Server Technology Announces Data Center Power Firmware Integration with IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager

February 01, 2012 by Jeff Shepard

Server Technology, specialists in producing the highest quality rack mount power distribution units and power monitoring solutions, announced the integration of its new 6.1 rack mount power distribution unit (PDU) firmware with IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager Version 4.4. IBM’s Active Energy Manager (AEM) measures, monitors and manages energy and environmental readings in the data center and has the capability of interfacing directly with IBM systems as well as power distribution units, uninterruptible power supplies, sensor networks and facility management applications. Server Technology’s Per Outlet Power Sensing (POPS(TM)) PDUs with the most recent 6.1 firmware, provide the most accurate and granular information available for data center power consumption, temperature and humidity.

"The integration effort to achieve this compatibility was minimal – which I believe is a testament to Server Technology’s high-quality firmware and keen focus on backward compatibility," said Nathan Rabe, Staff Software Engineer, IBM Systems & Technology Group. "The integration of Server Tech’s latest version of firmware in their entire line of intelligent PDUs allows IBM’s Active Energy Manager customers to derive a wealth of highly accurate and granular power consumption data across their data center."

"We’re pleased about this integration of our PDUs and new version of firmware with IBM’s latest version of Active Energy Manager," said Mark Harris, vice president of marketing for Server Technology. "Data center power measurement, monitoring and trending information, combined with power management software, is what every data center professional needs to make key decisions about energy usage, cost savings and uptime. By continuing to partner with industry-leading energy and environmental monitoring companies to interface with their data center solutions, Active Energy Manager provides a more widespread and useful product for tracking and controlling energy usage. IBM knows that we are the market leader in PDU technology and our high quality units are reliable for 1,000 days – not just the first day – and deliver the highest degree of accuracy," said Harris.

Server Technology has recently completed an independent evaluation of the accuracy of its PDUs based upon the recognized standard for power measurement, ANSI C12.1-2008. Server Technology contracted Underwriters Laboratories (UL) to conduct these tests which confirmed that the measurement capabilities contained within Server Technology’s intelligent PDUs meet the ANSI C12.1-2008 as verified by UL. Customers can rely on Server Technology PDU products to deliver power under a wide range of conditions along with the industry’s most accurate measurement results.

Server Technology’s 6.1 firmware provides a number of key improvements over its previous releases. The amount and granularity of power and current data retrievable from Server Technology PDUs featuring POPS has been expanded, benefitting users of AEM 4.4 by providing a more robust picture of energy consumption and environmental states in the data center. There is also a new user-friendly interface with a Systems Summary dashboard giving customers an at-a-glance view of infeed power, current, load, temperature, humidity, CDU status and alerts.

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