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Convert basic PDUs into Smart PDUs in minutes

Posted on Wednesday, October 7, 2015 by Cesar Medina

Do you have basic power strips that you wish were metered? Would you be interested in a way of upgrading your existing power strips that doesn’t require running additional wires or removing your existing equipment? Packet Power’s Smart Power Cables offer the simplest, most cost effective way to convert any unmetered rack PDU into a smart PDU.

What is a “Smart Cable"? 
Smart Power Cables are power cables with  embedded wireless power monitors. Each Smart Cable provides high accuracy power measurements from current to energy usage.

Is it really that simple?
Easy installation differentiates Smart Power Cables from other solutions. It's as simple as plugging in a Smart Power Cable between the PDU and its power source and start monitoring.

Plug-and-play Smart Power Cable installation

Is it really less expensive?
Adding a Smart Power Cable to your existing PDU often costs far less than a metered PDU and delivers the functionality of a full featured power monitoring system. There are no network cable drops or switch ports required. And because the wireless monitoring network is self-configuring and self-optimizing, there are significantly lower support staff needs during installation and over time.

One multinational co-location provider did a detailed cost analysis and found Packet Power’s Smart Power Cables cost 30% less than metered PDUs in the first year and over 70% less in subsequent years.

Smart Power Cable savings

Does wireless really work and is it secure?
Packet Power’s wireless protocol was purpose-built for data centers. It’s different than WiFi or ZigBee and can only be used for monitoring. It allows for a complete  separation of the wireless monitoring network from the wired data network. It supports full encryption, and has an advanced design proven to work in data centers run by major financial services firms, government agencies, and colo companies worldwide.

Will Smart Power Cables work with my hardware and software?
Smart Power Cables use your existing PDU and are available to fit any plug type from small single-phase cords to high amperage three-phase devices. The cables work with any DCIM/BMS system using standard Modbus or SNMP protocols.

Learn more about converting your basic PDU to a smart PDU or email sales@packetpower.com to find out how we can help you get started.

Topics: data center monitoring, wireless monitoring

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