A managed power distribution unit (PDU), also known as a switched PDU, is a type of intelligent rack PDU that enables users to power on and off individual outlets or groups of outlets. IT devices can be power controlled remotely, in a specific order, and in delayed power sequences to avoid an inrush of power that can decrease the lifespan of equipment.
In a remote deployment, managed PDUs are critical as they allow the user to reboot servers and restore service without the need to visit the facility. They can also reduce energy consumption and costs by enabling the user to turn off devices not currently being used. If there is a mains power supply failure, non-essential loads can be turned off to increase UPS runtime.
Managed PDUs with outlet metering help users monitor levels of power usage and available capacity. Actual power consumption at the device level can easily be understood to allow for comparison of efficiencies, improved capacity planning, increased utilization of existing resources, and to allocate costs to specific customers or business units.
Managed PDU Monitoring with DCIM Software
Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) software is often used to enhance many of the features and capabilities available with managed and other intelligent PDUs in an integrated, single pane of glass interface. Data collected from intelligent PDUs is automatically turned into actionable information via business intelligence dashboards and visual analytics. Remote management and power actions, bulk firmware updates, cloning configurations, and restoring from backups can all be accomplished through the same UI.
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