"Switched PDU" Definition
Now that we know what a rack power distribution unit is, let's take a look at the phrase "switched PDU". Switching, in the PDU context, means toggling power on and off for individual power outputs.
Switching opens up a whole new world of remote management possibilities for your servers and other devices: Now, with a few clicks or keystrokes, you can remotely reboot servers, activate backup systems, power devices down ahead of a flood or other natural disaster, and perform other valuable power control functions.
This is why a switched PDU greatly enhances your ability to remotely manage power to your devices.
"Switched Rack PDU" Definition
OK. Let's put it all together. A "switched rack PDU" combines the strengths of a rack PDU with those of a switched PDU. This kind of power distribution unit is designed to be installed in your equipment racks to distribute power to your telecom equipment. In the event that you need to turn on, turn off, or reboot one of your devices, you can use the remote switching functionality of your switched rack PDU to handle that task from your desk - without driving to the site.
The Strong ROI of a "Switched Rack PDU"
By installing in industry-standard equipment racks, switched rack PDUs allow for a very clean and professional installation. With remote switching functions, switched rack PDUs dramatically reduce the costs associated with driving out to sites just to activate or reboot a remote device.