Eaton PDUs Overview

What is Eaton PDUs?

Planes. Hospitals. Factories. Data centers. Vehicles. The electrical grid. These are things people depend on every day. And the companies behind them depend on Eaton to solve some of the toughest power management challenges on the planet.

Eaton PDUs is also known as Eaton Power Distribution Units.

Eaton PDUs Buyer's Guide

Download the Eaton PDUs Buyer's Guide including reviews and more. Updated: March 2021

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Pricing Advice

What users are saying about Eaton PDUs pricing:
  • "The pricing is higher, but you're also buying from a company that's been around for decades. It has the staff to support you so that when you call at 2 o'clock in the morning, somebody is going to help you out. You're not going to have to wait until 8:00 AM the next day. It's more pricey, but I definitely think it's worth the money."

Eaton PDUs Reviews

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Sarah
Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Jul 22, 2020
Basic, stable, dependable, reliable, and prevents downtime for our server

What is our primary use case?

We use the PDUs in our data centers for our critical production service systems. These five servers are servers that we need running 24/7. I was looking for a PDU vendor. I've been on the search for the PDU vendor since our existing PDU vendor, we were having some technical issues with. It was fortuitous that I discovered Eaton at a trade show, I saw their PDUs and I talked with them. They were friendly, and we got in contact. They came to our office to visit us and introduced themselves. They are straightforward, professional, and pleasant. They knew that we are not the largest customer. We… more »

Pros and Cons

  • "What's most valuable about this is that Eaton built for us the exact model that I needed. We went through the customization options, everything from the cable length and electrical specifications to the color of the PDU. It showed different color PDUs to keep my company's data center that much more organized."
  • "The initial setup was slightly complicated due to the mounting incompatibility with the competitor's server cabinets, the one that I described to you earlier."

What other advice do I have?

We do not use Eaton's remote monitoring at the moment. We intend to set metered outlets up, but we have not set it up yet. My advice would be to keep it simple and don't be afraid to try something new if you haven't before. The people at Eaton treated me very fairly. They were very straight and professional in addressing my needs. They were very attentive and it was that kind of service and attention which made me certain that they have the right attitudes backing the product, the design, and manufacture of the product itself. It's not just about the PDUs but the people behind it. They have…
Greg Scott
Director of IT Infrastructure at University of Tampa
Real User
Top 20Leaderboard
Oct 11, 2020
Power monitoring alerts us when there is a commercial power issue to help ensure we don't lose equipment

What is our primary use case?

We have distributed our data center into four different locations, and two of the locations house our new Nexus 9000 network cores. That's where we are using the Eaton High Density PDUs.

Pros and Cons

  • "The solution's color chassis options are a benefit. One of our new standards is that we've gone red and yellow with all power cables and PDUs, for primary and redundant. It's very easy for a technician to see that he's not unplugging both the power supplies of one unit. When everything is black and you're trying to trace it, sometimes your finger accidentally comes off the cable and you get on the wrong one. Next thing you know, you've unplugged both power supplies of a system and you have a crash... The red and yellow make it almost idiot proof."
  • "My only complaint with it is that we use Panduit wire management and Eaton's PDUs will not lock into Panduit. There are two little knobs on the back where you can just slip it in and it'll lock right into the wire management, but it does not work on Panduit. It only works on their proprietary wire management. It needs to be able to integrate with other wire managers."

What other advice do I have?

My advice is to take your time and plan out your rack elevations in the beginning to make sure everything lays out the way you want it. The biggest lesson I've learned from using this solution is to make sure you've got the right mounting brackets before you get started. We had to zip-tie the PDUs to the wire manager while we waited for the brackets to get here. We had downtime planned. We took them out of the box without looking at them ahead of time, which was my fault, and realized the brackets weren't long enough to accommodate our wire management, because we've got oversized wire…