Data Center Rack PDU Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

The Data Center Rack PDU Market is segmented by Rack PDU Type (Basic, Metered, Monitored, and Switched), Data Center Type (Colocation, Hosting, and Other Data Center Types), and Geography.

Market Snapshot

data center rack pdu market overview
Study Period: 2018 - 2026
Base Year: 2021
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: North America
CAGR: 9.16 %
data center rack pdu market key players

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Market Overview

The Data Center Rack PDU market was valued at USD 1.61 billion in 2020 and is expected to reach USD 2.72 billion by 2026, at a CAGR of 9.16% over the forecast period 2021 - 2026. Datacenter management teams continuously look for ways and approaches to increase energy efficiency, while providing a modular and highly adaptable IT environment to support the service-oriented architectures and the rapid changes in demand parameters. Although software, systems, and storage have become highly adaptable, none of these matters in the data center, unless the power infrastructure is also adaptable. These basic needs have driven the market for data center rack PDU.

  • IT equipment in the data center is evolving at a much higher rate than the typical life expectancy of the data center. Data centers are typically designed with a life expectancy of 10-15 years, whereas most IT equipment refresh cycles hover around 2-5 years.
  • More powerful equipment often results in an undersized power supply system, driving the need for updating these PDU units. Different power requirement drives for PDU demand for different power needs, for instance, for medium density need PDU in range of 5-10 kW/rack and for high-density demand, PDU in range of 15-30 kW/rack equipment may be used.
  • Such multiple factors drive the demand for PDU, and different electrical supplies and equipment designs also result in product differentiation based on design parameters and impact the market.

Scope of the Report

Data centers face various challenges in keeping their uptime and maintaining power protection and management solutions, which are the major challenges. A power distribution unit (PDU)  used to assist the maintenance is a device fitted with multiple outputs designed to distribute electric power, especially to racks of computers and networking equipment located within a data center. The need for a different level of use has led to PDUs to be used for monitoring, switching, metering, or all depending on requirement. 

By Rack PDU Type
By Data Center Type
Other Data Center Type
North America
Rest of the World

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Key Market Trends

Increasing Deployment of Data Center Facilities

  • The growing deployment of data centers around the world is the major driving factor influencing the demand for data center racks PDU. The increasing demand for technology services and increasing investments in data center installation capabilities from major companies are also influencing the growth of the market.
  • With evolving technologies and the adoption of high-density servers, rack infrastructure has become an important aspect in data centers, with the need to effectively host servers, manage cables, and facilitate power availability for the uninterrupted optimum performance of data centers and drives the demand for rack PDU.
  • The growing deployment of data centers around the world is the major driving factor influencing the consumption of data center racks. Multiple critical business units require the data centers to be on all the time. Even the datacenters are distinguished based on their uptime as a significant parameter. The increasing demand for technology services and increasing investments from major companies are also influencing the growth of the market.
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Asia-Pacific Region to Record a Significant Growth Rate

  • The APAC region is expected to be the largest contributor to global demand, as the region is experiencing huge investment for bigger and faster IT infrastructure. For instance, Australia alone makes up 4% of the global data center market, according to Cisco Systems, with large multinational players, like Equinix and AirTrunk, building hyper-scale data centers in Sydney and Melbourne. Such developments are expected to drive the PDU market.
  • The key factor pushing the growth of the market in the region is the explosive digital needs from the emerging economies with huge populations, such as China, India, Singapore, and Indonesia. Service-based industries, e-commerce growth, and the governments' push for digitization are augmenting the demand. Moreover, the rising complexities within the IT infrastructure brought by virtualization and consolidation, coupled with cost constraints, are encouraging enterprises to look into adopting data center technologies, thus, driving the market. 
  • As the data center ecosystem becomes more complex, the demand for data center infrastructure management also increases, helping the market demand. This is especially prevalent in more technologically-advanced countries, such as Japan. Ultimately, a rise in data center infrastructure may drive the data center racks PDU market.
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Competitive Landscape

The data center rack PDU market is moderately fragmented. With changing technologies and the adoption of high-density servers, rack infrastructure has become an important aspect in data centers, with the need to effectively host servers, manage cables, and power distribution and monitoring for ensuring optimum performance of data centers. Overall, the competitive rivalry among the existing competitors is high, given the fact that data center solutions are offered as one complete solution. Some end users in the stage of agreement ask for specific supplier parts used in their data centers, and thus, intensifies the competition for vendors to vouch for the market pie. Merger and acquisition is an important strategic tool in the market for improving market presence.

  • May 2019 - Vertiv successfully completed the NTT Europe Online's deployment of the Avocent ACS advanced console server and Power Management Distribution Unit. The solution allowed the company to manage its data center operations centrally and remotely, in order to minimize the number of on-site engineering personnel, streamline administrative efficiencies, and respond faster to the needs of its customers.
  • August 2018 - Legrand announced the purchase of Shenzhen Clever Electronic Co. Ltd, the Chinese leader in intelligent PDUs4 for data centers. Shenzhen Clever Electronic Co. Ltd, thus, rounds out Legrand's existing product offering in a high added-value segment, where Legrand is already number one in the United States with its Raritan and Server Technology brands.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Deliverables

    2. 1.2 Study Assumptions

    3. 1.3 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Introduction to Market Drivers and Restraints

    3. 4.3 Market Drivers

      1. 4.3.1 Increasing Deployment of Data Center Facilities

      2. 4.3.2 Pressure for Effective Space Utilization in Data Centers

    4. 4.4 Market Restraints

      1. 4.4.1 Faster Refresh Life Cycle than Data Center Profitable Life Expectancy

    5. 4.5 Industry Value Chain Analysis

    6. 4.6 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.6.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.6.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.6.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.6.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.6.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

    7. 4.7 Technology Snapshot


    1. 5.1 By Rack PDU Type

      1. 5.1.1 Basic

      2. 5.1.2 Metered

      3. 5.1.3 Monitored

      4. 5.1.4 Switched

    2. 5.2 By Data Center Type

      1. 5.2.1 Colocation

      2. 5.2.2 Hosting

      3. 5.2.3 Other Data Center Type

    3. 5.3 Geography

      1. 5.3.1 North America

      2. 5.3.2 Europe

      3. 5.3.3 Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.3.4 Rest of the World


    1. 6.1 Company Profiles

      1. 6.1.1 Vertiv Co.

      2. 6.1.2 Schneider Electric

      3. 6.1.3 Tripp Lite

      4. 6.1.4 Eaton Corporation

      5. 6.1.5 Rittal GmbH & Co. KG

      6. 6.1.6 Legrand SA

      7. 6.1.7 Black Box Corporation

      8. 6.1.8 Schleifenbauer

      9. 6.1.9 Fujitsu Corporation

      10. 6.1.10 Cisco Systems Inc.

    2. *List Not Exhaustive


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Frequently Asked Questions

The Data Center Rack PDU Market market is studied from 2018 - 2026.

The Data Center Rack PDU Market is growing at a CAGR of 9.16% over the next 5 years.

Asia Pacific is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

North America holds highest share in 2020.

Vertiv Co., Schneider Electric, Tripp Lite, Eaton Corporation, Legrand SA are the major companies operating in Data Center Rack PDU Market.

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