Raritan Power IQ Energy Management Software FAQs

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What is Power IQ?

Power IQ Energy Management Software provides vendor agnostic centralized monitoring, graceful OS shutdown, outlet control, as well as powerful thermal and energy analytics of your active power, costs, line capacities, carbon footprint and rack temperature. Trending reports and cumulative totals can be displayed at the data center, floor, room, rack, customer and IT device level. You can generate customer energy billback cost reports in local currency with one click. Through one Web browser, the scalable Power IQ manages APC®, Avocent®, Baytech®, Cyber Switching®, Geist, HP, Knurr®, Liebert, MRV, Raritan, Rittal®, Server Technology and UNITE™ rack PDUs, UPSs and more. Our system is open database compliant and provides a Web Service API for integration with enterprise systems and tools. It simplifies PX™ configuration and firmware management, plus security is ensured with standards-based authentication, Web session timeout and IP-based access control.

What platforms will Power IQ run on?

Power IQ will run on any VMware® platform or on an appliance Raritan provides.

What is a VMware virtual appliance?

Virtual appliances are pre-built, pre-configured, ready-to-run applications packaged with an operating system inside a virtual machine. Virtual appliances are designed to eliminate the installation, configuration and maintenance costs associated with running complex stacks of software. Customers can easily install and deploy these pre-integrated solution stacks.

How do I deploy Power IQ?

Raritan provides a DVD that sets up a turnkey system, including application software, database, operating system and Web server. The system is ready to run on any VMware® platform, including the free VMware ESXi™ for organizations that don’t already have VMware.

How frequently does Power IQ collect data?

Data collection is user configurable from once every 15 seconds to once every hour.

What is the Raritan appliance?

You have the option to deploy Power IQ as a VMware® virtual appliance or to use Raritan’s physical appliance. The Raritan appliance is a 2U, rack-mountable server with Intel® Xeon® Quad Core CPU, 4GB RAM, redundant fans and dual power supply.

Are failed login attempts recorded?

Yes, Power IQ provides a syslog message to notify you if there was a failed login attempt.

Does Power IQ support secure LDAP?

Yes, LDAP over a secure port is supported.

Does Power IQ support LDAP “lock-out” settings?

Power IQ respects the “lock-out” settings of an LDAP server. If a user attempts multiple invalid logins, and the LDAP server set the account to be blocked, it no longer allows access.

Do session timeouts work in an LDAP setting?

Session timeouts are applicable to both LDAP users and the local administrator account.

What is the Power IQ upgrade path?

Each Power IQ model contains the same software. You can purchase the license capacity that meets your needs today and then update the license capacity as you grow. A device license capacity upgrade does not require a hardware change. We offer 10-, 20-, 50- and 100-device license upgrade packages.

Does Power IQ software offer support and updates?

One year of software tech support and updates are included in your initial purchase. Software upgrades do not impact configuration or history data. You have the option to renew this on an annual basis for approximately 18% of the original license.

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Raritan Power IQ Energy Management Software Features and Benefits

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Features & Benefits

FEATURES BENEFITS
Reports
Cooling Chart Energy Efficiency – Understand if you are compliant with manufacturer and industry-accepted recommendations, and project how much energy you can save by increasing room ambient temperature.
Trend Analysis Charts Reduce Downtime – Establish baselines and track long-term trends for energy consumption, power load, line current, temperature and humidity. Avoid project delays and downtime due to lack of power supply or circuit overloads.
Carbon Footprint Charts Peace of Mind – Certify usage change from one period to another to support carbon credit claims.
Energy Billback Charts Energy Efficiency – Drive energy conservation behavior by billing back energy consumption to users.
PDU Health Chart Reduce Downtime – Easily spot power health incidents before they become serious problems.
Vendor Agnostic Power Control
Agentless Graceful Operating System Shutdown and Outlet Control Reduces energy costs under normal operations and extends battery life during power failure.
Remote Power On/Off of Outlets, IT Devices, Device Groups and Racks Operational efficiency.
Vendor Agnostic Data Aggregation and Grouping
Group Data Via IT Device, Customer / Department, Rack, Row, Zone and Building Turns a large amount of detailed data into useful information to enhance capacity planning and energy efficiency initiatives.
Collect Power Data: Outlet Current and Active Power; Line Current Draw and Available Current; Unit Active Power and Apparent Power Use one system for information aggregation.
Collect Environmental Data from Temperature and Humidity Probes Find hot spots in your data center.
User Configurable Polling The data polling can be configured from 15 seconds to 24 hours.
User Configurable Data Retention System administrator can control data retention period.
Open Data Model and Web Service API
Open Database Connectivity Provides you with the flexibility to use your own reporting system, such as Crystal reports or SQL, to store and analyze data. This can save training time and lets you create the exact custom reports you require.
Web Service API Easily integrate into your systems and tools. Build your own customer applications for power control.
Import and Export Data Via CSV File Leverage data and information between systems and organizations.
Centralized Rack PDU Management
Centralized Management Consolidates names, polling status, locations, models and firmware for all your rack PDUs onto one screen and saves valuable management time.
Monitoring for Alerts andThreshold Violations Increase uptime by becoming aware of incidents before they become problems.
PDU System and Outlet Naming Common tool to set names in bulk or one at a time to save time. Also allows you to save outlet names in an Excel® file for future reference and updates.

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Raritan Power IQ Energy Management Software Screenshots

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Raritan Power IQ Energy Management SoftwarePower IQ Dashboard

The dashboard provides you a ready view of critical information.

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Central PDU Console

One “pane of glass” to manage all your rack PDUs and in-line meters – APC, Avocent, Cyber Switching, Geist, MRV, Raritan, Server Technology and more.

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Cooling Chart

Understand if you are compliant with manufacturer’s and industry-accepted recommendations, and project how much you can save by increasing room ambient temperatures.

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Vendor Agnostic Monitoring and Management

Through one Web browser, the scalable Power IQ monitors and manages PDUs from APC, Avocent, BayTech, Cyber Switching, Geist, HP, Knurr, Liebert, MRV, Raritan, Rittal, Server Technology, UNITE and more.

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Create Custom Reports

A powerful reporting function in Power IQ allows you to generate custom reports at the outlet, IT device, customer, department, rack, zone, floor, lab and data center levels. You can generate reports that reflect active power, energy cost and consumption, carbon footprint, temperature and humidity.

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Report by Customer or Department

An example of a report that charts the energy used by a customer or department.

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Report Energy Cost

You can also create reports that display energy costs over time for comparison purposes.

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Report Usage via IT device or Outlet

A report charting the energy usage at the IT device level. Similar charts can be generated for usage reports at the outlet level.

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Report Carbon Footprint

An example of a carbon footprint report, showing how Power IQ enables you to graph multiple devices on a single chart for comparison purposes, as well as summarize the accumulated total per period.

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Report Active Power

Power IQ allows you to both create and save a number of standard reports from a single screen. You also have the ability to create and save a any number of charts within each report.

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Data Center/Building Level Settings

Set your peak and off peak cost per Kilowatt-Hour, as well as carbon and cooling factors at each location.

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Floor/Zone/Row/Rack & IT Device Level Grouping & Associations

Associate outlets to IT devices. Group devices by customer, type or any use defined fields.

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Group via IT Device Owner

Once a customer is associated with an outlet or group of outlets, you can view all outlets assigned to that customer, along with the type of devices assigned and the power rating of each device.

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Import & Export Data

Seamlessly import all data for easy set-up and export for your use.

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Export Graphed Data to CSV

An example of a CSV file, exported as an “Active Power by Rack” request.

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User Configurable Data Retention Period

Configure how long you want to retain data.  For example, you can keep monthly max, min and ave. for 5 years.

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APC 3-Phase PDU

This PDU page enables you to trend unit level active power and view current results.  This is an example of an APC 3 phase rack PDU.

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Raritan 3-Phase PDU

The Raritan PDU page lets you trend unit level active power and view current results at the unit, line and outlet level from all Raritan PX PDUs.

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Outlet level vs. Line Metering

Raritan outlet level metering enables more precise business division and IT device reporting, which gives you greater understanding of your device usage and more accurate chargeback opportunities for your customers.

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Environmental Analytics

Power IQ lets you monitor and measure rack temperature and humidity. It can also create reports that show maximum, minimum and average readings.

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User Groups & Permissions

You have the ability to create a wide variety of user groups and assign permissions based on criteria that work best for you.

You can assign access permissions by:
Device / Rack / Rows / Rooms / Sites

Functional permissions can be set up for:
Settings / User management / Device management / Power Control / Report creation / Report viewing

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Scheduled Power Control Operations

Schedule one time or recurring power control operations for energy efficiency or maintenance purposes, this may help you qualify for energy rebates.

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Power Control of Device Groups

With Power IQ, you can set up power on/off sequence and delay of IT devices within a rack or device group.

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Local Settings

Power IQ also lets you produce energy cost reports in the currency of your choice.

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An example of Power IQ working with an APC switched PDU – specifically, viewing power control for the unit and unit level metering.

Raritan Power IQ Energy Management SoftwareAgentless Graceful Shutdown

Schedule one-time or recurring shutdowns of operating systems and outlets for efficiency or maintenance purposes. Use standard or custom scripts.

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Raritan dcTrack Data Center Infrastructure Management Software Features and Benefits

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Features & Benefits   

BENEFITS
Reduce capital spending by optimizing capacity planning and improve power infrastructure provisioning.
Reduce and control energy costs with real-time power usage monitoring and granular power usage breakdown.
Prepare, plan and execute a data center relocation project into a new facility with confidence.
Reduce costs by visualizing the data center floor and cabinet elevations remotely in a lights-out operation.
Reduce costs by eliminating the need to manually trace circuits and connections.
Reduce costs by eliminating the need to run new cables or add new equipment by easily identifying unassigned connections and unused equipment ports.
Plan network, power and cooling requirements by reviewing current loads and future trends.
Reduce the mean time to repair (MTTR) by accelerating the investigative process to identify the incident cause. Since about 80 percent of incident repair reflects time to track down and identify causes, dcTrack dramatically reduces both time and costs.
Quickly identify user departments and applications that are affected by a server shutdown, a virus attack or a partial power failure.
Control access to data center items by using a robust change management and work order system.
Comply with Sarbanes-Oxley Act and FDA regulations; FDA regulation 21 CFR Part 11 establishes stringent standards of data security, data integrity and traceability.
FEATURES
Data Center Visualization
Visualize AutoCAD® floor plan drawings in real time without the need for an AutoCAD license or software. Changes made to AutoCAD floor plans are immediately visible in dcTrack.
Visualize color-coded floor plans that summarize low, medium and high utilizations of key data center attributes such as heat dissipation, power usage, weight and rack mounting space.
Navigate interactive hyperlinked drawings for deep visibility of floor space, cabinet front and rear elevations, device images and ports.
Drag and drop network and power port labels on the front and rear images of items to depict their exact physical locations.
Visualize relationships and dependencies between user departments, applications, PDUs, cabinets, servers and networks.
Visualize a group of cabinet elevations based on physical or logical groupings.
Visualize end-to-end power and network circuit maps including all intermediate circuit points.
Visualize PDU and RPP circuit breaker panels. The breakers are hyperlinked to trace the entire circuit downstream identifying all connected items.
Use an extensive visual library of items and connectors depicting equipment front and rear views and attributes such as rack units and weight. Easily add to library by importing manufacturers’ free Visio® stencils.
Multi Data Center Support
Manage multiple data center sites regardless of their geographic locations.
Store all sites in one ODBC-compliant, scalable SQL server database.
Data Center Asset Management
Track financial asset information including purchase date, purchase price, department cost center, asset tag and maintenance contracts.
Track physical asset information including rack units, dimensions, weight, manufacturer, model and serial number.
Track logical asset information including function, operating system, administrators and user departments.
IP and Network Management
Manage logical relationships and connections between servers and network switches based on IP subnet addresses.
Define subnets using an intelligent IP address calculator that computes, among other things, the number of hosts in a subnet based on a subnet mask.
Identify VLAN, color code and subnet’s physical location based on an IP address.
Manage VLANs by controlling the list of subnets served by each switch.
Assign a new IP address automatically when a server is being moved to a location served by a different subnet.
Configure a server port with multiple virtual IP addresses or implement port teaming for two or more ports.
Manage network switches and ports whether they are stackable or chassis form factor.
SNMP Auto-Discovery
Auto-discover dynamic server attributes such as processors, memory, disk utilization, processes and applications as well as IP and MAC® addresses.
Load any third-party MIB, browse it and walk it to determine the exact OID fields to map to dcTrack fields.
Scan the network with maximum flexibility by selecting subnets or IP address ranges.
Use results of the auto-discovery scan to audit existing dcTrack items or use them to populate new items.
Servers and Host Devices
Track and visualize the precise position of network and power ports on the front and rear of servers and devices. Visually track the server rack unit position in the cabinet.
Track server network and power attributes including positions, labels, connector types, protocols, speed, MAC and IP addresses, voltage, phase, rated, derated and actual watts.
Manage all server types including physical, virtual and blade servers.
Manage virtual server information including clusters, datastore locations, virtual switches and ports.
Automate conversion of physical servers to virtual servers.
Track server applications including their criticality, dependency, user departments and user sites.
Create unlimited number of user fields.
Manage maintenance and support contract information.
Power and Environmental Management
Monitor and track power loads and environmental data in real time throughout the data center, including intelligent rack PDUs (power strips), temperature/humidity probes, PDUs, UPS systems and CRAC units.
Group and manage UPS and CRAC units in banks and define redundancy levels within each bank.
Monitor power loads of all data center power feeds in order to maintain load balance across all feeds thus preventing overloads during feed shutdowns or failures.
Manage power loads to achieve a balanced load across all three phases and sources.
Manage power loads in rack PDUs down to branch circuit fuses.
Determine the power loads at any point in the circuit path. The power readings are available for rack PDUs, power outlets, breakers, breaker panels, PDUs and UPS systems using derated values and actual readings where available.
Track electrical busway distribution systems, including busway modules, circuit breakers and receptacle types with granular and graphical detail.
Visually manage PDU and RPP redundancy and diversity feeding cabinets and racks.
Receive alerts when power is being exceeded at any point upstream in the circuit path.
Define and manage the CRAC units’ zones of influence and track location of perforated raised floor tiles.
Data Cabling
Track and manage virtually any cable infrastructure topology: centralized or distributed network racks, outlet port densities, cabling media, cable labeling scheme and port color coding.
Track fiber and copper cabling including cable categories and connector types.
Document and visualize cable routes within the data center on the floor plan.
Document cable tray routes, whether under the floor or overhead, and associated cables.
Data and Power Connectivity
Provision data and power circuits using built-in automation and intelligence tools. End-to-end data circuits can be automatically provisioned based on user-defined rules such as color code, VLAN or simply the next available port.
Provision power circuits to maintain best practices. The system will automatically select diverse power sources, maintain balance across all three phases and ensure circuit limits are not exceeded.
Prevent connectivity errors. Alerts are generated if the connections are between two different media types, incompatible connectors, mismatched color codes or other improper practices. Warnings alert the user when a proposed connection requires further attention.
Trace data and power connections by providing information on any item or port in the circuit path. The end-to-end connection trace result is visualized both graphically and in tabular text format.
Change Management
Maintain best practices and improve operational efficiencies by using a well-defined change management process.
Enable data center users to generate change requests to be reviewed and approved by authorized data center managers.
Request forms support moves, adds and changes (MACs) of assets as well as connections and disconnects of power and data cabling.
Generate, schedule and forward work orders based on approved requests to data center technicians to affect change.
Send e-mail notifications automatically throughout all stages of the change process to requesters, approvers and technicians.
Maintain a complete history of requests and work orders in compliance with internal and regulatory audit requirements. Time, date and user names of the persons who acted on each request stage are also recorded. Old requests can be archived.
Automate device moves using built-in intelligence tools to determine suitable cabinet destination based on available resources. Resources include available rack units, power sources, data cabling, color codes, network VLAN and IP addresses.
Library
Extensive library of the most popular data center items including blade servers, physical servers, network switches, SAN switches, rack PDUs and many other items.
Library includes front and rear images, physical specifications and the manufacturers’ recommended power supplies and network ports.
Extensive library of the most popular power and network connectors. Out-of-the-box and customizable rules for mating connectors.
Easily edit and add items to the library or synchronize with future updates.
Administration
Utility to import user data in bulk from spreadsheets. The utility can be customized to allow for the import of non-structured spreadsheets by mapping spreadsheet column headings to specific dcTrack fields.
Complete audit trail of item records and fields tracking the user making the change, timestamp, old value and new value of the changed field.
Unlimited ability to add custom user-defined fields in all item screens.
Access servers remotely via remote desktop, telnet and SSH sessions.
Flexible search features allow exact or partial matches on any field. Search results can be easily exported to Excel® or text files.
Dropdown lists are customizable by the administrator.
Security features limit user access by administrator-defined four access levels.

 

 

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Raritan dcTrack Data Center Infrastructure Management Software

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The most comprehensive and easiest to use data center infrastructure management (DCIM) tool to efficiently manage IT assets, capacity and changes.

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Visualize Floor Map

The data center floor map is linked in real-time to the AutoCAD® or Visio® floor plan. Any changes made to the CAD background are immediately visible and recognized as new objects in dcTrack. dcTrack users can define their own custom views for quick access to their resources. A management dashboard offers several color-coded charts to easily view heat and power load distributions as well as data network and cabinet resources throughout the data centers.

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Visualize Cabinet Elevations

dcTrack provides a quick and simple method for data center managers to visualize a group of cabinet elevations on a single screen. Cabinets can be grouped by physical adjacencies such as data center rows or logical groupings based on cabinet content. With another click, the elevation views can be changed to front, rear, or descriptive text views. Whether viewing the cabinet row from the front or rear, the cabinet left to right order can be set to match actual order or alphabetical order.

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Visualize Item and Port Trace

Once the cabinet elevation is visualized, dcTrack provides extensive views to drill down on item and port details. By simply clicking on an item in the cabinet view, a detailed image of the item is presented depicting all ports with dynamic labels. This image can be changed to front or rear views with a single click. The end-to-end circuit map of a port is visualized by clicking on a port label for further drill down.

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Visualize Power Path

dcTrack offers a unique tool to visualize the full electrical circuit dependency beginning with the data center power source downstream to the rack PDU receptacle. dcTrack automatically calculates the power load at intermediate points in the electrical circuit path including UPS, PDU, breaker panel, outlet, power strip and power strip branch fuses. The PDU and related cabinet will be highlighted on the floor plan.

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Cabinets

In this screen, the user manages the cabinet location assignment and can easily and quickly view its contents both visually and in text format. This eliminates the need to maintain separate drawings in third-party applications such as AutoCAD or Microsoft Visio®. This screen provides a quick summary of the cabinet’s network and environmental metrics such as network ports, power usage, heat dissipation, and weight.

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Server and Network Items

These screens allow the user to view, edit and add serve rand network items. From a single server screen, dcTrack can support standalone servers, blade servers, and virtual servers. The user can assign an unlimited number of network and power ports and applications to each device, which can be instantly visualized on the device front and rear views. Built-in intelligence will allow the user to assign IP addresses and VLANs from available networks as well as assign color codes.

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Data Cabling Items

In this screen, the user can manage the cable infrastructure as it is installed in the data center. dcTrack supports all known cable types, connectors and topologies. It supports various design architectures such as distributed and centralized topologies. The system is flexible to support and manage real-life labeling scenarios. Cable panels can be any size and can be assigned to any rack unit or to positions above or below the cabinet. Horizontal wire managers are also supported.

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IP Address and VLAN Management

dcTrack simplifies IP space management in the data center thus eliminating cumbersome and error-prone spreadsheets. It defines subnets using an intelligent IP address calculator and assigns each subnet a name, a location, a VLAN number, and color codes. Then it assigns subnets to switches to manage VLANs. Remembering subnet ranges and default gateways with complex subneting is a daunting task. Let the IP query identify the subnet and its details for any IP address with ease.

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Power Distribution Management

dcTrack is unique in that it offers complete management of the power infrastructure in the data center. Power management begins with the UPS power feeds. It handles virtually any power distribution design whether it is PDUs or RPPs, whether it is homerun distribution or overhead power busways, or whether it is single phase or 3-phase sources and loads. This screen helps visualize the circuit breaker panel as it exists in the PDU. This is critical in keeping all three phases in the data center balanced.

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Power Outlets and Power Strips Management

dcTrack offers advanced power management to help data center managers achieve maximum efficiency in power consumption. Real-time SNMP plug-ins allow users to capture actual power draws, temperature, and humidity from smart power strips. dcTrack is also capable of tracking power strip branch circuit fuses. Users have maximum flexibility in tracking virtually any power strip attribute: voltage, phase, plug type, port density or mounting position.

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Automate Data and Power Connections

Once items such as servers and network equipment are assigned, dcTrack’s built-in intelligence and automation tools simplify the building of relationships between these items. Whether it is a single or multi-hop connection, whether it is a network, SAN, point-to-point, or power connection, dcTrack can build these end-to-end connections based on user-defined rules. Such rules can include IP subnets, VLANs, cable color code, cable labeling, and power circuit diversity.

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Automate Move Management

When moving a device or a server from one cabinet to another, a chain of related tasks occurs. dcTrack’s built-in automation tools do the hard work. The process begins by suggesting a suitable cabinet that has sufficient rack unit space and power resources. Additionally, based on user-defined rules, it will guide the user in finding the optimal network resources such as IP subnet, VLAN, and cable color code. Disconnect and new connection work orders are then automatically generated.

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Change Management

dcTrack change management offers a clear and well-defined workflow to support and enforce best practices throughout the data center organization. Any significant change such as adding, deleting, or moving an item requires the user to follow a structured request process. Once requests are reviewed and approved by dcTrack’s gatekeeper, then work orders are issued to affect the requested change. Each step in this process is tracked by date, time and user name for future audit trail.

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Library

dcTrack comes loaded with an extensive visual library of items including servers, hosts, network equipment, PDUs, power strips, and data cabling panels. It also includes a comprehensive library of power and data connectors. Each item comes ready with attributes such as manufacturer name, model, size, rack units, power draw, and heat dissipation. It also includes front and rear views of each item. Users can also edit and add items to the library as needed.

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Reports and Search Utilities

dcTrack includes many valuable and well-laid out reports that include text and graphics to provide system details and environmental capacity metrics for proactive and effective management. The reports’ user interface has a comprehensive filtering and sorting utility. The search and trace utilities provide quick methods for looking up items or connections by providing key information about the item or any component of the connection path. The results can be exported to an Excel file.

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Raritan dcTrack Data Center Infrastructure Management Software FAQs

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Questions and Answers

What is dcTrack?

dcTrack is a data center infrastructure management (DCIM) solution providing powerful and intelligent tools for data center automation.

dcTrack enables data center managers to maintain accurate views across the entire data center from servers, blades, virtual servers and applications, to data networks, IP addressing space and cabling, to real-time views of power consumption and heat dissipation, to raised floor space and rack elevations.

dcTrack was designed from the ground up by data center professionals to provide broad and deep visibility into the data center. It empowers data center managers to plan for growth and change by optimizing their current operations, assets and infrastructure.

Who can benefit from dcTrack?

Data center managers, network managers and technicians, server managers and administrators, and facility managers and technicians can all benefit from dcTrack.

How many data centers can dcTrack manage?

dcTrack can manage an unlimited number of data centers.

Does dcTrack manage network infrastructure?

Yes. dcTrack can track the physical network layer of Ethernet and Fibre Channel switches, chassis-based and stackable switches, and MAC and IP addresses.

Can dcTrack manage VLANs?

Yes. dcTrack allows for the logical mapping of IP subnets to network switches or switch blades. It also allows for the assignment of VLANs to network interfaces.

Does dcTrack manage power infrastructure?

Yes. dcTrack supports single phase and 3-phase power distribution, traditional breaker panel-to-outlet distribution, busway distribution, variety of electrical socket types and standards. It supports all elements in the power chain, from a device power supply all the way up to UPS.

Does dcTrack manage the cable plant?

Yes. dcTrack can manage virtually any common architecture, including centralized network distribution, distributed end-of-row, network racks or top-of-rack switching. It can also manage multiple hops of patching and connectivity. 

Can dcTrack auto-discover servers and host systems?

Yes. dcTrack can auto-discover systems that have SNMP v1, v2 or v3 enabled using the standard RFC 1213 MIB.

Does dcTrack do real-time monitoring?

Yes. dcTrack can monitor in real time the power and environmental readings from SNMP-enabled power and environmental devices, such as UPS, PDU, rack PDU, power supplies, CRAC units, and temperature and humidity probes. dcTrack can update these readings down to 1-second intervals.

What are the requirements for deploying dcTrack?

Microsoft® SQL server 2000 or 2005. Depending on the size of the database, the server may not have to be dedicated. dcTrack may run as an SQL database instance or on a virtual machine running an SQL server. The end-user installation requires MS Windows 2000 or XP with the latest service packs.

Is there a maintenance plan for dcTrack?

Yes. The plan includes telephone and email support, bug fixes, maintenance releases and library updates.

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Raritan IQ® Energy Management Software

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Raritan Power IQ® energy management software automates secure, time-base power management and control which enables powerful analytics reporting of energy cost, temperature, active power, line capacity and carbon footprint.

Raritan-Power-IQ-mediaPower IQ Energy Management Software provides vendor agnostic centralized monitoring, agentless graceful OS shutdown, outlet control, powerful thermal and energy analytics of your active power, costs, line capacities, carbon footprint and rack temperature. Trending reports and cumulative totals can be displayed at the data center, floor, room, rack, customer and IT device level. You can generate customer energy billback cost reports in local currency with one click. Through one Web browser, the scalable Power IQ manages APC®, Avocent®, Baytech®, Cyber Switching®, Eaton, Geist, HP, Knurr®, Liebert®, MRV, Raritan®, Rittal®, Server Technology® and UNITE rack PDUs, UPSs and more.

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Efficiently Utilize Energy

Power IQ® provides you with valuable information and automated control that can help you gain efficiencies in the data center right away, including:

  • Baseline data center energy usage by IT device, rack, zone, customer, department and data center
  • Measurement of energy improvements
  • Understanding of which systems are candidates for consolidation
  • At-the-rack temperature measurement to identify areas to adjust cooling
  • Energy cost bill-back reports with one click
  • Tracking changes in carbon footprint
  • Remote power on/off and automated power control, saving energy and equipment

 

Make Informed Capacity Planning Decisions

Power IQ® lets you accurately monitor and measure key power data, so you can manage current needs and plan for future growth. Capabilities include:

  • Collecting actual current draw to compare to rated capacity
  • Collecting and grouping actual power load to update design assumptions
  • Monitoring trends to understand future needs
  • Finding hot spots and eliminating them by making informed add/move decisions
  • Open Standards-Based System Architecture
  • Web Service API – for easy integration with your systems and custom programs
  • LDAP/AD support offers easier centralized authentication
  • Open database compliant system allows for easy information sharing
  • Up to 256-bit AES encryption protects your information

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Raritan Power Management

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Raritan offers a range of power management solutions which allow IT administrators and facilities managers to monitor, access and control power at the rack.

The table below compares the features of Raritan’s three types of rack power distribution units (PDUs) – intelligent, switched and metered PDUs. As can be seen from the table, intelligent PDUs offer the greatest functionality with an emphasis on management and support for remote PDU-level and outlet-level switching. Switched PDUs support remote switching but little else. Metered PDUs support more management capabilities than switched PDUs but with only PDU-level remote switching.

FEATURES INTELLIGENT (PX) SWITCHED (RPC) RARITAN PM
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Raritan dcTrack™ Data Center Infrastructure Management Software

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dcTrack is a data center infrastructure management (DCIM) software solution that provides powerful and intelligent tools for automation. dcTrack was designed from the ground up by data center professionals to provide you with broad and deep visibility into your operations. It allows you to plan for growth and change by optimizing your current operations, assets and infrastructure.

With dcTrack, you can maintain accurate views across your entire data center, including servers, blades, virtual servers, applications, data networks, IP addressing space and network cabling. It also provides real-time views of power consumption and heat dissipation, raised floor space and rack elevations.

Isolating potential problems is fast and easy with dcTrack asset management software. End-to-end power and data circuits can be visually and accurately traced while identifying all intermediate circuit points. dcTrack offers a feature-rich, easy-to-use and intuitive user interface loaded with visualization tools. Significant design effort was directed towards ensuring that all inter-related tasks are executed from a single screen. Built-in intelligence, rules and automation of common tasks greatly enhance the user experience, reducing your workload.

By using dcTrack’s workflow and change management, you are better able to enforce best practices across the enterprise and meet ITIL framework guidelines. The result is a single version of the truth of all your data center assets that enables you to direct your finite resources towards proactive management.

Efficiently Manage Your Data Center with dcTrack

  • Automate provisioning to eliminate manual processes and reduce expenses
  • Maximize utilization of existing capacity to defer new builds and avoid additional capital expenses
  • Avoid circuit overloads and outages with accurate power chain management
  • Support green data center initiatives to reduce energy
  • Optimize cooling to save energy and increase reliability

Sophisticated Visualization, Analysis and Reporting

  • Visualize AutoCAD® and Visio® floor plan drawings in real time
  • Visualize floor map drawings that are color-coded for heat, power, weight and space
  • Visualize floor space, front/rear rack elevation views, server images and device ports
  • Visualize end-to-end, power and network connections

Asset Management and Tracking

  • Track detailed physical, logical and financial asset information
  • Manage all server configurations (rackables, blades and virtual machines)

Best Value

  • dcTrack offers the simplest licensing of any software in its class. It is based only on the power and network ports defined in the system.
  • dcTrack’s licensing model allows anyone from anywhere within the licensee environment to manage any number of data centers.

 

Fastest and Easiest User Interface

  • Most common inter-related tasks are performed from one screen.
  • Creating new items is quick and easy.  The integration with AutoCAD® makes creating and positioning of a new cabinet on the floor map fast and easy.
  • Visualization tools are informative and intuitive for technical users and executives alike.
  • Finding logical and physical relationships and dependencies are just a few clicks away.

Best Feature-set on the Market Today

  • dcTrack was designed from the ground up to support modern data centers.
  • dcTrack is unique in its class for support of virtual servers, blade servers and true IP address space management.
  • dcTrack is also unique in its ability to track power and sum up loads across all three phases of all power sources.
  • Raritan dcTrack Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) Software provides a flexible, Web-accessible solution that’s easy to deploy and use. It’s available as a VMware-based virtual appliance, dcTrack is an all-in-one solution that’s fast to install and easy to use, with Web-based access that simplifies setup. With dcTrack, there are no additional modules to purchase and it readily adapts to the customer’s existing processes. Furthermore, its pay-as-you-grow pricing model better reflects actual usage – and offers more value than competitive solutions.
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Raritan

logo_RaritanRaritan 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. For more information, visit www.raritan.com.

  • dcTrack Data Center Infrastructure Management Software dcTrack™ is a data center infrastructure management (DCIM) software solution that provides powerful and intelligent tools for automation. dcTrack was designed from the ground up by data center professionals to provide you with broad and deep visibility into your operations. It allows you to plan for growth and change by optimizing your current operations, assets and infrastructure.
  • Power Management Raritan offers three types of rack power distribution units (PDUs) – intelligent, switched and metered PDUs. This range of power management solutions allows IT administrators and facilities managers to monitor, access and control power at the rack.
  • Power IQ Energy Management Software Raritan Power IQ® energy management software automates secure, time-base power management and control which enables powerful analytics reporting of energy cost, temperature, active power, line capacity and carbon footprint. The software provides vendor agnostic centralized monitoring, agentless graceful OS shutdown, outlet control, powerful thermal and energy analytics of your active power, costs, line capacities, carbon footprint and rack temperature.
  • Secure Power Connections A range of solutions is available to avoid unnecessary data center downtime by deploying IEC Secure Power Connections and/or Locking Power Connectors. PTS currently provides five (5) solutions currently on the market. Final recommendations are typically based upon requirements and budgets.
  • Raritan Case Study – eBay eBay created and began executing a four-year data center plan with an ambitious goal: to cut power costs in half, while simultaneously doubling compute performance. At the same time, this new infrastructure design would enable greater operational agility and increased reliability. To achieve these goals, eBay would consolidate its assets into a smaller number of data centers, each designed from the ground up to be extremely energy-efficient without compromising uptime.
  • Raritan Case Study – AOL AOL’s IT team wanted to improve their data centers’ overall energy efficiency. To do so, they needed accurate measurement of the power their servers, routers and switches were consuming. They also wanted to measure energy consumption at each power outlet, so they could gather an accurate picture of their energy usage. By graphing energy usage and trends and tracking carbon footprint, AOL can identify areas where they can conserve, helping them identify devices that are wasting energy and areas where there is overcooling.

Raritan Power Management Video: The Role of Energy Management in Your Data Center or IT Lab.