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Monday, December 20, 2010

APC dedicates datacenter application

Leader in integrated critical power and cooling services, APC by Schneider Electric, has established dedicated software for data centres

President, APC, Laurent Vernerey, who made this disclosure, recently said that the venture into software business is to enable the company focus and drive a leadership position across all aspects of the data centre environment.

The data center software business, he said, would be responsible for advancing all software and management systems for the data centre physical infrastructure, just as a team would have direct accountability for software development, offer creation, sales, service, marketing and partner programmes.

“By establishing a new and dedicated software business with a clear strategy and focus, we are showing our true commitment to become the global leader in software for data centres,” Vernerey said, noting that this evolution within APC is well aligned with the Schneider Electric vision of becoming the world leader in energy management.

Also, the APC boss said, the data center software business would be a key contributor to Schneider Electric’s Ecostruxure architecture and a strong supporter of Schneider Electric’s energy management initiatives.

He pointed out that the APC’s InfraStruxure management software portfolio, a critical element of Ecostruxure, will be the focus of this team.

“Through InfraStruxure, the Data Center Software business will simplify and drive energy and operational efficiency entitlements across all aspects of the data centre,” he said.

He underscored this with the fact that 451 Group report released recently, indicated that datacenter management & energy-efficiency software; “Schneider Electric has the scale, brand, vision and penetration to take a leadership position in data center energy management software; its size is also helping it make important alli­ances.

“InfraStruxure is currently just one of several offerings in this market, but it has the potential to be a clear leader,” he said.

The APC InfraStruxure management software portfolio, according to him, helps companies to improve energy and cost efficiencies, and supports short- and long-term planning, forecasting and budgeting. With this portfolio data centre managers and IT executives have the ability to take a holistic view of data centre physical infrastructure service quality, end-to-end energy use and the various costs associated with it.

APC chief executive officer further said that the vendor-neutral software provides the industry’s first and broadest integrations with critical IT support systems, including power management, building management and enterprise management, enabling the monitoring, controlling and resolving of issues in a user-friendly environment.

The software portfolio, he said, include InfraStruxure Operations - for daily operations and inventory management; InfraStruxure Central - for data gathering and monitoring; InfraStruxure Capacity; InfraStruxure Change - for planning and optimisation; and InfraStruxure Energy Efficiency - for energy analysis and modeling down to the server location in a rack.

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