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Raritan and Choice Hotels to Speak on Creating a Virtual Presence to Manage Lights-Out Colo Data Cen

Posted on September 30, 2013

PHOENIX (October 28, 2013) – Raritan, a leading provider of Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) and rack power distribution solutions, will be presenting with customer Choice Hotels International, one of the largest hotel franchise chains in the world, at this week’s Datacenter Dynamics conference.

The 40-minute presentation will look at how Choice Hotels International (franchisor of 11 brands that include Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Sleep Inn, EconoLodge and Cambria Suites) seamlessly moved from their traditional on-site Phoenix data center to a remote lights-out colocation facility with the help from remote management and DCIM tools.  Hear how Gregg Brown, Senior Administrator for Data Center Operation, and his team orchestrated the move so that Choice Hotels International’s global 24/7 online reservation system didn’t miss a beat.

Presentation Details:
When: Tuesday, October 29, 12:10 - 12:50 pm
Where:  Hall 2
Presenters:  Gregg Brown, Senior Administrator -Data Center Operations, Choice Hotels          
            Jim Daly, Territory Sales Manager

Gregg Brown will discuss moving both the corporate and the reservation system data centers supporting more than 6,300 hotels and their guests around the globe.  Gregg also will share best practices and lessons learned on running a lights-out data center.  Gregg will cover remote management strategies and tools, including the following topics:
• Increasing uptime and exceeding SLAs with responsive remote management tools.
• Tracking energy usage at a colo, so that you pay for only what you use.
• Securely accessing every server’s KVM console through a single URL.
• Leveraging outlet-level power switching to “unplug a server virtually.”
• Easily gathering individual device power information aggregated across multiple power supplies.
• Monitoring incoming and outgoing air temperatures and humidity in server racks.
• Using in-the-rack asset management solutions to ensure third-party colo personnel move the server you want them to move.

The Raritan solutions that Choice Hotels uses will be shown in Booth #15 including: PX intelligent rack power distribution units (iPDUs)—the first PDU to provide energy usage details at the outlet level; plug-and-play temperature and humidity sensors; Raritan DCIM software including Power IQ® and dcTrack®;  a smart electronic asset-tracking solution;  KX II KVM over IP switches; and, the secure KVM console gateway CommandCenter Secure Gateway. 

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

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