Workspace Technology is pleased to announce their selection by Schneider APC to be a Certified APC Software Partner, in APC's official channel for the provision of specialised consultancy and implementation services for the APC InfraStruxure Management Software portfolio.
The portfolio provides an open and vendor neutral management platform for data centre physical infrastructure, and integrates with power, building and enterprise software to provide an end-to-end view of energy use and cost. This announcement coincides with the recent establishment of a data centre software business unit within Schneider Electric.
Paul Tyrer, Regional VP, APC by Schneider Electric, UK and Ireland said, “our certified partners bring together great knowledge of our products and solutions with an incisive understanding of the needs of data centre customers. They bring unique competencies and specialised services to the table to build long term value for their customers and for their own businesses; APC’s channel partners already deliver considerable added value to our customers for APC InfraStruxure® data centre physical infrastructure which includes power and cooling equipment, racks and security. The software component of data centre management is increasingly important not just in managing the complexity of the system, but also in ensuring that utilisation of all capacities – power, cooling and space – is maximised.”
Since the announcement of the EU Code of Conduct for Data Centres in 2008, Workspace Technology have experienced a growing demand amongst data centre managers and customers for better management software than the makeshift tools being used. When IT inventory was smaller, and power and cooling requirements lower, spreadsheets represented a low cost and relatively effective solution. But the complexity of today’s facilities allows no margin for error and the need to utilise all resources responsibly requires applications of an altogether higher order.
Andy Lawrence of data centre analysts, 451 Group said, “Data centres are consuming more power, at higher average rates, as they become denser and larger and do more work. Energy-saving technologies, therefore, can potentially save significant sums on an annual, repeating basis, especially when applied in large, inefficiently run data centres. For example, a small-to-average-sized 1MW UK data centre that uses management software to reduce energy consumption by 10% will save £87,600 per year, or £438,000 over five years".
According to 451 Group, companies will also be able to use data centre information generated by software tools for compliance and commercial purposes. Data about energy use will help data centres meet internally or externally set targets, track progress against metrics and, if it becomes necessary, meet reporting requirements. It is also likely that metered energy consumption data will increasingly be used to price data centre services, to report on or allocate carbon emissions credits, or to facilitate application chargeback.
Workspace Technology provides expert energy efficient data centre, server and communications room solutions and services for corporate and public sector clients across the UK. For further information please contact the Sales Director Andrew Orton at email@example.com 0121 354 4894.