Building on its release of the Torana Application Server, Schneider aims to broaden integration of its EcoStruxure architecture with Cisco's EnergyWise solution.
By Geoffrey Oldmixon
February 05, 2012
Energy management manufacturer Schneider Electric has announced it is planning to expand its existing relationship with networking giant Cisco Systems. The announcement builds on the recently launched Schneider Electric Torana Application Server, which integrates Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure architecture and the Cisco EnergyWise offering.
Using the Cisco Intelligent Network, these new solutions will, according to a Schneider statement submitted to Channel Pro-SMB, “maximize operational energy savings in the IT domain to better support enterprise energy management goals.”
“The bringing-together of Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure architecture and Cisco EnergyWise has already proven its value in managing networked and IT assets in distributed offices,” touts Soeren Brogaard Jensen, Schneider Electric’s vice president of enterprise software. “We are thrilled to continue delivering solutions that help customers to better bridge the gap between their IT functions and their facilities and do so while improving their operations, sustainability, and the comfort of their buildings.”
The following products will be available this June as part of Schneider Electric’s Efficient Enterprise portfolio for the Cisco Intelligent Network
StruxureWare for Data Centers Suite
This Cisco UCS Manager Plug-In bridges the communication gap between IT and facilities, integrating with the Cisco UCS Manager to provide complete data center infrastructure management (DCIM). Building on the StruxureWare Data Center Operations Suite’s ability to guide the placement of new servers with respect to such capacities as power, cooling, and network and physical space constraints, SMBs will gain critical knowledge of real-time physical capacity constraints. This enables the Cisco UCS Manager to automatically cap power for either an entire location or for individual zones. This will also help ensure the compatibility of both the power and cooling load to rack and data center capacity for gaining optimal utilization of the data center’s physical infrastructure while eliminating the risk of tripped breakers and reducing over-provisioning.
Schneider Electric PowerChute Network Shutdown
Equipping IT managers and data center operators with tools to be prepared in the event of emergency, Schneider Electric PowerChute Network Shutdown software will integrate with Cisco Unified Communications Manager (UCM). In the event of an extended power outage, the PowerChute solution enables the graceful shutdown of Cisco UCM, helping to prevent data corruption and enabling the quick reboot of unified communications systems upon restoration of power.
Schneider Electric Convergent Building Infrastructure Solution (CBIS)
For distributed office networks, Schneider Electric’s CBIS aims to improve cabling installations, therefore improving the deployment of IT networks while reducing the physical space traditionally required. This enables capital expenditures on IT infrastructure to be reduced by up to 22 percent, minimizes the required telecom space by up to a third, and enables operational savings of up to 30 percent on subsequent moves, additions and changes, according to Schneider.