Raring To Go Green
Raritan's KIRA 100 chip
Raritan's KIRA 100 chip has a new role in the data center -- saving power. The chip adds intelligence to power strips so that realtime, detailed information on power drawn by each server plugged into the strip can be gathered. It also gathers temperature and other environmental information at the rack. Armed with this information, which can be viewed at the rack or from anywhere using a Web browser, companies can take a number of steps to reduce energy and support green computing -- including spotting inefficient or idle servers to decommission, improving cooling efficiency and identifying unused rack capacity. The KIRA100 is being used in Raritan's new Dominion PX PDUs.
The KIRA100 is the industry's first "system on a chip" solution that delivers remote server access and control based on KVM-over-IP technology and key industry manageability access methods. For end customers, the high-performance chip has helped minimize server downtime and increases IT productivity by enabling operating system installation, BIOS upgrade and power cycling on a server to be done remotely.
The KIRA100 brings to the motherboard the advanced remote server management capabilities found in today's digital KVM-over-IP switches, which offer secure remote access and control to IT equipment from anywhere in the world over standard IP networks. The chip also provides virtual media support. 'It supports the key access protocol methods in the marketplace, including IPMI, SSH, WS-Management and SMASH-CLP.