Discover how you can reduce the complexity of IT power infrastructure deployments with the new Vertiv™ Geist™ Universal Rack PDU and Facility Side Cable.

When something doesn’t fit quite right, we might say it’s like fitting a square peg into a round hole. Anyone who has travelled to another country with a hairdryer knows the feeling – without a power adapter, the plug on the dryer likely won’t fit into the plug on the wall.

This is an even bigger problem when we talk about power infrastructures for datacentres. Every country in the world has a different power configuration for racks. Each power configuration has its own SKU, meaning IT integrators have to manage more inventory and change orders for global projects. Further compounding the problem is the fact that there are different outlet types around the world.

In Europe, integrators will likely use three-phase power (Y) in a rack, whereas datacentres in the U.S., Latin America, and Asia more frequently use a four-wire (Delta) system. This means an integrator with a global footprint would need to have multiple rack configurations. If a SKU was built for North America, it can’t be sent to Europe and vice versa.

The question becomes, how can this be simplified and easily managed?

The Vertiv Geist Universal Rack PDU (UPDU) is the most versatile and robust rack power distribution unit on the market. The universal power input mates to any geographically specific Facility Side Cable (FSC), simplifying management and enabling rapid deployments worldwide.

This is a gamechanger for datacentres. In the past, the only way to solve for the multiple configurations issue was to have one unit with 24 outlets, often leading to overprovisioning in size. Now, Vertiv have a single PDU that can be used globally.

The UPDU simplifies critical IT infrastructure deployments by allowing a single model to be installed around the world. That means reduced inventory, quicker and easier deployments, and fewer headaches for integrators.


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