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Raritan tracks data center assets: News in brief

Raritan’s new asset management tags help data center managers keep tabs on their infrastructure; and other data center facilities news.

Raritan keeps tabs on data center assets

Power and infrastructure management provider Raritan Inc. is offering a new intelligent asset management tag and sensors that help data center managers track the location of their IT infrastructure, and tie in to its dcTrack data center infrastructure management (DCIM) suite.

Raritan's new Asset Management Tag is the size of a small mailing label and contains a unique ID chip and scannable ID barcode. The tag adheres to a server or other IT device and connects to an Asset Management Sensor attached to a rack rail. It provides the server with a unique ID and tracks its location down to the 1U level in a rack, as it is moved around the data center. The tags and sensors also help administrators with equipment adds, moves, changes, reconfigurations or repairs, using LED lights on each rack to signal different change management processes that need to be taken, the company said. The system integrates with Raritan’s dcTrack, or with third-party platforms, through Simple Network Management Protocol.

Schneider Electric offers perimeter cooling units

Scheider Electric is traditionally known for its in-row cooling products, but it’s now also offering traditional perimeter chilled-water computer room air conditioner (CRAC) units to its North American customers. The Uniflair family of CRACs consists of 14 different models, with cooling capacities ranging from 20 kW to 138k W, and is targeted at new and retrofit data centers equipped with underfloor and overhead air distribution. They are generally available with six- to eight-week lead times.

Emerson offers super-efficient, room-cooling system

Emerson Network Power introduced a new version of its room-based, precision-cooling system, the Liebert DSE, which it says exceeds the ASHRAE 90.1 minimum efficiency standard. A higher-efficiency, down flow-only version of the Liebert DS, the DSE provides a nominal 125 kW of net-sensible cooling and features a seasonal coefficient of performance (SCOP) of 2.9. It can also be equipped with Emerson’s EconoPhase “free cooling” technology, which the company says is more efficient than an air economizer, with fewer operational concerns. 

Dell offers standalone cold-aisle containment enclosure

Raised-floor data centers can contain cold air for their IT equipment using Dell Inc.’s new PowerEdge Energy Smart Containment Rack Enclosure, a standalone system that directs airflow from the raised floor to the rack-mounted equipment. The Energy Smart rack supports high-density environments of up to 25 kW, running at 25 degrees Celsius.

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