Data Center Power Featured Articles
Meet High Density and Flexibility Needs with PDUs Direct's ProGrade 42
For tech giants such as Google, Microsoft and IBM (News - Alert), technology-driven products require a lot of assistance for design, support and implementation. For the remainder of the market with smaller data centers and colocation footprints, companies don’t necessarily need high-end technology, but rather low-cost, quality products that they can get access to as quickly as possible.
PDUs Direct, a distributor of Server Technology (News - Alert) PDUs for server and networked environments, delivers just that. It recently unveiled ProGrade 42, its first-ever branded product and the first in a series that can pack more power and more devices into your data center racks. Appropriately named, the outlet is a professional-grade product offering quality and reliability that nobody else in the market is providing. The 42 outlet Smart PDU makes it the one PDU to power blade or traditional servers and has a middle display that can be inverted for overhead or under the floor power and next-generation locking receptacles.
“As data centers move to more power efficient servers and power supplies, it allows them to put greater density into their cabinets,” said Jim Scherr, director at PDUs Direct. “The ProGrade 42 gives them a huge number of outlets in a very small form factor, and that allows them to have greater density in their cabinets without adding more circuitry.”
The ProGrade 42 enables users to add 30 percent more products in a cabinet than before. The steel-enclosed PDU keeps the same quality level as Server Technology, but doing it at a lower cost and faster delivery.
According to Scherr, data center operators will love this product because they can do anything with it. The sheer number of outlets in the ProGrade 42 can work in many different types of configurations, including high density needs, and it’s mixed outlet-based, allowing users to plug in different kinds of equipment for different variations of the product.
“Mixed outlet is really a nice feature of these because with both the C13s and C19s, you can spread out the way they are. You can plug in some routers and switches, plug in blade server applications and still have the ability to put some other equipment into the cabinet,” explained Scherr. “It’s very flexible with the mixed outlets, it’s very universal with the large number of outlets and how they’re spaced, so the customer can get whatever he needs no matter where he’s putting in his equipment.”
PDUs Direct offers a variety of PDUs, including Server Technology’s basic, metered, smart and switched PDUs, as well as accessories and switched POPS to provide the highest quality industrial-grade products for ease of use, fast shipping and best-in-class pricing.
“If you need a PDU and you need it fast at a good price, that’s what PDUs Direct is there to do,” said Scherr.
Going forward, we can expect to see the power efficiency of equipment to get better to allow for even better density. To learn more about PDUs Direct and its ProGrade 42, click here.
Edited by Ashley Caputo
Data Center Power Resources
Featured White Papers
As the need to balance current and future IT requirements against resource consumption becomes more urgent, the data center industry increasingly views capacity planning as a way of achieving a critical component to planning a new build or retrofit. Data center capacity planning can be a complex undertaking with far-reaching strategic and operational implications. DCD Intelligence has therefore compiled this White Paper in order to share some industry insights and lessons on the practical steps that are needed to develop a successful power and capacity planning strategy.[Read More]
Server Technology had the recent opportunity, along with other partner companies, to participate in discussions across the globe with data center IT and facility managers as part of a road show seminar: Data Center Energy and Operational Efficiency.[Read More]
The demand for more power in the computer cabinet has led many data centers to upgrade to three phase power distribution. Proper three phase power distribution has traditionally meant dividing up power up into multiple branches within the rack PDU (Power Distribution Unit). In this paper we will explore the advantages of a new, less common approach to PDU design by means of alternating each phase on a per-receptacle basis instead of a per branch basis.[Read More]
Increasing powering and cooling demands within the data center have been the topics of choice for Data Center (DC) and Facility Managers for several years now. Increased power demands are a result of the need for more compute power and higher density devices have resulted. These high density installations include stacks and stacks of servers and the trend of implementing blade servers within these server "farms." Cooling problems are a direct result of the increased power demands based on the simple fact that more power increases the demand for cooling.[Read More]