Power can be a data centre’s best friend and worst nightmare.

One small power cut can paralyse a data centre, sometimes at a loss of millions of pounds in revenue for the businesses using the servers.

Data centre power management should be top of mind.

As more and more businesses are choosing to use cloud over in-house solutions, stable and reliable data centres become increasingly mission-critical.

Choosing the right Rack Power Distribution Unit (rack PDU) can be a tough decision, but Eaton makes it easy.

What is a Rack PDU?

When optimising your rack, rack power protection and control should be a key focus. Rack PDUs help you customise and protect the power your rack needs.

The most basic rack PDUs distribute power from a power source. Rack PDUs usually connect to a floor PDU, which distributes power during regular operation periods.

The Rack PDU then distributes power to each component in the rack. During irregular power activity, the Rack PDU will protect your expensive equipment from over or under exposure to electrical current.

PDUs can come in a variety of forms. A high-quality rack PDU will allow you to monitor and control the power at the individual outlet.

You can:

  • Switch power on and off
  • Remotely shut down power during an emergency power outage
  • Simply distribute power efficiently and safely.

Other non-mission-critical features might include:

  • A variety of mounting options
  • A rotating screen to suit all mounting directions
  • IEC outlet eGrip plug retention: retains all standard IEC plugs
  • Colour-coded outlet and branch circuits for simple load balancing
  • Eaton Hydraulic–Magnetic Circuit Breakers with accidental trip protection
  • Low-profile form factor

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9 Benefits Of Rack PDUs:

 

1. Rack PDUs enhance the reliability of your IT installation.

One accidental plug disconnect can take down the most sophisticated power infrastructure. A PDU with a plug retention feature can prevent this. Many newer PDUs have this feature without increasing the size of the device too much. So, even the oldest solutions can upgrade without compromising on space.

2. Rack PDUs tell you where your energy is going.

Rack PDUs offer monitoring at socket level and above. Plus, they can measure energy usage with ±1 per cent billing grade accuracy. Spotting rogue, power-hungry hardware is much easier.

This also means you can easily see if a change of equipment does make a difference to the power level. Swapping to greener products is great, but being able to see the difference is key.

Accurate metering also simplifies load balancing. The PDU can reveal locations where there’s spare power capacity.

 

3. Rack PDUs help cut your cooling costs.

The current trend of reducing cooling devices means higher temperatures in the rack enclosure. Older rack PDU systems may struggle with the heat. Where older PDUs may struggle, newer PDUs can work in temperatures up to 140ºF.

 

4. Rack PDUs simplify maintenance and upgrades.

Older rack PDUs often get in the way of other rackmount hardware. They often make it difficult to hot-swap server components or install hardware upgrades.

The latest PDUs have a low-profile design.  They also incorporate hot-swappable components, like meter boards, which can be fitted or exchanged without interrupting the supply to the loads.

Many Eaton rack PDUs are colour-coded which makes it easy for technicians to see which circuit breaker controls which socket.

 

5. Rack PDUs put you in control of your power.

Switched rack PDUs allow users can remotely turn the power on and off to individual socket outlets.

You can manually carry out the switching, or use power management software. This makes it easier to disable non-critical areas to maximise UPS runtime.

 

6. Rack PDUs simplify the administration of your power system.

Today’s rack PDUs support mass configuration and updating. This keeps the time needed for power system administration to a minimum. You can implement changes quickly, efficiently and with minimal risk of error.

 

7. Rack PDUs save you money on network components.

Network connections are essential for advanced rack PDUs to provide access to their control and monitoring functions.

Older PDUs require a separate network port for each PDU. This arrangement can get expensive in terms of equipment. But a further issue for administrators is dealing with multiple IP addresses.

Newer PDUs reduce physical infrastructure costs by daisy-chaining network connectivity. This means a single port and just one IP address across multiple PDUs.

 

8. Rack PDUs provide you with on-the-spot status information.

Rack PDUs have integrated displays. These can often rotate to suit the installation orientation.

The screens show key information like IP Address, alarms, and more. This makes it possible to check the operation of the power system at a glance. It’s an important aid to rapid detection and correction of faults.

 

9. Rack PDUs are convenient and flexible.

The best rack PDUs are easy to install. They should offer a choice of mounting positions to suit any rack design. They’re lightweight, so they don’t put a strain on the rack frame yet robust enough to withstand accidental knocks.

An aluminium chassis will dissipate heat efficiently and provides excellent ground conductivity.

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About Eaton PDUs

Eaton dedicates itself to improving lives and the environment with power management solutions. They look to make power safe, efficient and reliable.

Eaton PDUs come in a variety of styles:

Eaton ePDU G3: Basic

The G3 Basic is designed for reliable and cost-effective power distribution. The PDU features Eaton’s patented IEC outlet grip plug retention to avoid plugs being knocked out.

The PDU also includes:

  • Colour-coded outlet sections
  • A low-profile form factor
  • High operating temperature.
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Eaton Switched ePDU

ePDU G3 Switched models allow lights-out control of devices, such as switching devices powered across multiple ePDUs.

The PDU includes:

  • IEC Class 1 (±1%) billing grade accuracy
  • Advanced hot-swap meter with LCD pixel display showing V, W, A and kWh
  • Ability to daisy chain 8 ePDUs
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Eaton ePDU G3 Metered Input

ePDU G3 Metered Input models allow metering to the branch and phase level for effective load balancing, with no switching.

Models include:

  • IEC Class 1 (±1%) billing grade accuracy
  • An advanced hot-swap meter with LCD pixel display showing V, W, A and kWh
  • The ability to daisy chain 8 ePDUs to share the same network connection and IP address.
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Eaton ePDU G3 Metered Outlet

ePDU G3 Metered Outlet models allow device level metering over multiple power feeds, and includes kWh, peak power and current draw. Clearly view and understand the consumption of individual devices powered over A and B feeds and see available power. Metered Outlet units have no switching.

They include:

  • IEC Class 1 (±1%) billing grade accuracy,
  • Advanced hot-swap meter with LCD pixel display showing V, W, A and kWh,
  • Ability to daisy chain 8 ePDUs to share the same network connection and IP address.
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Eaton ePDU G3 Managed

ePDU G3 Managed models allow complete lights-out control and metering of devices including devices powered across multiple ePDUs.

They include:

  • IEC Class 1 (±1%) billing grade accuracy,
  • Advanced hot-swap meter with LCD pixel display showing V, W, A and kWh,
  • Ability to daisy chain 8 ePDUs to share the same network connection and IP address.

 

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