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May 5, 2016updated 05 Sep 2016 11:49am

Colocation DCIM suite plans to end IT and facilities gap in the data centre

News: Software built to give data centre managers real-time full business insights into market needs.

By Joao Lima

Schneider Electric has bulked up its data centre infrastructure management (DCIM) suite to increase asset visibility.

The company introduced StruxureWare Data Center Operation v8.0 to give a higher level of asset visibility, including power usage and power capacity via any web browser.

The StruxureWare for Data Centers management software suite is designed to collect and manage data about a data centre’s assets, resource use and operation status throughout the data centre lifecycle.

The new release is aimed at key data centre stakeholders, including tenants in colocation environments, and across both IT and facilities.

The web browser application is also intended to lower maintenance costs and help managers make better and more informed real-time decisions.

Using the DCIM software, businesses can also manage 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.

Another capability added to the DCIM platform is a ‘tenant portal’ that lets colocation providers offer additional services on the basis of their DCIM solution, including management of individual tenant services.

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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 colocator’s local network.

Designed to let data centre managers model DC-powered devices within their data centre, StruxureWare Data Center Operation v8.0 also includes direct current capacity planning and risk management as well as the ability to support a mixed power infrastructure (both AC and DC).

Lastly, the software 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.

Soeren Brogaard Jensen, VP for solution software, IT business, at Schneider Electric, said: "Schneider Electric’s 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."

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

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