Raritan today announced it was selected as a winner of the prestigious 2010 Green Enterprise IT (GEIT) Awards presented by the Uptime Institute. The GEIT Awards showcase organizations that are pioneering energy-efficiency improvements in their IT and data center operations, or that provide technology that can significantly reduce energy consumption.
Raritan won the "Outstanding IT Product" category for its Power IQ® Energy Management Software and PX intelligent power distribution units (iPDUs) with plug-and-play environment sensors. Winners were announced at the Uptime Institute Symposium being held in New York City.
The Raritan solution provides valuable insights on data center power usage. Power IQ software collects and analyzes energy data of IT equipment connected to Raritan's PX intelligent PDUs and third-party Ethernet-enabled rack PDUs, as well as information from temperature and humidity sensors.
"Raritan's power management solution won the juried award that recognizes an outstanding product for improving data center energy efficiency in a client installation case study," said W. Pitt Turner IV, PE, Executive Director, Uptime Institute. "Comprised of Power IQ software and PX PDUs, the Raritan solution at J.R. Simplot's 500-server data center demonstrates how intelligent energy management technologies -- which measure and track energy usage at the device level -- can help customers achieve a better understanding of how and where their data centers consume energy, and, as a result, can take steps to become more energy efficient."
As part of a major data center upgrade, food and agribusiness conglomerate J.R. Simplot created a green data center based on data center energy efficiency standards -- including PUE (Power Usage Effectiveness), DCIE (Data Center Infrastructure Efficiency) and RCI (Rack Cooling Index). The data center upgrade project also involved increasing rack density and transitioning from 120 to 240 volts AC power for greater power efficiency and to provide more power to the racks.
Raritan's energy management solution provided J.R. Simplot with a number of key capabilities including: power monitoring of individual IT devices, environmental monitoring, the ability to generate sophisticated and accurate power usage reports, and advanced analytics. Reports, which can be organized by department, equipment type or location, are regularly provided to the firm's dedicated environmental staff and show that the data center team is doing its part to support the corporate Green initiative.
"Our upgraded data center has resulted in increased electrical efficiencies, overall redundancy and visibility to power and environmental details that lets us know how our data center is performing," said Jo McCarthy, IT Enterprise Architect at J.R. Simplot. "As a result, we are on track to reducing 25 percent of our energy consumption, calculated by total energy per unit of production. Raritan's solution is also helping us manage data center capacity by providing real-time and trended power consumption information, which enables us to make better use of existing capacity and eliminate the need to rely on nameplate data and assumptions."
The Uptime Institute’s 2010 Green Enterprise IT Awards were cosponsored by Jones Lang LaSalle and New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). Applications for the Awards were evaluated by an independent panel of expert judges selected by the Institute.
A case study on how J.R. Simplot is using Raritan's intelligent energy management solutions with individual outlet-level power monitoring is available at Raritan.com/Simplot. For more on Raritan's power solutions or to download a free version of Power IQ software, visit Raritan.com/energy-monitoring/.
About the Uptime Institute
The Uptime Institute (uptimeinstitute.org) is the leading independent think tank and research body serving the global data center industry. Its annual Uptime Institute Symposium is the landmark conference on enhanced IT efficiency and productivity. The Institute also operates private knowledge communities exclusively for data center owners and operators, the Site Uptime Networks, with representatives from 100 of the largest institutions and corporations in the world. The Uptime Institute delivers consulting services and site assessments through its management and engineering consulting arm, Uptime Institute Professional Services. Uptime Institute Professional Services also manages the Tier Program, which consists of the Tier Standard: Topology and its technical supplements and certifications of data center sites and professionals.
The Uptime Institute is part of The 451 Group, a leading independent IT research and analyst organization focused on the business of enterprise IT innovation. The 451 Group also operates Tier1 Research, which analyzes the financial and industry implications of developments impacting public and private companies within the hosting, communications and Internet infrastructure sectors.
Raritan (Raritan.com) 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 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 76 countries.
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.
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