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Raritan Introduces SecureLock™ System to Prevent Unintentional Power Disconnects in Data Center Rack

Posted on November 12, 2012

— Simple, integrated cable locking system helps prevent costly downtime from accidental power cord disconnects —

SOMERSET, N.J. (November 12, 2012) – Raritan, a leading provider of data center infrastructure management (DCIM) solutions, today introduced the SecureLock system to help data centers prevent downtime from unintentional detachments of power cords.

Raritan intelligent rack power distribution units (iPDUs) with IEC C13 or C19 outlets now come with new SecureLock receptacles.  These iPDUs accept standard C13 and C19 AC power cords, and the new SecureLock power cords.  The SecureLock power cord reliably holds the cord to the C13 and C19 receptacles on the power strip—making it difficult for the power cord to disconnect accidentally. 

According to a study by Uptime Institute, 70 percent of data center downtime is caused by human error.  “Despite meticulous planning and stringent processes, a primary source of data center downtime continues to be human error,” said David Wood, Director - Power Business Unit, Raritan.  “All too often, when site services technicians work in the rear of cabinets − whether commissioning new servers, replacing faulty power supplies, or routing network cables − power cords become accidentally dislodged by personnel.  This problem has increased as data centers have moved to using IEC C13/C14 and high-current IEC C19/C20 connections because the weight of connectors and thick cables make these power cords particularly prone to accidental disconnections.  Raritan’s SecureLock solution is an easy fix to this problem.”

Raritan SecureLock power cords are available in black, red and blue and lengths from 2 to 15 feet.  Like all Raritan power strips, the SecureLock outlets and power cords are UL Listed (N. America) / CE Listed (Europe / International).  The SecureLock power cords are rated to 105ºC (221ºF); compared to 75ºC for competitors offerings.

Raritan’s intelligent rack PDU portfolio is the largest in the industry and includes single-phase, three-phase, high power (400V), outlet-metered, outlet-switched, and unswitched rack PDUs and inline power meters to meet the needs of diverse IT environments.  The intelligence built into Raritan PX iPDUs provides features such as real-time monitoring of data center energy and loads, as well as environmental conditions when using optional plug-and-play sensors.  And now, PX iPDUs provide SecureLock-ready C13/C14 and C19/C20 connections at the rack.

About Raritan (Raritan.com)
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; DCIM 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 has been recognized by the EPA for its contribution to the agency’s data center initiative. 

Raritan was named a Gartner 2012 “Cool Vendor” in the research firm’s DCIM report; a “major DCIM player worldwide” in IDC’s MarketScape Report on DCIM; and, the recipient of Frost & Sullivan’s “New Product Innovation Award, North America” for Raritan’s Intelligent Asset Management solution.  Raritan has also been featured in 451 Research’s Report “Raritan brings location tracking, other updates to its DCIM quartet.”

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