Latest Schneider Electric DCIM suite bridges the gap between facilities and IT, enhances capabilities for colocation providers
Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management and automation, today introduced StruxureWare Data Center Operation v8.0, an enhancement to Schneider Electric’s StruxureWare for Data Centers, Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) suite. Data Center Operation v8.0 includes new functionalities that enable a higher level of asset visibility for key data center stakeholders, including tenants in colocation environments, and across both IT and facilities. This empowers businesses to prosper by managing their data centers across multiple domains, providing actionable intelligence for an ideal balance of high availability and peak efficiency throughout the entire data center life cycle.
“Data center managers – across enterprises and colocated 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. “Schneider Electric’s StuxureWare Data Center Operation v8.0 provides the asset visibility, capacity planning capabilities and risk management functionality data center users need to optimize the performance and efficiency of their system while also enabling business growth through new services offers for clients.”
Building on already existing features of StruxureWare Data Center Operation that simplify data center management, new capabilities in v8.0 include:
- Web Client: allows user visibility into data center 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.
- Tenant Portal: expands on Schneider Electric’s commitment to colocators and their customers by enabling 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 center 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 colocator’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.
- Direct Current Capacity Planning and Risk Management:Schneider Electric is the first and only DCIM vendor to offer direct current capacity planning and risk management as well as the ability to support a mixed power infrastructure (both AC and DC). This enables data center managers to model DC-powered devices within their data center, allowing them to more intelligently and accurately plan capacity and assess risk for the DC power path.
- Predicted Power: 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.