You must have a valid Data Center Operation: Capacity license to be able to configure Branch Circuit Monitoring.
Please note that Branch Circuit Monitoring only works for AC equipment.
Rack PDU level or PDU level power data
You can configure retrieval of power measurements from a rack in one of the following ways:
- Configure power distribution, retrieving measured values at rack PDU level
- Configure power distribution, retrieving measured values at PDU, RDP, or PP level through Branch Circuit Monitoring
The system works with the same measurements regardless of method. A PDU breaker module number in the Power Distribution Properties connects the PDU modules with the rack PDUs and allows the system to retrieve the rack PDU level data.
This means that all functions in the system using the power measurements (for example, capacity calculations and recommendations) work as if you had configured measured values at rack PDU level even if these values are really retrieved at PDU, RDP, or PP level through Branch Circuit Monitoring.
Branch circuit monitoring
Modular or non-modular power distribution
Modular power distribution
The Branch Circuit Monitoring configuration for modular PDUs is supported from Data Center Expert version 7.1.
When configuring Branch Circuit Monitoring, you configure the PDU breaker module number, which is necessary for the system's power data configuration.
Measured Peak Power: When Data Center Expert integration has been configured, and the system starts retrieving measurements, this field will automatically be populated with measurements.
Non-modular power distribution
Non-modular power distribution requires a bit more configuration. See Configuring branch circuit monitoring for more information.
Collecting multiple measurements for one component in the floor layout
In the non-physical representation in Data Center Expert, a physical PDU, RDP, or PP is represented as multiple measurement points (devices).
In the physical representation in Data Center Operation, a physical PDU, RDP, or PP is represented in the layout as one component and, normally, one device from an external system is associated with one component in the layout.
However, if the physical and non-physical representations do not match, you can drag and drop sensors from multiple devices in Unassociated Devices to one PDU, RDP, or PP in the layout.
Modular breaker panel