June 21, 2021
Expanding your data center does not always mean a building addition for extra capacity. Intelligent PDUs play the role of providing flexibility and scalability at the rack.
Relative to other facility types, data centers are silly expensive to build and maintain. While five-to ten-times higher construction costs are the new normal in the industry, growing companies must prepare for an even greater event that is very likely to come along: the inevitable upgrade or expansion. In the past, this has traditionally meant creating additional space, adding more power, and increasing cooling capacity for additional rows of equipment; however, today’s data center “expansions” can be as much about increasing density and improving efficiency as an increase in the footprint of the center.
Flexibility, Scalability, and a Positive Impact on the Bottom Line
The design industry has a number of tools at its disposal that were created to incorporate flexible, scalable elements into the design of data-center facilities. What about the rest of the operation, like the rows of racks that occupy the data center? The short answer is that flexibility and scalability are at the heart of all intelligent rack PDU design. In addition to being more efficient overall, intelligent PDUs are equipped with the processing power needed to bring, well, the smarts need to support expansion at the rack and row.
Intelligent PDUs are the key to flexibility and scalability within the rack row, and here’s why:
By bringing intelligence to power distribution at the rack level, today’s data-center manager can introduce a level of flexibility and scalability at the point of consumption. This closely coupled approach—once the guiding principle of mechanical best practices—is the key to supporting growing density, consumption, and efficiency.
Big Thinking at the Rack
Supporting the investment made in data center physical infrastructure construction starts with smart PDUs at the rack. Contact us here at Raritan to learn more about intelligent rack PDUs and how they can support your data center expansion needs.