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How to save money with rack power distribution

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Data centers and IT pros need to monitor every piece of power-drawing equipment, and do so with high accuracy and granularity. For enterprise and multi-tenant data centers alike, the ability to stay up and running requires advanced rack power distribution units (PDUs) that can precisely monitor every aspect of power as well as enable the management of power distribution.

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How to save money with rack power distribution

  1. 1. © 2015 Eaton. All Rights Reserved.. How you can save money with rack power distribution units Data centers need to monitor every piece of power-drawing equipment, and do so with high accuracy and granularity. For enterprise and multi-tenant data centers alike, the ability to stay up and running requires advanced rack power distribution units (PDUs) that can precisely monitor every aspect of power as well as enable the management of power distribution.
  2. 2. © 2015 Eaton. All Rights Reserved.. 1. Put a lid on cooling costs. Cooling is a large operating expense for data centers. High operating temperature rack PDU are needed for the hot environments found in modern containment solutions. Adding temperature monitoring identifies where excess heat and humidity can cause reliability concerns, allowing operators to respond accordingly. .
  3. 3. © 2015 Eaton. All Rights Reserved.. 2. Simplify installation Is your PDU tool-less? Is your PDU compatible with your rack enclosure? Are your mounting options flexible? These are questions you should be asking. Rack PDUs that are easy to install save on startup and provisioning costs. A lightweight aluminum chassis can improve ease of mounting and reduce shipping costs.
  4. 4. © 2015 Eaton. All Rights Reserved.. 3. Secure plugs. There are several methods to secure plugs, but a solution integrated into the outlet is ideal to avoid the bulk of external clips or cable trays. It is also important to avoid solutions that require proprietary power cord solutions that involve additional expenses to the tune of 20-50%. An integrated IEC outlet grip reduces the total cost of ownership and improves reliability.
  5. 5. © 2015 Eaton. All Rights Reserved.. 4. Establish a daisy chain. The ability to establish a daisy chain can reduce physical infrastructure and installation costs by 75% – by reducing the number of network ports and cabling that costs anywhere from $200 - $500 per port. Reducing the number of IP addresses for management has the benefit of more efficient network traffic for higher reliability.
  6. 6. © 2015 Eaton. All Rights Reserved.. What about multi-tenant providers? Meter accuracy on next-generation rack PDUs has significantly improved to measure within ±1% of actual value. You are able to effectively measure power consumption to all outlets and use these measurements for tenant billing and capacity planning. Another differentiator data centers can provide You can also offer your customers additional power monitoring and control capabilities.
  7. 7. © 2015 Eaton. All Rights Reserved.. If you are interested in doing more with less, check out The Plug.

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