In recent years, the data center industry has seen a shift from enterprise-owned Information and Communications Technology (ICT) equipment into multi-tenant data center (MTDC) colocation sites. And with it has come growth in the number of remote and edge sites, as well. As such, remote power control capabilities are becoming more and more important.
That’s according to a new report from Chatsworth Products (CPI), which states with these developments, “basic control of power for remotely located ICT equipment is becoming an important consideration in overall power management strategy.”
Similar to MTDC colocation sites, the report also points out that labs face similar hurdles, since they often need to reboot equipment regularly during testing.
This white paper from Chatsworth Products (CPI) highlights in detail options, pros, and considerations to take into account when exploring intelligent rack PDUs with remote power control.
What are some of the benefits of these tools? The report explains remote power control at the outlet level is most useful in remote, unattended sites and laboratories where standard ICT equipment will require occasional or regular physical reboot of equipment. That’s especially true when the reboot activity is expensive or time-consuming.
And in MTDC’s, specifically, where enterprise-owned equipment is colocated, remote power control functionality can be used to “reduce ‘remote hands’ service charges for simple physical reboot activities.”
But there are choices to be made. Intelligent rack PDUs, the report points out, are available with a mix of functions for remote power monitoring and control. For remote sites, according to CPI, remote power control at the outlet level is most important.
And there are considerations to take into account that might not be on your checklist, as well.
“Those responsible for remotely located ICT equipment or a laboratory environment stand to benefit from remote power control. Intelligent rack power distribution units (PDUs) with remote power control offer a simple, cost-effective solution, with a generally short return on investment.” — Chatsworth Products
“In addition to remote power control capabilities previously discussed in the section above, monitoring power use, even when ICT equipment is colocated, provides critical information about power utilization and remaining power capacity,” CPI writes. “Intelligent PDUs can also integrate environmental monitoring and access control. These capabilities can provide added awareness of operational conditions and security for remote equipment at reduced cost versus separately derived systems.”
CPI asserts that those managing remote ICT equipment or a laboratory environment should consider an intelligent rack PDU with remote power management capability as part of an overall power management strategy.
This white paper from Chatsworth Products explores in full the beneficial applications, as well as required and additional capabilities to consider for intelligent rack PDUs with remote power control.
Download the full report, “Remote Management of Data Center Cabinets: The Importance of Remote Power Control in Multitenant/Colocation, Laboratory and Remote/Edge Sites,” courtesy of CPI, to explore further the potential of remote power control.