New intelligent rack PDUs to enter market


Legrand, the global specialist in electrical and digital building infrastructures, has unveiled their next generation of intelligent rack PDUs, which reportedly combine the best software and hardware technology from previous generations of Raritan and Server Technology rack PDUs, while adding a considerable number of new features to address the challenges of modern data centre operations.

The Server Technology PRO4X and Raritan PX4 designs are said to be capable of revolutionising capacity planning, workload optimisation, environmental monitoring, physical and digital access control, and uptime initiatives. Combining over 30 years of battle-tested engineering and intelligence with industry-proven hardware and software, the PRO4X and PX4 aim to solve the power needs of data centre operators today, while helping them anticipate tomorrow’s rack power distribution challenges.

Equipped with future-focused capabilities, the PRO4X and PX4 are marketed as an improvement upon PDUs previously available on the market. According to Legrand, they are the first rack PDUs to measure total harmonic distortion at the cabinet and device levels, offering data centre operators the most complete and accurate (+/- 0.5 percent) set of internalised power quality monitoring and metrics, including waveform capture capabilities. For example, the visibility of peak and min/max power measurement values offered by the PRO4X and PX4 should greatly assist in capacity planning, identifying stranded capacity and conducting failover planning.

Additionally, Legrand said that the product’s Circuit Breaker Trip Forensics with Waveform Capture can help facility managers not only uncover the exact outlet and potential cause of a circuit breaker trip, but also capture, visualise, and review waveform power quality data to proactively prevent similar occurrences. It is hoped, therefore, that the Server Technology PRO4X and Raritan PX4 will offer the best in data collection and optimisation, infrastructure flexibility, and white space security and instrumentation for data centre operators in need of unmatched innovation coupled with proven performance.

“We are excited to launch the Server Technology PRO4X and Raritan PX4 intelligent rack PDUs to revolutionise the way data centres and mission-critical facilities manage their power and vital infrastructure,” said Joe DeLong, VP/General Manager, Legrand’s Data, Power, and Control division. “Too many data centres lack the level of power quality monitoring they truly need in order to drive greater efficiency and sustainability, and, according to the Uptime Institute, power-related problems cause 43 per cent of outages that result in downtime and financial costs. The PRO4X and PX4 solve for this challenge while also offering unsurpassed outlet and power density for data center professionals who want to be prepared for the future.

“We are excited to see this new intelligent PDU design help mission-critical facility managers optimise their power usage and capacity, while ensuring maximum uptime.”

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