Posted on October 31, 2013
The world’s smartest rack PDU became more brilliant with 10 color choices that help visualize power paths
Schiedam (The Netherlands) 31 October 2013 – Raritan, a leading provider of data center infrastructure management (DCIM) and rack power distribution, added 10 new color choices for its intelligent rack power distribution units (iPDUs) to help data center professionals save time in identifying and locating power distribution pathways and in differentiating between multiple PDUs in a rack.
As the largest provider of iPDUs, Raritan offers the most PDU color choices: red, blue, green, magenta, orange, yellow, white, brown, gray, light blue and black.
To make it easier to identify rack PDUs at a distance, from any angle and in all lighting situations, the entire PDU chassis is professionally powder-coated in color vs. affixing color stickers. Raritan also offers color options for its SecureLock power cords, which are used between rack PDUs and server power supplies to prevent them from accidentally disconnecting.
“Our customers, especially those with data centers using high-density server racks, were asking for color PDUs because it was becoming difficult for them to see how their entire power chain fits together,” said David Wood, Raritan’s Director of Power Management Solutions. “Color provides a quick and simple visual identification. A color-coded system, for example, can help to quickly identify a PDU’s function and power path while dramatically simplifying troubleshooting.”
Some customers, such as eBay, use color rack PDUs to make it easier to distinguish A feeds from B feeds for powering servers and other devices with multiple power supplies. Many customers select colors for their rack PDUs to match colors used in other elements in the power chain, such as feeds to and from UPSs, while others use color PDUs to identify different types of power, such as 208V three-phase Delta, 208V/120V three-phase Wye. In addition to making it easier to find power components and prevent human error, color PDUs and SecureLock plug cords add the additional benefit of maximizing uptime in data centers. For more use cases, see 5 Great Reasons To Choose Colored Rack PDUs e-book.
Raritan’s 10 new colors for rack PDUs are available worldwide from Raritan’s channel partners.
Raritan’s rack iPDU 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 iPDUs provides real-time, outlet-level monitoring of data center energy and loads, as well as monitoring of environmental conditions when using optional plug-and-play sensors. Raritan iPDUs are available with Ethernet; and, optional Wi-Fi networking may be added.
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.eu 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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