APC InfraStruxure Updates Boost Capacity, Ease Virtualization

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APC by Schneider Electric on Tuesday launched a revamped version of its InfraStruxure data center architecture and its management platform, changes that the company says enable virtualization while boosting power and cooling capacity.

Kevin Brown, data center vice president for Schneider Electric's IT Business, unveiled the updates Tuesday at Schneider's EcoStruxure In Action event in Chicago. The next-generation version of InfraStruxure, Brown said, can add 25 percent more power and cooling capacity in a 15 percent smaller footprint, while reducing energy costs by 15 percent.

InfraStruxure is APC's modular data center architecture that integrates power, cooling, racks, security and management.

APC on Tuesday said new InfraStruxure capabilities include Symmetra PX 100kW, 250kW and 500kW double-conversion UPS with internal modular design for scaling and downtime-free reconfiguration; Module Power Distribution Unit, which eases the installation and reconfiguration of IT devices, reducing planned downtime and eliminating the need for new circuit work orders to add IT equipment; InRow OA and Refrigerant Distribution Unit, overhead cooling for medium and high density applications for users seeking waterless cooling; and NetShelter SX Networking Enclosures, which are optimized rack systems for high-density environments.

Along with updating the InfraStruxure architecture, APC on Tuesday also retooled the InfraStruxure management software, the open and vendor neutral monitoring and measurement platform for physical data center infrastructure. The changes to the management platform, Brown said, solve two issues ringing in customers' ears: "I've got to deal with virtualization. I've got to deal with cloud computing."

Brown said the updated InfraStruxure management software allows implementation of virtualization and reduces overall carbon footprints. He added that users now don't have worry whether their physical infrastructure can support nomadic loads introduced by virtualization. It also allows users to maximize their current resources while conserving energy.

New features within the management software portfolio let users change the way they monitor, operate, manage and maintain their data centers through the integration of new virtualization capabilities and upgraded energy efficiency and operations software.


Next: A look at new features in InfraStruxure management software

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