Schneider Electric improves DCIM suite

(Source: Schneider Electric)

20 May 2016

Version 8 of Schneider Electric’s data centre infrastructure management suite, StruxureWare Data Center Operation, includes new functionality that enables a higher level of asset visibility for key data centre stakeholders, including tenants in colocation environments, and across both IT and facilities. This, says the maker, empowers businesses to prosper by managing their data centres across multiple domains, providing actionable intelligence for an ideal balance of high availability and peak efficiency throughout the entire data centre life cycle.

“Data centre managers, across enterprises and co-located facilities, are facing a growing number of challenges as they look to keep up with the pace of business, including industry-wide shifts in capacity and performance needs, in an increasingly competitive market,” said Soeren Brogaard Jensen, vice president, Solution Software, IT Business, Schneider Electric. “StuxureWare Data Center Operation v8.0 provides the asset visibility, capacity planning capabilities and risk management functionality data centre users need to optimise the performance and efficiency of their system while also enabling business growth through new services offers for clients.”

The new features include a new web client, tenant portal, direct current capacity planning and risk management, and power prediction capability.

The web client allows user visibility into data centre assets, power usage and power capacity via any modern web browser. This lowers maintenance costs and empowers managers to make better and more informed real-time decisions.

The tenant portal enables colocation providers to offer additional services on the basis of their DCIM solution, including management of individual tenant services. The portal provides tenants with an instant overview of their hosted data centre solution, including insight into the rooms, cages and racks, reserved capacity, measured power and rack temperature. Tenants also have access to a KPI dashboard. Through the portal, tenants can view their assets without direct access to the co-locator’s local network.

The colocation provider can, with a single mouse click, enable or disable the tenant portal access for each individual tenant, and decide what information is shared.

There are now direct current capacity planning and risk management capabilities across a mixed power infrastructure (both AC and DC). This enables data centre managers to model DC-powered devices within their data centre, allowing them to more intelligently and accurately plan capacity and assess risk for the DC power path.

The predicted power feature provides rack and breaker level capacity planning and the potential to unlock stranded capacity as estimated load values are automatically derived from actual power measurements.

StruxureWare Data Center Operation v8.0 will be available in June through Schneider Electric and its partners.



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