Report sees steady growth for global data center rack PDU market

However, declining investments due to macro-economic conditions could pose a challenge to the growth of this market, forecasts Research and Markets.

Research and Markets (Dublin, Ireland) announced the addition of the Global Data Center Rack Power Distribution Unit Market 2012-2016 report to its offering. The firm's analysts forecast the global data center rack power distribution unit (PDU) market to grow at a CAGR of 13.38 percent over the period from 2012 to 2016.

Unsurprisingly, one of the key factors contributing to this market growth is the increasing deployment of data centers, finds the report. The market has also been witnessing the evolution of alternating phased power.

"Traditional three-phase power distribution divides power into multiple branches within the rack PDU. However, alternating phased power alternates each phase on a per-receptacle basis instead of per branch basis," explains an analyst from the firm. "In this PDU system, power wiring in simplified as power cords are not required to be laid through the size of the vertical PDU to reach distinct branches. Moreover, servers can be plugged in from the bottom to the top of the rack with lesser risk by installers. Hence, alternating phased power provides noticeable benefits such as shortened cabling, better airflow, improved load balancing, and higher efficiencies."

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According to the report, key vendors dominating the market space include APC Corp., CyberPower Systems Inc., Eaton Corp., Emerson Network Power, Raritan Inc., and Server Technology Inc. Other vendors mentioned in the report are AFCO Systems, Enlogic Systems LLC, Geist Ltd., Hewlett-Packard Co., and Racktivity NV.

Despite the generally stable outlook, declining data center investment due to macro-economic conditions could pose a challenge to the growth of this market, cautions the research. Learn more about the report.

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