With the rise in processing being done at every cabinet, strong attention needs to be paid to the cabinet power distribution strategy so that the highest levels of availability and efficiency are achieved with minimum management overhead. Intelligent power distribution units (PDUs) provide various levels of functionalities and benefits. Some of this include:
Branch circuit & phase-level monitoring
Continual monitoring of these parameters, along with the ability to set thresholds with notifications, guarantees that the connected loads stay within capacities at all times. It also provides information on circuits with available capacity to install new equipment. Phase-level monitoring ensures that the loads stay balanced for efficiency and optimum utilization.
Outlet-level metering provides information about energy consumption of individual IT equipment that ultimately enables charge back reports and higher accountability. In addition, it helps set baseline energy consumption for individual equipment, which can be useful when choosing new equipment to be added to the cabinets. Equipment-level power consumption trend reports utilizing centralized reporting tools over a period of time help identify ghost severs and servers that might be most suitable for virtualization.
Outlet-level switching ensures proper provisioning by providing administrators the ability to control what equipment gets powered from the PDU. As a best practice, all unused outlets should be maintained in the “off” position until an administrator allows the connection of new equipment. This capability also allows the ability to turn equipment on in sequence at the initial startup and identify underutilized equipment, as well as minimize inrush currents after a power outage. It also provides the ability to cycle power to hung IT equipment remotely.
Achieve these benefits with Chatsworth Products’ (CPI) eConnect® PDUs, which provide detailed monitoring and control down to the outlet level. With eConnect’s Secure Array™ IP Consolidation, you can manage up to 32 PDUs under one IP address. The product’s embedded web-based GUI provides a consolidated view and control. Power IQ® for eConnect, centralized software application with embedded database and reporting engines, puts historical power and energy consumption reports at your fingertips. Try the eConnect PDU Selector now.
At Chatsworth Products (CPI), it is our mission to address today’s critical IT infrastructure needs with products and services that protect your ever-growing investment in information and communication technology. We act as your business partner and are uniquely prepared to respond to your specific requirements with global availability and rapid product customization that will give you a competitive advantage. At CPI, our passion works for you. With over two decades of engineering innovative IT physical layer solutions for the Fortune 500 and multinational corporations, CPI can respond to your business requirements with unequaled application expertise, customer service and technical support, as well as a global network of industry-leading distributors. Headquartered in the United States, CPI operates from multiple sites worldwide, including offices in Mexico, Canada, China, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. CPI’s manufacturing facilities are located in the United States, Asia and Europe.