Archive for January, 2012

Upgrade Your Control System With PlantStruxure for More Efficiency

Posted by on January 23, 2012  |  No Comments

Learn more about a great offer that allows you to move from your old control system with minimal risk to Schneider’snew and exciting PlantStruxure system architecture.

Upgrade Your Control System With PlantStuxure For More Efficiency

To learn more about PlantStruxure please contact Waite Ave at w.ave@apcdistributors.com or 1-888-486-7725, ext. 201

Introduction to StruxureWare™ Energy Online

Posted by on January 19, 2012  |  No Comments

Leverage the power of a cloud computing environment to more easily and quickly manage your energy usage — driving awareness and reducing your operating expenses.

Introduction to StruxureWare™ Energy Online Video

To learn more about StruxureWare™ please contact Waite Ave at w.ave@apcdistributors.com or 1-888-486-7725, ext. 201.

The Best Enclosures Offer in the Market

Posted by on January 19, 2012  |  No Comments

The world wide leader in energy management presents the most comprehensive offer in the market of industrial enclosures, power distribution systems and thermal control products – Make the most of your Energy!

The Best Enclosures Offer in the Market Video: Schneider Electric

To learn more about Schneider Electric’s product line of enclosures please contace Waite Ave at w.ave@apcdistributors.com or 1-888-486-7725, ext. 201.

EPA Brochure: 12 Ways To Decrease The Energy Consumption Of Your Data Center

Posted by on January 18, 2012  |  No Comments

In concert with recent Energy Star Specification updates, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released a brochure to help guide organizations in reducing energy consumption in their data centers.

Server and data center energy consumption is projected to nearly double from 2006 to 2011 nationally, contributing to electricity costs in excess of $7.4 billion. U.S. EPA encourages you to improve your data center’s energy efficiency and help your organization limit its energy consumption growth while also contributing to a cleaner environment.

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IDC Report Names Schneider Electric a DCIM Market Leader

Posted by on January 16, 2012  |  No Comments

Analyst firm IDC calls Schneider Electric a Market Leader in their comprehensive worldwide DCIM vendor analysis

Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management, has been named a Market Leader in the Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) space by analyst firm IDC. The report, which details the current climate and scope of the DCIM market, placed Schneider Electric in the highest category of Market Leader when compared to a wide range of competitor’s solutions.

IDC’s report, “IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Datacenter Infrastructure Management (DCIM) 2011 Vendor Analysis,” identifies the DCIM market as continuing to rapidly evolve with a number of vendors working to establish themselves within the space. The report, published in January of 2012, places Schneider Electric at the forefront of DCIM technology development and as an industry thought leader.

“Schneider Electric is an IDC MarketScape Leader worldwide,” the report stated. “Schneider performed well in the business capabilities and strategy criteria sections, particularly regarding its growth strategy, innovation, and employee management.” This evaluation was based on a comprehensive framework that assessed vendors across a wide variety of technical and operational criteria, weighted by factors IDC believed will be the most influential over the next three to five years.

“To be identified by IDC as a Market Leader in the DCIM space is a tremendous validation of the effectiveness of our DCIM solutions,” said Soeren Brogaard Jensen, Vice President, Enterprise Software, Schneider Electric. “As the DCIM space continues to grow and evolve Schneider Electric will remain committed to bringing our customers the most robust and innovative line of DCIM solutions on the market to further streamline IT and facilities management.”

Schneider Electric’s cutting-edge DCIM solutions are an integral part of StruxureWare(TM) for Data Centers, an integrated management software suite designed to address all aspects of the data center physical infrastructure needed to maximize availability and efficiency. The suite 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.

In addition to Schneider Electric’s StruxureWare for Data Centers, the recent intellectual property acquisition of Viridity’s EnergyCenter 2.0 platform adds further capabilities to the software suite. The EnergyCenter 2.0 software enables auto-discovery of IT assets to optimize capacity utilization at the IT asset level. Viridity was listed as a Major Player in the DCIM space by the IDC report, which noted that EnergyCenter 2.0 was, “easy to deploy and manage while addressing many datacenter operators’ chief concerns.”

For more information about Schneider Electric’s DCIM solutions please click here. To review Schneider Electric’s complete line of data center solutions, please visit www.schneider-electric.com.

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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Universal Networking Services Releases Website Update

Posted by on January 10, 2012  |  No Comments

Universal Networking Services Releases Website Update

The updated website, www.criticalpowerandcooling.com,  features clearer navigation, more focused content and a cleaner user interface for enhanced usability for all data center professionals.

St. Petersburg, Florida (January 9th, 2011):  Universal Networking Services (UNS), a leading provider of mission-critical power and cooling infrastructure products and services today announced the release of several high-level updates to their popular website:  www.criticalpowerandcooling.com.  Going beyond merely selling products, UNS’s website offers to educate and inform users on the latest in data center power and cooling technologies.

The new streamlined website includes several enhancements that are functional and interactive.  Clearer navigation to the latest industry information in power, cooling, modular, fire and monitoring can be accessed through the updated “Data Center Solutions” portal. The “Data Center Institute” section provides White Papers and tools essential to the data center professional while the “Efficiencies Strategies” section showcases UNS signature Critical Facility Energy Profile (CFEP) service.  UNS is proud to dedicate a page so to the Datapod System, an innovative modular, scalable data center that delivers an optimized IT environment as well as a page regarding cost segregation, a strategic tax savings tool.  Integration of social media tools allows website visitors to access additional data center industry news via RSS news feed from UNS Blog, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Waite Ave, Vice President of Operations, states “Today’s IT departments face complex challenges that demand forward looking IT solutions.  With that in mind, UNS has developed a website that provides educational opportunities and showcases the latest in technologies for data center power and cooling.  Education that will lay the critical foundation to run an efficient data center.  At UNS, our philosophy is to offer the data center professional the tools and resources to lower their Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) and maximize efficiencies offered by the advancements in today’s data center architecture.  We are very excited to share our updated website to empower the data center community to find real-time solutions to their unique challenges.”

About Universal Networking Services:

UNS specializes in mission-critical power and cooling solutions for wiring closets, server rooms, and data centers.  UNS provides product acquisition, design/ engineering, installation management and maintenance services.

To learn more about UNS,  please contact Waite Ave at w.ave@apcdistributors.com or 281-825-9790.

APC by Schneider Electric Announces Upgrade to MGE EPS8000 UPS Line, Now with Integrated Parallel Feature and Graphical Display

Posted by on January 10, 2012  |  No Comments

APC by Schneider Electric Announces Upgrade to MGE EPS8000 UPS Line, Now with Integrated Parallel Feature and Graphical Display

WEST KINGSTON, RI. – January 9, 2011 – APC by Schneider Electric, a global leader in integrated critical power and cooling services, today announced an upgrade to its MGE EPS8000 uninterrupted power supply (UPS) product family with the release of its Integrated Parallel feature and updated 12” Graphical Display. Parallel for capacity or redundancy, the MGE EPS8000 Integrated Parallel allows customers to easily configure up to 3+1UPS modules without a centralized static switch cabinet (SSC), enabling a higher level of availability than single module systems. And with a smaller footprint than traditional SSC-based designs and an online efficiency of up to 94 percent at full load, the Integrated Parallel feature offers an ideal, low CapEx solution for growing enterprises

Designed for ease of expandability, each MGE EPS8000 Integrated Parallel module comes equipped with local paralleling boards that communicate with each other to create a completely synchronized output voltage. UPS controls reside in each MGE EPS8000 Integrated Parallel module, rather than in a centralized location or switchgear. When one module is removed from the parallel bus for service or an internal failure, this unique feature enables the remaining UPS modules to immediately accept the load of the failed UPS module. By enabling one module to be removed without requiring the critical load to be connected to straight utility, this feature mitigates system downtime and improves efficiency.

Adding to the EPS 8000 product family’s flexibility and usability, the new 12″ Graphical User Interface (GUI) feature enables users to monitor current characteristics at the system level, including load and system voltage. Touch screen capable, the GUI also displays module status, the current number of modules on the parallel bus, and the number of modules needed in order to maintain redundancy in the system.

The MGE EPS 8000 family of products is the primary choice in the large data center market with its benchmark on quality and availability, from 555 to 1100kVA in a single box. Featuring 100% step-load capability, the UPS delivers clean, reliable power – even in the harshest of electrical environments. The MGE EPS 8000 UPS product family also interfaces with leading universal communication protocols and incorporates four communication slots in a rack mount, multi-slot case to support SNMP, J-Bus/ModBus and RS232-RS485 protocols for easy interfacing with most devices. The product line is able to support environments such as data centers and computer rooms, as well as industrial, medical imaging, factory floor and electrical room applications.For more information on APC’s line of MGE UPS systems and the line’s recent upgrades, please visit: www.apc.com or call 800-877-4080

About APC by Schneider Electric

APC by Schneider Electric, a global leader in critical power and cooling services, provides industry leading hardware, software, and services designed to ensure availability and higher energy efficiency across the residential, business network, data center, and manufacturing environments. Backed by the strength, experience, and wide network of Schneider Electric’s Critical Power & Cooling Services, APC delivers well planned, flawlessly installed and maintained solutions throughout their lifecycle. Through its unparalleled commitment to innovation, APC delivers energy efficient solutions for critical technology and industrial applications

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.”

To learn more about the MGE EPS8000 UPS please contact Waite Ave at w.ave@apcdistributors.com or 1-888-486-7725, ext. 201.

Don’s Corner: MGE EPS 3000- Does “End of Service” mean “End of the World”?

Posted by on January 9, 2012  |  No Comments

MGE EPS 3000- Does “End of Service” mean “End of the World”?

Don Melchert, Critical Facility Specialist

When the manufacturer sets an End of Life date for their product, it doesn’t mean the end of the world for your critical infrastructure.  On the contrary, more often than not, it’s a blessing in disguise.   Over the span of ten years, the way we store and transmit data has changed dramatically.  Consider this, is anyone out there still using a floppy disk?  Let’s hope not, but ten years ago, many of us still were.  Oddly enough, as is the case in many data centers, the same trusty, dusty UPS has stayed right there while the world around it changed every two to three years.

In November of 2000, the last MGE EPS 3000 UPS rolled off of the assembly line and was placed into service.  Current owners of the MGE product line, Schneider Electric, will no longer support the MGE EPS 3000 series UPS as of December 31, 2011. In essence, this means that if you currently hold a service contract, you won’t be able to purchase a renewal after the EOS date.  In addition, Schneider Electric will no longer stock replacement parts, nor will they continue to train their Field Service Engineers to respond to service calls for the EPS 3000.   On the one hand, for a Data Center Manager, not being able to have support on their UPS can cause a panic attack.   On the other hand, this may be exactly the sort of ammo needed to present at the next budget meeting that might loosen the budget enough to make some serious efficiency changes.  Changes, yes, but not just in terms of a decrease in energy consumption…that’s easy.  No, I’m talking about finally having the chance to change your power infrastructure in a way that allows a company to never again worry about an “End of Service panic attack.”

With today’s newer, hot-swappable designed UPS systems, such as the APC Symmetra UPS, our industry is finally in a position to break free of our dependency on high cost service contracts.  By design, the APC Symmetra UPS encourages a company’s I.T. Staff with minimal training or experience to make repairs without ever contacting their service provider in the first place.  After all, the UPS is smart enough to diagnose a fault and intelligent enough to know if that fault warrants an all out shutdown, or simply to issue a fault alarm to their owner.  Armed with the knowledge that their entire UPS, from battery modules to static switch assembly can be changed on-the-fly, Data Center Managers are able to scale down or in many cases, eliminate the cost of high-end service contracts all together in favor of newer, high efficiency UPS systems.  When faced with the thought of finding someone else to service an outdated EPS 3000 after the manufacturer won’t, do we really want to pay more to a third party service provider, only to be faced with an even longer mean time to repair?

The question is, what’s your time worth to you, and more importantly, what’s your time worth to your company?  An hour spent on the phone with the manufacturer struggling to get a UPS failure diagnosed and a repair tech scheduled could have been only a few minutes changing out a failed power module and returning to the myriad of projects already being managed by the I.T. Staff.  You know, the important stuff, like resetting a user’s password, again, for the third time this week…

Please feel free to contact me with any questions at d.melchert@apcdistributors.com or call 918-760-8236.

A Data Center Without Maintenance Has No Availability | The Data Center Journal

Posted by on January 7, 2012  |  No Comments

A Data Center Without Maintenance Has No Availability | The Data Center Journal.

By Jeff Clark

Regardless of a data center design’s intended level of availability, that facility won’t meet its stated goals in the absence of proper maintenance. To keep services available, data center operators must take steps to ensure that individual aspects of the … Read More »

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