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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 strip, power distribution and monitoring, rack PDU, rack mount power strip

Who Put the ‘i’ in PDU?

Posted by RJ Tee on Nov 6, 2017 8:17:24 AM

As I was sitting around the other day and casting about for a topic for this blog post, my colleagues jokingly suggested that we talk about this trend of putting an ‘i’ in front of everything. You know, how an intelligent PDU can be called iPDU or even IP-PDU, the now-normal branding standard of our modern age, the world of iEverything. 

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Topics: intelligent power strip, power strip, intelligent PDUs, Switched PDU, smart PDU

Need TAA-Compliant Rack Power Distribution Solutions? We’ve Got You Covered

Posted by Erik Stabile on Aug 1, 2016 4:14:34 PM

Procuring certain types of hardware for federally-affiliated data centers—like power monitoring systems—often requires IT managers to consider factors beyond cost and performance. In some cases, they must also ensure that the equipment is in compliance with federal regulations. Otherwise, it could result in significant penalties.

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Topics: Data Center, power strip, rack power pdus, rack PDU, TAA Compliance

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

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