DCD Roundup: Schneider, ABB, Concurrent, AEG

DCD London news roundup: Schneider introduces two new facilities modules, ABB launches data center management software, Concurrent Thinking unveils DCIM product, AEG Power offers new high efficiency UPS units, Romonet updates Prognose.

Rich Miller

December 3, 2011

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Schneider Electric introduced two new modules (one for power and one for cooling) for the EMEA region at this week's DataCenterDynamics CONVERGED conference in London.

The DataCenterDynamics CONVERGED conference was held this week in London, with two days of panels and presentations from Google, eBay, Cisco and many others. See the DCD news section for details of the presentations. There were also product introductions from a number of vendors. Here's a roundup:

Schneider Introduces New Modules: Global energy management specialist Schneider Electricannounced two new facility module power and cooling solutions for the EMEA region. The new modular units enable data centre power and cooling capacity to be added in 500kW increments, allowing physical infrastructure to be right-sized to the IT load . "Facility modules are a step towards the commoditization of data centre physical infrastructure," said Tony Day, Director of Data Centre Projects and Professional Services at Schneider Electric said. "Instead of waiting months, customers can expect to deploy additional capacity within weeks. Because Schneider Electric pre-engineer, configure and test facility modules prior to delivery ensuring reliability and efficiency, site installation is also made simpler and speedier, reducing associated costs and the risk of human error." The Facility Power Modules for EMEA incorporate high efficiency modular UPS, hot-swappable power modules, a segregated battery room, a fully integrated cooling system with free-cooling capability, inert gas fire suppression and aspirating detection system. Modules can be stacked vertically or side by side, and delivered using conventional road transportation methods.

ABB launches new management tool - ABB launched a new management suite for the data center that covers software, hardware and services at DatacenterDynamics CONVERGED. It said the suite uses the access capabilities of ABB’s System 800xA platform as its foundation, which allows it to Decathlon to harmonize a number of IT disciplines to make data centers more reliable, and provide a single view of IT, facilities and energy management across the data center. ABB called Decathlon a Data Center Enterprise Management (DCEM) solution and ABB Control Technologies product manager for data centers Eric Olsen said by using the suite, companies can realize energy savings of between 10 and 50%.

Concurrent Thinking unveils DCIM Product - Concurrent Thinking unveiled its new DCIM products, concurrentCOMMAND and concurrentCONTROL, which offer a solution for optimising the performance of both the physical infrastructure of the data centre and the IT systems operating within it. The Concurrent products provide capabilities for monitoring and managing power at the distribution board, PDU and server level (including power capping); support for environmental sensors; out-of-band server health monitoring; and even OS deployment and performance monitoring. “Our products monitor all aspects of the data centre, offering powerful and intuitive tools for identifying potential energy inefficiencies – whether these relate to high overheads in power and cooling, or stem from poor IT utilisation by server, rack, customer or application," said Concurrent Thinking CTO, Michael Rudgyard. "Our goal is to offer a 20% saving within the first 12 months for all of our customers, and a complete return on investment in the same period.”

AEG Power Offers New High Efficiency UPS- AEG Power Solutions announced the PROTECT Blue modular UPS family of 3-phase power protection products for data centre and mission critical applications. PROTECT Blue is 95% efficient at only 20% load. The new UPS also provides 99% efficiency when being operated in Eco Mode."PROTECT Blue has been developed by AEG PS specifically to fulfil the need for high efficiency, high reliability power protection devices for today's data centre and computer room requirements. PROTECT Blue is a high performance, compact and competitively priced power protection solution," said Iain Campbell, Business Development Director -- UK & Ireland, AEG Power Solutions.The new UPS features 3-level IGBT technology to reduce switching losses, and together with VFI topology and a transformerless design, provides a smaller, lighter and more efficient UPS implementation.

Romonet announces version 2 of Prognose suite.  Predictive modeling software company Romonet announced version 2.0 of its  Prognose software suite.  The company is also announcing three additional components to the suite with Prognose energy, Prognose economics and Prognose enterprise. Prognose 2.0 brings advanced features including the ability to simulate over a full Typical Meteorological Year (TMY) delivering even greater accuracy and climate sensitive analysis of data centers based on their actual or intended geographical location. The new Node Level Resilience (NLR) feature allows users to rapidly model the impact of control system changes reducing the risk of an unexpected behavior impacting data center availability and uptime. "Our clients want to operate data centers that are cost and energy optimized throughout their life cycle," said Zahl Limbuwala, co-founder and CEO of Romonet. "For us, that means delivering world leading predictive modeling software tools that provide a clear and accurate forecasting of hour-to-hour operational performance, energy usage and total cost of operations for the entire the data center facility."

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