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Posted by RJ Tee on Dec 20, 2017 12:01:30 PM


Did you know that Server Technology allows, and even encourages, its customers to build their own PDUs? Now, to be clear, we are the ones who actually build the PDUs, but we do feel strongly that you should have control over that process. We let you do this through a web tool we call “Build Your Own HDOT PDU.”

The first step in building your own PDU is to figure out what you want, right?


Well, not so fast. Since there are five product types to choose from, the first step is to decide which one best suits your needs. We’d like to take a minute to go over the options.

Metered. The most basic form of rack mount power strip, that you can configure, is what we call Metered. The Metered unit will provide information on input current via a display on the PDU. This is helpful for preventing overloads and simplifying the process of balancing three-phase loads. This is the best choice for those who want to keep it simple and are not interested in getting rack level data and control via their PDU.

Smart. If you would like to have this information delivered to you in order to make the job of managing the power strip a little easier and less manual, the next step is to look at the Smart series. Our Smart rack-mount PDUs include the features of Metered power strips, and they provide these input power measurements to you via your network or a serial connection. They can be also configured to send email alerts about different power and environmental conditions. As the name Smart implies, this is the first step toward rack-based power intelligence.

Smart POPS. If you’re the type that takes it to the next level, then Smart POPS is for you. The acronym POPS stands for “per outlet power sensing,” and Smart POPS PDUs provide accurate power monitoring at the outlet level along with all of the features that you would find in a Smart PDU. In the world of monitoring what’s going on inside your rack, this is the entry-level way to obtain outlet by outlet electrical monitoring.

Switched. Depending on your operation, it might make sense for you to have the ability to turn on, turn off, or reboot outlets either individually or as a group. If you have these types of control needs, then the Switched unit is the one for you. Switched provides the same features as a Smart POPS along with the ability to control the unit, lockout certain outlets, and control power sequencing to reduce inrush and increase your ability to shed load in a logical fashion.

Switched POPS. If you were thinking, “well, I’d love to have everything that you’ve mentioned,” then there is one last option for you to consider. All of the smart, switched, and POPS features are combined into a product we call Switched POPS. This unit combines all of the features into one feature-rich PDU. In fact, it is the most sophisticated power distribution unit on the market today.

Want to see a Switched POPS PDU in action?  View our online demo.


While this is a lot to think about, identifying how you engage, control, and manage your rack-level electrical loads is the best and first step in the process of building your own HDOT PDU. We will return next week with the rest of the lesson to help you get your units into production.

If you can’t wait, please visit our Build Your Own HDOT PDU tool on the Server Technology website. Roll up your sleeves, and let the PDU building begin.


Topics: HDOT, build your own PDU, BYOPDU

Hyperscale Data Centers: Do You Use A Bespoke Power Solution...Or Not?

Posted by Marc Cram on Aug 28, 2017 1:42:54 PM


You have a deadline, and you have your goals. 

Your hyperscale data center design needs to maximize power efficiency. Use free air cooling or adiabatic cooling. And support ambient air operating temperature of 25-35oC, with hot aisle exhaust temperatures approaching 60oC. 

You need lots of outlets – C13s, C19s, or even something that allows you to blind mate servers to the power strip. 

And it needs to meet regulatory requirements in most major geographical regions around the world. 

You want to keep it simple.  

And you will need to stand up thousands of them in a very tight time frame. That screams for a basic power strip – just power in and power out. 

Or does it? 

The no-compromises solution is a power strip that supports remote outlet switching and offers integration through SNMP or via API to most major DCIM and data center management tools.

I’d like to hear from you:

  1. Who do you turn to for advice?
  2. What do you look for in a supplier?
  3. What matters most in the product you choose?

Server Technology has been in the PDU business for over 20 years, and created custom power solutions for most every internet property on the planet in volume and on time, with all the right certifications.  Whether you have a CAD file for a build to print situation or just a sketch on a napkin that you need someone to finish, your Power Strategy Expert from Server Technology can help. Engineers are standing by!

And if you want more of a self-service option, check out the only “Build Your Own PDU” site on the web.

Email me at Marc.Cram@servertech.com or on twitter @mcram01

Your Hyperscale Data Center Demands Reliability. Why Compromise? Learn More Today

Topics: build your own PDU, Hyperscale

Nobody Builds A PDU Better Than Our Customers

Posted by Erik Stabile on Jun 14, 2016 3:02:27 PM


Build Your Own PDU, step 1 (choose Smart or Switched), step 5 (select outlet type), step 7 (choosing color quantity and quote)

“If you build it, they will come.”

Many people think they recall this line from Kevin Costner’s 1989 baseball film “Field of Dreams,” but the actual line is, “If you build it, he will come,” referring to the main character’s late father, John Kinsella. Semantics aside, the line holds a powerful message: when you set out to create something of your own – something built for your needs and no one else’s – it’s likely others will find value in it, as well.

So it is with Server Technology’s line of Smart and Switched PDUs, which have served our data center clients well over the years. Server Technology smart PDUs are IP addressable, while featuring remote power and monitoring and environmental monitoring. The switched PDUs include remote outlet switching, remote power monitoring, environmental monitoring and are also IP addressable.

Your selections aren’t limited to our out-of-the-box options, however. In fact, one of the better-known features we offer is the ability to “build-your-own” HDOT PDU. In six easy steps, you can customize your PDU right down to the color for easy identification in your data center.

To get started, head over to our Build Your Own PDU and tell us what you want. It’s not only a snap to build a PDU, but it’s also kind of fun. Build Your Own PDU is a graphic-based tool that shows you in real-time what your PDU will look like so there are no surprises. A zoom view lets you get up close and personal with your PDU.

Start by telling us whether you’re looking for a Smart or Switched unit, then select from several one-phase, three-phase or three-phase alternating voltage choices. From there, you’ll select your power input plug type, power orientation, number of outlets, connectivity (Ethernet and serial or meter-only) and – the really fun part – your color options.

There’s no obligation to purchase the PDU you’ve designed. Simply hit “Request a Quote” for a quick and easy quote from one of our power strategy experts. You’re also given the option to download a custom spec sheet so you can share your creation with other stakeholders. 

Give it a shot. Start building your own custom PDU today.

Topics: build your own PDU, Switched PDU, smart PDU

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