One of the simpler challenges to deal with when you are assembling an IT room that has a number of servers, cooling units and back up servers in place is supplying power to everything in a carefully managed manner. This is where using a PDU or Power Distribution Unit can be the ideal solution as it can be used to supply power to everything from a single source.
The PDU Is Available In a Variety of Configurations
Perhaps the best reason to choose a PDU over a standard power strip is that they come in an incredible variety of configurations. There are PDUs that let you to turn off everything by using a single switch and those that have individual switches for each outlet. There are also PDUs that are remotely controlled so that you can power up or down individual servers from a remote location as necessary. Some have color coded outlets marking them off in sections and all can be purchased with our without surge protection built in.
If you are running a server room in your place of business, you are probably using some form of PDU to connect all of your servers and peripheral equipment to a centralized source of power. This is a fairly typical set up as it allows you to take full control of your entire power distribution setup; the only thing you have left to worry about is the event of a power loss.
Adding a UPS to Your PDU Can Keep Your System Running Just Long Enough
While the average UPS can only keep a system up and running for a very short period of time, you should still connect one to your PDU. By doing this, you will be able to keep your servers up just long enough for everyone using them to be able to save their work instead of losing it in the event of a complete power outage.
A PDU or power distribution unit is a device that distributes electrical power to computers or networking equipment, and if you need any of these devices for your operation, we have them for you.
We have Geist remote Ethernet metered EM series PDU power distribution unit options
If you’re looking for the right PDU, we have many choices that will work for your operation. You can find the best horizontal-vertical device for your application by looking through our list of available models, or call us and we will be happy to help you find the exact product that you need. You can reach us at (800) 458-6255. We have Geist Ethernet Metered EM Series products that allow remote real-time monitoring of connected loads and users. You’ll have easy identification and load balancing with the color-coded receptacle configurations on all 3-units.
PDU Ethernet meters for every application
We know that the various sizes and details about our Ethernet devices can be confusing, so we offer helpful descripts of each one for you. You can choose how many outlets you need and the other details, such as double pole circuit breaker/switches or other models.
When you are putting together your server racks, you need to be very conscious of the amount of power that the finished system is going to draw. If you find that the number of amps that all of the combined units are going to require to function at maximum capacity are too high for a standard power strip, you may find that you have to install a PDU in its place.
A PDU Can Handle Heavier Current Loads
One problem that you can end up facing with a simple power strip that cannot handle the loads is that this lack of power can prevent your servers from getting the power they need to run at full capacity. When this happens you could be faced with servers that either slow down to a crawl or overheat, which could lead to a fire. With a PDU you can choose the one that is most suited to handling the maximum load your servers are likely to place on it and leave room to spare, so that you never have to worry about these risks.