This is the second post in our “Inside the Rack” series.
In the first post I wrote how manufacturer’s design data center equipment to optimally function at 77 degrees Fahrenheit. If you keep the room set to 77 but don’t take into account redirecting hot air away from the equipment, you’re wasting money.
It’s invaluable to have a strategy inside the rack to keep things organized, simplified, and designed to move hot air away from the equipment. This strategy goes a long way to saving money and keeping your system online.
Power Management Inside the Rack
In this post we’re discussing power management inside the rack.
The beauty of racks is that they are customizable with whatever manufacturers equipment you want. The downside of the rack is that you can customize them with whatever equipment you want.
Meaning you can add whatever server or power source you want or whatever is available, inexpensive, or needed at the time.
You may have different power supply connections within the same rack that requires different power inputs. Doubling the amount of equipment within the rack. Not only is this an inefficient use of space, it creates disorganization and a higher potential for human error.
Universal Power Supply
A new solution that we’ve found and are really excited about is Vertiv’s new uPDU.
Vertiv designed the uPDU as a universal power supply. No matter the type of connection, the uPDU can adapt to it. Vertiv also designed it for worldwide use, so whether you’re outfitting a data center in Sydney, Australia, or Kansas City, Missouri, you can use the uPDU.
With more data center managers working from home, we appreciate that it offers the ability to monitor remotely. You can even monitor power consumption at the outlet level.
If you have an outlet level managed or switched PDU’s, you will be able to turn “On” or “Off “receptacles remotely. This allows you to control the power consumption without authorization.
Visualizing a power one line in a DCIM tool or a printed schematic allows you to approve power usage at a specific receptacle. Then you can turn that one receptacle “On” when requested.
The uPDU is compact, and depending on what you need in the rack, it can be mounted vertically or horizontally. This keeps things organized and open, so the heat can redirect out the back and away from the equipment.
For a more in-depth look at the uPDU, Vertiv put together a couple videos: