Industry Insights

The “Concept Car” of the Data Center World – Intelligent Cabinet Concept

Monday, July 10, 2017

First unveiled at Gartner Data Center last year, our Intelligent Cabinet Concept has made its way to Cisco Live. The concept was the collaborative work between multiple divisions within Legrand, including Raritan, Middle Atlantic Products and our division, the Data Communications Division.

The concept was made possible using the processor that are typically used in Raritan intelligent PDUs and moving that power and functionality to the entire cabinet. Rather than having two intelligent PDUs, each with their own powerful processor, we integrated a single controller into the top of the cabinet that can control and monitor all aspects of the cabinet (temperature, humidity, security, lighting, power, assets, etc.).

When you walk up to the cabinet, the doors are locked and the interior LED lighting is off. It doesn’t stand out until you see our unique color choice and the large touch-screen panel on the front. We had several attendees walk up and try to gain access – most failing on the log-in screen on the cabinet’s front door. We had some clever username and password attempts but none managed to get through. We were able to remotely unlock the cabinet from another device, or in most cases, we logged in to the interface using the touchscreen and our credentials.

Once signed in we are given a snapshot of the cabinet – including the power consumption, UPS battery level, number of tagged assets within, the temperature and humidity of the front and rear doors and the status of the doors as well (locked / unlocked, open / closed). All this information is able to be acted upon locally or remotely via the single IP address of the cabinet.

Rather than having disparate systems or components strung throughout the cabinet, all components we integrated are truly integrated into the cabinet with custom cable shrouds and cut-outs, appearing as a single unit. My favorite game to play at the show – find the sensors. Unlike most sensor implementations out in the market where they are zip-tied to the door, our sensors were hidden in the structural elements of the doors themselves.

That’s just scratching the surface though – we had a lot more to talk about in terms of capabilities (did I mentioned RGB lights on the inside?). Stay tuned to Industry Insights as we digest the capabilities of the cabinet in more detail as we look to gain more feedback and turn the concept into a reality.