Schneider Expands DCIM with Intel, Cisco

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Schneider Electric has updated its StruxureWare software for data center infrastructure management (DCIM) to support technologies from technology titans Intel and Cisco Systems.
The updates to StruxureWare Data Center Operation v7.2 make it easier to identify underused or abandoned servers, and to enhance the power management features for customers using Cisco’s Unified Computing System (UCS).

“StruxureWare Data Center Operation version 7.2 provides crucial information for making key decisions on how to run data centers more efficiently,” said Soeren Brogaard Jensen, Vice President, Solution Software, Schneider Electric. “The platform provides data center managers with the ability to operate, monitor, analyze and optimize the energy usage of a data center all the way down to the server and CPU levels, gaining significant CapEX and OpEx savings and extending the data center life cycle in the process.”

IT Power Control, powered by Intel DCM, provides real-time, server-level data on power and thermal conditions within the data center, which allows StruxureWare Data Center Operation v7.2 to deliver comprehensive power and thermal consumption information to data center managers.

“The Intel DCM enables the StruxureWare IT Power Control module to continuously monitor the ongoing level of power and thermal consumption at an increased granular level, across a broad range of servers and IT devices,” said Jeff Klaus, director, Intel Data Center Manager Solutions.

In addition to the existing VMware vSphere integration, version 7.2 adds the Cisco UCS Manager plug-in which offers Cisco UCS customers a plug n’ play configuration that provides automatic inventory, proactive warnings, and real time data showing Cisco UCS power draw, CPU and memory usage. The plug-in allows customers to set the power cap for their racks using real-time data, reducing over-provisioning, making customer’s data centers more agile.

StruxureWare Data Center Operation v7.2 is currently available as part of the complete StruxureWare for Data Centers software suite.

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Rich Miller is the founder and editor at large of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.

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