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24 Apr

6 Benefits of Coloured PDUs

Austin Hughes InfraPower Coloured Power Distribution Units (PDUs)

  1. Simplify PDU Identification
    The use of coloured PDUs at the rack level allows quick and simple identification for  Technicians and Engineers, reducing human error whilst working in racks/cabinets. e.g. being able to identify the PDUs as red / blue rather than describing location removes ambiguity.
  2. Differentiation of Power Feeds
    Utilising coloured PDUs enables differentiation of the Primary and Redundant (A & B) power feeds within the rack. Usually 2 or 4 PDUs per rack depending on density.
  3. Consistent Power Chain
    In addition to allowing the differentiation of power feeds within the rack, these colours can match existing power chains within the data centre for further continuity. E.g. generators, UPS, power distribution racks
  4. Pale Colours for Light Saving
    Chose lighter coloured PDUs and racks (such as White) for helping reduce the amount of light required. PDUs will also be more visible within the rack. Using ‘pale/light colours’ is  recommended in the ‘EU Code of Conduct on Data Centre Energy Efficiency (V8.1.0)
  5. Space Saving Dual Feed PDUs
    An alternative to multiple PDUs in a single rack to differentiate power feeds is to utilise dual feed PDUs whereby two PDUs are housed in one chassis. Saving you rack space and IP address costs.
  6. Coloured Power Cables
    Coloured power cords provide a simple way to enhance cable management and visualise power sources further. Available in a variety of colours and cord lengths to suit your requirements.
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15 May

Is your customer monitoring their rack environment?

It is not just about protecting datacentre equipment from high temperatures but also making sure as and when environmental changes occur, your customer can stay in control

Data room monitoring and management has now become universal although matching the requirement to the facility is very dependent on the software and hardware functionality as well as its availability.

There is no doubt that standard off the shelf hardware and software is a proven way of keeping down data room costs.

The management software controls and monitors the most critical hardware and cabinet security aspects, it views the data room as an interconnected environment controlling and monitoring cabinet level aspects such as physical security, power, cooling, environmental and management services. There is also a high degree of flexibility in both the software and hardware allowing for large or small data rooms as well as future system expansion.

Austin Hughes solution InfraGuard provides environmental management for the rack with an array of sensor options;

– Temperature & Humidity Sensor
– Smoke Detector
– Shock Sensor
– Water Sensor
– Door and Side Panel Alarms
– LED Lamp
– Beacon
– Plus, switching and monitoring of Power Distribution Units (PDUs)

Temperature Monitoring

The InfraGuard master box includes two large visual LED temperature monitoring windows. A further two other temperature monitors are also available directly from each PDU (the values from which can be viewed either via the software or on the PDU LCD screen itself) giving a potential of 10 temperature and humidity sensors per cabinet.

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