one must bring in more Bitcoins than one spends to be profitable!

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PDU Power Management – Local Views with Remote Possibilities

Remote-PowerSometimes, let me rephrase that, most of the time, the network administrator has more than just the data center to manage (i.e. network closets, user systems, etc.) and if he only has local metering, he may not know when a particular load is exceeding capacity if he is not physically in the data center location. What can help with this? On-the-go power monitoring, or as the technical crowd calls it, remote power management, can help! Right away if you’re the network administrator your mind jumps to getting things done quickly and efficiently. To know your power needs, you have to have devices in place that can be monitored and managed remotely. This not only goes for the UPS, but also their output distribution sources such as PDUs. Having intelligent PDUs with remote monitoring and management brings certain advantages to the table depending on the functionality that you require. What are they? [Read more…]

What’s the Difference Between Basic and Smart PDUs?

PDUMNH20HVAT-FRONT-LA rack power distribution unit (PDU) is a device with multiple outlets designed to distribute power to networking equipment within a rack, including servers, storage devices and other equipment. For example, let’s say you have a 42U rack cabinet loaded with 42 1U servers, that’s 42 cords you have to find outlets for. 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.

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