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Integrated Network, Console and Power Management at Raritan Data Center

Posted on July 28, 2010 by Allen Yang  |  Comment (0)

At Raritan’s data centers, we integrate network monitoring and management with console management and power management into a single global IT dashboard.  From the IT dashboard, IT members can see the current hot issues and track their progresses, or click into the network monitoring system to see the details of topology map and network and servers health.   What’s cool is that, with Dominion PX, the network monitor also displays environmental sensor information such as the temparature on the same screen, making it really convenient  for IT members.  The only glitch was that we initially forgot to make it clear that the temperature was reported in 1/10 Celcius units, I almost had a heart attack when I saw the temperature numbers for the first time.

The dashboard summarizes power consumption information for each data center; for details, IT administrators can then click through to access Power IQ.  This is convenient enough for now; but we are thinking to correlate the server utilization with data center power consumption in the future.  And we are waiting for the next release of Power IQ to calculate data center PUE numbers as we are now calculating that manually.

After we integrated network management with power management, we are currently integrating Raritan CC-SG and KVM into the same IT dashboard to provide the same one-click convenience of securely accessing servers and VMs through Raritan CC-SG/KVM devices. We can do this all because of Raritan’s support for open standards and popular AA services including SNMP, IPMI and Active Directory in its products.  It feels really good to see that Raritan products integrate easily with popular network management tools.


IT Productivity Boosts

Posted on July 28, 2010 by Richard Dominach  |  Comment (0)

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Join Industry Pros for a Data Center Efficiency Event! Keynote Address: "The Integrated System to Manage the Data Center Ecology" by Bill Dunckel, PG&E.

Posted on July 26, 2010 by Dorothy Ochs  |  Comment (0)

Full Power: Join us as we share our ideas on how to efficiently power your data center and impact your bottom line.

Energy is the single largest expense of data center operations. Improving efficiency is the surest way to impact your bottom line.

Join us for a first-of-its-kind energy summit featuring power players from Raritan, Teledata Communications, Federspiel Controls, and Power Assure. Learn from the experts how to capitalize on data center energy efficiency as they debunk common misconceptions and illustrate:


Raritan presenting at BICSI Indianapolis on July 26th

Posted on July 19, 2010 by Website Administrator  |  Comment (0)

How do you use PUE to minimize wasted power?  How do you identify stranded power and thereby possibly delay the construction of a very expensive new data center?  How do justify  the investment to gather detailed power information?  Attend our Data Center Power Savings presentation at BICSI and learn how.

BICSI Region Meeting - Indianapolis, IN

IUPUI Campus Center

420 University Blvd.

Indianapolis, IN 46202


New Dominion KX II Firmware v2.3 Available

Posted on July 19, 2010 by Richard Dominach  |  Comment (1)

Dominion KX II Release 2.3 is now available on raritan.com for customer download. With this new firmware, the KX II will support “tiering,” two levels of connection supporting the access of up to 1024 servers.   In addition, the the Dominion KX II becomes the first digital KVM switch to support remote HD video resolution of 1920x1080.  Other advancements include:

  • Desktop use of Multiple Monitors
  • Launch in Full Screen Mode with Hidden Toolbar
  • Super Speedy Single Mouse Performance
  • New Raritan DVI Adapter – ADVI-VGA  (coming soon)

In addition, there are new security features and support for the Paragon Dual CIMs, which can connect one server to two KX II switches for increased reliability and access.

With this release we are reaffirming our leadership in the digital KVM market with support for HD video resolutions, supporting new customer configurations (tiering and the Paragon Dual CIMs), providing new levels of IT productivity, and remaining the most secure digital switch in the industry.

For more information on this free firmware upgrade, see:

http://www.raritan.com/dominion-kx-ii

http://www.raritan.com/support/dominion-kx-ii/


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