Posts Tagged DCIM

10 Real World Scenarios Where DCIM Matters

Posted by on January 10, 2013  |  No Comments

Whether you’re unfamiliar with DCIM’s benefits, or you’re already considering implementing it, watch this interesting and informative whiteboard video to learn how DCIM will make an essential difference in your data center.

Data Center Management Software by Schneider Electric

Posted by on January 10, 2013  |  No Comments

Problem: new technologies are putting significant stress on our data centers. Solution: EcoStruxure by Schneider Electric. Schneider Electrics data center management software optimizes power utilization effectiveness (PUE) in data centers by expanding visibility & control from rack to row to room to building.

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.

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Top 10 Mistakes in Data Center Operations: Operating Efficient and Effective Data Centers

Posted by on March 29, 2012  |  No Comments

White Paper 2

For years, the data center industry has accepted that human operational error, not poor data center design or engineering, is the number one cause of data center downtime1. Uptime Institute recognizes this with its Tier Standards on Operational Sustainability. As the industry begins to adopt these ratings, regulators, insurers and end users are all going to be increas- ing their scrutiny of data center operations.

Now is the time for companies to evaluate their data center operations programs. They must be able to clearly articulate operational requirements and design an operations program based on the risk profile of the data center. However, the road to creating an industry-best operations program will not be easy, especially for those companies whose core expertise is not in business critical facilities.

While numerous consultants in the field can help you find your way, very few have data center or mission critical expertise—a vital component if you are looking to achieve operational sustainability. White Paper 145, The Top 9 Mistakes in Data Center Planning, discusses the nine top mistakes businesses make when building or expanding their data centers. Now we’re going to reveal the ten biggest mistakes you can make in the next logical step: data center operations.

“Top 10 Mistakes in Data Center Operations: Operating Efficient and Effective Data Centers” Full White Paper 2 (Click Here)

Executive Summary:

How can you avoid making major mistakes when operating and maintaining your data center(s)? The key lies in the methodology behind your operations and maintenance program. All too often, companies put immense amounts of capital and expertise into the design of their facilities. However, when construction is complete, data center operations are an afterthought. This whitepaper explores the top ten mistakes in data center operations.

Contents:

  • Introduction
  • The Big Mistakes:
  1. Not including your operations team in facility design
  2. Relying too much on data center design
  3. Failure to correctly address the staffing requirement
  4. Failure to train and develop your talent
  5. Failing to consistently drill and test skills
  6. Failure to overlay your operations program with documented processes and procedures
  7. Failure to implement appropriate processes and procedures
  8. Failure to develop and implement Quality Systems
  9. Failure to use software management tools
  10. Thinking you can build a best in breed program as quickly as a data center

    Conclusion:

    Now more than ever, companies must realize the importance of a sustainable operations program. To achieve operational sustainability, organizations must act quickly to assess their current programs and begin building an operational methodology that avoids common mistakes. A complete program integrates people, processes, and systems in a manner that promotes quality assurance and continuous improvement.

    Companies ill equipped to quickly design a program of this magnitude should seek the assistance of mission-critical subject matter experts. The alternative invites unnecessary delay, risk, and expense. By implementing a best in breed program, you will protect your capital investment and ensure stronger returns years after year.

    White Paper 2 Written By:

    Bob Woolley is the Senior Vice President of Critical Environment Services at Lee Technologies, a Schneider Electric company.

    Mr. Woolley has been involved in the critical facilities management field for over 25 years. Bob served as Vice President of Data Center Operations for Navisite, as well as Vice President of Engineering for COLO.COM.  He was also a Regional Manager for the Securities Industry Automation Corporation (SIAC) telecommunications division and operated his own critical facilities consulting practice.  Mr. Woolley has extensive experience in building technical service programs and developing operations programs for mission critical operations in both the telecommunications and data center environments.

    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.


    APC InfraStruxure™ : On-Demand Architecture for Network-Critical Physical Infrastructure

    Posted by on February 7, 2012  |  No Comments


    InfraStruxure Data Centers Mean Business

    APC InfraStruxure™ is the scalable and adaptable data center IT room architecture that dramatically reduces time and complexity from concept and design through installation. Power, cooling, racks, security and management components are conceived and tested as part of an integrated system which is evident in the aesthetics, functionality and ease of management software integration. Taking a broad system view enables full realization of the benefits of going fast, going dense and going green while ensuring your critical availability targets are met. An open system, InfraStruxure™ is the proven “on demand” architecture for data center IT rooms small and large, delivering high availability and real energy savings whether deployed on its own, in a zone, or in incremental steps.


    This new generation of InfraStruxure™ delivers:

    • Higher performance – 25 percent increase in power and cooling capacity, 15 percent smaller footprint
    • More scalability – as big as you want to go
    • Faster and easier planning through operations – automated planning and design tools with open & integrated management and operations software
    • More innovation and leadership – from the worlds leader in data center physical infrastructure all while reducing cost!

    View the Next Generation of InfraStruxure™ Video Animation

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    To learn more about APC InfraStruxure™ 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.

    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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