June 09, 2008 10:00 ET

APC Introduces Metered Rack PDU in Zero-U, Tool-less Form Factor for High Density Applications

Tool-less Metered Rack Power Distribution Unit Serves Rack-level Power Needs in a Space Efficient Format for High Density Applications

WEST KINGSTON, RI--(Marketwire - June 9, 2008) - APC, a global leader in integrated critical power and cooling services, today announced the availability of a new metered rack Power Distribution Unit (PDU) that solves rack-level power needs within a space efficient Zero-U form factor for high density applications. It will enable the support of many customer applications utilizing up to four blade chassis plus ancillary devices within a single enclosure, and allows for the standard configuration of two PDUs per rack with space remaining for cabling needs.

The new metered rack PDU offers an industry-leading low-profile design that minimizes cable congestion for improved access to hot swappable blade components, and the addition of three C13 receptacles to provide power for additional equipment such as 1U servers, APC NetBotz® appliances or console port server equipment. The PDU also includes comprehensive current metering on each phase and on each of six load banks to warn of potential overloads.

"Deploying an enclosure full of high density blade servers creates many challenges," said Pat Johnson, APC's vice president of Rack and Cooling Solutions. "Customers have struggled to provide adequate power while maintaining space for cable management and access to removable blade components, and the new AP7866 solves this challenge. The AP7866 is the first and only vertical mount Zero-U rack PDU available that permits full access to HP c-class hot-swap components when installed in a typical 600mm enclosure."

APC metered PDUs provide advanced warning to protect against unplanned power overloads. User-defined alarm thresholds mitigate risk with real-time local and remote alerts of potential unexpected circuit overloads that can affect mission critical equipment. Metered rack PDUs provide power utilization trends allowing data center managers to make informed decisions on right sizing IT environments to lower total cost of ownership. Users can access and configure metered rack PDUs through secure Web, SNMP, or Telnet Interfaces and is complemented by APC Centralized Management platforms using InfraStruXure Manager, InfraStruXure Central, Capacity Manager and Change Manager.

Other benefits of the new metered rack PDU include the ability to access, configure and manage units from remote locations, a remote interface that enables full user configuration of alarms and warnings, the ability to operate in ambient environments of up to 60 degrees Celsius and color coded receptacle banks that provide easy visual indication of circuit connections for load balancing and build out.

APC's new AP7866 metered rack PDU is currently available in North America. The similar AP7856 product is available in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. For more information on these products and APC's complete line of data center products, please call 800-877-4080 or visit

About APC

In February 2007, APC and MGE UPS Systems combined to form a $3.5 billion (EUR 2.4 billion) Critical Power & Cooling Services business unit of Schneider Electric. Together, APC and MGE offer the industry's most comprehensive product and solution range for critical IT and process applications in industrial, enterprise, small and medium business and home environments. APC and MGE solutions include uninterruptible power supplies (UPS), precision cooling units, racks, physical security and design and management software, including APC's InfraStruXure® architecture the industry's most comprehensive integrated power, cooling, and management solution. Backed by the industry's broadest service organization and an industry leading R&D investment, the combined company's 12,000 employees help customers confront today's unprecedented power, cooling and management challenges. Schneider Electric, with 112,000 employees and operations in 190 countries, had 2007 annual sales of $25 billion (EUR 17.3 billion). For more information on APC and MGE, please visit All trademarks are the property of their owners.

Contact Information

  • For more information contact:
    Chet Lasell
    Public Relations - North America
    800-788-2208, ext. 2693