Wednesday, July 16, 2008

APC, TAC partner on data centre solutions

Leader in integrated critical power and cooling services, APC by Schneider Electric, and TAC software management platforms is partnering with IBM Tivoli Monitoring energy management software for efficient data centre solutions.

APC and TAC are part of the global energy management specialist under Schneider Electric, offering physical infrastructure and building management systems, respectively, to customers worldwide.

Disclosing this development, the regional director for Africa at APC by Schneider Electric, Mr. Carl Kleynhans, said that the integration, currently will allow APC’s InfraStruXure Central management platform, TAC’s building management system and IBM Tivoli Monitoring software to share key data points including alarm notifications, historical data and asset tracking information.

The combined solution, he said, would deliver the visibility, control and automation needed for a more efficient enterprise by enabling optimization of data centre physical infrastructure and building systems while maintaining IT service levels.

Mr. Kleynhans said that by integrating InfraStruXure Central and TAC with IBM Tivoli Monitoring software, administrators would be able to view, correlate and profile the dependencies of business process and IT assets to the underlying physical infrastructure.

The result will help monitor and manage efforts to reduce risk, raise data centre system availability levels and increase energy efficiency.

“Once we complete the integration with the IBM Tivoli Monitoring software, IT administrators will have the ability to make informed decisions about critical business processes, their physical infrastructure and building management systems and how to efficiently deploy their infrastructure,” he said.

The regional director cited for example, that a user may choose to move business critical applications to an alternate rack, row or even data centre in the event of loss of redundancy in cooling, or may choose to leave a less critical application running in the higher risk environment.

Stressing that customers soon would have the ability to not only determine optimum location (physical or virtual) of IT assets, but also adapt their application usage based on historical and real-time information regarding energy use and power and cooling availability.

Director, Emerging Markets, IBM Tivoli, Mr. Stuart McIrvine, said they are delighted to have APC and TAC partner in IBM’s efforts to help customers become more energy efficient.

“Working together, we have a comprehensive suite of management capabilities that will provide clients with the proper tools to proactively manage and control their power consumption and energy costs, but not at the expense of critical business services,” he said.

APC’s suite of enterprise software solution enables the efficient management of company-wide IT physical infrastructure including floor space, power, cooling, cabling and threat protection.

APC InfraStruXure Central lowers support costs and prevents downtime through rapid problem resolution of physical and environmental issues.

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