Posts Tagged Data Center Infrastructure Management

Make Your Data Center More Efficient-TradeOff™ Tools

Posted by on April 25, 2012  |  No Comments

APC TradeOff ToolsTM, are web-based applications with easy-to-use interfaces designed for use in the early stages of data center concept and design development. By enabling data center professionals to experiment with various scenarios regarding virtualization, efficiency, power sizing, capital costs, and other key design issues, APC TradeOff Tools break down major data center planning decisions into a series of smaller, more manageable decisions. Use of these tools helps validate, through modeling, the overall design of a data center.

What are TradeOff Tools?

TradeOff Tools are simple, interactive tools, based on data and science, that make it easy to vary parameters, experiment with “what if” scenarios and make tradeoffs during data center planning.

  • Simple, automated tools to support specific planning decisions
  • Models complex interactions of systems based on data and science
  • One-screen, standardized user interface
  • Instant output allows for rapid creation of “what if” scenarios

When should they be used?

Used early in the planning process, TradeOff Tools help avoid planning roadblocks by making informed and accurate decisions

How do they help in planning a data center?

TradeOff Tools help show quantifiable, tangible benefits of implementing certain technologies and justify project decisions.

Video Tutorial Presentation of APC TradeOff Tools™

Data Center Efficiency Calculator (Click Here To Download):

Impact of alternative power and cooling approaches on energy costs.

The purpose of this tool is to show how various design decisions and operating conditions affect the efficiency and electrical costs of a typical generic data center.  As the user inputs details regarding the power and cooling configuration results are calculated based upon a tested and validated three parameter model.

Profiles a data center and calculates the resulting efficiency and electrical cost based on data center characteristics. Users can then understand the impact each key data center decision has on the data center’s efficiency.

Cooling Economizer Mode PUE Calculator (Click Here To Download):

Impact of geography and cooling characteristics on PUE, energy cost, and carbon emissions.

The purpose of this tool is to compare seven common cooling architectures and demonstrate their expected annual PUE, energy cost, and carbon emissions.  As the user inputs details such as the data center location and power & cooling configuration inputs such as IT inlet temperature, % load, and type of power & lighting, results are calculated.

UPS Efficiency Comparison Calculator (Click Here To Download):

Impact of UPS efficiencies on energy costs and carbon footprint.

The purpose of this tool is to compare the efficiencies of two UPS systems and to show the impact these efficiencies have on electricity cost and carbon footprint.  UPSs may be selected from a pull down list, or users can define their own UPS (Schneider Electric or other vendor).  Pre-populated data was obtained by curve fitting to measured efficiency data .  All measurements were taken in normal operating mode, at typical environmental conditions, with nominal elctrical input and balanced resistive load (PF=1.0) output.

Data Center Carbon Calculator (Click Here To Download):

Impact of changes in data center efficiency on energy costs and carbon footprint.

The purpose of this tool is to recognize how “green” a data center is by converting energy usage rates into carbon emissions. The tool illustrates how hypothetical changes to a data center’s location, efficiency, and power load can impact carbon dioxide emissions and the electric bill.

Illustrates how changes to a data center’s location, efficiency, and power load can impact carbon dioxide emissions and the electric bill. This provides management with a general indication of how “green” their data center is today and how “green” it could be.

Data Center Design Planning Calculator (Click Here To Download):

Impact of physical infrastructure technology and growth plan strategies on key design parameters.

This tool allows key decision makers to analyze these parameters, evaluate tradeoffs, and make decisions, to avoid costly mistakes that can magnify and propagate through later deployment phases.

IT Carbon & Energy Allocation Calculator (Click Here To Download):

Impact of efficiency, load characteristics, and location on energy and carbon allocation for IT users.

The purpose of the tool is to help data center operators assign carbon and energy costs to IT users. Energy (cost) and carbon allocations are computed on a per-server basis, based on an “average” server.  The units of “average” server can then be apportioned to the IT users using a method od choice depending on the business model.  This tool allows IT users to make smarter decisions regarding their total cost, as they consider options such as virtualization and server retirement.

Virtualization Energy Cost Calculator (Click Here To Download):

Impact of server virtualization and data center design choices on energy and space savings.

This tool illustrates potential IT, physical infrastructure, and energy savings resulting from the virtualization of servers. It allows the user to input data regarding data center capacity, load, number of servers, energy cost, and other data center elements.

Comprehends IT and physical infrastructure characteristics and calculates energy savings resulting from the virtualization of servers. This allows the user to test the impact of virtualization and various physical infrastructure improvements on their data center floor space and on their energy consumption.

Data Center Capital Cost Calculator (Click Here To Download):

Impact of physical infrastructure design changes on capital costs.

This tool identifies calculates capital costs based on parameters including load, redundancy, density, and power/cooling characteristics, the tool can project the number of racks required and the floor space required.

Identifies key data center physical infrastructure parameters and calculates capital costs based on those parameters. This allows data center users to judge how changes to data center location, IT load, and cooling and power infrastructure can impact overall capital costs

Data Center Power Sizing Calculator (Click Here To Download):

Impact of server and storage configurations on IT load capacity and required utility input power.

This tool defines basic characteristics of the IT load and calculates how much utility input power would be required to support that load, allowing users to experiment with “what if” scenarios by modifying the load characteristics of servers, mainframes, and storage. Total load is then calculated and the tool generates a corresponding utility power requirement.

Defines basic characteristics of the IT load and calculates how much utility input power would be required to support such a load. This provides users with a general idea of how much power in kilowatts they will need to run their data center.

Data Center AC vs. DC Calculator (Click Here To Download):

Impact on data center efficiency of various AC and DC power distribution architectures.

Users can compare the energy efficiency of four different power distribution architectures, including Legacy AC (typically 208 V with older data center UPS, PDU, and IT power supplies), Best Practice AC (208 V with latest generation UPS, PDU, and IT power supplies), 415 V AC (same modern components as Best Practice AC, but eliminates the PDUs and assumes 230 V AC power supplies), and 380 V DC (uses a theoretical DC UPS, no PDUs, and IT power supplies with 1.5% efficiency benefit).

Compares four different AC and DC power distribution architectures and calculates their respective efficiencies. This allows the user to make an educated decision on the optimal architecture for their data cente

Data Center InRow™ Containment Selector (Click Here To Download):

Impact of preferences and constraints on the recommended containment approach.

This tool generates a prototype rack and row cooling configuration based on the user’s layout preferences and the physical constraints of the room.

Generates a prototype rack and row cooling configuration based on the user’s preferences and the physical constraints of the room. This provides the user with their optimal InRow cooling containment configuration.

InRow Ancillary IT Equipment Cooling Calculator (Click Here To Download):

Impact of IT, cooling, & room characteristics on ability for row-based cooling to support ancillary IT loads.

This calculator helps the data center designer determine if additional cooling must be provided or if the existing row-based cooling is sufficient as miscellaneous ancillary IT equipment is added outside of the rows, such as tape silos, storage equipment, and networking gear.

Find out how Universal Networking Services brings a comprehensive solution from the utility pole to the server and assists with navigating the complex waters of most size and scope of projects. Whether you are upgrading, retrofitting or developing a new design-build, UNS and its partners generate efficient, scalable, reliable and manageable critical infrastructure solutions to your organization. Our holistic, common sense approach lowers our clients Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) and maximizes efficiencies offered by the advancements in critical power and cooling infrastructure.

Please feel free to contact us to learn more.

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.


APC White Paper Podcasts Directory

Posted by on February 7, 2012  |  No Comments

Waite Ave, Vice President of Operations

We hope you enjoy this directory of APC’s White Paper Podcasts.  Listen when you want, where you want. Learn what you need to know! APC’s Podcasts provide you a convenient way to stay informed on current trends in the data center.

These recorded excerpts of APC’s most popular white papers provide the techniques, guidelines and tools you need to make the most effective decisions regarding your IT installations.

The complete white paper text with graphics and citations are also provided  via PDF version.

At Universal Networking Services, our philosophy is simple:  knowledge is key to data center efficiency! To explore more gateways to priceless educational opportunities please visit UNS’s Data Center Institute. We are proud to announce we offer customized on-site training available through UNS’s Data Center Institute Training Series. For more information on tailoring a custom training program specific to your facility’s needs please contact us .

Data Center Projects: Standardized Process (#140):

As the design and deployment of data center physical infrastructure moves away from art and move toward science, the benefits of a standardized and predictable process are becoming compelling. Beyond the ordering, delivery, and installation of hardware, any build or upgrade project depends critically upon a well-defined process as insurance against surprises, cost overruns, delays, and frustration. This paper presents an overview of a standardized, step-by-step process methodology that can be adapted and configured to suit individual requirements.

Data Center Projects: System Planning (White Paper #142 and Part 1 of 2 Podcast):

System planning is the Achilles’ heel of a data center physical infrastructure project. Planning mistakes can magnify and propagate through later deployment phases, resulting in delays, cost overruns, wasted time, and ultimately a compromised system. Much of the trouble can be eliminated by viewing system planning as a data flow model, with an orderly sequence of tasks that progressively transform and refine information from initial concept to final design

Data Center Projects: System Planning (White Paper #142 and Part 2 of 2 Podcast):

System planning is the Achilles’ heel of a data center physical infrastructure project. Planning mistakes can magnify and propagate through later deployment phases, resulting in delays, cost overruns, wasted time, and ultimately a compromised system. Much of the trouble can be eliminated by viewing system planning as a data flow model, with an orderly sequence of tasks that progressively transform and refine information from initial concept to final design.

A Quantitative Comparison of High Efficiency AC vs DC Power Distribution for Data Centers (#127):

A Quantitative Comparison of High Efficiency AC vs DC Power Distribution for Data Centers

Cooling Strategies for Ultra-High Density Racks and Blade Servers (#46):

Cooling Strategies for Ultra-High Density Racks and Blade Servers

Increasing Data Center Efficiency by Using Improved High Density Power Distribution (#128):

Increasing Data Center Efficiency by Using Improved High Density Power Distribution

Rack Powering Options for High Density (#29):

Alternatives for providing electrical power to high density racks in Data Centers and Network Rooms are explained and compared. Issues addressed include quantity of feeds, single-phase vs. three-phase, number and location of circuit breakers, overload, selection of plug types, selection of voltage, redundancy, and loss of redundancy. The need for the rack power system to adapt to changing requirements is identified and quantified. Guidelines are defined for rack power systems that can reliably deliver power to high density loads while adapting to changing needs.

The Seven Types of Power Problems (#18):

Many of the mysteries of equipment failure, downtime, software and data corruption, are often the result of a problematic supply of power. There is also a common problem with describing power problems in a standard way. This white paper will describe the most common types of power disturbances, what can cause them, what they can do to your critical equipment, and how to safeguard your equipment, using the IEEE standards for describing power quality problems.

Neutral Wire Facts and Mythology (#21):

This Technical Note discusses many common misunderstandings about the function of the neutral wire and its relation to power problems. The subjects of dedicated lines, phase reversal, isolation transformers, and grounding are addressed. Various myths are described and criticized.

Accounting and Tax Benefits of Modular, Portable Data Center Infrastructure (#115):

Well-informed accounting treatment of Network-Critical Physical Infrastructure (NCPI) assets provides significant opportunities to contribute to improving the financial performance of a business, institution, or organization. Design and manufacturing improvements in modular, scalable UPS systems, power distribution units (PDUs), and computer room air conditioners have not only created technological benefits, but provide entirely new NCPI asset management opportunities with direct and measurable financial benefits.

Understanding EPO and its Downtime Risks (#22):

An Emergency Power Off (EPO) system is intended to power down a single piece of electronic equipment or an entire installation from a single point by activating a push button. EPO is employed in many applications such as industrial processes and information technology (IT). This white paper describes the advantages and disadvantages of EPO for protecting data centers and small IT equipment rooms containing UPS systems. Various codes and standards that require EPO are discussed. Recommended practices are suggested for the use of EPO with UPS systems.

Essential NCPI Service Requirements for Next Generation Data Centers (#12):

Data Centers are a significant investment to the corporations and IT departments who they serve. Whether or not they actually achieve the availability of the design is highly dependent on the quality of the service personnel and their ability to meet the challenges specific to data center management. This paper presents a categorized and prioritized collection of those service challenges and the requirements needed to overcome them. It is based on information obtained in systematic interviews with data center clients and users.

Essential NCPI Management Requirements for Next Generation Data Centers (#14):

The management of physical infrastructure in data centers can no longer be considered independently of the IT management architecture. In order to manage rapid change and achieve demanded levels of availability while controlling Total Cost of Ownership, IT managers can no longer afford to rely on the primitive, customized management solutions of the past. These solutions are no longer effective and must be replaced by systems based on, and integrated with, open IT management standards. With this in mind, this paper describes the requirements for management of next-generation Network-Critical Physical Infrastructure from the perspective of the ITIL framework.

Watts and Volt-Amps: Powerful Confusion (#15):

This note helps explain the differences between Watts and VA and explains how the terms are correctly and incorrectly used in specifying power protection equipment.

Reducing the Hidden Costs Associated with Upgrades of Data Center Power Capacity(#73):

Failure to adopt modular standardization as a design strategy for Network-Critical Physical Infrastructure (NCPI) is costly on all fronts: unnecessary expense, avoidable downtime, and lost business opportunity. Standardization and its close relative, modularity, create wideranging benefits in NCPI that streamline and simplify every process from initial planning to daily operation, with significant positive effects on all three major components of NCPI business value – availability, agility, and total cost of ownership.

Standardization and Modularity in Network-Critical Physical Infrastructure (#116):

Description: Failure to adopt modular standardization as a design strategy for Network-Critical Physical Infrastructure (NCPI) is costly on all fronts: unnecessary expense, avoidable downtime, and lost business opportunity. Standardization and its close relative, modularity, create wide-ranging benefits in NCPI that streamline and simplify every process from initial planning to daily operation, with significant positive effects on all three major components of NCPI business value – availability, agility, and total cost of ownership.interpretation.

Mean Time Between Failure: Explanation and Standards (#78):

Description: Mean Time Between Failure is a reliability term used loosely throughout many industries and has become widely abused in some. Over the years the original meaning of this term has been altered which has led to confusion and cynicism. MTBF is largely based on assumptions and definition of failure and attention to these details are paramount to proper interpretation. This paper explains the underlying complexities and misconceptions of MTBF and the methods available for estimating it.

Ten Steps to Solving Cooling Problems Caused by High Density Server Deployment (#42):

High-density servers present a significant challenge. Here is a 10-step approach for cooling efficiency, cooling compactly and power density in existing data centers.

Monitoring Physical Threats in the Data Center (#102):

Excerpt of APC white paper #102 discusses monitoring physical threats in the data center.

Network-Critical Physical Infrastructure: Optimizing Business Value (#117):

Excerpt of APC white paper #117 discusses network-critical physical infrastructure (NCPI).

Strategies for Deploying Blade Servers in Existing Data Centers (#125):

Excerpt of APC white paper #117 discusses network-critical physical infrastructure (NCPI).

The Advantages of Row and Rack-Oriented Architectures for Data Centers ( #130, Part 1 of 2):

Latest generation high/variable density IT equipment creates conditions that room cooling was never intended to address. Part one reviews room-, row- and rack-based cooling architectures that can address these issues.

The Advantages of Row and Rack-Oriented Architectures for Data Centers ( #130, Part 2 of 2):

Description: Latest generation high/varible density IT equipment it equipment creates conditions that room cooling was never intended to address. Row- and rack-oriented cooling architectures address these issues. Excerpt two offers a comparison of these architectures.

Implementing Energy Efficient Data Centers ( #114):

Description: Electricity usage costs have become an increasing fraction of the total cost of ownership (TCO) for data centers. Learn how to quantify electricity savings gained through appropriate design of the network-critical physical infrastructure and IT architecture.

Avoiding Costs from Oversizing Data Center and Network Room Infrastructure (#37):

Description: The single largest avoidable cost associated with typical data center and network room infrastructure is oversizing. Learn how you can prevent this unnecessary cost.

Management Strategy for Network-Critical Physical Infrastructure ( #100):

Description: Strategies for choosing a management solution for the physical infrastructure of IT networks, where management of individual devices is necessary to have visibility to the many data points required for reliable operation

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.

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.”

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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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Schneider Electric Announces Strategic Technology Acquisition of Viridity EnergyCenter DCIM Software

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The acquisition will merge Viridity’s unique IT discovery and method of measuring server power consumption with Schneider Electric’s data center software to deliver best-in-class asset tracking, capacity planning and energy visualization for superior energy management.

West Kingston, RI, December 20, 2011 — Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management, today announced a strategic technology acquisition of the Viridity EnergyCenter 2.0 platform, the flagship product of a well-known start-up specializing in DCIM management software that provides a cross-functional solution for understanding the connection between physical infrastructure, IT equipment and the applications that run on them.

With this investment Schneider Electric will acquire the intellectual property and software behind the Viridity EnergyCenter 2.0 platform, software that enables auto-discovery of IT assets to optimize capacity utilization at the IT asset level. This investment will augment the StruxureWare™ for Data Center Operations DCIM suite, which is designed to solve the most complex challenges of operating enterprise data centers.

David Cappuccio, Research Vice President and Chief of Research for Infrastructure & Operations at Gartner Inc., noted in a recent report*, “Forward-thinking companies have realized that to run data centers efficiently, and to extend their lives indefinitely, it is not logical to treat data center facilities and IT assets separately, because without one the other can’t operate.  When enterprises start to focus on all the components that make up the ecosystem, they will begin to make informed long-range decisions.”

StruxureWare for Data Centers 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 center. As a cornerstone of this suite, c-level executives, data center managers and facility managers alike have complete visibility and control over their data center’s daily operations.

“We are very pleased to welcome the Viridity team and their award-winning Energy Center 2.0 platform and look forward to incorporating this solution into Schneider Electric’s line of software solutions,” commented Jim Simonelli, CTO, IT Business, Schneider Electric.  “Our entrepreneurial cultures are extremely complementary and we expect immediate synergies in the development of Schneider Electric’s next generation DCIM software.”

This strategic investment in Viridity’s EnergyCenter 2.0 software will enable our customers to meet their most pressing data center energy challenges while gaining efficiency in all levels of their daily data center operations.  The ability to measure energy consumption accurately and by device will differentiate Schneider Electric and the StruxureWare for Data Center Operations suite, ultimately helping customers make the most of their energy.

StruxureWareTM for Data Centers Operations suite is available today.  Viridity’s EnergyCenter 2.0 software will continue to be supported by Schneider Electric’s world-class global service and support organization. For more information on our complete line of data center software solutions please visit www.apc.com/software.

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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PlantStruxure™ and how it can help improve product quality, increase safety and increase efficiency.

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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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