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What is a PDU vs. a Power Strip?

Posted by Erik Stabile on Mar 6, 2018 11:15:00 AM

Editor's Note: Originally posted Aug 5, 2016 - Updated March 6, 2018

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Topics: Power Distribution Unit, power strip, Alternating phase, rack PDU, powerstrip, rack mount power strip

What is a PDU?

Posted by RJ Tee on Aug 21, 2017 1:54:50 PM

 

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Topics: Rack power distribution, Power Distribution Unit, PDU

What to consider when choosing a Power Distribution Unit

Posted by Bob Parente on Dec 20, 2012 1:13:00 PM

Considering Power Distribution Units (PDU) for your data center racks and IT equipment should require much more thought than simply selecting a ‘power-strip’ hardware configuration.  If you care about Green energy initiatives and desire to save on electricity cost by making the most efficient use of the energy you use, make the move to intelligent rack PDUs if you haven’t already done so. This is particularly true for a new data center build and collocations.  If you’re considering a collocation space, choosing the right PDU features will provide additional insight into your true energy use and a tool for capacity planning.  We are now seeing large data center growth with collocation providers that charge clients based on actual energy consumed, kilowatt hour (kWh).  A well thought out data center power distribution implementation will lead to reduced downtime, improved power monitoring management & control capabilities, and drive greater energy efficiency.   The best suited Power Distribution solution requires considerable planning. 

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Topics: -48 VDC, Power Distribution Unit, PDU, data centers, 3 Phase power, power strip, power solution, power management, 380V DC, capacity planning, Server Technology, power measurement

Ask the Engineer - How do I get 120V from a 208V circuit?

Posted by Robert Faulkner on Sep 27, 2010 7:39:00 AM

One of the questions I often get is whether Server Tech has any CDU's that can convert down from 208V to 120V for those handful of legacy devices that "require" 120V.

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Topics: Power Distribution Unit, data center power, power distribution

3 Phase Power Distribution

Posted by Bruce Auclair on Apr 26, 2007 8:11:00 PM

Lately, we've been getting quite a few questions from customers, channel partners and just about everyone else on 3 phase power. It seems everyone is searching for an effective solution to deliver power to all of the varying devices in their high density cabinets. Rather than trying to re-invent the wheel, we invite you to explore the following resources, all of which we have found to be extremely helpful in discussing 3 phase power with customers.

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Topics: high density cabinets, Power Distribution Unit, 3 Phase power, power distribution

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