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eBay, VMware, Raritan and Other Experts Weigh in on How Best to Bring Power to Data Center Racks

Posted on February 17, 2014

Raritan Booth #145

—A Panel Discussion on Off-the-Shelf vs. Customized Power Infrastructure Equipment—

SANTA CLARA, CA (February 17, 2014)—Raritan, a leading provider of Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) and rack power distribution solutions, will be moderating a customer panel of data center experts on how best to design rack power and cooling to make data centers reliable, responsive and future proofed.

The lively 30-minute panel session “Off-the-Shelf vs. Customized Power and Rack Infrastructure” will be held on February 18 from 1 - 1:30 pm in Hall 2 at the Teladata Technology Convergence Conference (TCC) in Santa Clara. 

With proven track records from running some of the most innovative, dynamic and fastest-growing data centers and labs in the world—including data centers at eBay, Cisco and VMware—the panel of experts will share their views on how to select and deploy rack power equipment in order to:
    • Optimize available power, cooling and space.
    • Future-proof racks with enough capacity headroom to support server/compute changes and growth, and future technological advances.
    • Reduce OPEX and CAPEX.
    • Meet SLAs and avoid potential outages by, for example, implementing phase balance across six circuits, and by using energy reporting and monitoring tools with alerts.
    • Support higher, more-efficient power distribution, such as 400V.

The experts also will share best practices and simple helpful tips, such as using colored electrical distribution products to identify circuits quickly; aligning rack PDU outlets closer to the servers they power; standardizing on server cord lengths to minimize the sorting and picking of correct cable lengths; and, minimizing network drops to racks.

“Whether renovating a current data center or building a new one, how you bring power to your racks will impact project requirements and affect future capacity and growth,” says Jawahar Swaminathan, Director of Energy Management Solutions at Raritan, who will be moderating the panel session.  “We are pleased to join our customers in examining the latest trends, technologies and best practices for powering data centers and the merits of off-the-shelf versus custom power and rack infrastructure solutions.”

Raritan, a Platinum sponsor of the TCC conference, will be showing in Booth #145 its extensive portfolio of rack iPDUs (intelligent power distribution units),  DCIM software, and other solutions to manage data center resources efficiently.  Raritan offers both off-the-shelf and custom rack power products to help data center operators meet the complex and unique power requirements of their data center equipment racks.

Raritan’s iPDU portfolio, with more than 625 unique models, is the largest in the industry.  The custom capabilities of Raritan’s Build-to-Order program provide customers with even more options.  Under the program, customers can select PDU options in a number of categories—such as plug type, input cord length, outlet type and number of outlets, voltage, current, single-phase or three-phase Wye or Delta configurations, and colors (10 vibrant colors). 

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 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; “Key DCIM player” by TechNavio; and, “New Product Innovation Award winner” by Frost & Sullivan.


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