Many looking for a well-established solution for distributing power into Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) equipment racks will turn to power strips and rack-mount power distribution units, or PDUs, to solve their data center power needs.
But those responsible for selecting or advising selection of these critical power components have many factors to take into account when making choices on how to best distribute power.
According to a new white paper from Chatsworth Products (CPI) that explores considerations when choosing PDUs or power strips, these factors include “the impact of phase, level of redundancy, functionality on monitoring and reporting capabilities and the ability to integrate other rack-level monitoring hardware through the PDU in your overall consideration.”
The new report from CPI builds on a previous white paper, “The Basics of Selecting Rack-Mount Power Distribution Units and Power Strips.” The basics report is ideal for those unfamiliar with electrical power distribution systems, or those that first need a refresher on the basics.
This new report from CPI explores additional, more advanced considerations when selecting PDUs and power strips.
Beyond the four basic steps when selecting a rack-mount PDU or power strip — form factor, input plug, outlets, and functionality — the new report delves into considerations like power distribution and conditioning. Some PDU and power strip models have optional surge protection and breakers. The report contends one must consider the impact of the level of redundancy and how equipment is plugged to maintain load balance on three-phase models.
Moving on to cover metering, monitoring and functionality, CPI points out that product functionality, or what can be monitored, is determined by the internal metering within the PDU or power strip. “Be sure to check the product specifications to understand what it can measure, the level of accuracy of the measurement and the regularity of the measurement,” the report states. “Be sure the monitoring functionality that you select captures the data that you need.”
Readers will also receive a primer on remote monitoring, as well as integrations of any other rack-level monitoring hardware through the PDU. First, when attaching any device to the network for remote monitoring, be sure to consider network security, administration, maintenance, the cost of networking the device and operating conditions at the device.
Lastly, the report explores integration with DCIM software, which CPI explained provides the “single pane of glass” for monitoring all intelligent PDUs.
The new white paper from CPI covers the following topics in detail:
- Key concepts and features that enhance reliable power delivery and monitoring at the rack level.
- Resources that will help you select the right PDU or power strip for your application.
Download the new report from Chatsworth Products, “Additional Considerations When Selecting Rack-Mount Power Distribution Units and Power Strips,” to make sure you explore all the necessary factors when picking the best power strip or PDU option for your enterprise.