Originally posted to Data Center Frontier by Bill Kleyman.

Change is inevitable, and data centers should be designed with this undeniable concept in mind. Companies that cannot shift with the times or trends because of antiquated technology and infrastructure lose business to more agile competitors.

Power management solutions play a fundamental role in implementing more versatile data centers that can quickly evolve to address the demands and challenges of the future.

Remember, energy consumption continues to go up. A 2015 NRDC report indicates that data center electricity consumption is projected to increase to roughly 140 billion kilowatt-hours annually by 2020. This is the equivalent annual output of 50 power plants, costing U.S. businesses $13 billion annually in electricity bills. Furthermore, in a recent Green Grid research into European data center usage, energy efficiency and operating costs are the most common areas of the data center reported as requiring improvement. Furthermore, the difficulty in predicting future cost (43 percent) and the cost of refreshing hardware (37 percent) are cited as top challenges of developing resource efficient data centers, along with a difficulty of meeting environmental targets (33 percent).

This means administrators must examine cost as well as availability as critical design factors. Business are asking managers to ensure uptime and availability at all times. All the while reducing the cost of operating the equipment. These are the keys to a successful IT operation; as it has become critical to rely on intelligent PDU hardware to achieve success. In this comprehensive guide from Raritan, we explore the concepts, considerations and approaches in designing, selecting and deploying the appropriate rack PDU for typical data center applications.

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