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Power Distribution Unit (PDU) Market Size, Share and Industry Analysis By Type (Basic PDU, Metered PDU, Switched PDU, Intelligent PDU & Others), By Power Phase (Single Phase & Triple Phase), By Application (Datacenters, Laboratories, Commercial Application & Others) and Regional Forecast, 2019 - 2026

Region : Global | Published Date: Nov, 2019 | Report ID: FBI100424| Status : Published



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The global power distribution unit market size was valued at USD 2,381.5 Million in 2018 and is projected to reach USD 3,961.6 Million by 2026, exhibiting a CAGR of 6.7% during the forecast period (2019 - 2026)

Global Power Distribution Unit (PDU) market is growing due to the technological advancements in data center development. Cloud computing, virtualization, and evolution of alternating phased power are expected to drive the market over the forecast period. With a continuous increase in data generation and management of abundant data with reduced power consumption, an increase in demand for digitalization of data centers is expected to drive the global power distribution unit market growth. For instance, Siemens, a German multinational conglomerate has implemented its data centers with power distribution unit integrated with virtual technology, thus leading to digitalization.

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Prominent market players in the global market are investing in e research and development of upgrading the data centers for efficient power supply. Apparently, Siemens invested US$ 530 million in the year 2018 for its data center’s research and development and is expected to drive the global market. Power consumption policies are being encouraged by the governments of different countries with an aim to introduce environment-friendly techniques for commercial applications. As in case, the European Commission (EU) revised its Energy Efficiency Directive in 2018 to unveil some new elements by improvising the EU’s energy efficiency target by at least 32.5%. According to the study of the International Energy Agency, total investment in the energy sector worldwide was valued at US$ 2 trillion in 2018. 


"Increasing demand for data center monitoring solution is expected to be the fastest-growing application in Power Distribution Unit (PDU) Market"

The data center centralizes an organization’s IT operations and equipment to store, manage and disseminate the data, thus provides security and reliability of data centers. Data center monitoring is a process of managing and operating data centers using manual or automated tools and techniques for efficient utilization of power and securitization. The increasing amount of data throughout the world is the key factor for the growing data centers and is expected to drive the global power distribution unit market.

For example, Raritan’s PDU is embedded with Xerus firmware, a combination of hardware and software technologies that helps to manage data centers efficiently by monitoring and supplying high compute power, security, complete visibility, and advanced altering of power supply.

Furthermore, as per the study of International Broadcasting convention, globally the data centers are said to accumulate 2% of the total electricity generated, for managing the large cloud computed systems. Similarly, Microsoft Azure, a set of cloud services for business challenges, accounts large amount of power for managing its data centers; this, in return, is expected to drive the global market over the forecast period.

WTI- Western Telematic Inc., a power management provider has VMR PDU series of metered and switched PDUs, that have power and temperature metering capabilities. PDUs are used for serial console ports on networking devices, wherein WTI’s serial console servers named as RSM and DSM are useful for security and authentication purpose. These PDUs have robust selection environment alarm to notify about the critical events in the rack power distribution unit.

Within the power phase segment, triple power phase PDU allows to run all the devices at 120 VAC and 208 VAC devices from the same power source by mix-matching the PDU’s. This type of PDU is common in large industries and manufacturing plants throughout the globe. Critical industrial machines need efficient operating system, so as to utilize necessary amount of power with effective usage of power distribution unit.

For an example, Veritiv Group Corp. introduced rack PDU for critical IT equipment power usage, which is operated via remote access for operations such as turn on, turn off, or reboot of the power distribution unit, thus expected to become a key growth factor for the global power distribution unit market.

Intelligent power distribution is projected to grow significantly, owing to the rising demand for smart and technological driven power distribution unit. Furthermore, intelligent power distribution unit is built up with core power cycle that facilitates real time data collection, green data center, capacity planning, increased uptime, and reduces costs and power consumption, thus expected to become an important growth factor for the market. For instance, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) intelligent power distribution unit provides monitoring for power consumption at load segment, stick, core and outlet level with precision and accuracy.

HPE’s PDU has unique architecture that enhances the flexibility and control of power distribution to avoid the downtime. Intelligent PDU’s provide features such as environmental monitoring, power metering, and remote outlet control, that also monitors circuit breakers and are able to reset quickly. These PDU’s seamlessly co-ordinate with the Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM), to provide analytics reports, enabling in understanding real-time power load, trends and capacity. Therefore, owing to the above factors, Intelligent PDU’s is expected to exhibit highest CAGR over the forecast period.

Within the application segment, the commercial sector is expected to be the emerging application in the market, as there is surge in the growth of infrastructural and commercial developments in the emerging economies. Industrial applications for the customized power distribution system and military usage for mobile camps are expected to drive the global power distribution unit market growth in the near future.

As in case, Marway Power Systems Inc. provides power distribution units for military, aerospace, and defense applications, with PDU embedded in aircraft, ships, and submarines for power management solutions. Industries require power voltage in the range of 11KV, 33KV, 66KV or 132KV, that can be managed by the power distribution unit, therefore leading the market growth of PDU. Marway Power System Inc. has its PDU’s installed in various platforms such as Arleigh-Burke destroyers, nuclear submarines, and 40’ pilothouse boats for critical watercraft stability and filtered power for onboard systems.

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Science or IT/commercial laboratories are the places where research is carried out for all 365 days, that requires power distribution unit for their complex operations, thus expected to drive the market growth in the near future. For example, Digital Environmental Systems Inc. manufactures power distribution units with automatic transfer switches for laboratories, deployed with power quality enhancement, circuit, and power monitoring and harmonic mitigating transformer, becoming the key growth factors for the market.

Basic PDU is useful for simple installation, reliability, and cost-effective power distribution in high-density data centers. As per the research, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) introduced a basic PDU designed for simple operations, that supports power distribution ranging from 1.9 kVA to 19.9 kVA with single-phase or triple-phase PDU. Metered PDU helps the user to determine power usage and capacity of the circuits feeded in the rack PDU. For instance, Server Technology’s metered PDU displays auto-flip current to prevent overloads.

Their single-phase metered PDU ranges between 110-120V or 208-240V and triple-phase metered PDU ranges between 20A, 30A, 50A or 60A. Switched PDU’s offer provide controlled ON/OFF switching individual outlets. These PDU’s are operated by the users remotely in a specific way that offers power sequencing to minimize inrush currents and also prevent unauthorized device provisioning. Similarly, HPE’s G2 switched power distribution unit provides local and remote rack power management for IT racks through Secure Web, SNMP, or Telnet interfaces, input voltage ranging from 200V, 208V to 230V respectively.


Various market players are investing in the power distribution unit projects, mostly for data centers and commercial applications, such as Eaton Corporation introduced its high-density rack power distribution unit (PDU) platform in North America with G3 technology that serves as an ideal solution for environments with high density power supply. Rising demand from cloud providers led to the absorption of 303 megawatts (MW) of power from U.S. data centers in 2018. For instance, Microsoft has planned to build four new data centers in North America, therefore leading to an increase in demand for power distribution unit.

North America Power Distribution Unit (PDU) Market, 2018

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The Europe data center construction market is growing due to increased investments from cloud, internet, co-location and telecommunication service providers, thus surging the demand of power distribution unit. For example, EdgeConnex, a European data center operator is expanding its presence in Amsterdam, Dublin, and Munich for managing the power consumption throughout the Europe. Furthermore, Google has revealed plan to build data center in Belgium worth approximately US$ 300 million, that will be used to manage the large cloud computed platform, hence expected to drive the market growth in Europe. As per the research, APAC is expected to emerge as the fastest growing region in the global market, as the major market players are capitalizing in the developing countries of Asia Pacific such as India, China and South Korea. Additionally, according to the environment policies, the Malaysian government has planned to establish data center park in Iskandar Malaysia (main southern Malaysian development center) over the forecast period.


"Among the key power distribution unit market players Schneider Electric, Eaton, Tripp Lite, and Leviton Manufacturing Co. Inc. are expected to dominate the global power distribution unit (PDU) market"

Schneider Electric actively provides IT rack power distribution unit such as metered, switched, basic, and intelligent power distribution units, and is expected to invest €10 billion in research and development. Eaton Corporation invested approximately US$ 145 million in for research and development and launched a new data center integrated with intelligent PDU in Dublin, Ireland. Tripp Lite manufactures power protection and connectivity solutions such as UPS, switches, cables, racks and PDU’s, wherein it recently invested for R&D activities in Israel, also known as Minicom by Tripp Lite. Leviton provides fast deployable power distribution units to the data centers with high speed bandwidth for driving IT sector’s architecture. These are the prominent players providing high density PDU’s and hold the major shares of the global power distribution unit market.


  • Schneider Electric SE

  • Eaton Corporation PLC

  • ABB Ltd.

  • Cisco Systems Inc.

  • Vertiv Group Corp.

  • APC by Schneider Electric

  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise

  • Siemens AG

  • Raritan Inc.

  • Server Technology Inc.

  • Tripp Lite

  • Leviton Manufacturing Co. Inc.


This report provides quantitative and qualitative data on the energy and commercial industry, where the power distribution unit plays a major role in the market, along-with detailed analysis of market size and growth rate for all segments in the market. The market is segmented by type, power phase and application on global as well as regional level. Base on type, the global power distribution unit market is categorized into basic, metered, switched and intelligent power distribution unit. Based on the power phase, the market is segmented into single power phase PDU and triple power phase PDU. Based on application, the market constitutes of data centers, laboratories and commercial applications. By region, the market is segmented into five major regions, North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East & Africa and Latin America. These regions are further segmented into countries.

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This report provides deep analysis of the market dynamics and competitive landscape. Various key insights provided in the report are the importance of colocation data centers efficiency, recent industry developments such as mergers & acquisitions, Porter’s Five Forces analysis, consolidated SWOT analysis of key players and key industry trends.




By Type

· Basic PDU

· Metered PDU

· Switched PDU

· Intelligent PDU

· Others

By Power Phase

· Single Phase

· Triple Phase

By Application

· Datacenters

· Laboratories

· Commercial Application

· Others

By Region

· North America (the U.S. and Canada)

· Europe (UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Scandinavia and Rest of Europe)

· Asia Pacific (Japan, China, India, Australia, Southeast Asia and Rest of Asia Pacific)

· Middle East & Africa (South Africa, GCC and Rest of the Middle East & Africa)

· Latin America (Brazil, Mexico and Rest of Latin America)



  • January 2019: Raritan subsidiary of Legrand North America introduced new monitoring sensors for data center operators to monitor cabinet’s temperature, airflow, air pressure, humidity, detection of water leaks and vibrations

  • September 2018: Server Technology revealed its HDOT Cx future proof data center power distribution unit with flexible and high power density PDU to support the changing power requirements

Frequently Asked Questions

Fortune Business Insights says that the value of the global Power Distribution Unit Market was USD 2,381.5 Million in 2018

The Power Distribution Unit Market is projected to reach USD 3,961.6 Million by 2026

The Power Distribution Unit Market will grow at the rate of 6.7% CAGR

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