Calibrated measurement with RCM and PUE calculation
All “SmartPDU” models are equipped with calibrated power measurement of the most important power parameters. This means that the consumption data can also be used in the colocation data center for legally compliant billing. The integrated residual current monitoring (RCM) allows the required electrical equipment tests according to DGUV-V3 to be performed even without shutdown and contributes to higher electrical safety, as well as increased fire protection. The “SmartPDUs” operate according to the server-client principle. This means that one PDU (server) collects all data from the connected client PDU. In addition, the server PDU can also read out an external main power meter via Modbus Ethernet, thus enabling a direct PUE (Power Usage Effectiveness) calculation. This means that one of the most important energy indicators in the data center is available without external software.
Open and license-free operating system platform from SNMP to REST-API
Like all Kentix products, the “SmartPDU” series is based on the trend-setting operating system “KentixOS”. The software integrates all open interfaces for effective management from a single rack to a large data center. All functions are available in the browser via a modern web GUI.
An important point in terms of operating costs is that “KentixOS” is license-free and future updates are available free of charge. New software versions can be easily distributed automatically to all clients via the PDU defined as a server. Thanks to SNMP V2/3 and the SNMP-MIB base, which can be easily downloaded from the PDU, integration into existing monitoring systems is very simple.
The comprehensive, event-based REST API with so-called web hooks goes one step further. This makes all PDU functions available in encrypted form via SSL/TLS and offers completely new possibilities for effective data center automation. This allows easy distribution of configurations or templates, and service technicians or Cololaction customers can be guided visually-acoustically to your racks. KentixOS supports Active Directory or LDAP, making user management and control of electronic rack handles via a central directory server a simple matter.
Highest electrical stability and optional switchable sockets
Robust power supply for servers and IT components in the rack is an absolute must. During the development of the PDU, great importance was attached to the highest electrical robustness. This means that the design is implemented with the highest quality and absolutely proven electrotechnical components far above the required nominal values. The device fuses, which are protected against faulty operation, are available with C or D characteristics and enable even the highest starting currents of high-power servers. The Kentix “SmartPDU” is, on the one hand, the continuation of standards from electrical distribution into the rack and, on the other hand, the elimination of components such as displays or indicators, which can be better and more future-proof mapped in software.
A similar philosophy is implemented with switchable sockets. In practice, switchable sockets are only needed in a few cases for certain devices. In order to avoid unnecessary relay contacts in the power supply here as well, the “SmartPDU” can be extended with a switchable connection cable where it is needed. This allows the socket – or in the case of redundant supply, the sockets for A+B – to be switched on and off automatically via the software. Via the REST API, such functions can easily be made available to the customer via service portals. In the event of a defect, the PDU’s electronics are also hot-pluggable and can be replaced without interrupting the consumers.
Due to the modular design of the PDU, individualization in terms of equipment and design is also possible from a certain number of units onwards, in addition to the standard. For example, the PDU is available in almost all RAL colors. In addition, special socket and power configurations are possible. macos/deepLFree.translatedWithDeepL.text