Edge Computing

Geist Joins the OCP Community, Showcases Universal Power Distribution Unit at OCP US Summit 2018

Lincoln, Neb. [March 19, 2018] – Geist, a division of Vertiv and provider of intelligent power and management solutions for data centers, announced that it has joined the Open Compute Project (OCP) as a community member and will exhibit at the OCP US Summit 2018 in San Jose, Calif., March 20-21, 2018. Geist will showcase its recently launched Microsoft Project Olympus-compliant Universal Power Distribution Unit (UPDU) and other power distribution product designs in booth #B4. Project Olympus is Microsoft’s next-generation cloud hardware design and model for open source hardware development in collaboration with the Open Compute Projects.

“Geist is pleased to play a more active role in the OCP community through our membership and active collaboration with Microsoft and others in the creation and deployment of innovative, interoperable power distribution designs,” said Brad Wilson, Geist president. “We will continue to focus on a customizable, widely deployable PDU that sparks new thinking around power distribution in the community.”

The Geist UPDU uniquely incorporates a universal input power connection that enables facilities to select a geographically-specific power cable (facility side cable), versus requiring a local or country specific PDU product. In contrast to traditional PDU designs with designated hardwired connectors, the Geist UPDU enables the use of a single orderable part number (SKU). The Geist UPDU can be quickly localized for any voltage or amperage by adding a cable and can be pre-configured in a rack and shipped to any location. This design embodies the OCP ideals of flexibility, allowing faster deployments, upgrades and expansions.

The Geist UPDU uniquely incorporates a universal input power connection that enables facilities to select a geographically-specific power cable (facility side cable), versus requiring a local or country specific PDU product. In contrast to traditional PDU designs with designated hardwired connectors, the Geist UPDU enables the use of a single orderable part number (SKU). The Geist UPDU can be quickly localized for any voltage or amperage by adding a cable and can be pre-configured in a rack and shipped to any location. This design embodies the OCP ideals of flexibility, allowing faster deployments, upgrades and expansions.

The Geist UPDU is available in horizontal and vertical form factors. They feature low profile circuit breakers and a variety of outlet configuration and types which will be featured in the booth along with Geist’s custom designed show floor Power Up stations, offering free phone and computer charging for conference attendees.

Vertiv acquired Geist Feb.1, 2018. For more information call +1.800.432.3219 or visit GeistGlobal.com.

About the Geist Division
Geist, a division of Vertiv, is a market leader in intelligent data center solutions, including rack PDU and a broad portfolio of power, cooling, monitoring and infrastructure management technologies that complement the Vertiv portfolio. Scalable systems are available globally, supporting single cabinets or entire enterprises. For more information about Geist, visit GeistGlobal.com. 

About Vertiv
Vertiv designs, builds and services critical infrastructure that enables vital applications for data centers, communication networks and commercial and industrial facilities. Formerly Emerson Network Power, Vertiv supports today’s growing mobile and cloud computing markets with a portfolio of power, thermal and infrastructure management solutions including the Chloride®, Liebert®, NetSure™ and Trellis™ brands. Sales in fiscal 2016 were $4.4 billion. For more information, visit VertivCo.com.

About OCP
The Open Compute Project Foundation is a 501(c)(6) organization which was founded in 2011 by Facebook, Intel, and Rackspace. Our mission is to apply the benefits of open source to hardware and rapidly increase the pace of innovation in, near and around the data center and beyond.

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