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Raritan Advances DCIM with New Software Releases

Posted on November 13, 2013

— New Mobile App, Cabinet Cloning Capability, Real-Time Floor Map Reports, Real-Time PUE Gauges and Expanded White Space Monitoring —

— Delivers more real-time insights to answer the top things data center professionals want to know in order to improve operational efficiency and keep costs down —

SOMERSET, N.J. (November 13, 2013) – Raritan – a leading, award-winning provider of data center infrastructure management (DCIM) and rack power distribution solutions – today announced the availability of its new DCIM software with new capabilities to make it easier to monitor and manage data centers.

Delivering on its multi-pronged roadmap to advance the DCIM marketplace, Raritan today made available a number of new innovative tools and capabilities to help data center professionals gain even more information and insight on data center infrastructures and supporting resources.

The new capabilities focus on the three DCIM cornerstones necessary to manage data centers efficiently:  1. real-time monitoring and data gathering on infrastructure items and supporting resources, and their interrelations; 2. accessing and visualizing information; and, 3. managing configurations and changes.

Monitoring

To provide a more complete view on assets, power chains, network connections, and other data center resources, Raritan today expanded the facilities items that its DCIM solution monitors to include:  UPSs, CRACs and RPPs.

Raritan also made Power Chain Configuration enhancements to help data center operators gain a more complete and accurate view of the data center; especially, real-time capacity along a power path from the data center’s UPS going through the PDUs, circuit breakers, rack PDUs, and down to the load of servers and switches.

Visualization

The Raritan DCIM solution – recognized for its analytics-based insight reports, charts and images used for decision making – added new tools to visualize information, including:

  • New PUE Gauges and Charts that calculate and visually track a data center’s real-time PUE (Power Usage Effectiveness) and trends over time.  PUE measures how efficiently a data center uses energy; specifically, how much energy is used by the computing equipment in contrast to facilities overhead equipment.
  • New Floor Maps that make it easier to search for items and provide real-time reports of the data center floor across multiple parameters. Configuration and Change Management

Because the Raritan DCIM solution covers the entire lifecycle of an asset – from the point it is placed in the rack to when it is retired from service – it captures all the key information necessary to support asset, capacity and change management in a data center.  As a result, it provides enhanced capacity planning, enabling users to allocate space quickly for new servers, manage power and network connectivity and issue work orders.

Raritan added a new Cabinet Cloning feature to help automate equipment adds, moves, and changes.  It takes a single click to clone an item and all its smart model information – making it faster, easier, and more accurate.  The cloning feature supports customers when they want to reuse the same set of configurations and models.

Mobile

The company also introduced a new DCIM mobile app for tablets to provide IT professionals up-to-the-minute DCIM information anywhere.  The app can, for example, assist with at-the rack diagnostics or audits by providing inventory information to compare with the ‘as-built’.  Information can be easily searched by item name, serial number or asset tag number; or, by using the app’s barcode scanner.

All the new capabilities are available today in the Raritan DCIM solution, which is a complete solution that does not require separate module purchases.  Raritan DCIM software has a simple pay-as-you-grow pricing structure based on the number of data center cabinets.  The DCIM solution’s asset-auto-discovery and self-learning engines, workflow processes, and ad hoc reporting capabilities are all designed to support easy deployment of the solution and to enable data center professionals to get answers quickly to their questions. 

“Raritan is the leading DCIM provider because our solution is the easiest to deploy and use, and accurately answers the questions – ranging from power capacity to an asset’s location – that data center professional need to answer on a daily basis,” says James Cerwinski, Director of Software Solutions at Raritan.

“The data we collect from Raritan DCIM has become a pillar for our data center – we don’t just use it; we depend on it,” said Scott Jeppsen, Data Center Specialist, at Simplot.  “Raritan’s new DCIM solution will allow us to monitor our complete data center to improve uptime and be more efficient with our resources, including our people and energy.”

To learn more about the Raritan DCIM solution, visit www.raritandcim.com.

Raritan DCIM solution has won: Network Computing’s New Product of the Year Award, Uptime Institute Green Enterprise IT Awards, American Technology Terman Award, Green I.T. Award, Innovation Distinction Award, China Green ICT industry Technology Innovation Award, INTEROP Tokyo Award, Data Center Solutions Industry Award, CRN’s Data Center 100 Awards, TechTarget/SearchDataCenter’s Product of the Year Silver Award, and Frost & Sullivan’s New Product Innovation Award.

About Raritan

Raritan is a proven innovator of energy and infrastructure management solutions for data centers of all sizes.  In more than 50,000 locations worldwide, Raritan’s award-winning hardware and software solutions – including intelligent rack PDUs and sensors; DCIM and energy management software; and access and control products – provide IT and facility directors, managers and administrators with the control they need to increase power management efficiency, improve data center productivity and enhance operations.  Based in Somerset, N.J., Raritan has offices worldwide serving customers in 76 countries.  Visit us at Raritan.com or follow us on the Raritan blog.

Raritan is an active member of the Green Grid, Climate Savers Computing Initiative, and the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design associations.  The EPA has recognized Raritan for its contribution to the agency’s data center initiative.  A number of top industry analyst firms also have recognized the company:  Raritan was named a “Cool DCIM Vendor” by Gartner; a “Major DCIM player worldwide” by IDC; a “Strong Value DCIM Vendor” by EMA; and, “Key DCIM player” by TechNavio.

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