Netshield South Africa says its Zero U Smart power distribution units (PDUs) – which can be managed via IoT, cloud, SNMP network or the Web and form part of its growing energy smart product portfolio – continue to stand up to the rigours of the South African landscape, including in data centres, core and distribution network installations, two years after their launch.

Monitoring the power consumption within the cabinet has a secondary advantage – it acts as an early warning of possible equipment failures. It does this by alerting managers automatically if the PDU detects deviations from preset expected high or low consumption levels. The capability to add environmental sensors to these PDUs brings the advantage of monitoring temperature, humidity and flooding in the cabinet at relatively low costs.

Local ISPs, SPs, telcos and anyone wanting to run a reliable data centre have benefited – and continue to benefit – from Netshield’s Smart managed Zero U PDUs, which are designed for quick and simple installation. The units are a cost-efficient solution to deliver reliable high-volume power distribution and environmental monitoring within the cabinet. They also offer scalable outlet configurations and mounting options, to fit into high-density data centre cabinets and do not consume any equipment space within the cabinet, he says.

The Netshield PDUs run optimally in any cabinets from most cabinet manufacturers and is installed vertically, on either side, onto the rear uprights of any cabinet. The Smart PDUs provide full active Class 1 metering for energy optimisation and circuit protection, measuring KWh (accumulative), KVArh, kW, Kvar, KVA, PF, Hz, inflowing voltage and current.

User-defined preset alarm thresholds mitigate risk with real-time remote alerts to warn of potential circuit overloads and or variations. Netshield’s Smart PDUs also provide power utilisation data to allow informed decisions on load balancing and right-sizing IT environments.

Netshield Smart PDUs include realtime power monitoring with serial and logical temperature, humidity and flooding sensor expansion ports. The PDUs can be accessed and configured through an IoT, Web or SNMP interface and are managed through Netshield Centralized Management systems.