Product review: Raritan makes a power play
Raritan enters managed PDU market with the Raritan PX lineFollow @pvenezia
Each outlet can be controlled individually, and set to on or off, as well as to cycle power with a specified wait state between the off and on cycle. Outlets can be grouped together, and authorized users can be presented with only the outlets or groups of outlets they can control, offering fine-grained authorization, even integrated with Active Directory, OpenLDAP, or RADIUS authentication. Local authentication is also available. The LDAP configuration is fairly straightforward for anyone versed in the protocol, but for those without that knowledge, it may prove a bit difficult.
I’m currently running several servers from the PX, and am able to get current power requirements for each power supply on each server with a click or two. With full SNMP support, that outlet status and power utilization data can be passed to telemetry applications for trend analysis and external monitoring. Also, the PX line can integrate with Raritan KVM-over-IP solutions.
A remote powerhouse
The PX line comes in an array of configurations, from the eight-outlet model I tested to 20-outlet versions, and is available in IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) and NEMA (National Electrical Manufacturers Association) outlet arrays from NEMA 5-15R to NEMA L6-30P, supporting up to 30 amps at 230 volts. The higher-end models have their own on-board circuit breakers instead of fuses as well.
In short, the array of options and configuration parameters available in the PX is staggering for a PDU. The cost is far higher than a run-of-the-mill power strip or rack-mount PDU, but if I were building a remote site that wouldn’t have an admin present, I’d feel far better knowing that I could exercise this level of control over the hardware at that site.