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May 13, 2009

Microsoft’s ECC selects Raritan’s IT infrastructure management systems

To monitor servers and its energy consumption

By CBR Staff Writer

Microsoft’s Enterprise Engineering Center has chosen a suite of Raritan IT infrastructure management systems for monitoring servers and its energy consumption down to the outlet level.

According to Raritan, the Enterprise Engineering Center (EEC) will use its remote access and control systems, including Raritan’s Dominion KX II KVM-over-IP switches and CommandCenter Secure Gateway, to configure and transform each lab into a scaled representation of a customer’s infrastructure. From any web browser, administrators, and customers, will be able to control and configure servers and other IT equipment.

The KX II provides secure basic input/output system-level access with absolute mouse synchronization to servers and supports remote installation of software and diagnostics, said Raritan.

Raritan also said that its new power management systems will help customers analyze power consumption and cooling requirements for different server configurations. Servers in the labs will be plugged into Raritan’s Dominion PX intelligent rack power distribution units (PDU), which measure power consumption at the outlet level.

Raritan noted that its intelligent PX PDUs also will help the EEC find free rack space by using power draw information of equipment instead of relying upon nameplate data.

Steve Cole, business development manager at Microsoft EEC, said: With the Dominion PX we’ll be monitoring daily the amount of amperage and watts drawn by each piece of equipment in our server racks. We also will be able to look at cooling and humidity statistics at the racks using the Dominion PX environmental sensors.

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