Server Technology and RF Code Announce Integrated Wire-Free Power Monitoring Solution for Data Centers

Simple, affordable solution for monitoring energy usage, temperature and humidity gives data center professionals key tools to reduce costs and improve efficiency

Dec 07, 2010, 06:00 ET from Server Technology, Inc.

RENO, Nev. and AUSTIN, Texas, Dec. 7, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Server Technology, Inc., the global leader for Power Distribution Unit and Management Solutions, and RF Code, Inc., a leading provider of active IT asset management and environmental monitoring solutions, today announced a rack level wire-free power monitoring solution designed for data center energy optimization. This jointly-developed solution integrates Server Technology's Smart and Switched cabinet power distribution units (CDUs) with patented Per Inlet Power Sensing (PIPS™), with or without Per Outlet Power Sensing (POPS™) functionality, with RF Code's active RFID hardware and management software.  

This solution allows RF Code sensor tags to capture and then transmit power monitoring in-feed and device level data (with POPS™) from the Server Technology CDUs, to the RF Code wire-free active reader infrastructure. Readers then send the information to RF Code's Sensor Manager software, which manages the power monitoring information.

"Our data center customers are looking for solutions to manage power and environmentals more cost effectively. The combination of RF Code's sensor tags with our CDUs gives them an easy, cost-effective way to get the data they need to make smart power-related decisions for their data center. Customers get exactly what they need without expensive Ethernet costs and they'll love the simplicity of the solution," said Brandon Ewing, President of Server Technology. "They just plug a RF sensor tag into a Server Technology CDU. There aren't any costs for IP addresses, configuration or IP maintenance," said Ewing.

"Monitoring and managing power usage has always been a data center best practice," said Mitch Medford, CEO, RF Code. "But the price tag and deployment issues associated with traditional wired approaches have put undue burden on data center budgets. Working together, RF Code and Server Technology have broken through this price/deployment barrier. As a result, data centers everywhere can now widely deploy power usage monitoring without breaking the bank or the backs or data center personnel," said Medford.

How the Server Technology/RF Code Wire-free Solution Works

The new RF Code R170 PDU Tag for Server Technology plugs into the serial port on Server Technology's Smart or Switched CDUs, with or without POPS™ (Per Outlet Power Sensing) with PIPS™ (Per Inlet Power Sensing.) The sensor collects power information from the CDU and transmits that data to RF Code readers installed in the data center. Power monitoring data provided by the solution includes amperage, voltage, apparent power, active power kW, outlet status changes (on, off and reboot), capacity and breaker status. The data is sent to RF Code's Sensor Manager software, which manages the captured information and makes additional computations about power utilization.

This joint solution provides the customer with a complete picture of overall power utilization or individual device power utilization or both.  Customers can use Sensor Manager to manage the data using live table views, map views, interactive graphing and reporting, scheduled graphing and reporting, alerting and thresholding.

For more information about the Server Technology/RF Code solution, contact Calvin Nicholson at Server Technology (calvin.nicholson@servertechnology.com) or Chris Gaskins at RF Code (cgaskin@rfcode.com.)

About Server Technology

Server Technology, Inc. is the global leader in power distribution units and power management products used in the world's leading enterprise data centers, service providers and branch office locations.  For over 25 years, Server Technology has been recognized for innovative, intelligent power distribution, remote power monitoring and power management and measurement. Driven by customer innovation, the company is committed to helping companies reach their power consumption and green initiative goals. Server Technology, Inc. is headquartered in Reno, Nevada with worldwide distribution and regional offices in the United Kingdom, Germany and Singapore. To contact Server Technology call 1-800-835-1515 or visit www.servertech.com.

About RF Code, Inc.

RF Code is a leading provider of active IT asset management and environmental monitoring solutions as well as a leader in providing technology used by third parties to enhance their solutions. The company's unique active RFID-based solutions provide IT professionals with a more efficient, cost-effective approach to managing IT assets and keeping technology environments in an optimal state. RF Code's fully automated, wire-free solutions significantly reduce costs, eliminate manual labor and deliver an immediate return on investment. www.rfcode.com

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