Data Center Rack Power Distribution Unit (PDU) Market Report

Data Center Rack Power Distribution Unit (PDU) Market Analysis By Product (Basic Power Distribution Unit, Metered Power Distribution Unit, Intelligent Power Distribution Unit), And Segment Forecasts, 2018 - 2025

  • Published Date: May, 2017
  • Base Year for Estimate: 2016
  • Report ID: GVR-1-68038-830-5
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)
  • Historical Data: 2014 - 2016
  • Number of Pages: 72

Industry Insights

The global data center rack Power Distribution Unit (PDU) market size was valued at USD 1.22 billion in 2016. PDUs help in regulating the voltage within a data center environment and also offer real-time information about the input and output power of an IT infrastructure, thus enabling better power management during equipment failures. The growing adoption of cloud-based services has encouraged cloud service providers to make investments for renovating their existing data center facilities and building new facilities. The construction of new data centers is increasing, owing to the need for efficient power management, and is anticipated to be the major factor driving the market growth over the forecast period.

Increasing temperatures in data centers drives the demand for cooling systems, and thereby help reduce the cost associated with equipment cooling. However, along with the increasing data center temperature, the exhaust temperature is also rising. Thus, PDUs with high ambient temperature ratings are essential for preventing failure of equipment due to overheating. On account of the aforementioned factors, the demand for high power ratings is further expected to drive the market growth.

U.S. data center rack PDU market by product, 2014 - 2025 (USD Million)

U.S. data center rack PDU market

A modern data center requires smart products that meet minimum requirements of the market and major expectations with respect to quality, capability, and reliability. Organizations are focusing on obtaining solutions that help manage power consumption and increase energy efficiency due to the rapid increase in power usage.

Power distribution unit manufacturers are providing solutions equipped with monitoring capabilities to ensure better usage of available resources and to control power consumption. These solutions aid organizations in reducing their carbon footprint and power usage and increasing the efficiency of data centers. Thus, the demand for intelligent rack PDUs is expected to increase over the forecast period.

The growing applications of containerized data centers are also anticipated to catapult the industry growth over the forecast period. It is a portable data center pre-installed within a shipping container and is part of a modular data center; where every module is a container that is able to host cooling, IT, and power equipment.

Product Insights

In 2016, the switched PDU segment accounted for the major shares and dominated the market. This growth was attributed to the capability of such power distribution units to remotely control the state of each PDU outlet, enabling administrators to remotely power cycle equipment.

China data center rack PDU market by product, 2016 (%) (USD Million)

China data center rack PDU market

However, intelligent PDUs are energy-efficient and allow operators to monitor and track power consumption. Further, they regulate voltage based on the environment of a data center and also provide real-time information about the input and output power of an IT infrastructure. The increased deployment of these PDUs is predicted to be the major driver of the segment over the forecast period.

Regional Insights

North America is expected to dominate the market over the forecast period with a CAGR exceeding 4%. Colocation providers in the region are making huge investments for constructing additional data center facilities to extend their global footprint and are subsequently driving growth.

However, Asia Pacific is anticipated to witness the fastest growth with a CAGR of over 6% by 2025. The rising preference for digitalization is predicted to spur the espousal of cloud-based services and necessitate increased utilization of data centers over the forecast period, thus driving the demand for power distribution units in the region. Further, increasing government initiatives are encouraging data center operators to establish or expand their presence in the region.

Competitive Insights

The number of vendors in the market is increasing, owing to high competition among the industry participants. The elevating number of data centers across the globe and the rising espousal of intelligent PDUs are the major factors increasing the market competitiveness. The key industry participants include Cyber Power Systems, Inc., APC Corp (Schneider Electric), Server Technology, Inc., Raritan, Inc. (Legrand), Vertiv Co. (Emerson Network Power Co., Ltd.), Hewlett Packard Enterprise Development LP, and Tripp Lite.

Vendors are providing various types of power distribution units with additional features, such as remote monitoring & management, real-time digital monitoring, and power scaling, to maintain competitiveness. They are also extending warranty periods to increase the market penetration of their products.

Report Scope



Base year for estimation


Actual estimates/Historical data

2014 - 2016

Forecast period

2017 - 2025

Market representation                                                 

Revenue in USD Million and CAGR from 2017 to 2025

Regional scope

North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, Middle East & Africa

Country scope

U.S., Canada, UK, Germany, China, India, Japan, Brazil, Mexico

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Revenue forecast, company share, competitive landscape, growth factors, and trends

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Segments covered in the report

This report forecasts revenue growth at the global, regional, and country levels and provides an analysis of the industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2014 to 2025. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global data center rack PDU market based on products and regions:

  • Product Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2025)

    • Basic PDU

    • Metered PDU

    • Intelligent PDU

    • Switched PDU

  • Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2025)

    • North America

      • U.S.

      • Canada

    • Europe

      • UK

      • Germany

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • India

      • Japan

    • Latin America

      • Brazil

      • Mexico

    • Middle East & Africa
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