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Universal Networking Services Institute for Data Center Professionals

Posted by on April 6, 2012  |  No Comments

Data center education that will lay the critical foundation to run an efficient data center.

Data center efficiency should be a topic of significant importance to all data center operators. At Universal Networking Services (UNS), our philosophy is simple: knowledge is key to data center efficiency!  UNS Institute for Data Center Professionals offers the data center community priceless educational opportunities through numerous gateways:

Educational Gateways:

“Educational Series For Data Center Professionals”

“Breakfast and Learn Series For Data Center Professionals”

Universal Networking Services Blog

Data Center Critical Power and Cooling LinkedIn Group

Universal Networking Services Twitter

About UNS “Educational Series For Data Center Professionals”:

The “Educational Series For Data Center Professionals” is a customized training series conducted at YOUR facility that provides the education that will lay the critical foundation for your organization to run an efficient data center.  UNS works diligently with you and your staff to customize a curriculum specific to your facilities requirements that educate and showcase the latest in technologies and best practices for data center power, cooling, monitoring, security and management.  Choose either topics from current course curriculum (see course curriculum below) or customize your training.   At UNS, we believe education is key to controlling your data center costs.  With that in mind, we couple your customized training session with our signature Critical Facility Energy Profile (CFEP) assessment.  To highlight, our CFEP service provides an on-site, non-invasive, risk free analysis of your current Network Critical Physical Infrastructure (NCPI) to determine the baseline efficiency of your data center.   On the first day, we will perform a site/data center assessment (CFEP), during which, items that are affecting efficiency and reliability are compiled.  On the second day, we return to the facility to perform a customized education/training session on today’s best strategies for power, cooling, monitoring security and management using examples from YOUR facility.  The education provided will drive your organization’s total-cost-of-ownership (TCO) as low as possible.   UNS is committed to understanding our clients challenges and provide the tools needed to operate their businesses with reliability and maximum efficiency. Contact us today to learn more about this unique educational opportunity.

Current “Educational Series For Data Center Professionals” Course Curriculum:

“POWER FUNDAMENTALS”-If you’ve ever asked yourself…”What’s the difference between kVA and kW?  AC and DC, isn’t that a band? Single-phase or three-phase?…then this is the course for you! In this course, students learn the fundamentals of AC and DC power, from generation to application.

“POWER DISTRIBUTION”-“With great power comes great responsibility.”  One can have all the power in the world but efficiently distributing that power to your critical equipment is the trick that makes the difference between business as usual or lights out!  In this course, students learn the fundamentals and application of efficient power delivered in terms of both off-site and on-site power generation.

“EFFICIENT POWER MANAGEMENT-OPTIMIZING TCO”- “Generator? Check. UPS? Check. Doors secured? Check. Red lights? Check…uh-oh! What do we do now? Who will we call?  Is this covered under a service agreement?” Managing your assets is one thing but doing so in a manner that lowers your TCO and allows you to sleep better at night takes some strategy.  Increasing availability and reliability while continuously decreasing costs means you’ll have to know when to break from the crowd and try less conventional methods.  This course is designed for the professional that has a solid understanding of both “Power Fundamentals” and “Power Distribution” and is ready to develop a strategy to manage their time, manpower and assets with maximum efficiency.

“CRITICAL COOLING 101-FUNDAMENTALS OF AIR CONDITIONING”-This course explains the fundamentals of air conditioning systems and how they can be leveraged in a data center to your advantage.  Topics include:  The Properties of Heat Transfer, The Ideal Gas Law, The Refrigeration Cycle, Condensation Control, and Comfort vs. Precision Cooling.  With a solid understanding of air conditioning principles, this course enables students to make knowledgeable decision on what air conditioning solutions are right for their data center-solutions based on fact, rather than sales and marketing strategy.

“EFFICIENT COOLING-OPTIMIZING COOLING STRATEGIES AND ARCHITECTURE”-Today’s servers generate significantly more heat, and in more concentrated, confined space than they did 20 years ago. So, why are data centers still using the same cooling strategies of yesteryear? This course takes a hard look at data center cooling architectures from many angles: efficiency, reliability, TCO, feasibility and availability, enabling students to make the best choices in cooling their critical equipment.  “Understanding the difference between comfort cooling and critical cooling; understanding the different types of cooling architectures and their deployment; and developing a method of choosing one cooling strategy over another” are all topics discussed in this course offering.

About UNS “Breakfast and Learn Series for Data Center Professionals”:

The “Breakfast and Learn Educational Series for Data Center Professionals” offers the data center community multiple opportunities to learn from their peers, share experiences, and expand industry knowledge.  Our educational sessions are conducted throughout the United States quarterly and will be advertised via our Data Center Critical Power and Cooling LinkedIn Group and/or follow us on Twitter.  Our “Breakfast and Learn Series” can also be customized and conducted at your own facility.  For more information on our “Breakfast and Learn Series” please contact us.

Current “Breakfast and Learn” Discussions:

“RIGHT-SIZING VERSUS OVER-SIZING: EFFICIENCY IN THE DATA CENTER”- Forecasting and measuring the total cost of ownership (TCO) for Data Center Physical Infrastructure (DCPI) is essential for return-on-investment (ROI) analysis.  Oversizing is the main contributor to excess TCO.  Oversizing creates inefficiencies in the data center including excess capital cost, operating cost, and specifically energy cost.  The average data center operator can achieve the highest return investment in relation to DCPI through right-sizing.  Right-sizing the DCPI system to the load is the key to optimizing TCO and has the most impact on DCPI electrical consumption.  Right-sizing can potentially eliminate up to 50% of the electrical bill in real-world scenarios.  For example, potential electricity cost savings for a typical 1 MW data center has been shown to be $2,000,000 to $4,000,000 over a typical 10-year life to the facility.  Data center efficiency is key to controlling your energy costs and should be a topic of significant importance to all data center operators.  This discussion is available through our “Breakfast and Learn Educational Series For Data Center Professionals”.

“IS PERIMETER COOLING DEAD?”-Traditional data center “room” cooling is unable to accommodate the latest generation of high and variable density IT equipment resulting in cooling systems that are inefficient, unpredictable, and low in power density.  To address these problems, row-oriented and rack-oriented cooling architectures have been developed.  Our presentation, “Is Perimeter Cooling Dead” examines and contrasts the 3 basic cooling approaches:  room, row, and rack architectures.  Each approach has an appropriate application but row-orientated cooling is emerging as the solution of choice for most next generation data centers.  Next generation data centers demand the flexibility, predicability, scalability, reduced electrical power consumption, reduced TCO and optimum availability that row and rack-oriented cooling architectures can provide.  Additionally, the factors that gave rise to the establishment and use of the raised floor is no longer justified or desirable.  To learn more about this topic, “Is Perimeter Cooling Dead” is available for your organization through our unique “Breakfast and Learn” Educational Series For Data Center Professionals.

About Universal Networking Services Blog “Don’s Corner”:

Data center industry blog that discusses the most relevant topics challenging the data center industry today.  Don Melchert, Critical Facility Specialist, shares in “Don’s Corner” his extensive knowledge and experience from the mission critical arena.  “Don’s Corner” highlights real world experiences to provide you the tools to maximize your efficiency while lowering your operating costs.

About Universal Networking Services LinkedIn “Data Center Critical Power and Cooling Group”:

Join UNS and industry peers on an open forum to discuss the following topics relating to data center “best practices”.  Key areas are:

– Power

– Cooling

– Racks- Security

– Management

– Fire Suppression

– Personnel

Submit your questions or comments on issues that affect your data center and have them answered by our Critical Facility Specialist.  We provide valuable insight to common problems that often plague modern data centers. Join the discussion at Data Center Critical Power and Cooling LinkedIn Group.

About Universal Networking Services Twitter:

Follow us on Twitter as we tweet/share industry related news, event postings, and company updates.

APC Data Center University

Data Center University™ (DCU) offers industry-leading education for IT professionals‚ facilities managers‚ engineers‚ designers‚ consultants‚ and anyone involved in the critical decisions and infrastructure planning of data centers worldwide. The changing nature of data centers‚ and the technology that impacts them‚ makes it even more critical that employees remain up to date on the current theories and best practices for issues around topics of power‚ cooling‚ management‚ security‚ and planning.

DCU provides a full curriculum of courses that educate and deliver up-to-the-minute information when and where you need it. Our online program is intended to be manageable and attainable‚ and with our Certification exam‚ you can quantify your learning and experience as a true data center professional!

Energy University by Schneider Electric

Schneider Electric, the global specialist in Energy Management has launched an e-learning website Energy University to provide the latest information and professional training on Energy Efficiency concepts and best practice! All in ONE Place – All in ONE site!

In addition to learning new energy saving ideas that directly contribute to the overall well-being of the earth; you will also become an even more valuable employee by contributing to the bottom line for your company. Learn something new today and apply the knowledge tomorrow. Become an Energy Efficiency Champion! Read more…

Universal Networking Services Extends Scheduling Deadline For Free Critical Facility Energy Profiles to March 31, 2012.

Posted by on February 21, 2012  |  No Comments

Universal Networking Services Extends Scheduling Deadline For Free Critical Facility Energy Profiles To March 31, 2012.

“Critical Facility Energy Profiles (CFEP) service provides a detailed analysis of the data center power and cooling infrastructure to optimize operating efficiency and significantly control energy costs.”

St. Petersburg, Florida February 22, 2012: Exceptional interest by the data center community for free Critical Facility Energy Profile (CFEP) assessments has prompted Universal Networking Services (UNS), a leading provider of mission- critical power and cooling infrastructure products and services to extend the scheduling date for to March 31, 2012.

Waite Ave, Vice President of Operations, states “Nearly half of a data center’s energy bill is from power and cooling. We are excited to offer this opportunity to the data center community to save on energy costs. Today’s IT departments face complex challenges that demand attention to their bottom line. Up to 75 percent of the energy used feeds power-hungry servers and the operation of mechanical and electrical systems that keep the lights on and, above all, keep the IT equipment cool. Smaller, more powerful IT equipment is considerably hotter than older systems, making heat management a major challenge. UNS and its partners take a broad view of these challenges in today’s IT facilities. Often, our recommendations, without any capital investment by the client, can generate savings on utility costs. If the client choses to implement modern technology such as in-row/in-rack cooling infrastructure the savings are often compounded. As an example, we have seen upwards of 40% savings in our clients utility bill by implementing this sort of IT architecture. Normally pricing is associated with our Critical Facility Energy Profiles but we want to encourage local companies to be proactive in minimizing their costs and maximizing their efficiency by offering this service free for a limited time.  At UNS, we believe education is key to controlling your data center costs.  With that in mind, the CFEP assessment can also be coupled with our Data Center Institute Educational Series.  Our customized training series provides the education that will lay the critical foundation to run an efficient data center.  Based on CFEP findings, UNS can customize a curriculum  specific to your facilities requirements that educate and showcase the latest in technologies and best practices for data center power, cooling, monitoring, security and management.”

About Universal Networking Services, LLC

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, education/training, and installation management and maintenance services for critical facilities.

About Critical Facility Energy Profiles (CFEP)

Our Critical Facility Energy Profile (CFEP) service provides a non-invasive, risk free analysis of your current Network Critical Physical Infrastructure (NCPI) to determine the baseline efficiency of your wiring closet, server room, or data center. This assessment of NCPI equipment includes:

  • Power
  • Cooling
  • Enclosures/Racks
  • Security
  • Fire Suppression
  • Management
  • Recycle/Re-Use of Old Equipment

The CFEP assessment provides analysis of the data center power and cooling systems to determine the operating efficiency of the data center. Our specialists document the existing infrastructure, determine the efficiency and provide an assessment of the factors limiting the achievable efficiency of the data center and make both non-capital and capital cost recommendations for changes to maximize efficiency. This includes:

  • Assessment of the electrical efficiency within the data center.
  • The breakdown of power, cooling and lighting losses.
  • Assessment of cooling system losses of CRAC/CRAH units, humidification and heat rejection losses.
  • Assessment of the power system losses including UPS and power distribution.
  • Recommendations to improve data center efficiency.
  • Outline/itemize anticipated efficiency gains for each recommended improvement

After the completion of our assessment, a detailed report is generated that outlines the problem areas, why it’s a problem and recommendations on how to correct the situation. Armed with solutions and recommendations from the CFEP, companies are saving thousands each month with no-cost solutions and a minimum 30% reduction in their utility bills, with an average “real world” efficiency gain closer to 70%.  With UNS, service is everything. We are committed to understanding our clients challenges and provide the tools needed to operate their business with reliability and maximum efficiency.

CFEP assessments can also be incorporated with our Data Center Institute Educational Series. Based on CFEP findings found on day one, UNS can customize a curriculum  specific to your facilities requirements that educate and showcase the latest in technologies and best practices for data center power, cooling, monitoring, security and management. The way it works is, on the first day, UNS will perform a site/data center assessment (CFEP), during which, items that are effecting efficiency and reliability are compiled.  On the second day, we return to the facility to perform a education/training session on today’s best strategies for Power, Cooling and Management using examples from YOUR facility.”

To learn more details of the CFEP, or to schedule this unique offer please contact Waite Ave at w.ave@apcdistributors.com or 1-888-486-7725, ext. 201.

To learn more about Universal Networking Services visit www.criticalpowerandcooling.com.


CIOs Reduce Data Center Costs Through Power and Cooling Efficiency | Guest Opinions | ITBusinessEdge.com

Posted by on February 2, 2012  |  No Comments

Author:  Jeff Klaus, Intel Data Center Manager

Energy costs are the fastest-rising cost element in the data center. Based on current trends, the EPA estimates that energy consumed by data centers will continue to grow by 12 percent per year. Power and thermal energy consumption balanced with energy savings is one of the major responsibilities of facility and IT managers. Intel Data Center Manager group has observed how the data center is now a source for CIOs and their technical teams to add to the bottom line through increased power and cooling efficiency.

Read more…..

CIOs Reduce Data Center Costs Through Power and Cooling Efficiency | Guest Opinions | ITBusinessEdge.com.

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.

UNS is Critical Facilites

Posted by on December 30, 2011  |  No Comments

UNS is critical facilities. Our vision incorporates a “Single Solution Provider” in the data center market that specifically targets the small to medium enterprises.

UNS brings significant value to the customer by viewing the IT and facility as a single entity. This approach allows us to bring highly reliable, cost effective solutions to your organization. The UNS approach reduces acquisition costs, enables faster deployment and brings the best of each component of the data center and makes it available to the customer at competetive prices. Our partnerships with the World’s Leading manufacturers of critical components ensures that your organization gets a reliable, cost-effective, right-sized solution.

We provide the world’s best products from the utility pole to the server. Download the complete UNS Line Sheet

UNS, LLC is commited to providing standardized, modular IT infrastructure to ensure the highest level of availability with unrestricted future growth potential.

Along with our partners, UNS continues to bring the best-in-class components for its customers. Our committment doesn’t stop after the sale. Our service personel have 20+years of experience and have worked in some of the largest, most demanding facilities in the world.

Interested in learning more about our process?  Contact Us and let us schedule a FREE data center assessment to establish your energy consumption baseline. Our Critical Facility Energy Profiles (CFEP) generates a “report card” with recomendations that can save you in excess of 40% in electrical and maintenance costs. Often without any capital expenditures we can save 20%. If the client chooses to implement modern cooling strategies the savings can exceed 40%. Show you how UNS can save you up to 80%on your power and cooling costs, Contact Us.

Don’s Corner: “Reduce Energy Costs In Your Data Center: Data Center Efficiency Assessments”

Posted by on August 31, 2011  |  No Comments


Don Melchert, Critical Facility Specialist

Data center efficiency is key to controlling energy costs and has become a topic of significant importance in the data center industry. Gartner research reports that 70 percent of CIOs say power and cooling issues are the single largest concern facing their data centers. Nearly half of a data center’s energy bill is from power and cooling infrastructure.

Our organization, Universal Networking Services, specializes in establishing energy efficiency benchmarks and provides cost-effective, energy efficient power, cooling and management solutions. A company that differentiates itself from its competitors by focusing on achieving maximum energy efficiency in the shortest time possible, is now offering their Critical Facility Energy Profile (CFEP) absolutely free. Using a non-invasive, risk free approach, our CFEP service inspects and analyzes a critical facility holistically, then identifies potential conflicts and makes recommendations on how to improve the overall reliability and energy efficiency of their IT support assets.  Upon completion, a CFEP Report Card is provided which summarizes each critical support component and its associated costs, based on deployment and facility architecture. A 20-30% increase in energy efficiency is a typical ROI for customers that have had a CFEP performed. Additonally, UNS offers cost segregation (tax savings) and leasing solutions to help the customer get the maximum ROI on new equipment.


Data Center Electrical Efficiency Profiles

Our Critical Facility Energy Profiles (CFEP) service provides an analysis of your current power and cooling infrastructure to determine the baseline efficiency of your wiring closet, server room or data center. Our critical facilities specialist will document the existing infrastructure, determine the efficiency and provide an accurate assessment of the factors limiting the highest achievable efficiency of the data center. The critical facility specialist will provide a comprehensive report that will make recommendations for changes to maximize efficiency. The following seven (7) key areas of your Network Critical Physical Infrastructure is evaluated:

  • Power
  • Cooling
  • Enclosures/Racks
  • Security
  • Fire Suppression
  • Management
  • Recycle/Re-use of Old Equipment

Our Critical Facility Energy Profiles (CFEP) service is available in three (3) distinct profiles:

Basic Premier Elite
Power Assessment Power Assessment Power Assessment
Cooling Assessment Cooling Assessment Cooling Assessment
Enclosures/Rack Enclosures/Rack Enclosures/Rack
Fire Suppression Fire Suppression Fire Suppression
Security Assessment Security Assessment Security Assessment
Management Assessment Management Assessment Management Assessment
Personnel Assessment Personnel Assessment Personnel Assessment
NCPI Report Card NCPI Report Card NCPI Report Card
Uptime Risk Assessments Uptime Risk Assessments
Rack/Row Efficiency Measurements Rack/Row Efficiency Measurements
Product Training (Where Applicable)
On-Site Finding Presentation
Thermal Imaging
CFD Analysis


Learn More:

To learn more about our Data Center Efficiency Assessment Services please visit us at www.criticalpowerandcooling.com.  Please feel free to contact Don Melchert with any questions at d.melchert@apcdistributors.com or call 918-760-8236.




UNS, LLC Company LinkedIn Profile

Posted by on May 18, 2011  |  No Comments

Universal Networking Services, LLC has added product/services to their company LinkedIn profile.

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Universal Networking Services, LLC Proudly Announces Teaming Partnership with Hill Commercial Construction

Posted by on January 18, 2011  |  No Comments

Universal Networking Services, LLC Proudly Announces Teaming Partnership with Hill Commercial Construction

Denver, Colorado, January 17, 2010: Universal Networking Services, LLC (UNS, LLC)  a leading provider of mission-critical power and cooling infrastructure products and services today announced teaming partnership with local Denver company, Hill Commercial Construction (HCC).

Kurt Ave, COO of UNS, states “The partnership of HCC and UNS creates a dynamic team within the data center design and construction industry.  The HCC/UNS team will insure a streamline process for project delivery from inception to facility operation.  This process will include data center design, equipment specification and procurement, MEP design and evaluations, facility construction, commissioning and operational start-up all with a single source or as we call it “The Ultimate Solution”.  This process is designed to control the total cost of ownership (TCO) by reducing the overall cost of the project and increasing efficiency.  We are very excited to team with HCC to deliver world class service to Colorado and beyond.”

About Universal Networking Services, LLC

Universal Networking Services, LLC headquartered in Denver, Colorado has opened two regional offices located in Houston, Texas and Lafayette, Indiana.  UNS, LLC specializes in mission-critical power and cooling solutions for wiring closets, server rooms, and data centers.  UNS, LLC provides product acquisition, design, engineering, installation management and maintenance services.

About Hill Commercial Construction

Hill Commercial Construction, LLC is a Denver-area commercial construction company whose unwavering commitment to service, quality and integrity has resulted in a widespread reputation for excellence.  Capabilities include:  ground-up facilities, tenant improvements, Class “A” tenant finishes, corporate headquarters expansions, data centers and medical speciality projects.  HCC offers expertise in all phases of the project from due diligence through final closeout into warranty.  HCC has never had a lost time accident and they engage in safe construction practices on every project.

Please help to congratulate UNS, LLC and HCC on their teaming efforts.

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

To learn more about Hill Commercial Construction please contact Scott Komula at skomula@hillcommercial.com or 303-905-4737.

Don Melchert Named Critical Facility Specialist, Universal Networking Services

Posted by on January 17, 2011  |  No Comments

Don Melchert, Critical Facility Specialist

Don Melchert Named Critical Facility Specialist, Universal Networking Services

Universal Networking Services, Appoints New Critical Facilites Specialist Don Melchert

Denver, Colorado, January 17, 2011: Universal Networking Services, a leading provider of mission-critical power and cooling infrastructure products and services today announced the appointment of Don Melchert to the position of Critical Facility Specialist.

While serving as Critical Facility Specialist, Don will focus on the development and implementation of strategic business initiatives with both vendor and industry partners to bring more value to each customer.  Additionally, he is responsible for the development and management of key customer relationships while building a successful service/installation force.  In concert with his roles he will also concentrate on raising visibility to the market that operational efficiency is key to an organization’s success by offering solutions with strong ROI and operational improvement.  He will facilitate improvements in service delivery and standardization to meet each clients needs and deliver the right solution for every project.

A decorated Marine veteran, Don has been working with critical facilities since 1992.  He has lead the efficient build out of new data centers such as Sisters of Mercy hospitals and has managed critical facilities to include ConAgra Foods, Coca-Cola Enterprises and the Department of Education. Prior to joining Universal Networking Services, he worked for Schneider Electric as the primary instructor for Data Center University.  As a recognized expert in his field, Don will be bringing with him the knowledge and experience gained from assisting customers throughout North America become more self sufficient and energy conscious.

Please help to welcome Don Melchert  to Universal Networking Services.

About Universal Networking Services, LLC


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

To learn more about Don Melchert please contact Don at d.melchert@apcdistributors.com

To learn more about Universal Networking Services visit www.apcdistributors.com.

APC by Schneider Electric Announces the Newest Evolution of the Data Center InfraStruxure™ Management Software Portfolio

Posted by on January 16, 2011  |  No Comments

West Kingston, RI, September 29, 2010 — APC by Schneider Electric, a global leader in integrated critical power and cooling services, today announced a new version of the InfraStruxure™ Management Software Portfolio a core feature of APC’s InfraStruxure architecture which provides an open, vendor neutral management platform for data center physical infrastructure.

New features help companies conserve energy and cut costs by delivering active, open, management across all key domains of the data center, including power, cooling, rack systems, and security systems.  Utilization of the InfraStruxure Management Software Portfolio has become imperative for IT managers in order to avoid unplanned downtime and to maximize energy efficiency.   With full integration capabilities with enterprise and building management systems, the software provides a core platform to monitor and manage data center assets.

“More than ever, businesses are looking to maximize energy efficiency and minimize the complexity of their data center operations. We updated our InfraStruxure Management Software Portfolio to provide not only critical monitoring and measurement but extensive operational upgrades to enable seamless implementation of virtualization and the reduction of overall carbon footprints,” said Soeren Brogaard Jensen, Vice President Enterprise Software, APC by Schneider Electric. “By using APC’s InfraStruxure Management Software Portfolio, IT managers can finally implement virtualization without worrying about whether their physical infrastructure can support the nomadic loads. These upgrades allow customers to maximize current resources, conserve energy and better plan for the future.”

The new features of APC’s InfraStruxure Management Software Portfolio enable IT managers to change the way they monitor, operate, manage and maintain their data centers through the integration of new virtualization capabiltiies and upgraded energy efficiency and operations software. The enhanced capabilities include:


  • The new Data Center Lab application within InfraStruxure Capacity, a data center project management tool, enables the design of new data center build-outs or data center upgrades. This new functionality allows users to simulate changes and scenario planning without impacting data center 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 center expansion, consolidation or new build projects.
  • InfraStruxure Capacity’s updated Impact Analysis application provides an instant overview of data center physical infrastructure operations including UPS, power distribution and cooling independent of the types and brands of equipment present in the data center. 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 center layouts. These capabilities, available within InfraStruxure Operations 6.1 Capacity Manager, allow for the setting of thresholds, management of efficiencies, custom reporting and automated recommendations on how to resolve critical issues including the migration of virtual machines.
  • Through InfraStruxure Efficiency 1.1, IT managers can quickly and easily report on monthly energy consumption of their data center subsystems including CO2 emissions, PUE (Power Usage Effectiveness) and DCIE (Data Center Infrastructure Efficiency). Carbon footprint and energy costs are user configurable or can be automatically calculated to correlate with local power generation CO2 emission and local public utility data, providing a more accurate representation of emissions and energy costs.
  • The new network management tool within InfraStruxure Capacity provides insight into equipment dependencies including mapping and documenting fiber and copper networks from servers, via patch panels, to switches or routers allowing IT managers to document connectivity, manage their network structure and plan and control network usage.

  • An example of the increased integration capabilities of the software includes the real-time communication between InfraStruxure Operations 6.1 with Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 via a PRO Pack. This new capability automatically migrates virtual machines to healthy, secure host server environments and provides visibility into how virtual machines relate to physical servers. Additionally, InfraStruxure Operations ensures Virtual Machine Manager is aware of critical physical infrastructure alarms and events, including power, cooling, security and environment, and can execute corrective actions to move virtual machines to non-impacted areas within the data center.

    With these new features, the InfraStruxure Management Software Portfolio enables IT managers to align capacity with demand at row, rack, and server levels; monitor the data center physical infrastructure with instant status notifications and alarms; and reduce non-IT power consumption and wasteful excess capacity in order to increase overall data center efficiency.  Furthermore, as a vendor-neutral software suite, APC’s InfraStruxure Management Software Portfolio enables monitoring and management of physical infrastructure equipment as well as integrations with enterprise and building management systems by a range of vendors.



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