Admins who are running out of power in their data centers have a new option available. On Tuesday, data center management solution company Raritan rolled out the latest release of its Power IQ energy management software.
In addition to the range of energy data Power IQ collects to chart power usage, including amps, humidity and volts, Power IQ 2.0 uses Thermal Analytics to monitor rack temperatures in order to optimally use power and cooling resources without them being an energy hog. ASHRAE guidelines state that the upper temperature limit in a data center be increased by 3.6 degrees F to 80.6F. Power IQ will alert admins if the data center exceeds or is within this temperature, will give long-term data trends and provide recommendations on possible energy savings by increasing the data center temperature to meet these ASHRAE guidelines.
In addition, Power IQ 2.0 as an agent-less device allows for the easy shut down and start up of servers connected to rack PDUs, with no additional software needed on the target server. Automatic power cycling of certain IT systems when not needed also allows for energy savings with Power IQ.