A power distribution unit (PDU), as the name suggests, is rack-mount equipment with multiple power outputs for supplying power to other devices. It is commonly used in data centers for distributing electrical power to servers and other system equipment. PDUs offer the first line of power protection to any device connected to them. As a result, it has improved the reliability of data centers.
You have many options when it comes to the physical size of a PDU for the system. So, what are these form factors?
Many of the PDU power supplies used in the data centers are 1U form factors. These PDUs can improve the power quality and perform load balancing. Others can be remotely controlled through a local area network. We also have newer generations of these PDU power supplies that allow the interconnection of many of them to form an array.
Cabinet PDUs are common in large data centers and large organizations because of the large number of servers that need to be powered. The input power to a cabinet PDU is usually a 3-phase and then feeds a single-phase power to the connected devices. Cabinet PDUs can work with many devices, including uninterruptible power supply (UPS) units.
These are commonly used at home or in the office. Instead of using unreliable extension cords, you can upgrade to a PDU for powering your desktops, laptops, and other electronics.
The modern PDUs are not the simple ones that are constructed of limited receptacles. Today, a PDU power supply does more than just transform raw power from the utility line to feed server, switches, storage systems, and any other equipment. There are intelligent PDUs with a wide range of features and capabilities.
The advancement in technology has made it possible to see the current load value on your system. You can then take necessary measures to avoid overloads on PDUs, thereby improving the reliability of your system. You can connect or disconnect loads as needed. A metered PDU also helps to keep your energy consumption in check.
Monitored PDUs allow you to monitor a data center remotely. This saves you time and keeps you updated with the loading conditions of your system. If necessary, you can remotely switch on or off some sections to save power or general maintenance.
Switched PDUs can be automatically configured to turn off non-vital components of your system when running on backup power, leaving only mission-critical systems. It uses a network protocol to remotely communicate to the controller. You don't have to be in the server room to send commands to these intelligent PDU power supplies.
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