Archive for November, 2011

Schneider Electric Announces StruxureWare Central v7.0 Software, Now Available as a Virtual Machine

Posted by on November 9, 2011  |  No Comments

The StruxureWare Central v7.0 Offers a Vendor Neutral Application for Deployment to the Virtual Environment

WEST KINGSTON, RI (November 7, 2011)- Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management, today introduced StruxureWare™ Central v7.0, which includes updates to StruxureWare Central as well as the introduction of a virtual machine version of the application. The Central v7.0 platform brings further support to an open, vendor-neutral application that addresses data center management needs holistically by enabling data center professionals to manage their physical infrastructure while systematically maximizing uptime.

Highlights of the StruxureWare Central v7.0 platform include:

  • Virtual Machine Version – This new platform extends the options for deployment to the virtual environment. The software is available as a free download that includes support for five infrastructure devices and one surveillance camera. A license key is required to add additional devices and cameras;
  • Failover and Redundancy – The virtual machine version allows StruxureWare Central to take advantage of the high availability and fault tolerant options offered by the major VM vendors;
  • Virtual Sensors – Ability to sum and average like sensors for the purpose of graphing, trending and alarming, including determining the average temperature in a row or room, the total power in a rack, etc.;
  • Web Client: StruxureWare Central delivers basic alarm information and device inventory via a browser interface. This new client interface allows instant access to device status, device details, and alarms, optimized for viewing on a variety of devices including smartphones, tablets, and laptop PCs.

“As our customers initiated their server consolidation and virtualization initiatives, it became apparent we needed to adapt our solution to further meet our customer’s needs. The StruxureWare Central v7.0 virtual machine platform is yet another deployment option that gives our customers the ability to run StruxureWare Central on their preferred hardware while also taking advantage of the latest innovations from the major VM vendors,” said CJ Meiser, Schneider’s Vice President of Management Solutions. “StruxureWare Central v7.0 adds on features such as virtual sensors, outlet controls, a web client, virtual machine high availability and fault tolerance to ensure uptime in an ever increasingly dynamic environment.”

StruxureWare Central provides an efficient way for organizations to monitor their company-wide physical infrastructure: power, cooling, security, and environment. Real-time monitoring, user-defined reports and graphs, and instant fault notification and escalation enable quick assessment and resolution of critical infrastructure events that can adversely affect IT system availability. This centralized repository of critical information can be accessed by multiple users from anywhere on the network, creating a consolidated view of the physical infrastructure. StruxureWare Central v7.0 seamlessly operates alongside and integrates with management systems and data center equipment from various vendors.

StruxureWare for Data Centers, including the StruxureWare Central v7.0 application, is available for demonstration at Schneider Electric’s corporate headquarters in Rueil-Malmaison, France as well as the Schneider Electric Technology Center in St. Louis, Missouri. Please click here for more information on Schneider Electric’s complete line of data center solutions.

About Schneider Electric
As a global specialist in energy management with operations in more than 100 countries, Schneider Electric offers integrated solutions across multiple market segments, including leadership positions in energy and infrastructure, industrial processes, building automation, and data centers/networks, as well as a broad presence in residential applications. Focused on making energy safe, reliable, and efficient, the company’s 110,000 plus employees achieved sales of more than $26 billion in 2010, through an active commitment to help individuals and organizations “Make the most of their energy.

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To learn more about StruxureWare™ for Data Centers please contact Universal Networking Services (UNS).  Feel free to contact Waite Ave at w.ave@apcdistributors.com or 281-825-9790.

Schneider Electric Delivers StruxureWare™ for Data Centers, Integrated Management Software for Data Center Managers that Breaks Down the Barriers Between IT and Facilities

Posted by on November 5, 2011  |  No Comments

Copenhagen, Denmark, June 22, 2011 — Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management, today introduced StruxureWareTM for Data Centers, a management software suite designed to address all aspects of the data center physical infrastructure needed to maximize availability and efficiency. StruxureWare for Data Centers combines Schneider Electric’s market leading Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) and Data Center Facility Management (DCFM) software tools to provide data gathering, monitoring and automation, and planning and implementation functionalities enabling an integrated and multifaceted view of all the mission critical physical systems of the data center. This new offering empowers data center managers by giving them access to all the data and tools they need to operate data centers that are more reliable, efficient, productive, safe and green.

“Data center environments traditionally rely on siloed management tools that require the specialized knowledge and experience of numerous IT and facility professionals leveraging specialized management dashboards to obtain the information they need,” said Kevin Brown, Vice President, Data Center Global Offer and Strategy, Schneider Electric. “With StruxureWare for Data Centers, Schneider Electric is providing a toolset from which the data center manager can access and manage across the domains of the IT room, building electrical power and power quality, facility and data center cooling, and physical security. This management software suite delivers comprehensive, accurate real time data enabling them to take action based on the complete picture of the data center.”

The StruxureWare for Data Centers management software suite will offer a variety of software tools to improve both the monitoring and the operational aspects of comprehensive data center management, including:

StruxureWare for Data Centers: Monitoring Suite

The StruxureWare for Data Centers Monitoring Suite will offer a series of core and advanced options for real-time visualization, notification and reporting of the physical facility and data center systems for electrical power, cooling, security and IT infrastructure elements. The monitoring suite will include:

StruxureWare Central (formerly InfraStruxure Central) – A fundamental, vendor-neutral software system that provides a unified view and analysis of complex IT physical infrastructure that communicates with building, power, enterprise and network management systems to ensure quality, and increase both energy and cost efficiencies. The new StruxureWare Central for Blackberry and iPhone apps, available today, provide data center managers with the same active alarms, alarm history, device groups and current sensor values found in the StruxureWare Central desktop user interface without being tied to a computer screen.

StruxureWare Power and StruxureWare Cooling – These advanced options build on Schneider Electric’s existing innovative and industry leading power monitoring (formerly ION Enterprise) and cooling automation (formerly Continuum) offers by adapting these offers to the specific and unique applications within data centers.

  • StruxureWare Power monitors the facility and data center electrical infrastructure from the Utility feed through to rack power. Core functions of this system include the ability to profile power and energy consumption and trends, characterize power quality events, and visually drill down from the overall view of the electrical network to the equipment level.

  • StruxureWare Cooling monitors and automates the fully integrated environmental control system for the core facility including the thermal energy plant with specialized monitoring of the data center chilled water sub-system, including cooling towers, chillers, pumps, and computer room and rack air handlers. Optional elements also include a focus on general access control, and surveillance.

StruxureWare for Data Centers: Operations Suite

StruxureWare Operations Suite is a second generation Data Center Infrastructure Management framework enabling customers to gain control of their day-to-day operations where capacity limitations, frequent changes and availability are daily challenges for data center managers.

StruxureWare Operations (formerly InfraStruxure Operations) is the industry leading enterprise DCIM framework providing a scalable and fault tolerant solution encompassing all aspects of modern data center management, ranging from asset and capacity control over dashboards to smart phone integration. The framework provides the ability to forecast future budgets for expanding and consolidating data center operations as well as the impact these changes would have on various aspects of the facility. Through transparency into data center key performance indicators (KPIs), customers are assisted in making informed decisions about service level agreements and controlling operational costs.

StruxureWare for Data Centers will provide users with multiple options to create and share a variety of management dashboards. These range from very detailed, domain specific dashboards for electrical power and cooling to higher level perspectives relevant to overall data center and single site energy management. Additionally, the dashboards offer multi-site options to support comparisons and corporate energy governance activities.

StruxureWare for Data Centers serves as one facet of Schneider Electric’s global StruxureWare initiative. The complete line of StruxureWare solutions are designed to provide an integrated software platform intended to simplify energy management and optimize energy usage in all types of buildings, data centers and industrial facilities. StruxureWare is the software backbone that connects Schneider Electric’s comprehensive EcoStruxureTM energy management architecture portfolio. From a single point of access, it provides intelligent monitoring, automation, planning and reporting on critical facility management systems.

Available globally, the first offering available from the StruxureWare for Data Centers suite is StruxureWare Central v6.3 and the StruxureWare Central Mobile Application for iPhone and Blackberry, all available immediately. Other components of the StruxureWare for Data Centers software suite will be announced throughout 2011, featuring continually evolving solutions to meet the needs of all data center and facility professionals. All new offerings and updates within the StruxureWare for Data Centers portfolio continue to be compatible with existing components of the InfraStruxure Management Software portfolio.

StruxureWare for Data Centers is available for demo at Schneider Electric’s corporate headquarters in Rueil- Malmaison, France as well as the Schneider Electric Technology Center in St. Louis, Missouri.

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To learn more about StruxureWare™ for Data Centers please contact Universal Networking Services (UNS).  Feel free to contact Waite Ave at w.ave@apcdistributors.com or 281-825-9790.

Schneider Electric’s StruxureWare Operations 7.0 Software Platform Brings 3D Airflow Analysis and Smart Phone Support to Enable Improved Data Center Operations

Posted by on November 3, 2011  |  No Comments

Schneider Electric’s new DCIM platform provides detailed analytics, energy usage dashboards and reporting capabilities for any sized data centre with robust smartphone access.


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West Kingston, RI, October 17, 2011Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management, today introduced StruxureWare™ Operations 7.0, an enterprise Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) software platform. StruxureWare Operations 7.0, an integral part of Schneider Electric’s StruxureWare for Data Centers Suite, is designed to solve the most complex challenges of operating enterprise data centers. StruxureWare Operations 7.0 replaces Schneider Electric’s InfraStruxureTM Operations version 6.2.

The StruxureWare for Data Centers Suite is a combination of Schneider Electric’s market leading Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) and Data Center Facility Management (DCFM) software tools. The complete suite is able to provide data gathering, monitoring, automation, and planning and implementation functionalities to enable an integrated and multifaceted view of all the mission critical physical systems of the data centre. As a cornerstone of that suite, the StruxureWare Operations 7.0 platform allows c-level executives, data centre managers and facility managers alike to have complete visibility and control over their data centre’s daily operations.

“Schneider Electric recognizes the significant challenges our customers are facing while managing their constantly changing data centre environments,” said Soeren Brogaard Jensen, Vice President, Enterprise Software, Schneider Electric. “With the release of StruxureWare Operations 7.0, we are addressing these challenges with the most comprehensive DCIM offer in today’s marketplace. Our platform ensures high availability and on-the-go control of the data centre while lowering energy consumption. It is truly an invaluable tool that enables our customers to make informed decisions when planning for changes within their data centre and maximizing its energy efficiency on a daily basis.”

As challenges like rising complexity, availability and increasing energy costs become a reality in today’s data centre environments, customers struggle to find the correct set of tools to effectively operate and report on the various systems and functions of their data centres. StruxureWare Operations 7.0 offers the first comprehensive, easily deployable solution to relieve these pain points by introducing a scalable and rich new platform that promotes business growth while maintaining a real-time presence in the data centre. Performing duties such as alarming, data collection, planning, optimizing, and analytics, StruxureWare Operations 7.0 is able to provide reporting on any aspect of the data centre physical infrastructure. With the continuing evolution of DCIM and DCFM technologies and industry-leading software suites like StruxureWare for Data Centers, IT professionals now have access to all the data and tools they need to operate data centres that are more reliable, efficient, productive, safe and green from a single software suite.

StruxureWare Operations 7.0 enhances the flexibility and scalability of the StruxureWare for Data Centers Suite, with the ability to meet the needs of data centres of all sizes. This enterprise software can be deployed on both physical and virtual servers, providing the option of adding a clustering architecture to achieve the highest levels of availability and redundancy desired by the end user while allowing for the flexibility to scale to any size data centre. Other new features of StruxureWare Operations 7.0 include the functionality to “drill down” into any data centre location globally and get detailed real-time capacity and alarm summaries for any specific location within the data centre. Additionally, a revolutionary instant 3D Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) airflow view of any data centre design enables users to prevent and resolve thermal issues quickly and efficiently.

Within StruxureWare Operations 7.0, two new modules provide multiple options to create customized reports to be delivered to those who need them in the most convenient ways possible. StruxureWare Operations: Insight is an advanced report designer which allows for customization of reports to match business needs with data integrated from any third party database or web service. The Insight module consists of a wide array of plug-in templates and scripting options allowing for customization specific to a customer’s data centre. The second module, StruxureWare Operations: VIZOR, provides key data centre capacity parameters and utilization for power, cooling, space and network directly to Apple iPhone, iPad or Android-based smart phones.

In addition to the new functionality released in StruxureWare Operations 7.0, users will enjoy the same benefits of the original InfraStruxure Operations 6.2 platform which consist of a set of optional add-on modules to meet specific user requirements, including:

  • Capacity– Simulation, planning and optimization of infrastructure capacities to right-size the data center
  • Change– Fully integrated workflow management for IT physical infrastructure
  • Energy Efficiency – Intelligent PUE analytics at the subsystem level
  • Energy Cost – Instant overview of rack energy usage
  • Insight – Comprehensive tool for customizing report designs to visualize data
  • Dashboard – Live overview of data centre operations using widgets and data sets
  • Mobile– Wireless operation of your data centre allowing for real-time tracking of adds, moves and changes
  • VIZOR – On-the-go access for smart phone and tablet applications

All new offerings and updates within StruxureWare Operations 7.0 continue to be compatible with existing components of the previous InfraStruxure branded management software portfolio.

Available globally, StruxureWare Operations 7.0 joins StruxureWare Central 6.3 as the first offerings available in the StruxureWare for Data Centers software suite. Other components of the software suite will be announced throughout the coming months, featuring additional solutions to meet the needs of all data centre and facility professionals.

StruxureWare for Data Centers is available for demonstration at Schneider Electric’s corporate headquarters in Rueil-Malmaison, France as well as the Schneider Electric Technology Center in St. Louis, Missouri.

About Schneider Electric

As a global specialist in energy management with operations in more than 100 countries, Schneider Electric offers integrated solutions across multiple market segments, including leadership positions in energy and infrastructure, industrial processes, building automation, and data centers/networks, as well as a broad presence in residential applications. Focused on making energy safe, reliable, and efficient, the company’s 110,000 plus employees achieved sales of more than $26 billion in 2010, through an active commitment to help individuals and organizations “Make the most of their energy.”

Learn More

To learn more about StruxureWare™ Operations 7.0 please contact Universal Networking Services (UNS).  Feel free to contact Waite Ave at w.ave@apcdistributors.com or 281-825-9790.