PDUs Direct Cranks Up the Power- Processor 5/6/11
You may be aware that PDUs Direct is a leading source for data center and IT cabinet power distribution units. What you may not know is how radically the company is changing the balance of power in the marketplace.
PDUs Direct has slashed its prices to 10 to 20% below the costs of competing products. At the same time, the company is nearly quadrupling its product line from its sister company, Server Technology.
With new 30-amp units and a wealth of three-phase products, PDUs Direct now stocks complete lines of basic and metered products as well as select switched units. Most are “plug-and-go” devices that ship the next day, although certain SKUs may require a few more days for proper configuration. Here’s a sampling of the new offerings:
One of the most exciting new offerings is the CB-12H1-L530 Sentry Basic CDU (cabinet PDU). At $135, it’s PDUs Direct’s lowest-cost 30-amp unit. This 110V CDU is ready for horizontal or 0U mounting along the back rails or cavity space of a server cabinet. Its 12 5-20R outlets are color-coded in black and white, so it’s easy to differentiate the Bussman SC fuse-protected branch circuits at a glance.
Doubling the voltage and outlet count is the CB-24V2-L630 Sentry Basic CDU ($205), which is a 208V/30A model with 24 C13 industrial outlets. Like its Server Technology brethren, it is built with tough, powder-coated steel. Its 10-foot hardwired power cord terminates in a beefy, twist-lock plug (alternate power cord options are available). This low-density CDU shares the CB-12H1-L530’s Bussman SC fuse overcurrent protection and color-coded branch circuit outlets.
New among PDUs Direct’s mid-density, Sentry Metered CDU lineup is model C-24VDE413-001 ($620). It’s a three-phase, 208V/30A unit with popular button-and-keyhole mounting provisions. Each of its three power phases has its own LED input amperage display with Digital True RMS current monitoring, so you can easily balance the cumulative load among the circuits as you plug in devices. Its 24 C13 outlets are protected by circuit breakers that are UL-489-rated.
The C-24H2-L30 ($450) supplies the same number of outlets (24) in a much more compact package, with 12 outlets in front and 12 in the rear. Its C13 outlets provide 208V/30A power from both the front and rear of the CDU. The C-24H2-L30 is 17 inches wide and mounts with standard EIA brackets. You’ll also get an LED readout on input current, branch circuit fuse protection, and more.
PDUs Direct’s best-selling CW-8H1-C20M Sentry Switched CDU ($425) comes with full remote power management and environmental monitoring. Ethernet and serial ports allow for SNMP alerts and monitoring via secure IP or RS-232. There’s environmental monitoring support for optional probes that can detect temperature, humidity, and more. The CW-8H1-C20M is a mid-density unit with eight NEMA 5-20R outlets (110V/20A each) and True RMS input current reporting via LED display.
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