Schneider Electric today introduced StruxureWare for Data Centers v2.0, an integrated suite of Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) software engineered to manage data centers across multiple domains, providing businesses with actionable intelligence for an ideal balance of high availability and peak efficiency throughout the entire data center lifecycle.
Designed to integrate data center performance with business goals and provide new levels of insight to c-suite executives, updates to the solution include: the addition of specialized applications for enhanced monitoring and management support for facility managers, additional power capping capabilities for further control of power consumption at the server level for improved IT management, and a new StruxureWare Portal for increased visibility into business and data center key performance indicators (KPIs) with customizable views across the various company stakeholders.
Bridging the gap between IT, facilities and the c-suite executive, StruxureWare for Data Centers v2.0 is an open, modular, fully scalable and integrated DCIM solution that breaks down the typically siloed information that often prevents a holistic and intelligent view of the mechanical, electrical and IT aspects of center operation.
According to a recent Gartner Market Trends report, the challenge is for companies to find funding for (DCIM) for an existing data center. The reasons revolve around tight budgets and budget ownership. The facilities team has its budget, and so does the IT department. Both would benefit from DCIM, but neither has prebudgeted for it, and therefore neither wants to take money away from another project to pay for it. Therefore, the impetus often has to come from the executive level to get this done.
The StruxureWare for Data Centers suite has been extended with several applications aimed at providing facility managers with in-depth support through building management systems, utility, power and power distribution monitoring and management, reinforcing the balance between IT and facilities, and enabling the business to make informed decisions based on shared data.
The Data Centers suite consists of:
? Resource Advisor for tracking and managing enterprise energy and carbon costs.
? Data Center Operation for managing data center assets, and operational and capital costs; incorporates multi-tenant, space and cage management as well as integrated tenant billing.
? Data Center Expert for monitoring and controlling data center power, cooling and security.
? Power Monitoring Expert for advanced power monitoring, analysis and power quality.
? Cooling Monitoring Expert for advanced cooling monitoring and automation.
StruxureWare for Data Centers has also been strengthened on the IT side by enabling Data Center Operators to further control power consumption at the server level through power capping capabilities provided through Intel DCM technology – resulting in reduced OpEx, optimized utilization of existing servers and delayed equipment investment.
Currently available through Schneider Electric or its partners, all new offerings and updates within the StruxureWare for Data Centers suite continue to be compatible with existing components of the InfraStruxure Management Software portfolio.