Integrated cable locking system prevents data center rack power disconnects

Raritan's SecureLock system prevents accidental power cord disconnects in data center racks.

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Raritan has introduced its SecureLock system to help data centers prevent downtime from unintentional detachments of power cords.

Raritan intelligent rack power distribution units (iPDUs) with IEC C13 or C19 outlets now come with the new SecureLock receptacles. These iPDUs accept standard C13 and C19 AC power cords, and the new SecureLock power cords. The SecureLock power cord reliably holds the cord to the C13 and C19 receptacles on the power strip, making it difficult for the power cord to disconnect accidentally.

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According to a study by the Uptime Institute, despite meticulous planning and stringent processes, 70 percent of data center downtime is caused by human error. "All too often, when site services technicians work in the rear of cabinets -- whether commissioning new servers, replacing faulty power supplies, or routing network cables -- power cords become accidentally dislodged by personnel," says David Wood, director of Raritan's power business unit.

Wood adds, "This problem has increased as data centers have moved to using IEC C13/C14 and high-current IEC C19/C20 connections because the weight of connectors and thick cables make these power cords particularly prone to accidental disconnections. Raritan's SecureLock solution is an easy fix to this problem."

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The SecureLock cord plugs, snaps, and locks onto SecureLock-ready Raritan intelligent PDUs, and reliably holds the AC power connector to the power strip. The power cords are available in black, red and blue and lengths from 2 to 15 feet. The cords are rated to 105ºC (221ºF), compared to 75ºC for competitors' offerings. Like all Raritan power strips, the SecureLock outlets and power cords are UL Listed (N. America) / CE Listed (Europe / International).

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