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Datacenter Dynamics: Schneider Electric adds cooling module to StruxureWare
By Bill Boyle, May 21, 2015
Cooling Optimize adds control and lowers energy costs
Energy management specialist Schneider Electric has added a module to its data center infrastructure management (DCIM) suite to make data center cooling systems more intelligent.
The Data Center Operation: Cooling Optimize module, for the StruxureWare suite, will add intelligence to existing data center cooling systems enabling energy reduction and lower cost of operations, while also reducing the risk of cooling incidents.
Stop over-cooling, people
“Most data center cooling systems are specified to ensure that the hottest racks in the facility have a sufficient cold air supply,” said Soeren Brogaard Jensen, vice president, enterprise software and managed services at Schneider Electric. “This results in a large amount of energy being wasted as the entire facility is over-cooled to provide this legacy design capacity. For the managers of these data centers, it is impossible to consider how to reduce the amount of cooling without introducing risk of thermal shutdowns because they lack the information to do so safely.”
The module lets data center managers understand the complexity of airflow within their facilities, including all heat sources, cooling influences and dependencies.
It is a closed-loop system, meaning that it learns from any actions such as inlet temperature adjustments, or equipment adds, moves and changes to the IT load, to keep the data center cooling continuously optimized.
Once deployed, Cooling Optimize enables operators to monitor the real-time status of data center health and determine the impact of any cooling event.
This also enables situations such as overheating, hotspots and capacity issues to be predicted and avoided. By continuously analyzing use, future capacity requirements can be planned for, and stranded cooling capacity eliminated.
The module automates a response to changes in the data center environment to reduce hot spots (where load requirement exceeds cooling), and wasted energy (where cooling exceeds what is actually needed).
Schneider reports that a large Pacific telco tested the module in a single room of its data center, allowing it to turn off 13 CRAC units once installation and configuration was complete, saving 37 percent in average power use in the first year of operation. With the investment paid back, the customer is now rolling out the module throughout its data center campus.
The module combines retrofit software which learns intelligently, and wireless sensors in data center racks. Jensen says it will let data center managers get closer to the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) inlet temperature guidelines, ”without risk to availability and without any investment in existing cooling systems. In use, they can anticipate up 40 percent reduction in cooling costs.”
Energy Manager Today: Schneider Software Prevents Overcooling in Data Centers
By Linda Hardesty, May 21, 2015
Schneider Electric launched a new software module – Data Center Operation: Cooling Optimize – available within its Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) suite StruxureWare. This new capability adds intelligence to existing data center cooling systems.
Data Center Operation: Cooling Optimize enables data center managers to understand the complexity of airflow within their facilities, including all heat sources, cooling influences and dependencies. It is a closed-loop system, meaning that it learns from any actions such as inlet temperature adjustments, or equipment adds, moves and changes to the IT load, to keep the data center cooling continuously optimized.
Once deployed, Cooling Optimize enables operators to monitor the real-time status of data center health and determine the impact of any cooling event. This also enables situations such as overheating, hotspots and capacity issues to be predicted and avoided. By continuously analyzing use, future capacity requirements can be planned for, and stranded cooling capacity eliminated. Data Center Operation: Cooling Optimize automates a response to changes in the data center environment to reduce hot spots – where load requirement exceeds cooling, and wasted energy – where cooling exceeds what is actually needed.
In a recent case study, the system was retrofitted by a large Pacific telco. Piloted in a single room, the user was able to turn off 13 CRAC units once installation and configuration was complete, saving 37 percent in average power use in the first year of operation, according to Schneider Electric.
Mission Critical: DCIM Integration from Schneider Electric
May 19, 2015
Schneider Electric has integrated its data center infrastructure management (DCIM) solution, StruxureWare™ for Data Centers with the HP OneView infrastructure management platform. This certified integration provides converged IT and facilities management personnel with visibility into an organization’s server, storage and networking systems for service management.
The integration between StruxureWare for Data Centers and HP OneView enables bidirectional, live communications between the two platforms to eliminate operational silos between IT and facilities. Data center and facilities owners and operators gain visibility into server, storage and network management, as well as service creation, providing a holistic view of and control over IT service delivery and infrastructure capacity management. Additionally, with the ability to share data between platforms, time is saved, OPEX reduced and the likelihood of human error is drastically minimized.
With this integration, enterprise data centers and colocation providers will not only benefit from the holistic management of both IT services and physical infrastructure within the data center, but can now create services with complete visibility of dependencies on physical infrastructure. Data centers can also determine the true cost of ownership for services by being able to associate workloads to watts. These features enable enhanced time to market for service delivery, as well as increased uptime and reliability.
CRN: 5 Companies That Came To Win This Week
By Rick Whiting, May 15, 2015
APC Boosts Partner Program, Readies Push Into Managed Services Channel
APC by Schneider Electric is readying a push into the managed services channel with new software services that will drive recurring revenue for the company's partners. This week the company detailed plans to help partners add data center power and cooling services to their offerings, going beyond APC's traditional power protection and management technology.
Managed services aside, APC this week also revved up its channel game by unveiling new investments in its partner support and profitability initiatives. That includes nearly tripling the size of the pre- and post-sales partner enablement team and improving the deal registration process.
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Data Center Knowledge: Schneider Electric’s StruxureWare
By Bill Kleyman, May 11, 2015
Schneider Electric is a global organization specializing in energy management and automation with operations in more than 100 countries. Headquartered in Rueil-Malmaison, France, its StruxureWare for Data Centers solution was initially introduced to the DCIM market in June 2011 and has grown into a full suite. However, Schneider Electric has had a centralized monitoring solution in place since 2006, as well as a capacity and change management solution.
The latest StruxureWare DCIM platform is a management software suite designed to collect and manage data about a data center’s assets, resource use and operation status throughout the data center lifecycle. This information is then distributed, integrated, and applied in ways that help managers optimize the data center’s performance and meet IT, business and service-oriented goals.
A comprehensive suite of modular and integrated software tools, spanning from centralized monitoring, to operation, analysis and optimization of the data center capacities.Today, three factors drive the StruxureWare DCIM solution:
- An associated portfolio of lifecycle services, supporting all stages of the data center plan, design, build, operation and assessment phases.
- Significant data center domain expertise, including data center technology research and development, as well as 40-plus years of experience working with a variety of customers and industries.
Because Schneider Electric is a global organization, it touches on a number of data center technologies. Its DCIM team is dedicated to creating a data center management platform capable of meeting modern customer demands. Founders of its DCIM solution are:
- Soeren Brogaard Jensen – As vice president of data center managed service & software, he has headed up the group behind the Schneider Electric Data Center Infrastructure Management solution since inception.
- Henrik Leerberg – The director of marketing and strategy for data center managed service & software has been with Schneider Electric since 2007.
- Mikkel Dalgasb – The global director of software engineering at Schneider Electric has been with the company since 2003.
Some of StruxureWare’s clients include:
- Tatts Group, Australia
- Busan Bank, Korea
- UMass Medical, U.S.
- Mercy Health, U.S.
- Microsoft Technology Center, France
“Data center environments traditionally rely on siloed IT and facility management tools that alienated the executive team and made it difficult to optimize physical infrastructure while balancing efficiency and financial demands,” said Soeren Jensen, vice president of enterprise management and software for Schneider Electric. “StruxureWare for data centers provides a holistic approach to managing the data center by integrating IT, facilities and the executive suite through the use of DCIM. The open and integrated DCIM solution grants visibility into business and data center KPIs, enabling businesses to monitor and manage their data centers across multiple domains, providing optimal efficiency through the software-defined data center.”
Schneider Electric DCIM Solution Details
Schneider Electric is a major player in the DCIM segment. The acquisition of APC and Viridity has improved the comprehensive functionality of its DCIM solutions. There are several base software in StruxureWare for Data Centers Suite, wherein each has several modules that cater to a specific data center need.
The roots of Schneider’s DCIM are in capacity management and energy management, but it has extended into several other facets of DCIM. The main base software pieces are Resource Advisor, centered around energy procurement; Data Center Operation, a suite of management software applications tracking availability and efficiency throughout the data center lifecycle; Building Operation, which provides cooling monitoring and automation at the building level; Data Center Expert provides a central monitoring portal of all of the physical infrastructure and; Power Monitoring Expert, which provides intelligence about the power distribution infrastructure.
Each base software has several modules that can be attached in ‘plug and play’ fashion, so a DCIM solution can cater to specific needs and grow incrementally.
With a global footprint, long history and comprehensive DCIM functionality, it is a preferred choice for large enterprises. Schneider’s focus has been to strengthen its IT management capabilities, either through one of the StruxureWare for Data Centers modules or integration through open standards.
StruxureWare enables vendor-agnostic inventory management. The entire asset information is stored in a centralized data base called the Genome library. An auto discovery feature is available. When integrated with Cisco UCS, it auto discovers CPU/power utilization of the physical infrastructure. It shows real-time device failures and provides recommendations to solve them. This module is available as an enterprise or a colocation base module. This framework can run on any physical or virtual server.
Power Monitoring Expert provides intelligence about the power distribution infrastructure, while Resource Advisor manages current and future energy procurement needs. IT Optimize is an add-on module for Data Center Operation.This module provides a comprehensive power management of the entire IT infrastructure, buildings and facilities. Powered by Intel DCM, this module enables rack-level power capping. With a real-time monitoring of total power consumption of the data center and power consumption of individual devices, IT Optimize reduces over-provisioning and redistributes power density according to critical levels. With power capping in place and no breakers inadvertently tripped, business continuity is maintained in the event of a UPS failure. The entire power chain of the data center can be monitored using 3D visualization.
The Goals module in Resource Advisor allows you to create goals and monitor your progress towards them. Easily connect projects to goals, construct goals and develop abatement strategies across an array of sustainability and energy metrics and build custom charts to evaluate progress against actual or forecasted impacts.
Data Center Operation base software has modules that monitor historical and current power usage Effectiveness (PUE) values and data center infrastructure efficiency (DCIE) values to provide understanding of how much energy is consumed by the entire data center as well as the IT infrastructure installed. It provides energy consumption analytics of how energy is utilized down to the subsystem level.
Resource Advisor provides energy and environmental reporting. Through different modules, it examines enterprise-wide energy, carbon, and other resource data, providing reports and summaries. Advanced data capture capabilities deliver audit-grade information; customizable dashboards enable at-a-glance performance checks. Manage projects, make decisions, and drive your energy management and sustainability strategies.
Resource Advisor can also monitor markets, allowing optimization of your hedge position on carbon allowances/credits, renewable energy credits, emissions credits. It also forcast financial impacts
The Power Monitoring Expert base software and its modules provide an energy usage report based on metered data, allowing you to do a cost analysis of energy use on a KW/h basis for a rack level or the entire data center.
StruxureWare Data Center Expert monitors the entire physical layout of the data center and predicts the right location for every device within the data center based on the available capacity, power and cooling options. By optimizing space, it reduces stranded capacity. It monitors airflow and temperature using live sensors and displays it in a 3D view to identify hot spots. It predicts the impact of a change and enables you to take informed decisions for planning current and future capacity needs.
StruxureWare Portal is a 3D visualization model that displays customized information of performance indicators and business metrics for a high-level overview of data center operations. The portal is configured using predefined portlets based on a comprehensive charting library. Users can easily add charts and graphs to this library. The user-friendly interface is built on the open platform Liferay and enables users to configure the dashboard. It provides the option to display data from all modules of Data Center Operation.
The Data Center Operation Module enables you to make organized moves in the datacenter and reduce the risk of inadvertent downtime. Using its automated workflow system, you can assign work orders, track status, reserve space or extract an audit trail. It provides complete visibility into the change lifecycle. Before adding or relocating assets, you can identify its impact on the space, power and cooling of the datacenter and prevent the risk of overloading the system. By integrating it with BMC Remedy, you can facilitate sharing of information between the two systems.
Access & Control
The Server Access application in Data Center Operation (and its colocation targeted counterpart) provides access to server OS and BMC to enable you to control all devices from a single console.
You can access the BIOS of a device and eliminate the need for traditional hardware-based KVM. The Mobile module based on Motorola MC75 hardware provides remote access to the data center’s inventory. It enables you to work offline and remotely manage your data center’s inventory. The integrated barcode scanner identifies equipment and makes implementing work orders easy. It automatically synchronizes server locations to eliminate human errors. VIZOR is another module that brings data center capacity parameters to your mobile device. You can use any device, including an iPhone, BlackBerry, iPad or Android, to check power, cooling, space, capacity and inventory of the datacenter.
Reporting & Alarming
Building Operation includes a report generating tool that is built on Business Intelligence and Reporting Tools (BIRT) technology. It provides advanced reporting capabilities to quickly create reports using drag and drop features. You can customize reports or use large sets of plug-ins and predefined templates. You can publish reports in Data Center Operation that are instantly available to all users. They can be exported in various file formats like HTML, Excel, CSV and PDF. You can integrate it with other third party databases to create customized reports.
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