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"Take Back Control" of Remote ICT Equipment in MTDC, Colocation or Edge Sites. Consider Intelligent PDUs.

March 05, 2020

Basic power control for remotely-located ICT equipment is becoming an important consideration as the shift of enterprise-owned ICT equipment into multitenant data centers (MTDC)/colocation sites increases, and growth of remote/edge sites continues. Laboratory environments face a similar challenge with the need to reboot equipment regularly during testing.

If you're responsible for this remotely-located ICT equipment or a lab environment, you stand to benefit from remote power control. Intelligent rack power distribution units (PDUs) with remote power control offer a simple, cost-effective solution and in general, a short return on investment.

ECONNECT_INSTALLATION_CLOSEUP_RGB300.jpgBeneficial Applications of Intelligent Rack PDUs with Remote Power Control

Remote power control at the outlet level is most useful in remote, unattended sites and laboratories where standard ICT equipment will require occasional or regular physical reboot of equipment, especially whern the reboot activity is expensive or time-consuming. 

In MTDCs where enterprise-owned equipment is colocated, remote power control functionality can be used to reduce "remote hands" service charges for simple physical reboot activities. Generally, the prices of the PDU equiptes to the sum of a few remote hands service charges, and so the return on investment is higher when supporting critical equipment like an interconnect switch, router or server.

Similarly, in remote/edge sites and other unattended sites, use of remote power control functionality may eliminate “truck roll” to sites. In this case, the return on investment may be even higher as downtime can be longer when there are no on site staff or accessible remote hands services, considering that the overall cost-benefit of a truck roll for a simple physical reboot is quite expensive.

In laboratories and test sites, you can use remote power control functionality to reduce the complexity of rebooting equipment when making test changes. Generally, testing involves various configurations with intermittent reboots. The return on investment equals a more efficient use of staff resources and possibly shorter time required for test setup and processing.

An additional application that can apply to all types of sites, but especially unattended multitenant and remote/edge sites is the ability to maintain the “power off” condition on any unused outlets in order to require a formal process that reviews available capacity and failover before deploying and powering new equipment or to secure power when retiring old equipment. This is a form of security, both to restrict access to power and to carefully allocate available capacity.

Take Back Control. Learn More.

Managing power at the cabinet or rack level provides the data you need to optimize space, power and cooling utilization at your site. To learn more about key capabilities and what to consider when evaluating intelligent PDUs for your application, download a complimentary white paper. 


Posted by Brittany Mangan, Digital Content Specialist at 3/5/2020 8:10:14 AM
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