Power distribution optimises small IT installations

1U and 2U enclosure power distribution units (ePDU) have been specifically designed to help IT managers optimise intelligent power distribution in converged and hyper-converged infrastructure stacks and smaller IT applications. The range, says Eaton, allows users of smaller IT racks to enjoy many benefits previously associated with the company’s vertical 0U ePDUs, including improved efficiency, reduced cost and enhanced business continuity.

They incorporate the features, including plug retention for standard IEC plugs, which prevents accidental disconnection of the plugs.

The ePDUs provide intelligent power distribution solutions for applications where racks are not sufficiently high for 0U ePDUs. They are also suited for use in wall-mount enclosures where no rear access is possible. All have a plug retention feature and are suitable for operation at up to 60ºC, allowing them to be used in high-temperature IT environments. Basic and metered models are available now, with switched, metered outlet and managed models to be introduced to the range later this year.

To minimise network costs, up to eight ePDUs can be daisy-chained from a single IP port and IP address. They also feature hot-swap capability for the control modules, which means that the modules can be exchanged or updated without interrupting the supply of power to the loads. Metered versions offer ±1% billing-grade accuracy, making it easy to track energy usage. The range supports mass configuration and mass upgrading, reducing administration time and improving overall efficiency, say the company.

Paired with its virtualisation-ready Intelligent Power Manager (IPM) software, the ePDUs can be monitored and managed from a virtualisation dashboard.  When used with optional sensors such as the company’s Environmental Monitoring Probe (EPM), the ePDUs can trigger environmental alerts such as excessive temperature or humidity and initiate disaster recovery policies, including the automatic migration of virtual servers to a backup site or the graceful shutdown of the system to protect mission critical loads.

Customised versions can also be supplied to meet specific user requirements.



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