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Schneider’s DCIM Solution Allows Converged Management

Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management, recently announced at HP Discover that the integration of its Data Centre Infrastructure Management (DCIM) solution, StruxureWare™ for Data Centres, with HP’s Universal Configuration Management Database (UCMDB), is complete. Enabling an increased level of communication between IT Service Management (ITSM) and DCIM platforms, this integration provides data centre managers with more cohesive management of data centre assets.

Soeren Jensen, Vice President, Enterprise Management and Software, Schneider Electric, said: “Today’s data centre managers are increasingly challenged by enduring silos between IT and facilities that lead to a breakdown in communication, making it difficult to take the first steps towards streamlined operations, improved efficiency and reduced costs.

“Through this collaboration with HP to provide a holistic approach to managing IT business process assets and workloads, we are bridging the gap between IT and facilities infrastructure and arming IT service providers with the data and insights they need to optimise the efficiency of their facilities.”

Typically, DCIM and ITSM platforms operate in isolation from each other, with data centre managers utilising different teams and resources to manage change within and between each domain. This increases the possibility of resource conflicts which can be time consuming and costly. By integrating Schneider Electric’s StruxureWare for Data Centres suite with HP’s UCMDB, communication and asset data reconciliation between the solutions platforms for DCIM and ITSM will be enabled.

The integrated approach allows managers to control both IT services and physical infrastructure within the data centre in a holistic and seamless manner. Access to HP’s ‘Single Instance of Truth’ solution provides enhanced visibility into asset performance and lifecycle of the data centre – based on warranty, lease or other ownership parameters – across all HP IT management platforms. Inter-platform asset and event change reporting can also alert data centre operators to potential asset conflicts, such as limitations on infrastructure or service policy violations. Combined, the capability to obtain this level of detail regarding asset performance provides operators with an improved understanding of impact scenarios at the infrastructure, virtual machine, and customer levels.

The linkage of IT services and processes to physical assets as well as to power and cooling requirements enables data centre operators to directly associate IT with power consumption. The link allows for the measurement of workload-to-watts equivalency, helping data centre managers to capture the true total cost of operations for end-user services.

Rick Einhorn, Vice President, Worldwide Data Centre Consulting at HP, said: “Operating DCIM and ITSM platforms independent of one another is not only costly and time consuming, but can make it difficult for data centre operators to manage IT and facility functions smoothly and efficiently.

“HP’s Universal Configuration Management Database will now help customers to effectively leverage Schneider Electric’s DCIM solution, StruxureWare for Data Centres, by enabling enhanced communication with ITSM for more holistic and integrated management of data centre assets.”

Schneider Electric’s end-to-end DCIM software suite enables data centres to monitor, operate, analyse and optimise power, cooling, security and energy. Tested for interoperability and integration, as per HP’s Software Enterprise Management Alliances Program (EMAP), the integration with HP UCMDB is part of StruxureWare Data Centre Operation v7.4 and is available for immediate purchase and installation. Please click here for more information.

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