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Raritan Introduces New Family of Intelligent Rack PDUs for Managing Data Center Energy Costs and Ser

Posted on July 12, 2011

—Smart Racks, True kWh Energy Metering and Secure Outlet-level Switching with New PX-2000 Series—

SOMERSET, N.J. (July 12, 2011) – With the introduction of the PX-2000 family, Raritan today expanded the industry’s largest portfolio of intelligent rack power distribution units (iPDUs) that make server racks a lot smarter.  Its built-in intelligence provides real-time monitoring of data center energy and loads, as well as environmental conditions when using optional plug-in sensors.

The PX-2000 outlet-switched rack iPDU measures energy usage at the PDU level and provides outlet-level switching to shut down and turn on IT equipment remotely.  PX-2000 models are available for 120V, 208V, three-phase 208V, three-phase 400V, 16A and less, 20A and 30A.

“The PX-2000 is a smart choice for companies that want accurate and continuous power monitoring in order to get to the heart of power issues—such as identifying ways to reduce energy costs, orchestrating efficient cooling among racks, and optimizing capacity—and that want advanced remote on/off switching and power sequencing capabilities,” said Herman Chan, Director of Raritan’s Energy Management Business.  “The PX-2000 is ideal for companies that want to take steps toward implementing Smart Racks,  and interested in benchmarking how efficient their data centers operate using industry standards, such as PUE.”

The PX-2000, and Raritan’s other intelligent rack PDUs, gather extensive and accurate power information, including data on voltage, current (Amps), power factor, apparent power (kVA), active power (kW), environmental temperature and humidity, pressure and airflow,  and energy consumption in kilowatt hours (kWh).  To make it easy for data center operators to view power activity, real-time information can be seen on the iPDU’s LED display at the rack and remotely on the browser-based user interface.  User-configurable critical and non-critical power and environmental thresholds can be set, and alerts sent so data center managers can take corrective action.

PX delivers the industry’s most accurate measurement—with ISO/IEC +/- 1% billing-grade accuracy—on the important kWh, which is the metric that shows actual power consumption; whereas other solutions only measure current (Amps) or determine kWh through calculations and assumptions, instead of real-time measurement. 

All PX models are fully supported by Raritan’s Power IQ® energy management software that provides additional monitoring and management capabilities to show which devices are consuming the most energy, whether power conservation efforts are working, and if there are hot spots or over-cooled areas.  Enterprise-wide data gathered by Raritan’s intelligent PDUs, third-party rack PDUs, and in-line meters enables Power IQ’s analytics to calculate and chart active power, energy consumption, cost and carbon footprint for servers and other IT devices. Also available are optional environmental sensors that are automatically detected and displayed as soon as they are plugged into a PX-2000 model.  Raritan’s sensors track temperature and humidity at the rack to help eliminate over cooling and hot spots.

PX-2000 is available worldwide starting today from Raritan’s channel partners.  List price starts at $599.  PX-2000 models are available for 120V, 208V, three-phase 208V, three-phase 400V, 16A and less, 20A and 30A.  More information on Raritan’s power solutions can be found at www.raritan.com/PX2000.

About Raritan’s Intelligent Rack PDUs
Raritan’s intelligent rack PDU portfolio—ranging from the PX-1000 to the PX-5000 Series— is the largest in the industry and includes single-phase, three-phase, high power (400V), outlet-metered, outlet-metered and outlet-switched, and metered rack PDUs and inline power meters to meet the needs of diverse IT environments. 

About Raritan
Raritan is a proven innovator of power management, infrastructure management, KVM and serial 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, energy management software, KVM-over-IP and Serial-over-IP access 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 branch office 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 company was recognized by the EPA for its contribution to the agency’s data center initiative.

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