Wellington-based CWA New Media has taken control of its servers, implementing remote management and reporting tools to overcome constraints on physical access to its servers.
CWA, which develops and manages government web environments, has adopted Raritan's Dominion PX power distribution unit (PDU), which enables IT administrators to remotely control and obtain real-time information on server energy usage and, via sensors, humidity and temperature as well.
Administrator Steve Wray says so far the system is working well.
“Its certainly been helpful, during testing, to be able to power cycle servers remotely,” he says.
However, he has found that the units frequently don’t respond straight away.
“Its as if they enter some kind of sleep state. They don’t respond to https nor to ssh for a few minutes then come to life,” he says.
Wray says the biggest challenge in installing the system was figuring out how to install the øU model, which is a vertical rail, in the server rack.
“This would not fit into the racks provided at the hosting facility due to the doors.
“We have subsequently gone to the 1U model,” he says.
Raritan offers three form factors for the Dominion PX PDU: 0U, 1U and 2U.
Wray says secure remote access was a key requirement for any system. The Dominion PX PDU offers 256-bit AES encryption for security.