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    What is a Switched PDU? Defined.

    by Anna Paquette

    With a host of PDU types, understanding what a Switched PDU does can be confusing. This Server Technology blog provides information on what Switched PDUs do.

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    'Twas the Night Before a Christmas Poem Got Stolen

    by RJ Tee

    The original purpose of this blog was to offer our readers a respite from the standard technical fare, but as you will see from the lines below, it took on a life of its own. Our apologies in advance to the great poet Clement Clarke Moore, who penned the famous opening line “‘Twas the night before Christmas” almost two-hundred years ago.

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    Then, What is a Switched PDU?

    by Kayla Poole

    In our previous post “So, What Is an Intelligent PDU?” we provided some clarification to what can be thought of as a broad a category of products, all of which have a network connection in common. An intelligent PDU is a basic PDU with a network connection. And like most general categories, there are subcategories that bear some discussion. As we defined it in the last post, an intelligent PDU does two things: first, the network connection provides data feedback on the operation of the unit; second, the network connection provides the ability to control the operation of the unit remotely. From these two features come the two major subcategories in the intelligent PDU world: ‘smart’ for data feedback, and ‘switched’ for command and control.

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    [Pt. 3] New Hardware in the Data Center

    by RJ Tee

    One of the identified macro trends for the data center market is the never-ending progression of new hardware technologies. Where “density” used to mean a 42U rack full of 1U servers, today’s hyperscale, hyper dense data centers may have tens, hundreds, or even thousands of nodes and cores within a single rack (or even single RU in some instances). In addition, SSDs, networking fabric, GPU processing cards, specialty FPGA and ASIC chips for AI applications are all being added at a rapid clip to the already complex stack found in most data centers.

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    The Big Decision: Selecting Smart vs. Switched Data Center PDUs

    by RJ Tee

    Recently, many customers have inquired about whether they should implement a Smart or Switched Rack PDU in their data centers. When looking at the two Servertech products side by side, they appear to be almost identical, since both products offer the following features: Branch circuit protection Input current monitoring Environmental monitoring Access, security and communications An expansion module There is one major difference, however, between Smart and Switched PDU(s): a Switched PDU adds the ability to turn power on and off on a per-outlet basis. Because of this, a switched PDU offers more control at the outlet where it’s being used. Conversely, a Smart PDU will provide the same level of critical power and environmental monitoring data but will not allow you to make changes to the outlet from a central location. Smart PDUs are mainly about monitoring and reporting, Switched PDUs add a level of command and control.

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    Top Reasons to Use Switched PDUs in Your Data Center

    by Josh Schaap

    It’s not easy trying to decide which type of rack PDU to purchase for your data center. As we explained in a recent article, the decision ultimately comes down to your data center’s unique needs. Your appetite for risk, facility budget, and operating preferences will all play a big part in determining what type of rack PDU you should be using. In this article, we will focus on the switched PDU, which is a smart PDU that will let you toggle power on and off, on a per outlet bases, from a remote location. A switched PDU also allows you to centralize the management functions of your PDU.

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    Servertech and You: Solutions Pages

    by RJ Tee

    Server Technology is focused on making the process of identifying, selecting, and purchasing a rack PDU as simple as possible. Our dedication to support does not stop when the rack PDU ships, and it begins when your new rack PDU is but a twinkle in your eye. We strive to provide the highest level of service throughout the entire lifecycle of the product starting with making sure you find the product that best suits the application you have. Sometimes the best way to figure out what you need is to take a look around and see what your peers are up to. Taking this basic concept, we created solutions pages to provide our prospective customers a glimpse into what we are seeing in the industry, and context that will help bring their decision making process into focus. We organized these solutions pages in a manner that makes sense to our customers. They are broken into three broad categories: what is going on from a technology standpoint, what is going on from an industry standpoint, and what is going on within a specific vertical.

    Categories: Server Technology

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    The Rack PDU’s Role in Battling Cyber Threats

    by RJ Tee

    One of the ongoing issues facing data center managers is cybersecurity, and the rack PDU may play a surprising role in the protection of the IT systems housed within the mission critical facility. While threats of intrusion are as old as the IMSAI 8080 from the movie WarGames, the intelligent power strip is a surprising new actor in the ongoing security battle.

    Categories: Helpful Features

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    HDOT Family Welcomes Per Outlet Power Sensing PDUs

    by RJ Tee

    Just in case you didn't know, our award winning HDOT PDUs contain embedded Per Outlet Power Sensing (POPS) with device-level power monitoring, making this the most innovative product line yet. Every data center should seriously consider using HDOT PDUs — with +/- 1 percent billable-grade accuracy — to drive efficiencies, maximize uptime and slash operating costs.

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    Five Reasons to be Thankful for Intelligent Data Center PDUs

    by RJ Tee

    One tool that every data center administrator can be thankful for this year is intelligent power distribution units (PDUs). Recent advancements in the data center PDU market have drastically improved the way that power is managed at the rack level. Over the last few years, intelligent PDUs have gone from a disruptive new technology to a staple tool — and something that every data center should be using to streamline efficiencies. So in the spirit of Turkey Day, here are five reasons to be thankful for intelligent PDUs.

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    Is Your UPS System Ready for Winter?

    by RJ Tee

    According to the latest Farmer’s Almanac, much of the U.S. is in store for a cold, wet winter that will stretch well into March. At least five major storms expected to hit the eastern seaboard. In just a few short weeks — when the snow starts falling — we will learn which businesses are prepared for winter, and which are not. Businesses that take the time to plan ahead and invest in disaster recovery and business continuity will have a major competitive advantage. One thing you will want to pay attention to as you winterize your data center is the operability of your uninterruptable power supply (UPS) system. According to a recent study, UPS system failure is now the leading cause of data center downtime. In fact, UPS system failure now accounts for one quarter of all data center outages.

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    Who Put the ‘i’ in PDU?

    by RJ Tee

    As I was sitting around the other day and casting about for a topic for this blog post, my colleagues jokingly suggested that we talk about this trend of putting an ‘i’ in front of everything. You know, how an intelligent PDU can be called iPDU or even IP-PDU, the now-normal branding standard of our modern age, the world of iEverything. The ‘i’ in the first iMac stood for Internet, not necessarily intelligent. At the time, the idea of an internet-based personal computer was quite revolutionary. The ‘i’ moniker also brings to mind another intelligent ’i’ product, introduced by German sports car company BMW and infamously known as the iDrive. While it originally stood for intelligent, the ‘i’ quickly became known to stand for ‘infuriating.’

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    Federal Data Centers: Use Switched POPS PDUs To Slash Power Costs

    by RJ Tee

    While the private sector is experiencing unprecedented data center growth, the exact opposite is happening in the public sector. Even though the federal government is using just as much data and technology as any other entity, the marching order for federal data center operators is reduce, reduce, reduce.

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    Nobody Builds A PDU Better Than Our Customers

    by RJ Tee

    Build Your Own PDU, step 1 (choose Smart or Switched), step 5 (select outlet type), step 7 (choosing color quantity and quote) “If you build it, they will come.” Many people think they recall this line from Kevin Costner’s 1989 baseball film “Field of Dreams,” but the actual line is, “If you build it, he will come,” referring to the main character’s late father, John Kinsella. Semantics aside, the line holds a powerful message: when you set out to create something of your own – something built for your needs and no one else’s – it’s likely others will find value in it, as well.

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