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- Kentix’s new SmartPDU enables seamless monitoring of the power supply, environment including early fire detection and rack closure
- Calculation of Power Usage Effectiveness possible without using external software
- Kentix CEO: “The integrated residual current monitoring contributes to higher electrical safety as well as increased fire protection.”
Idar-Oberstein, 16.12.2020 +++ Kentix, the specialist for holistic and scalable IoT solutions to protect business-critical infrastructures, releases the SmartPDU as the latest offshoot of its PDU series. Kentix thus offers a scalable all-in-one system solution for seamless monitoring of power, environment with early fire detection and rack closure. As a central control element, the modular PDU takes over the redundant complete monitoring of all important parameters in the server cabinet. Required function extensions can either be mapped via hardware modules or enabled in the software, whereby the concept takes several speech levels into account. In addition to the single PDUs, the series also includes dual variants with 40 U (vertical) or 2 U (horizontal). These offer an all-round security package to meet ISO 27001 requirements, especially for applications in edge computing.
Calibrated measurement with residual current monitoring and PUE calculation
All SmartPDU models are equipped with calibrated current measurement of the most important current parameters. This means that the consumption data can also be used in the colocation data centre for legally compliant billing. “The integrated residual current monitoring makes it possible to carry out the required electrical device tests according to DGUV-V3 even without switching off and thus contributes to higher electrical safety as well as increased fire protection,” explains Thomas Fritz, founder and CEO of Kentix. The SmartPDU works according to the server-client principle. This means that a PDU (server) collects all data from the connected client PDU. In addition, the server PDU can also read out an external main electricity meter via Modbus Ethernet and thus enables direct calculation of the power usage effectiveness (PUE). This means that one of the most important energy indicators is available in the data centre without the use of external software.
Licence-free and open operating system platform from SNMP to REST API
Like all other products from the Kentix portfolio, the SmartPDU series is also based on the “KentixOS” operating system, which is licence-free and supplied with free updates. The software integrates all open interfaces for effective management from the individual rack to the large data centre. All functions are available in the browser via a modern web GUI. New software versions
can be automatically distributed to all clients via the PDU defined as the server. Thanks to SNMP V2/3 and the SNMP-MIB Base downloadable 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. As a result, all functions of the PDU are available encrypted via SSL/TLS and offer new possibilities for effective data centre automation.
Highest electrical stability and optional switchable sockets
During the development of the PDU, great importance was attached to the highest electrical robustness. The construction is implemented with the highest quality and 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 thus enable the highest starting currents of high-power servers.
To dispense with unnecessary relay contacts in the power supply, the SmartPDU can be extended with a switchable connection cable. This allows the sockets to be switched on and off automatically via software. Via the REST API, such functions can be easily 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 loads.
Due to the modular design of the PDU, individualisation in terms of equipment and design is possible from a certain number of units. The PDU is available in almost all RAL colours. In addition, special socket and power configurations are possible. For more information, see kentix.com.
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