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Thursday, May 14 • 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Achieving Data Center Simplicity and Standardization with a Universal Rack PDU

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There was a time when most data centers looked largely the same. No longer. Hyperscale facilities housing cloud and colocation providers bear little resemblance to today’s shrinking enterprise facilities, which increasingly act as a hub for hybrid networks stretching to the edge of the network. If that’s not enough, all of these facilities are evolving differently in ways both subtle and significant in different parts of the world.

The result is a data center ecosystem that is more complex than ever before. The Open Compute Project is, among other things, an effort to simplify that ecosystem, and the Vertiv Geist UPDU emerged from that work. The genesis for the development of the product was the overwhelming number of different rack power distribution units (PDUs) in use around the world. These systems all perform the same basic functions but with subtle and not-so-subtle differences and configurations that make inventory management a nightmare and procurement a maze. 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.

This presentation will look at the challenges of complexity in today’s power topologies and the value of standardization through the prism of the Vertiv Geist UPDU. We will explore global nuances around power and power distribution and how the Vertiv Geist UPDU handles the many different power configurations.

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Brad Wilson

Vice President, Global Rack Power Distribution, Vertiv
Brad Wilson joined Vertiv in February 2018, as vice president of the global Rack Power Distribution Unit offering and engineering teams within Vertiv’s IT and Edge Infrastructure (ITEI) business.Prior to joining Vertiv, Brad was President of Geist, a privately held company specializing... Read More →
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Grant Young

Offering Manager, Vertiv
As the Manager - Offering Management for the Global Rack PDU line of business at Vertiv, Grant Young is primarily responsible for developing and maintaining the global rPDU product offering as well as the rPDU engineer-to-order program. He utilizes voice of the customer, product data... Read More →

Thursday May 14, 2020 2:00pm - 2:30pm
EW: Rack & Power