RF Code and Raritan Introduce Wire-Free Energy Monitoring Solution for Data Centers

New product integrates RF Code power monitoring with Raritan Intelligent Rack PDUs

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RF Code, Inc. and Raritan have announced a joint integration of RF Code's wire-free monitoring solution with Raritan intelligent rack PDUs. The combined wire-free energy management solution, available now, is comprised of RF Code active RFID hardware and management software and Raritan's "RF Code-Ready" PX family of rack PDUs that measure and monitor power usage of individual servers and other IT devices, as well as temperature and humidity at racks.

The wire-free RF Code/Raritan solution enables racks to be instrumented quickly for power monitoring at the device level. Deploying the joint solution involves plugging an RF Code sensor tag into a Raritan PDU. No IP address association, configuration, or IP address maintenance is involved. Instead, the RF Code wire-free sensor tag starts directly capturing power monitoring data from the Raritan PDU and then sends that data over the air via the RF Code active RFID infrastructure -- from tag to reader to management software. The RF Code sensor tag has a list price of $99. Raritan intelligent PDUs start at $449.

How the Integrated Solution Works

The new RF Code R170 PDU Tag for Raritan plugs into a dedicated port on Raritan's latest-generation Dominion PX rack PDUs -- including switched, outlet-level metered, and line-level metered PDUs. The sensor collects power data from the PDU and transmits that data to an RF Code reader. Data collected includes RMS current, RMS voltage, active power, apparent power, and breaker status.

The data is sent to RF Code's Sensor Manager software -- which not only manages the captured information, but makes additional computations about power usage gleaned from the data it has collected.

Customers can use Sensor Manager to manage the data using:

  • Live table views
  • Map views
  • Interactive graphing and reporting
  • Scheduled graphing and reporting
  • Alerting and thresholding

For more information about the RF Code/Raritan solution, visit http://www.rfcode.com.