Data center energy efficiency is being touted heavily again, this time by American Power Conversion (APC), which this week rolled out its Next Generation Metered and Switched Rack Power Distribution (PDU) units, designed to help IT managers effectively manage power capacity and allow for optimal energy efficiency in their data centers.
Cool features in both the Metered AP8800 and the Switched AP8900 series include real-time monitoring of connected loads with an alarm system that can warn an IT admin of possible circuit overloads, an interactive LCD display that enhances the real-time load balance monitoring and provides optional temperature and humidity monitoring, space-saving hydraulic-magnetic breakers, remote on/off switching control of individual outlets for power cycling and sequencing, improved security features which allow IT admins to turn off unused outlets to stop unauthorized access, and a cord retention method that gets rid of the need for cable management brackets.
According to APC, the metered rack PDUs are out now. You’ll have to wait until the third quarter of this year for the switched series. You can read the full announcement on their website.