Schneider Electric Downsizes with InfraStruxure for Small IT
Energy management specialist Schneider Electric has launched InfraStruxure for Small IT, the company’s first physical IT infrastructure offering, which integrates power, cooling, racks, security and management components plus services.
The platform can be used for new “greenfield” or existing “brownfield” data centers and uses a modular architecture for scalability. Open management tools allows companies to tailor power management, cooling and security — reducing energy costs and increasing energy efficiency, not to mention boosting a company’s green IT credentials.
Automated planning and design tools help businesses determine costs, efficiency and their carbon footprint based on size, density and scale of the architecture. The InfraStruxure selector gathers requirements data including input voltage, number of racks needed, average watts per rack and battery runtime required.
After installation, individual outlet control, energy reporting and other management functions are integrated into one central dashboard. According to Schneider Electric, the latest generation delivers a 25 percent increase in power and cooling capacity and a 15 percent smaller footprint than the last version.
Among the many challenges IT departments of SMBs face are a lack of space for technology, limited budgets and strained corporate networks, thanks to the proliferation of mobile devices and wireless access. As a result, the influx of increasingly challenging amounts of data have made intelligent IT operations critical to SMBs looking for an edge, and resellers who can explain how simplified, streamlined data management can boost their business are in a good position to add on services and software designed to do just that.