MGE UPS SYSTEMS, a world leader in high availability power solutions, has announced today the launch of a new range of intelligent Power Distribution Units (PDUs) to manage the power supply distribution within racks that is critical for the operation of equipment and IT networks.

MGEs range of Intelligent PDUs feature communications functions that allow remote monitoring of the power distributed within a rack and remote resetting of locked-up devices, even in the case of Ethernet failure. Remote access uses in-band and out-of-band communication. The PDUs can be programmed to raise an alarm when power consumption is about to exceed the limits, enabling the administrator to take remedial action in good time, and thus avoid overloads and their consequences. Such overloads can be caused by devices being turned on simultaneously, so to prevent large inrush current, MGE switched PDUs start up each outlet in sequence.

Jason Koffler, UK Channel Sales Manager says, Our new range of Power Distribution Units provides our customers with new levels of resilience and control, whether this is through using our Enterprise Power Manager Software to control the device or by simply preventing upstream tripping of protection devices due to a single device overloading.

As some server faults can only be cleared by rebooting, each outlet on an MGE switched PDU can be switched off or on individually, saving time and money for high availability data and hosting services. The on/off status of each receptacle is displayed locally by LEDs and can be monitored remotely using a simple Web interface, which can be easily integrated into standard network management systems as well as into MGE's Enterprise Power Manager system.

Security of remote PDU operation is achieved through SSL/SSH encryption protocol, several administration levels to restrict access to critical outlets, out-of-band access by modem for remote control even if the network is down, and locking IEC inlet and outlets for connection reliability.

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