At their simplest PDUs deliver the power required for the equipment within the rack, more advanced units can provide management information on power consumption and local environmental conditions such as temperature and humidity. It is important to consider the PDU requirement at the rack installation stage rather than as an afterthought at the equipment installation stage. Making sufficient provision for the power will ensure the longevity and best use of the rack.
PDUs can be fitted in various different ways within the rack: front; rear; horizontal rack mount; vertical side mount. This may be dependent on:
Available space in the rack
Position of equipment
Position of the power input for specific equipment
The iPDUs are a highly flexible solution, with all versions having a built-in environmental centre covering a series of functions for optimum monitoring and measuring, even down to individual socket monitoring and switching.