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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

APC unveils infrastructure management software

APC by Schneider Electric has unveiled the newest version of its InfraStruxure management software, a core feature of APC’s InfraStruxure architecture, which provides an open, vendor neutral management platform for data centre physical infrastructure.

Vice President, Enterprise Software at APC by Schneider Electric, Soeren Brogaard Jensen, said that the new features help companies to conserve energy and cut costs by delivering active, open, management across all key domains of the data centre, including power, cooling, rack systems, and security systems.

He noted that utilisation of InfraStruxure management software has become imperative for Information Technology (IT) managers in order to avoid unplanned downtime and to maximise energy efficiency.

In addition, he said, it comes with full integration capabilities with enterprise and building management systems, the software provides a core platform to monitor and manage data centre assets.

“More than ever, businesses are looking to maximise energy efficiency and minimise the complexity of their data centre operations. We updated our InfraStruxure management software to provide not only critical monitoring and measurement but extensive operational upgrades to enable seamless implementation of virtualisation and the reduction of overall carbon footprints,” says Soeren Brogaard Jensen, Vice President Enterprise Software, APC by Schneider Electric.

“By using APC’s InfraStruxure Management Suite, IT managers can finally implement virtualisation without worrying about whether their physical infrastructure can support the nomadic loads. These upgrades allow customers to maximise current resources, conserve energy and better plan for the future.”

Outlining the new features of APC’s InfraStruxure management software portfolio enable IT managers, he said it would change the way they monitor, operate, manage and maintain their data centres through the integration of new virtualisation capabilities and upgraded energy efficiency and operations software.

The latest capabilities, he listed to include a data centre project management tool, which enables the design of new data centre build-outs or upgrades.

This new functionality, he said, allows users to simulate changes and scenario planning without impacting data centre operations. Data Center Lab’s drag and drop functionality and instant feedback on the impact of adding new IT gear makes the tool ideal for the creation of blueprint design proposals including floor layouts, rack layouts and inventory lists for data centre expansion, consolidation or new build projects.

On the InfraStruxure capacity to update impact analysis, he said, the application provides an instant overview of data centre physical infrastructure operations including UPS, power distribution and cooling, independent of the types and brands of equipment present in the data centre.

“This application is uniquely able to alert an IT manager when a temperature or other physical infrastructure-related event has occurred that could potentially impact the individual IT equipment. Vendor-agnostic inventory management and real-time device failure notifications are shown within physical data centre layouts,” he said.

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