Schneider Electric has released version 2.0 of its StruxureWare for Datacentres product.
StruxureWare is the vendor's Datacentre Infrastructure Management (DCIM) software suite aimed at managing datacentres across multiple domains. The software allows IT and facility managers to monitor, operate, analyze and optimise the power, cooling, security and energy usage from building through IT systems. Schneider Electric solution software vice president, Soeren Brogaard Jensen, said StruxureWare is a response to the need to drive a high level of capacity management.
"This is the number one reason why customers are buying into DCIM products," he said.
Datacentre operations want to "get a grip on their capacity" more than ever before, including better asset tracking and utilisation, knowing what they have and where it is, and how it connects to the business and its processes.
Jensen said the other key reason for adopting DCIM is for cost cutting reasons and sustainability.
"What we are proposing with StruxureWare fundamentally goes beyond these high level goals," he said.
"What we are recommending customers to do is that they think about the datacentre lifecycle and not just operational efficiency."
What Jensen means by that is that up to now DCIM has been an "under evaluated play in the upfront analysis and planning stages."
Thus, he recommends getting out of the mindset of viewing DCIM as "just a big monitoring system."
"The same type of insight and system details that is available to an IT person should also be put into the hands of the planners or even the sales people in a service provider type of scenario," he said.
To illustrate his point, Jensen suggests looking at a datacentre as a factory, where it has a series of services, planning and forecasting needs that DCIM can help facilitate.
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