Power and infrastructure management has always been a point of concern for data centers. With increased size, density and complexity, companies are looking for effective tools to reduce costs, increase both operating and energy efficiencies, and maximize staff productivity.
Raritan (News - Alert) is a company specializing in energy and infrastructure management solutions for data centers of all sizes. Raritan iPDUs provide real-time, outlet-level monitoring of data center energy and loads, as well as monitoring of environmental conditions when using optional plug-and-play sensors. Introduced three years ago, these iPDUs are available in 10 color choices to help save time in identifying and locating power distribution pathways and in differentiating between multiple PDUs in a rack. To meet the needs of diverse IT environments, the portfolio includes single-phase, three-phase, high power (400V), outlet-metered, outlet-switched, and unswitched rack PDUs and inline power meters.
PDU has one of the best vantage points in a data center. Recognizing this, Raritan was the first to add to a rack PDU the following: Intelligence for monitoring data center energy usage and performance; a port for adding sensors, including temperature and humidity sensors, to monitor the health of a rack's environment; and, a USB port to expand capabilities. The USB port, for example, can be used to add security webcams or to install Wi-Fi connections or to configure and maintain the intelligent PDUs.
"Our PX2 has more than 1.2 billion hours of proven field experience in data centers in every industry," said David Wood (News - Alert), director of Power Management Solutions at Raritan. "We are the leading provider of intelligent PDUs because of our partnership with customers who are in the forefront of efficient data centers. By listening to our customers we were the first, for example, to provide one percent billing-grade accuracy to measure real-time kWh energy consumption, first to introduce a portfolio of color PDUs to make managing equipment in racks easier, and the first to add fully functional USB-A and USB-B ports to a PDU.”
Recently, the company celebrated the PX2 iPDU's first billion hours of monitoring power and energy in data centers around the globe.
Edited by Rory J. Thompson