In our last blog post titled BYOPDU 101, we spent some time discussing the differences between five different types of rack mount PDUs manufactured by Server Technology. In this lesson, class, we are going to help you take that knowledge and build your own HDOT PDU.
Believe it or not, it is a simple four-step process to custom build a PDU tailored specifically to your needs, your load, and your management style.
Step one. With your chosen combination of features in mind (Metered, Smart, Switched, POPS), you will need to decide if you need an alternating phase power strip, or a standard unit. (Need help deciding which family of rack PDUs to build? Our buying guide is a good place to start.) If you were heading down the alternating phase route, you will also need to determine the number of outlets you need. The choice here is either between 24 and 42 outlets, or 48 and 54 outlets. Once you do decide which category you fall into, simply click the orange button to select the type of unit you would like.
Step One - 48-54 outlet Switched POPS PDU is selected in screenshot
Step two. Believe it or not, the hard part is over. The next step is to determine the power options that will define the way your rack mounted PDU will be constructed. The online tool provides options for voltage, amperage, and phase type. Simply locate the orange button that it meets your specifications, and you will quickly find yourself at the next step.
Step Two - 240/415 Volts; 20-30 Amps; 3-Phase L-N is selected in screenshot
Step three. This is the part where things get pretty fun. The next step is to choose plug and outlet types for your power strip. Once you get to this stage, there is a graphic interface that shows the HDOT PDU you are building. You will use your mouse to identify the plug count, type, and configuration for the business side of the PDU. You will also use your mouse to select where the cord will enter the rack, and the type of plug required for your application. Once these selections have been made, you will see your power strip on the screen exactly as it has been configured.
Step Three - Choose outlet and plug modules
Step four. At this point the PDU is essentially built, albeit with a few details left. The fourth step in the tool allows you to provide information such as color, quantity, and configuration options particular to the type of unit you selected. We also provide you a link to download a spec sheet for the particular unit that you built and, of course, the ability to get pricing based on your specifications and the quantities needed.
Step Four - Select color, quantity, and view config details.
If for some reason you get stuck along the way, the designers at Server Technology have placed a clever “Help me choose” button at each step of the build process. Push this button to get clarification or information on the options that are presented to you.
That’s it. Class is dismissed. Before you head out the door, be sure to note the homework assignment and head to Build Your Own HDOT PDU to practice putting your knowledge to work for you and your data center.