To improve operational and energy efficiency in data centres, Raritan today announced systems integration capabilities to its Power IQ data centre energy management software and support for more data centre equipment. Power IQ helps companies track and analyse energy usage down to the individual IT device level and implement energy-saving actions from a central power console.
Power IQ's new Web Services APIs -- Power Control API and Configuration Item API -- enable customers to integrate Power IQ with their existing enterprise systems, such as HP Asset Management, as well as build custom tools. A customer, for example, can write Web service scripts to automate power control to support their unique operational needs. "Power IQ enables customer to manage their data centres smarter," said Gary Hull, Country Director, Australia and New Zealand at Raritan Australia . "Now with the new Web Services APIs, we provide customers a way to implement their creative ideas to manage their enterprise's power."
Power IQ energy management software, which collects and analyses energy data of IT equipment connected to Raritan and third-party Ethernet-enabled intelligent rack power distribution units (PDUs), now supports APC and Liebert UPSs
The new release of Power IQ also supports deployments up to 5,000 rack PDUs, making it the most scalable Energy Management Virtual Appliance on the market. In addition to collecting data from Dominion PX’s environmental sensors for analysing rack temperature and humidity information, PowerIQ now collects data from ServerTech rack PDU probes and NetBotz. Power IQ also gathers power information on IT equipment connected to 'not-so-smart' PDUs using Raritan's Dominion PX-3000 inline power meters, which are designed to be used in conjunction with dumb rack PDUs to provide comprehensive strip-level metering on all types of IT equipment.
Power IQ recently achieved VMware certification and is designated “VMware Ready." Many customers deploy Power IQ as a virtual appliance because it helps save rack space, energy and hardware costs. Power IQ is also offered as a hardware appliance.
Enterprise-wide data collection at the device level enables Power IQ's analytics to calculate and chart active power, energy consumption, cost and carbon footprint for servers and other IT devices. Power information is presented in user-configurable graphs and reports that can be accessed from anywhere with Power IQ’s Web-based dashboard. Graphs can easily depict which devices are consuming the most energy, whether power conservation efforts are working, and if there are hot spots or over-cooled areas. Remedial steps - such as scheduling devices to turn off for periods when not needed or increasing a server room's ambient temperature gradually - can be made easily using Power IQ's remote power management capabilities
Power IQ received key industry recognition recently with a CRN Tech Innovator Runner-Up Award in the Business Software Enterprise category.