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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

Having trouble getting a smart PDU? Packet Power has a solution.

Posted on Tuesday, June 1, 2021 by Packet Power Team

If long lead times on intelligent rack PDUs are putting your deployment schedule at risk,  Packet Power can help. Our Smart Power Cables are the easiest way to add power metering to any device with a plug.  Combine a smart power cable with an easy to find basic PDU and problem solved!

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Topics: Packet Power, power monitoring, smart power cables

Hubbell Launches Innovative Smart Connectors

Posted on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 by Packet Power Team

Hubbell recently released an industry-leading intelligent connector, and Packet Power is pleased to have played a key role. The device, which looks like a standard Hubbell 60-amp IEC pin-and-sleeve watertight connector, has the built-in ability to measure power consumption and transmit the information over a wireless mesh network. It forms the core of the new inSIGHTTM Data Monitoring product line offered by Hubbell's Wiring Device-Kellems division.

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Topics: Packet Power, data monitoring, wireless power monitors, smart power cables, Hubbell inSIGHT

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