Rack-mount power distribution units (PDUs) and power strips are a well-established solution for distributing power into Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) equipment racks. If you are responsible for selecting or advising selection of these critical components, be sure to review 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.
Definitions in this White Paper:
- Rack(s) refers to ICT equipment racks and cabinets—any 19” EIA rack-mount support structure for computer servers, data storage or network switches.
- Rack-mount is used to describe attachment of PDUs or power strips and ICT equipment into data center cabinets and racks.
- Rack level is used to describe the placement of PDUs or power strips in both cabinets (cabinet-level) and on racks (rack-level), and the monitoring of conditions inside and immediately around the cabinet or rack.
This white paper, by Chatsworth Products (CPI), presents additional considerations when selecting power distribution units and power strips. It covers key concepts and features that enhance reliable power delivery and monitoring at the rack level. It concludes with resources that will help you select the right PDU or power strip for your application.