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Schneider Launches Data Center Monitoring and Operations Suite

Schneider Electric has launched a new software suite designed to help data center managers address all aspects of monitoring and operations

The company says that previously, data center management tools were fragmented into specialized domains, but that StruxureWare for Data Centers unifies these into a single toolset to manage power, cooling, physical security and remote access.

StruxureWare for Data Centers combines Schneider Electric’s Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) and Data Center Facility Management (DCFM) software tools to provide data gathering, monitoring and automation, and planning and implementation functionalities. This enables an integrated and multifaceted view of all the mission critical physical systems of the data center, Schneider says.

“Data center environments traditionally rely on siloed management tools that require the specialized knowledge and experience of numerous IT and facility professionals leveraging specialized management dashboards to obtain the information they need,” said Kevin Brown, vice president of data center global offer and strategy.

“With StruxureWare for Data Centers, Schneider Electric is providing a toolset from which the data center manager can access and manage across the domains of the IT room, building electrical power and power quality, facility and data center cooling, and physical security.  This management software suite delivers comprehensive, accurate real time data enabling them to take action based on the complete picture of the data center,” Brown added.

Available globally and immediately, the first offering available from the StruxureWare for Data Centers suite is StruxureWare Central v6.3 and the StruxureWare Central Mobile Application for iPhone and Blackberry. Other components of the StruxureWare for Data Centers software suite will be announced throughout 2011.  All new offerings and updates within the StruxureWare for Data Centers portfolio continue to be compatible with existing components of the InfraStruxure Management Software portfolio, Schneider says.

Tools included in the software package include:

Monitoring Suite: This offers a series of core and advanced options for real-time visualization, notification and reporting of the physical facility and data center systems for electrical power, cooling, security and IT infrastructure elements.  The monitoring suite includes StruxureWare Central, StruxureWare Power and StruxureWare Cooling.

Operations Suite: This is a second generation Data Center Infrastructure Management framework that aims to help customers gain control of their day-to-day operations where capacity limitations, frequent changes and availability are daily challenges for data center managers.

StruxureWare for Data Centers provides users with multiple options to create and share a variety of management dashboards, Schneider says.  These range from very detailed, domain specific dashboards for electrical power and cooling to higher level perspectives relevant to overall data center and single site energy management.  The dashboards also offer multi-site options to support comparisons and corporate energy governance activities.

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