APC Updates Data Center Management Software

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2009-12-07 Print this article Print

The updated APC data center package includes conventional monitoring and control of power, cooling, security and environment, but also offers information about predictive simulation and stranded capacity, equipment age and health, current and historic power usage effectiveness, and energy use and costs.

Data center power and cooling hardware supplier APC on Dec. 7 introduced "smart" enhancements to its InfraStruxure Management Software package that the company claims identifies opportunities for savings on power and cooling.

The updated APC data center package, released for general availability on Dec. 7, includes conventional monitoring and control of power, cooling, security and environment. But it also offers information such as predictive simulation and stranded capacity, equipment age and health, current and historic power usage effectiveness (PUE), [and] energy use and costs, APC said.

The software suite, which features a Web-based administration console, reduces multiple log-ins and brings a new view into the workings of the data center, including preset and customizable map views, trending reports, physical views and location-based drill-downs.

The vendor-neutral portfolio includes several new features called InfraStruxure Energy Efficiency, InfraStruxure Operations, InfraStruxure Central 6.0, InfraStruxure Capacity 6.0 and InfraStruxure Mobile 6.0, and integrates and communicates with leading building, enterprise and network management systems through open standards.

The package includes a full SDK (Software Developers Kit) to custom integrate with other systems, the company said.

"With energy costs rising for most organizations, it is vital for executives to employ the appropriate tools and techniques to help manage the energy cost curve," said Rakesh Kumar, research vice president for Gartner.

"Having access to analytics and metrics into areas including current and historical power usage values and which subsystem draws the most costs, organizations are able to fully [understand] how to improve energy efficiency and control costs across the board."

APC is a wholly owned subsidiary of the multinational Schneider Electric. For more information, go here.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on Salesforce.com and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and DevX.com and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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