A power distribution unit (PDU) in Kenya or mains distribution unit (MDU) is a device fitted with multiple outputs designed to distribute electric power, especially to racks of computers and networking equipment located within a data centre. Data centres face challenges in power protection and management solutions. This is why many data centres rely on PDU monitoring to improve efficiency, uptime, and growth.
Rack mount Power Distribution Unit in Kenya
A 10-outlet rack-mount PDU (front from A2Z Africa Kenya), connected to a UPS (bottom unit on right). PDUs vary from simple and inexpensive rack-mounted power strips to larger floor-mounted PDUs with multiple functions including power filtering to improve power quality, intelligent load balancing, and remote monitoring and control by LAN or SNMP. This kind of PDU placement offers intelligent capabilities such as power metering at the inlet, outlet, and PDU branch circuit level and support for environment sensors.
Cabinet Power Distribution Unit in Kenya
In data centres, larger PDUs are needed to power multiple server cabinets. Each server cabinet or row of cabinets may require multiple high current circuits, possibly from different phases of incoming power or different UPSs. Standalone cabinet PDUs are self-contained units that include main circuit breakers, individual circuit breakers, and power monitoring panels. The cabinet provides internal bus bars for neutral and grounding. Prepunched top and bottom panels allow for safe cable entry.
Portable Power Distribution Unit in Kenya
In homes and offices, power distribution unit may also refer to a power strip or similar device for consumer use. These units are usually portable.
Siemon’s PowerMax line of PDUs range from basic and metered for simple and cost-effective power distribution, to a full line of intelligent PDUs that deliver real time power information with varying degrees of intelligent functionality for valuable troubleshooting, control and monitoring of power usage, capacity and environmental conditions.
Basic PDUs offer a lower-cost alternative for every day, reliable power distribution when advanced features are not required, providing a robust yet economical means to distribute power to IT equipment.
Metered PDUs provide local visual monitoring capability through a built-in LED meter that displays real-time power data. Metered PDUs are a cost-effective alternative for providing more intelligence than basic PDUs.
Monitored PDUs enable remote monitoring at an aggregate, device-level via an Ethernet port, generating a smaller quantity of information to simplify management.
Switched Power Distribution Unit in Kenya
Switched PDUs combine total monitoring with outlet-level switching that enables users to remotely control individual receptacles, allowing equipment to be restarted or remotely shut down. Switched PDUs offer the ability to configure outlets into up to six groups and assign user group access to specific outlets groups.
Smart PDUs Power Distribution Unit in Kenya
Smart PDUs offer a higher level of monitoring at the device or outlet-level via an Ethernet port. Smart PDUs offer the ability to configure outlets into up to six groups and assign user group access to specific outlets groups.
Managed PDUs Power Distribution Unit in Kenya
Managed PDUs offer the highest level of control and monitoring with outlet-level monitoring and outlet-level switching that enable users to remotely monitor and control individual receptacles. Managed PDUs offer the ability to configure outlets into up to six groups and assign user group access to specific outlets groups.
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