Schneider Electric in the News, November 2015

November 17, 2015 Lauren Mahoney-Pick

Schneider Electric News
Mission Critical: Schneider Electric Recognized As DCIM Magic Quadrant Leader For Second Year
November 5, 2015 

Gartner’s extensive review process is based on 14 evaluation criteria.

Schneider Electric has announced that for the second consecutive year it has been positioned by Gartner, Inc. as a leader in the Magic Quadrant for Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) Tools1 for its StruxureWare™ for Data Centers software suite. 

For the second year in a row, Gartner has positioned Schneider Electric as a leader in its Magic Quadrant for DCIM Tools, measured by ‘completeness of vision’ and ‘ability to execute.’ Schneider Electric views this recognition as underscoring its ability to deliver a fully integrated solution from the critical facility into the IT room, providing the visibility, control and automation customers require to enable energy and OpEx savings, while improving their business performance.

“Businesses are becoming increasingly reliant on digital information, transforming data centers from cost centers into drivers of business. Connecting DCIM with IT Service Management (ITSM) provides a complete view of the data center, and forms the basis of the software-defined data center,” says Soeren Brogaard Jensen, vice president, Global Data Center Software and Managed Services, Schneider Electric. “We believe being designated as a leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for DCIM supports our ability to help data center managers make informed decisions based on knowledge gained from a broad analytics platform, particularly because the solution is segmented to suit distinct industries.”

Gartner’s extensive review process is based on 14 evaluation criteria. Schneider Electric is positioned furthest for ‘completeness of vision’ in the Gartner Magic Quadrant. Schneider Electric believes this position is a result of the comprehensiveness of its StruxureWare for Data Centers solution, which seamlessly integrates with the company’s energy, building, power and cooling offering, enabling holistic management of any data center and providing a complete view and actionable analysis of data. With StruxureWare for Data Centers, Schneider Electric believes users can more easily optimize utilization, uptime, power consumption and costs, resulting in the ideal balance of high data availability and peak operational efficiency.

Schneider Electric’s StruxureWare for Data Centers suite enables maximum efficiency throughout the data center lifecycle, from design and build to operation, assessment and planning.

A complementary full-length Magic Quadrant report is available here.

1. Gartner “Magic Quadrant for Data Center Infrastructure Management Tools” by April Adams, David J. Cappuccio, Jay E. Pultz, Neha Kumar, Tiny Haynes, Federico De Silva, Henrique Cecci, Naveen Mishra, October 21, 2015

Check out the full article:
http://www.missioncriticalmagazine.com/articles/87916-schneider-electric-recognized-as-dcim-magic-quadrant-leader-for-second-year


Mission Critical: IDC Names Schneider Electric a Global Leader In DCIM
November 5, 2015 

The IDC MarketScape recognized Schneider Electric’s DCIM solution as delivering the key capabilities that allow for a smart-IT-enabled data center.

Schneider Electric announced it has been recognized as a leader in the IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Data Center Infrastructure Management 2015 Vendor Analysis1 for its StruxureWare™ for Data Centers software suite. 

The report, which details the current climate and scope of the DCIM market as it grows to support more efficient and business-critical data centers, again placed Schneider Electric in the highest category of Leader when compared to a wide range of competitor’s solutions. The extensive IDC MarketScape evaluation process is based on vendor surveys and interviews, publically available information and feedback from users, and measures each vendor against 30 elements of capabilities and strategy. Schneider Electric views this recognition as further solidifying its leadership in providing customers with the intelligent and reliable software and service solutions required to meet growing challenges and drive their business forward.

“As a global provider of energy management and datacenter solutions, Schneider Electric has built a large installed base for its StruxureWare for Data Centers DCIM solution. The company's worldwide presence and position in designing, building, and managing datacenters make the StruxureWare modules a logical fit for extending the facilities and power management functions through to the IT management space,” the IDC MarketScape stated.1

“The exponential growth of data driven by the Internet of Things and our increasingly digital world is placing unprecedented demands on the data center, as it becomes the lifeblood of the business. With real-time business operations at stake, DCIM can arm users with the insight they need to remain agile and make informed decisions based on actual data,” says Soeren Brogaard Jensen, vice president, Global Data Center Software and Managed Services, Schneider Electric. “The recognition of StruxureWare for Data Centers as a leader in the IDC MarketScape for DCIM accentuates our ability to provide users with a broad data center analytics platform that connects their business through a software-defined data center.”

The IDC MarketScape recognized Schneider Electric’s comprehensive DCIM solution as delivering the key capabilities that allow for a smart-IT-enabled data center, providing managers with the holistic, real-time view of the data center they need to optimize efficiency, performance and agility, and transform their data center from a cost center into business driver. This is seen through StruxureWare’s end-to-end capabilities in critical facilities, monitoring and automation, and IT management functions, as well as its support for users’ increasingly distributed resources across facilities. The report also acknowledged Schneider Electric’s modular build-as-you-go approach as influencing similar selling models amongst competitors, and identified the company’s global services and support as a strength.

Schneider Electric’s StruxureWare for Data Centers suite enables maximum efficiency throughout the data center lifecycle, from design and build to operation, assessment and planning.

The full-length MarketScape report is available here. An IDC subscription is required.

1 October 2015, IDC #259603

Check out the full article:
http://www.missioncriticalmagazine.com/articles/87917-idc-names-schneider-electric-a-global-leader-in-dcim


Data Center Knowledge: Gartner: DCIM Software Better-Understood, but Price and Deployment Concerns Persist
By Yevgeniy Sverdlik, November 11, 2015 

While companies understand data center infrastructure management software better today than they did one year ago, cost of DCIM products, ease of deployment, and ease of use are still the primary concerns data center operators have when shopping around.

That’s according to Gartner, which recently released this year’s Magic Quadrant for DCIM software, following its rival IDC’s release of its annual DCIM MarketScape report.

Gartner’s comments about better understanding of DCIM, a relatively new category of products that because of the wide range of functionality it covers has been confusing for many in the industry, echo IDC’s conclusions. IDC research director Jennifer Koppy, author of IDC’s report, told us data center operators generally have a better understanding of DCIM technologies today.

“There has been a gradual, overall increase in DCIM investments, although DCIM adoption patterns do vary by organization size and geography,” Gartner analysts wrote. Currently, the larger the organization is the more likely it is to deploy DCIM because the tools can help them save on capital and operational expenditures in larger data centers.

Adoption is highest in North America. Data center operators in Asia Pacific are adopting DCIM faster than Western European operators, which Gartner attributes to Europe’s sluggish economy. Adoption in Easter Europe, Latin America, Middle East and Africa is still “relatively immature.”

Another point where Gartner and IDC agree is that the three market leaders in DCIM are Emerson Network Power, Schneider Electric, and Nlyte Software.

Schneider bundles its StruxureWare software with many of the data center project deals it closes and has built visibility and reputation around the tools, according to Gartner.

Emerson has restructured and improved its DCIM business and has also created a transition plan to its Trellis DCIM for its legacy customers.

Nlyte, while a much smaller player than the other two leaders, has developed a solid understanding of the DCIM market and has taken a long-term view of integration between DCIM and IT service management software, backed by a strong list of technology and sales partners.

One big difference between this year’s Magic Quadrant for DCIM software and last year’s is the absence of CA Technologies this year. CA was considered one of the leaders last year but has discontinued selling a stand-alone DCIM product, according to Gartner.

One of the most notable CA DCIM customers is Facebook, which has deployed a modified version of the software at its data centers.

CA still provides power and cooling management features as part of an end-to-end infrastructure management solution and continues support for existing customers of stand-alone CA DCIM, Gartner analysts wrote in the report. It refers customers looking for stand-alone DCIM to partners for “alternate solutions.”

Another name missing from this year’s quadrant is IO Data Centers. The Phoenix-based data center provider split into two companies earlier this year, separating its colocation business from its technology business, naming the latter Baselayer.

While IO’s DCIM product, formerly IO.OS, is part of Baselayer’s portfolio, it did not meet Gartner’s criteria for inclusion.

Here’s the full list of DCIM software vendors on this year’s Magic Quadrant:

Leaders

  • Emerson
  • Schneider
  • Nlyte

Visionaries

  • Panduit
  • CommScope
  • Cormant

Niche Players

  • Sunbird (formerly Raritan)
  • FNT
  • FieldView
  • Optimum Path
  • Device42
  • Geist
  • ABB
  • Rackwise
  • Modius

Check out the full article:
http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2015/11/11/gartner-dcim-software-better-understood-but-price-and-deployment-concerns-persist/


ACHRNews: Commercial HVAC Contractors Keep Data Centers Healthy
By Nicole Krawcke, November 9, 2015
An excerpt

According to Internet Live Stats, around 40 percent of the world’s population has an Internet connection today. In 1995, less than 1 percent had access.

As the World Wide Web continues to weave its way around the globe, the collection, storage, processing, and distribution of data is critical to all facets of existence. A disruption in the delivery of data may have crippling effects. And, when it comes to ensuring these facilities operate at a safe temperature, are properly vented, and maintain proper humidity levels, no one’s role is more important than the HVAC contractor’s.

DATA PLAN

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) reports there are more than 3 million data centers currently operating in the U.S. — that’s one data center for every 100 people. And, in 2013, data centers consumed about 100 billion kWh of electricity, representing more than 2 percent of all U.S. electricity use.

Proper management of a building’s data center environment is critical to the success of the business that operates it. A prime concern for facility managers is keeping the equipment cool.

According to Allied Market Research, cooling units make up about 32 percent of energy costs in a data center; therefore, energy-efficient systems and environment-friendly solutions are expanding into the market.

In its report, “World Data Center Cooling Market – Opportunities and Forecasts, 2013-2020,” Allied Market Research forecasts the global data center cooling market will reach $11.65 billion by 2020, registering a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 13.17 percent.

Much of the growing data center cooling demand is being driven by social media services, increased online purchases, cloud-based backup storage, high-speed on-demand audio/video streaming services, and government requirements for additional records in the healthcare sector, noted Tim Vogel, senior applications and marketing manager, commercial air control solutions, Ruskin Air & Sound Control.

“This growth is directly linked to the voracious appetite of the consumer,” Vogel said. “The demand for instantaneous recall of data at the click of a button has driven the market entirely. The consumer has become more aware of the risk associated with storing data on a local drive without having a reliable and secure backup. Many have turned to data centers [the cloud] for this service and the instantaneous recall from multiple locations.”

The market is growing, but only in certain aspects, according to John Peter Valiulis, vice president, marketing and business development, thermal management, Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson.

“The market for data center cooling is growing but it comes with an asterisk because there are segments that are growing and segments that are not,” said Valiulis. “The cloud and colo [colocation] providers are growing, while the typical company data center is probably consolidating a little bit. In some cases, if you’re a large company, you may be putting a little bit of your stuff in the cloud and a little bit in colocation. If you’re a small company, you might be going all the way to cloud.”

Additionally, as the industry continues to grow, applications have been evolving over the last few years, according to Joe Capes, business development director, cooling line of business,Schneider Electric.

“Some parts of the market are certainly growing stronger than others,” Capes said. “If you look at specific applications, more and more customers seem to be focused on economizers. Whether that’s driven by their own mandates or requirements to get better efficiency out of their cooling infrastructure and lower their operation costs or through federal and local regulatory issues, economizers are definitely a hot button. The No. 1 factor continues to be efficiency and lowering operating expenses.”

NEW INNOVATIONS

According to Vogel, it’s in contractors’ best interest to implement energy-saving measures in data center facilities.

“There is a vast need for data center designs that conserve energy,” he said. “Much of this savings could be accomplished through data trending and a proper sequence of operation. Ruskin is acutely aware of the various challenges, code requirements, and risks facing data centers. We’re continuously researching ways to improve overall efficiency and performance by combining technologies suited for specific data center site requirements. Air-side economizers, energy-harvesting equipment, and traditional cooling equipment [when properly combined and controlled] provide a substantial energy-saving solution while maintaining the integrity of the facility and servers.”

Ruskin works closely with owners and engineers to help design systems, incorporating energy recovery products, air-side economizers, air measuring solutions, high-efficiency filtration, and controls to ensure facilities have the proper air volume, temperatures, and humidity, Vogel explained. Additionally, using products like Ruskin’s air-side economizers can substantially reduce power consumption, thereby, reducing energy costs.

“Since data centers run 24/7, energy-saving solutions have a rapid payback and can be used in most climates,” Vogel said. “Many data centers have already discovered the energy-saving aspect of incorporating air-side economizers. In fact, a proof-of-concept study, conducted by Intel IT, confirmed the company could utilize air-side economizers to cool servers with 100 percent outdoor air at temperatures approaching 90°F. It was estimated that a 10-MW facility would realize an annual energy savings of $2.87 million. “Many are becoming more aware of the enormous energy waste associated with traditional data center designs,” said Vogel. “Ruskin has both the product and expertise necessary to support the engineering community with their efforts in designing sustainable, energy-saving data center solutions.”

According to Capes, it’s getting harder and harder to design and build new data centers using conventional-based cooling architecture, especially in places like California. “With Title 24 and some of the new U.S. DOE [Department of Energy] regulations, customers are definitely looking for innovative approaches,” he said.

Schneider Electric offers a number of different innovative options for its data center customers, including its EcoBreeze™ air economizer. The EcoBreeze is pre-engineered and designed to meet the expanding requirements for data center efficiency. EcoBreeze provides multiple modes of economization to maximize energy efficiency during the year. Additionally, it can utilize a supplemental mechanical cooling circuit to maintain the data center cooling set point on the worst of ambient conditions. The modular design allows for scalability in 50-kW increments up to 400 kW of total cooling capacity.

“Managing cash flow is a priority, especially in Colo data center environments,” Capes said. “A lot of customers are looking for strategies and ways they can use scalable, modular cooling architecture so they don’t necessarily have to deploy all of their cooling on day one. Rather, they can deploy solutions like our EcoBreeze, which allows them to actually populate their cooling infrastructure as demand and capacity requirements grow.”

Protection, efficiency, and managing capacities remain the biggest challenges in the data center world, according to Valiulis. “It’s about protection of the equipment, efficiency, and managing the capacity. And, finally, as systems get smarter, it’ll be more and more about visibility — about what really is going on inside the data center. And, with that visibility, there’ll be more things you can do to improve the center’s performance and make it safer and more efficient.”
 

Check out the full article:
http://www.achrnews.com/articles/130960-commercial-hvac-contractors-keep-data-centers-healthy


CEPro: Best Electronics Systems Technologies: APC Back-UPS Connect
November 9, 2015 

APC Back-UPS Connect
MSRP: $139.99 

image

The Back-UPS Connect is a first-of-its-kind combination UPS and mobile power pack. It is engineered to protect and power low power home networking equipment including VoIP phones and modems, as well as supply power on the go to mobile phones and tablets. The UPS system offers rotating outlets and three USB charging ports to provide two and a half hours of flexible, adaptable and safe charging and protection for mobile devices and networks, particularly during critical power emergencies. The fast-charging mobile power pack is complete with a lithium-ion battery capable of five or more charges to a smartphone and a full charge to a tablet. LED indicators on the mobile power pack give a visual representation of the power available to the use while away from the charging dock.

Visit APC site.
 
Features

The Back-UPS Connect is the perfect all-in-one solution for busy telecommuters or those with their own home business. During instances of power failure or disturbance, the comprehensive UPS solution instantly switches connected equipment over to battery power to maintain network runtime and provide further protection from power quality issues caused by lightning, surges and spikes. The device is efficiently designed to maximize runtime by keeping networks powered for up to two and a half hours, outperforming larger UPSs with similar low power loads. In addition, the Back-UPS Connect’s removable mobile power pack can provide multiple charges to smartphones and tablets.


Integrator Benefit

The home network has become an integral part of modern day life, providing not only access to entertainment, but to remote work environments for the rapidly increasing population of telecommuters (according to the American Community Survey, telecommuting rose 79 percent between 2005 and 2012 and made up 2.6 percent of the American work force, or 3.2 million workers, in 2014). An interruption to this network could result in a dramatic loss of productivity for home workers, frustration for Netflix-bingers, or, in an emergency, major safety concerns for those whose only outside connection may be through an internet-enabled device.

The Back-UPS Connect allows critical networking systems to stay online and functional for hours after a power interruption, while also providing precious battery backup to smartphones and tablets.  In the Back-UPS Connect, APC by Schneider Electric combined the capabilities of a traditional UPS with the innovation of mobile power to provide critical back up not only for important, yet stationary, home networking equipment but also for smartphones and tablets while on the go – ensuring users have the power they need when and where they need it most . 


imagePromotional Description

Stay connected with the first-of-its-kind combination UPS and mobile power pack, the Back-UPS Connect BGE50ML. Power your network and access the internet for hours during a power outage. Remove the mobile power pack and keep your mobile devices charged on the go.

 
 

Check out the full article:
http://www.cepro.com/best/details/back-ups_connect/

 


Data Center Frontier: Right-Sizing for the Edge: Data Center Design in Secondary Markets
By Rich Miller, October 27, 2015
An excerpt

For data center providers, success in second-tier markets requires building in the right place, and at the right size. Matching the size of the data center to the level of demand is one of the oldest challenges for data center developers.

As the action shifts to smaller markets, designs must balance reliability and flexibility. Mistakes can be expensive, as data center construction costs range from $5 million to $15 million per megawatt of capacity.

That’s why modular design and lean construction methods are playing a major role as the data center industry looks to deploy capacity in new places. As data moves to the edge of the network, data centers are being right-sized to fit the demands of these new markets, deploying space in digestible chunks.

For data center providers, decisions about local markets are driven by risk and economics. The 25-megawatt “aircraft carrier” data centers seen in major Internet hubs and cloud campuses are poorly suited to local markets, where the requirements will be considerably smaller.

This is the third in a series of stories at Data Center Frontier on the changing data center geography of the United States. Previous installments have looked at how wired businesses are driving local demand for data center services, and how the data-hungry consumer is influencing where content resides on the Internet. Today we explore how the push into smaller markets is influencing data center design.

After years of focusing on building bigger, the growth of regional markets is supporting a focus on smaller data centers that can be built affordably and expanded in phases. Modular design and pre-fabricated construction are playing a key role in these deployments, but are being applied in a variety of ways.

 

Schneider Electric Sees Micro Opportunity

Providers aren’t the only ones who’ve seen the potential for modular designs in second-tier data center markets. Schneider Electric has been steadily boosting its capabilities in modular design, both with its in-house product lines and the acquisition of AST Modular in early 2014.

Schneider worked closely with Ubiquity Mission Critical Solutions on a concept to create a national chain by converting Sears Auto Centers in second-tier markets into data centers. The plan called for Schneider to deploy mechanical and electrical equipment on prefabricated modular skids that would each support 600kW of capacity. Cooling would be provided by Schneider EcoBreeze units, which can automatically switch between several cooling modes based upon local weather conditions, using free cooling on cool days and an on-board refrigerant cooling system on warmer days. This versatility allows EcoBreeze to be deployed in different parts of the country.

Schneider Electric modular data center products

Schneider Electric’s suite of modular data center products. (Image: Schneider Electric)

Ubiquity, a unit of Sears Holdings, ultimately opted not to pursue the project. But Schneider has continued to work with service providers to target opportunities to apply modular designs and repeatable construction processes in secondary markets.

One example is DartPoints, which is seeking to build a national “private colo” network of micro data centers, offering managed colocation space in small, distributed modules. DartPoints worked with Schneider Electric to develop preconfigured 100kW data center modules that include a UPS unit, in-row chilled water cooling units, and hot aisle containment systems. Using 100kW increments provides DartPoints with the flexibility to cater to a customer’s geographic needs and the adaptability to grow as they go.

Schneider sees micro data centers as  the key for unlocking an even bigger opportunity going forward: The Internet of Things.

“The use case on the horizon with the greatest potential is a massive distributed network of micro data enters to form a content distribution network,” writes Steven Carlini, Senior Director of Data Center Global Solutions for Schneider Electric. “This processing on the edge will support the commercial Internet of Things (IoT), including the fast emerging category of wearable devices.  The processing of data could be reduced to milliseconds here.”

A recent research report projects that micro data centers will proliferate at the “edge” of the network, driven by content distribution and the Internet of Things, with a potential value of $6.3 billion by 2020.

And Then There’s the Central Office …

In the meantime, Schneider also sees retrofit opportunities in smaller markets, especially thought the conversion of former central offices for telco providers.

“Tilt your head a little, and you’ll see central offices are already a lot like data centers,” writes Mark Hurley, an executive manager at Schneider. “They’re mission critical facilities with mission critical infrastructures, prime for adaptation to a new economy of digital capacity and availability. Being close to the user with the foundation in place to support the demand for more connectivity, capacity and speed translates into a tremendous business opportunity.”

Chris Alberding would certainly agree. Alberding is the Vice President of Product Management at FairPoint Communications, a New England telco that has been converting its old central offices into data center space.

“We’re not building out the 20,000 or 30,000 square foot data centers,” said Alberding. “We’re building what we call micro datacenters.”

FairPoint has done two retrofits of central office space in New Hampshire, a 6,000 square foot site in Laconia and a 4,00 square foot facility in Manchester. The company expects to bring another 4,000 square feet online next March, and has a handful of surplus central offices it can convert for future expansion.

“Going forward, we look at 4,000 square feet as the minimum,” said Alberding, who said their design can accommodate 130 to 150 racks, and offers about a 3.5 year payback on investment. “Northern New England is not a massive growth market, but there’s definitely a need there.”

Check out the full article:
http://datacenterfrontier.com/right-sizing-for-the-edge-data-center-design/
 


GCN: How to consolidate alarm information for data center visibility
By Jason Thurmond, November 17, 2015

Data center managers need ready information on energy usage, cooling operations and IT optimization. That historical data must first be consolidated across the network and normalized before it can produce the reporting and analytics that drive actionable decision making.

Likewise, data center operations managers want all alarms for all equipment consolidated into a single view for “real time” alerts and predictive analysis. But alarm consolidation takes a unique approach to gathering, transferring and visualizing information.

Enterprise alarming system

When considering an enterprise alarming system (EAS), two key points to consider are speed and reliability. In order to get the best response time from the local equipment or software to the enterprise view or dashboard, delays throughout the entire architecture must be mapped.

In terms of speed, managers must decide what is fast enough and what is “real time” – a term often interpreted quite differently depending on the individual using it. In most cases, a “semi-real time,” which is defined as two minutes or less, is a viable target when designing a consolidated alarm architecture, which might include some latency caused by alarm data coming from several different systems in many geographic regions. At the local level, however, measurements of seconds vs. minutes would be required.  

To optimize the speed of alarm annunciation, an EAS can reduce the polling of alarms and data transfers between separate systems by creating its own high level alarms and reading the data directly from the end devices or gateways. The disadvantage is that duplicate alarms are needed: one alarm at the local level and then other in the EAS. If the EAS does not support a certain field bus protocol, then a gateway would need to be installed for translation.

One of the better options would be to leverage features such as SNMP traps, which are notifications sent from managed devices via the Simple Network Management Protocol. The SNMP trap contains descriptive information about the alarm and is sent immediately after the alarm occurs. The EAS receiving SNMP traps could eliminate polling delay. See the high level visual representation below.

enterprise alarm system diagram
 

Gathering alarm data

If it is necessary to install a gateway for gathering alarm data because of required protocol conversion or creating SNMP traps, there are several gateways to choose from in the open market. But before choosing a gateway, a few key items should be confirmed:

Protocol conversion. Is the conversion BACnet to Modbus or BACnet to SNMP? Check also if the data is translated from a proprietary protocol to a more open protocol, which would require gateway from the specific vendor.

Number of alarm points to transfer. A gateway’s performance can be severely impacted if too many alarm points are translated. Best practice would be no more than 1,000 points per gateway depending on the polling frequency (1-5 minutes) of alarm data.

Setup and maintainability. Some gateways require complex setup, so care should be taken in determining how many steps are required for mapping data points from the originating protocol to the target protocol. Keep in mind that an update to the configuration may be needed each time a point is added to the system.

Visualization

Being creative with the presentation of alarms is one of the most enjoyable parts of the project.

Be sure that the visualization software being used is flexible enough to create a hierarchy of alarm detail, ranging from a global overview to the equipment level. The alarm workflow should provide “drill down” capability to each level below.

The global overview would typically be a world map with all sites geographically located. Start with colors representing status of active alarms within each site. Then, drill down into each site to the building floor layout and then to specific rooms or equipment. Each hierarchy level can list as much detail regarding active or historical alarms as desired, including date/time of pickup, drop out, trigger value and notifications, to name a few.

Seeing facility and equipment alarms all in one place is not impossible. Many successful integrations leading up to a single dashboard of alarms is possible; these few points may provide some inspiration. 

About the Author
Jason Thurmond is the director, Data Center Software Solutions, Deployment and Innovation – IT Business at Schneider Electric. 

Check out the full article:
https://gcn.com/articles/2015/11/17/data-center-alarm-data-consolidation.aspx

 

Huffington Post: The Gift Guide for Small Business Owners You Can't Live Without
By Melinda Emerson, November 23, 2015 
An excerpt

If you're racking your brain to find a gift for a fellow small business owner -- or looking for gifts to put on your own list to Santa -- here's a great place to start. Here, I share my annual Holiday Gift Guide for small business owners.  


3. Battery Back-up Systems from APC by Schneider Electric

Losing power to your office or your phone on the run is no fun. APC by Schneider Electric has a suite of three products to make sure to keep you connected and powered at all times. The Back-UPS Pro BR1500G is designed to provide abundant battery backup power to PCs, TVs, POS equipment and all other external hardware, enabling continued productivity and safety for your devices during a power interruption. The Back-UPS Connect BGE50ML backs up and protects your network, including routers and VOIP phones, powering connectivity for hours after a power disruption and keeping you online and on task even when the power is out. As a bonus, the BGE50ML comes equipped with a removable mobile power pack. Simply eject from the device and carry with you for portable power throughout the day. The best thing is that extra power packs are included, so that you can keep one protecting your network and another on you at all times. All of these products are between $79.99 and $239.99.

Previous Article
Press Release - APC by Schneider Electric Back-UPS Connect™ BGE50ML Recognized as 2016 CES Innovation Award Honoree
Press Release - APC by Schneider Electric Back-UPS Connect™ BGE50ML Recognized as 2016 CES Innovation Award Honoree

Next Article
Schneider Electric in the News, October 2015
Schneider Electric in the News, October 2015

A recent collection of Schneider Electric news coverage.