What a Smart PDU Might Mean to You

Laura Viars for blogBy Laura Viars, Rackmount Solutions, Inc.

SMART PDU

At Rackmount Solutions, we believe that smart PDU’s are one of the most cost-effective means for data center managers to manage and reduce their energy costs.  There are certainly other methods – utilization of biofuels, fuel cells, hydropower, solar and wind energy – but none of these technologies can approach the cost/overall savings return of a smart PDU.

REDUCE SERVER ENERGY CONSUMPTION

In their study, “Energy Logic:  Reducing Data Center Energy Consumption by Creating Savings that Cascade Across Systems”, Emerson Network Power determined that servers use the most energy (44%) of any single data center component.  And, that by reducing server energy utilization 1 watt, the cascading effect across the data center (power distribution, UPS, cooling, building switchgear/transformer) resulted in nearly 3 watts of overall power savings.

Energy Savings

SMART PDUs ARE … SMART

That’s why we’re so high on smart PDU’s.  Smart PDU’s (when coupled with power management software like Eaton’s Power Manager™ or Power Xpert™) allow data center professionals to monitor and manage:

  • Power consumption at the outlet
  • Power switching at the outlet level (on/off/reboot)

They also enable data center professionals to:

  • Determine which circuits/servers have additional power available that could be used elsewhere
  • Limit power consumption of specific servers/cabinets
  • Cap power utilization

Using these tools – smart PDU’s and management software, data center professionals can realize, depending upon the size and scope of their implementation, thousands of watts of power savings in just a few weeks.  And, considering that prices for smart PDUs begin at just a few hundred dollars, the Return on Investment (ROI) for a smart PDU can be just a few months.

What might a smart PDU mean to you?  Significant energy and monetary savings!

To see our complete line of PDU’s click:  http://www.rackmountsolutions.net/PDU.asp or call us toll free 1-866-207-6631.

Other articles by Laura Viars:

Six Tips on Improving Your Cabling Infrastructure

Cooling Your Data Center

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