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Metered, Monitored, Switched, Smart: Comparing Types of PDUs

Posted on Thursday, September 30, 2021 by Packet Power Team

Power distribution units (PDUs), commonly referred to as power strips or rack mounted power distribution units (RMPDUs), are critical components within a data center's power hierarchy. They include multiple outlets that provide power to rack level equipment and can balance the demand to prevent circuits overloading. Having the right power distribution units for your facility can help you do even more -- like remotely access critical data on power usage in real time, examine historical trends, and even remotely manage power usage.

PDUs range from “basic PDUs” to various types of “smart PDUs.” The terms describing smart PDUs are often used interchangeably, making the distinctions confusing. Let’s clarify the PDU options and how they compare.

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Topics: realtime alerts, Know your power, energy efficiency in data centers, Power basics, smart power cables, Facilities monitoring, reduce energy costs, smart devices, wireless power monitoring

How Data Realty helps its customers avoid unplanned outages

Posted on Wednesday, December 9, 2015 by Alan Katz

One of the things that can keep co-location data center managers up at night is the worry that customers will unknowingly exceed their capacity and trip a breaker resulting in the possibility of an unplanned outage.

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Topics: data center monitoring, realtime alerts, EMX, environmental monitoring, power monitoring

How to set hundreds of alerts in less than 60 seconds

Posted on Thursday, October 15, 2015 by Terry Reeves

You know realtime alerts are critical for running your data center. But to be really useful they can't take too long to set up or result in false notifications.  Packet Power's EMX Energy Portal application has a unique Policies tool that allows an alert to be set up in under a minute and applied to as many monitoring units as you need. Here's how it works.

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Something's wrong! Find out immediately using EMX Policies and Alerts

Posted on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 by Terry Reeves

Circuit aproaching overload? Intake temperature way too high? When something is going wrong in your data center, you need to be notified immediately. Packet Power's EMX Energy Portal application makes this easy even for very large monitoring networks. In fact, EMX offers two types of realtime alerts -- Policies and Alerts. Here's when to use one versus the other.

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Topics: realtime alerts

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