Everything Needs Power: Solutions Available with Servertech Intelligent PDUs

Annie Paquette
October 22, 2019

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In the first and second blogs in our series about the interconnected technologies that are shaping our modern life, we have spent time identifying the elements – IoT, 5G, and Smart Cities – and how they process and move data to the cloud.  Once in the cloud, advancements in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning are changing the way we leverage technology to improve the way we live, work and play.  All of these elements form a new data ecosystem that requires a Smart PDU approach to powering each step of the way.

The new data ecosystem utilizes the computing capacity of several types of data centers: telco, edge data centers, and hyperscale environments. Together they make all of the data collection and AI possible. For the purpose of this blog, we would like to focus on powering edge data center facilities, and why intelligent PDUs are found in each. 

Density is an issue when you look at edge computing. The server, storage, and network requirements are high and the amount of space to house them is low. Most deployments are less than 100 square feet, confined to a 10’ x 10’ space. There are many deployments in which this 100-square foot average is a luxury. In either case, we’ve seen equipment densities increase as a result.  (View our density solution, HDOT)

Also, the increased computing density leads to higher kW/rack demands, which are quickly followed by a higher plug count and amperage requirements. Rack mount power strips that incorporate Server Technology’s HDOT Cx overcomes the limited physical space that edge deployments allow by providing up to 42 separate C13 outlets in a single, 42U high rack PDU. The Cx also provides the ultimate in flexibility at the edge with outlets that can power devices equipped with C19 and C20 plug types

Finally, edge computing demands more sophisticated monitoring solutions at the rack and PDU level. By definition, edge compute sites are not adjacent to the core data center facility. Lack of proximity means that there is an increased reliance on the ability to monitor power and cooling conditions remotely, as well as the ability to control and reboot single outlets.  That’s why Server Technology developed the per-outlet-power-sensing (POPS) line of rack PDUs.

In short, an intelligent PDU can provide power monitoring, management, control, and environmental feedback, all in one device.  While there are several things to consider when choosing a data center PDU, keep in mind that power is the biggest recurring cost, and the right PDU in the rack can reduce complexity and increase efficiency. 

Need help picking your PDU?  Check out our Rack PDU Buying Guide and PDU Selection Wizard to explore PDU family features

Environmental monitoring is another key consideration.  A PDU with temperature and humidity sensing and reporting capability facilitates uptime with insight into the airflow and possible overloads.  A PDU can even manage rack access door control if ever you need remote hands operation.   You can provide access to only the equipment that requires maintenance, and that activity will be logged.

To help you sift through the available options for an intelligent PDU for your intelligent rack, here is a short summary of the capabilities that should be included in any edge PDU configuration.

  • Verification of power consumption and reporting
  • Control and monitor rack access
  • Environmental monitoring of temperature, humidity, air pressure and presence of water
  • Remote power management and device reboot

Whether you are powering a smart city network, supporting a new 5G implementation, or involved in scaling the Internet of Things, you’ll get close to the edge.  All of these systems require support, and in turn, everything needs power.  No matter where you are in the smart power ecosystem, Server Technology has an intelligent PDU for your edge environment.


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