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Vertiv introduces universal rack power distribution unit for easy, fast deployment worldwide

November 06, 2019
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Vertiv has introduced the Vertiv Geist UPDU universal power distribution unit, a significant reimagining of the rack PDU that allows a single unit to meet the power needs of hyperscale, colocation, enterprise and edge deployments anywhere in the world, regardless of the existing power infrastructure. The Vertiv Geist UPDU reduces the complexity of inventory management and procurement and increases the speed of deployment by simplifying product selection to a single UPDU model for installation worldwide..

All models will be available immediately as built-to-order with a lead time of as little as 3 to 5 business days. A select offering of the most common configurations will be available through the reseller distribution channel in early 2020, with models stocked locally.

The innovation behind the Vertiv Geist UPDU has its roots in work Vertiv has done as part of the Open Compute Project and complements the Vertiv strategy for more flexible and global design. With a universal design, universal input and a detachable power cable, the Vertiv Geist UPDU is compatible with AC power topologies that are common worldwide, ranging from 16A to 60A, 100V to 415V, available in single and three-phase power configurations. All models comply with international emissions, safety and regulatory requirements.

Commenting on the development, Brad Wilson, vice president, global rack power distribution, Vertiv, said, “Today’s data centre environments are complex and made all the more so because of differences in power architectures from country to country and region to region.The Vertiv Geist UPDU eliminates some of that complexity with a technology designed for fast, easy deployment anywhere in the world, with the ability to adapt to changing business needs by increasing available power capacity and upgrading intelligence.”

Further, Smrutiranjan Das, director, Avocent business, Vertiv India, said, “The India market is of strategic importance to Vertiv. With the addition of the Geist UPDU to our existing power distribution unit (PDU) portfolio, we aim to further strengthen our position in the Indian PDU market and improve power management alternatives for our customers. Data centre requirements such as technology infrastructure, power and capacity significantly differ from region to region within the country. With the ability to adapt to changing business requirements and landscapes, the Vertiv Geist UPDU addresses this challenge by enabling reliable and seamless deployment.”

The universal design of the Vertiv Geist UPDU allows users to simply swap out the detachable Facility Side Cable (FSC) to increase or decrease power availability based on changing IT power needs. Models are available in 11kW and 22kW max power load capacities in both vertical and horizontal form factors with various receptacle combinations and monitoring options. Intelligent models are equipped with embedded monitoring firmware and are compatible with all common management software, including Vertiv Environet. Vertiv offers additional services including rPDUs pre-installed in Vertiv racks and comprehensive support packages.

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