Excel launch new range of managed and monitored PDUs


Excel brings intelligence to your power requirements.

February 2011, Excel Networking Solutions, the copper, optical cabling infrastructure and enclosure’s provider, has introduced a new range of Intelligent Power Distribution Units (PDUs) in a choice of two options – Managed and Monitored.

Both varieties allow the total electrical current to be measured via the Local Area Network (LAN) using a standard web browser (e.g. Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, etc). The software and web browser are housed within the unit enabling a simple LAN connection to be made without the requirement for any additional hardware. The addition of sensors allows for the monitoring of conditions local to the power strip, specifically for Temperature and Humidity, Smoke, Water and Door Opening.

The Managed version includes enhanced features enabling a user with relevant access permissions to monitor, control and manage the power of equipment in a cabinet or comms/data room from anywhere on the LAN or via the internet. Power can be managed and controlled at socket level, either on a real time basis or by configuring a timed on/off.  A further feature is the ability to switch sockets on or off sequentially, at user defined internals, to prevent a power surge.

Both the Managed and Monitored options provide real time monitoring including total current, individual socket current load, individual on/off state and system operating state.

Commenting on the new product range, Simon Robinson, Excel Product Manager, says, “With the introduction of the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme Order in 2010, businesses will require the closer measurement of energy consumed.  Excel has been supplying standard PDUs for over 10 years and is therefore well placed to bring an intelligent range to market.  With the choice of the Managed and Monitored varieties we are providing a range to suit different power and budget requirements, all under the trusted Excel brand.”

Robinson continues ”The Excel Intelligent Managed PDU range will also be perfect for companies with remote locations and will save considerable costs of having to send an engineer to site for simple tasks such as rebooting equipment.”

The Excel Managed and Monitored PDUs are offered with a choice of socket types to suit vertical mounting within cabinets or wall mounted. A horizontal unit, taking up only 1U of space in the cabinet, providing 8 x C13 + 4 x C19 sockets, is also available in the Managed PDU range, perfectly suited to the smaller, remote office installation.  Multiple units may be linked together via infrastructure cabling thus requiring only one IP address for access and monitoring.

Excel is a complete, end-to-end networking solution, offering exceptional performance, reliability and support, manufactured to European quality standards and covered by one warranty.

Excel represents the broadest possible range of easy-to-specify, easy-to-install copper and optical cabling solutions and networking enclosure products on the market, which are globally sourced, managed in the UK and manufactured to strict European quality standards.

Excel structured cabling products constitute an end-to-end solution where performance and ease of installation are prerequisites. With an emphasis on compatibility and standards compliance ‘from cable to cabinet’, reliability and product availability, Excel is the complete trusted solution. Since the brand was conceived in 1997, Excel has enjoyed formidable growth.

As reported in the 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 BSRIA reports, Excel is the number 4 structured cabling brand in the UK, and is a growing force in markets across EMEA with customers supported by Excel offices in both the UK and Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

The meteoric rise of the brand reflects a growing demand throughout EMEA for a reliable, standards-compliant, readily available, structured cabling and rack system. Excel is able to deliver this mix as a result of strict European quality assurance and a growing base of distributors and integrators across EMEA, which combine to make the brand an increasingly viable option. With a focus on independent testing and a full 25 year product and application warranty, when installed by an authorised Excel Cabling Partner, it’s easy to see why this is the system of choice in many government, education, and commercial installations.

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