APC, Ingram Micro Offer Powerful Analytics To Help Data Centers Run Well And Keep Cool


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APC and its parent company Schneider Electric are working with Ingram Micro to bring a new software and data analytics offering to channel partners that can help increase the power and cooling efficiency of their client's data centers.

The new offering takes advantage of Rueil-Malmaison, France-based Schneider Electric's EcoStruxure management technology introduced earlier this year, said Russell Senesac, data center business development director at West Kingston, R.I.-based APC. The software is being brought to market for partners via a deal with Ingram Micro.

EcoStruxure is software that connects all the devices in and around the data center, including devices related to physical control such as locks and alarms, cybersecurity, temperature, and power, Senesac told CRN. It also collects and analyzes that data in a central location.

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"Our business is the thermal data cycle," Senesac said. "Power comes into the room, it generates heat, the heat needs to be removed. We want to connect all the devices in the data center, collect information from them into a central depository, and provide analytics and action on it."

Because of the relationship between Schneider Electric and APC, EcoStruxure can collect data on uninterruptable power supplies (UPS), air conditioners, power distribution units, and any downstream electrical supply equipment, whether manufactured by APC, Schneider Electric or their competitors, Senesac said.

"At the end of the day, if we can bring in the exact amount of power to provide the exact amount of compute and remove the exact amount of heat, it's perfect," he said. "But in reality, it can't be done exactly."

EcoStruxure collects the data from those devices and analyzes it in real time to provide actionable intelligence, Senesac said. 

Data about a UPS' battery life, for example, could be compared to thousands of similar batteries to predict when a battery will fail. A solution provider could offer a replacement before the failure happens, he said. EcoStruxure can also look at temperature variations in a data center to suggest where to place a cooler to extend battery life, he said.

Another possible use would be to look at compute resources, power, and cooling over time and provide data to show if a particular process would run more efficiently on-premises or in Amazon Web Services or the Google Cloud Platform, he said.

It could also provide the data to allow channel partners help customers understand whether moving part of the IT infrastructure to hyper-converged infrastructure might be more efficient, Senesac said.

"This is customer data solving real-world problems," he said.

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