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Unique Data Center Energy Management Solutions

Posted on November 28, 2012 by Gento

data center energy

According to a recent New York Times article, U.S. Data Centers consumed 76 billion kilowatt-hours in 2010. At the Green Data Center Conference in Santa Clara, there was a great deal of discussion on data center energy waste. But there was more on just how far data center managers are willing to go to make their data centers more efficient without sacrificing performance. Raritan has several inventive solutions to achieve this.

Solutions to optimize comatose servers

 

One of the main issues data center managers want to solve is how to manage their servers so they’re not running when they’re not needed. It’s a knowledge and management issue. In fact, comatose servers are one of the largest wastes of energy in the data center. Kenneth Brill of the Uptime Institute estimates that 15% - 30% of data centers’ servers could be turned off.

 

Raritan’s Power IQ, when coupled with our intelligent Power Distribution Units (iPDUs), helps you identify under-utilized infrastructure so you can save energy. The solution gives an entirely new meaning to the phrase “knowledge is power.”

Over-provisioning of power and infrastructure

  • 99.5% SLAs.
  • Complaining end users who have come to expect an “always-on” readiness.
  • Demanding industries like finance and gaming where transactions happen in milliseconds and nanoseconds.

In the face of end-user demand, try telling a data center they can’t over-provision.

 

Over-provisioning power supply to data centers is simply standard practice. Data center managers know it’s the only way to keep up with service level expectations and to manage spikes in traffic.

 

Or is it?

 

When data center managers have granular data down to the outlet level, and have the software to make sense of all that data, they’ll begin to see where energy capacity is stranded and can be better used.

 

What data center managers need is a tool set to visualize the data center from an asset standpoint - how much capacity any particular device is using in real-time. Such a solution would allow them centralized monitoring, email notifications, graceful OS shutdown, outlet control, powerful analytics of your costs, line capacities, carbon footprint and rack temperature.

Capacity vs. Consumption

As you probably know, most colocation facilities charge customers for energy by the capacity they provide rather than the real-time consumption per month or per year. Because of this, the customers say “Well, if I am paying for a certain capacity, then it’s up to me to utilize as much as possible so that I don’t leave any money on the table.”

 

Raritan has a solution for customers in this situation. We created power strips that will be rated for the maximum available rating allowable for each particular need. Meanwhile, most of the industry has chosen to stay under a certain rating to minimize the PDU cost. What it leaves the customer with is a less than optimal solution. Raritan’s solution gives data centers the maximum rating regardless of the capacity needed. It’s within ANSI guidelines and comes in at a reasonable price. Also, this eliminates the need to create more cabinets in the data center or in the colocation facility and saves a considerable amount of money and effort.

Large deployments of iPDUs

If your data center embraces all of this and suddenly decides to install hundreds, or even thousands of iPDUs, you could have a real mess of credentials, unique policies and alerts. Raritan came up with a simple way to help:

 

A USB Stick.

 

You provide the USB stick with a list of PDUs and power strips and their corresponding credentials and policies.

 

One of your techs goes to each PDU, plugs this USB stick into them and the PDU will read what’s in the stick and configure itself with the required credentials.

 

When an iPDU is configured correctly, we put a smiley face on the screen so you know it went well and it took the right credentials.

Further Reading

Bill Brill Interview - WallStreetAndTech.com

 

Energy Star Data Center Energy Efficiency Initiative

 

New York Times - Data Center Energy Waste


Raritan will be unveiling an industry-first DCIM solution at next week's Gartner Data Center Co

Posted on November 27, 2012 by Gento

We are inviting you to see our new solution.  Stop by Raritan’s booth #711 to learn how to simplify and reduce the cost of instrumenting your data center for DCIM.  Intelligent PDUs and environmental and electronic asset sensors now can be added to racks without investing the time and cost associated with running wired Ethernet connections.

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We will also be showing how our DCIM solutions can help you monitor energy, capacity, assets, and the overall health of your data center.

Visit gartner.com/us/datacenter to register now with priority code DCSP5 and receive a special $300 discount.

We look forward to seeing you in Las Vegas!


Raritan's Lab Server Management Solution - Remote Server Management

Posted on February 21, 2012 by Gento

Many companies have labs to develop, test and evaluate their hardware and software products. How do you keep lab resources available 24/7, even when you are not physically there?  While essential to business operations, managing these lab assets is challenging and remote access is a critical component.

Raritan’s Lab Server Management Solution provides remote and local BIOS-level access for server management and control from anywhere – in the lab, in the office, on the road, or from home – minimizing infrastructure and management costs. Lab managers can quickly and easily reboot, patch or update servers, reducing travel costs and enhancing productivity.

For those labs that do not need 24/7 uptime and are looking to minimize energy costs, scheduling capabilities enable servers to be powered down at night and powered up in the morning.  Additionally, with automated provisioning, lab managers can quickly and intelligently place lab equipment and ensure accurate asset tracking – reducing manual processes and operations costs.

For more information on how Raritan’s Lab Server Management Solution can help your business, contact your authorized Raritan representative.


Remote Office Management

Posted on January 3, 2009 by Website Administrator

Get centralized control of the IT devices in your remote offices and branch offices (ROBO).

The proliferation of branch and remote offices is a positive sign of company growth. But it can also be a tremendous challenge for IT infrastructure management:

  • With limited or no dedicated IT staff, remote/branch offices often rely on headquarters-based IT administrators, or third party service providers, to fix networking and server problems
  • Branch office networks can have an array of heterogeneous IT devices from multiple vendors
  • Many branch offices, especially retail locations and banks, contain sensitive customer information and/or credit card data that can be vulnerable to intrusion

With hundreds, or potentially thousands, of IT assets spread out across the globe, a centralized infrastructure management solution with the proper safeguards to manage these devices is critical.


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