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Power up, and distribute right, with PDUs

The Power Distribution Unit (PDU) market size is projected to reach US$ 85 million by 2026, from US$ 65 million in 2020. That’s a CAGR of 4% from now till 2027, according to an Orion Market report.

Why is the PDU market growing?

Because data is. Tech advancement in data center development has resulted in the growth of cloud computing and virtualisation, and that has caused the evolution of power distribution, which is now being seen as the way to drive the market to new heights.

The continuous increase in data generation means a continuous need for reduced power consumption. Companies around the world are investing in the research and development of data center power consumption.

Governments too are stepping up

Environmentally friendly power consumption policies are being encouraged by the governments of several countries. For instance, according to a report in Fortune Business Insights, the European Commission has revised its energy efficiency directive to improve its target by 30%.

So, how does using the right PDU help?

A power distribution unit is a device used to control power usage in a data center by managing the electricity supply for computers, networking devices and servers.

Some of the common types of PDUs include Metered PDUs, switched PDUs, and intelligent/monitored PDUs, which can be connected and accessed over a network and provide data on power consumption.

Here’s a quick rundown on the advantages of different types of PDUs

  1. Basic PDU: Dependable, space-saving, cost-effective way to deliver power to wiring closets, server rooms and equipment racks. It is perhaps the easiest way to distribute power to multiple rack loads.

  2. Metered PDU: Reliable and can help avoid potential overloads with a built-in digital current meter while offering rack-mount, multi-outlet, single or three-phase, power distribution.

  3. Monitored PDU: Can remotely monitor single- or three-phase voltage, frequency, and load levels in real-time via a built-in network connection. Warns of potential overloads.

  4. Switched PDU: Lets you remotely monitor, connect or disconnect data center loads. Helps to avoid potential overloads with a built-in digital current meter.

  5. Automatic Transfer Switch PDU: Provides redundant power sources for devices without them thereby eliminating equipment downtime by automatically switching to a secondary power source if the primary source fails or requires maintenance.

  6. Dual Circuit PDU: Can provide independent power sources to devices with built-in redundant power supplies thereby combining the advantages of two separate high-amperage PDUs without the added expense, space requirements and management complexity.

3 reasons why PDUs are important to data centers

  1. A PDU can deliver power in the most efficient way while conserving rack space.

  2. Power consumption can be monitored

  3. Money can be saved on network components

Power distribution units (PDUs) from Hardy Racks are customized to serve the needs of small, mid and large-sized data center needs. If you are ready to invest in one, check out the full line of PDU products that Hardy Racks has to offer. Our experts can guide you through as well. Contact Hardy Racks today.

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