Schneider Rebrands Subsidiary, Launches Data Center Software App

by | Jan 31, 2013

Schneider Electric has rebranded its wholly owned subsidiary, Summit Energy, which will now function under the name of Schneider Electric.

The company says the Summit Energy name will cease to exist, and the legacy Summit Energy business will now reside within the newly created Schneider Electric Professional Services division. Schneider Electric acquired Summit Energy in 2011.

In other Schneider Electric news, the energy management company has launched StruxureWare Data Center Operation for Co-location, a data center infrastructure management (DCIM) application within its StruxureWare for Data Centers Software Suite. The new product is designed to address the needs of data centers with multiple tenants.

Schneider Electric says the software application provides multitenant data center providers and managers — including wholesale, retail, managed hosting and cloud providers — with real-time status updates on data center capacities, including data center power, cooling and available space, to help identify any constraints for future expansion and to better allocate equipment and resources.

Its features include:

  • Space and cage management, which allows the data center operator to apply grid-based naming for floor mount equipment, utilize cage drawing tools and cage power modeling, and visualize the solution in 3D.
  • Integrated tenant billing, which imports tenant and billing account data from the CRM system into the DCIM system for mapping tenant assets, providing detailed power draw, total energy footprint and access to an instant impact analysis at the tenant level. This allows for integrated billing support on sold and used power and footprint.
  • Facility maintenance scheduling, providing a complete audit trail on all facility equipment and cages, the ability to create and track maintenance schedules by equipment, and impact analysis to ensure redundancy is maintained during maintenance procedures.
  • Measured cage power, which provides detailed charge back to individual tenants through an overview of sold and measured power.
  • Space capacity reports, which show an instant overview of current space capacities, identifying space as sellable, occupied, reserved or internally used.
  • Computer aided design (CAD) integration, which automatically converts CAD cage drawings into a DCIM model thus keeping all CAD layered information intact for future needs.
  • Advanced power modeling, including the ability to model distributed redundant UPS and distributed redundant UPS with catcher for a representation of the actual power distribution in a facility.

In late 2012, Schneider Electric announced a new product to move power distribution in data centers from below the floor to above the IT cabinet rows. Its Powerbus plug-in busway delivers adaptable power distribution in data centers and maximizes cooling efforts, according to the company.


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