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Schneider Electric, Intel in tie-up for data centre solution

Veronica C. Silva | Sept. 12, 2013
Partnership for integrated DCIM reduces cost, simplifies data centre management.

Schneider Electric recently announced a tie-up with Intel for a data centre infrastructure solution without the need for additional hardware resources. 

Schneider Electronic, which specialises in energy management solutions, said it has developed a data centre infrastructure management (DCIM) software solution that allows server access without the need for additional hardware. 

Schneider Electric said the new solution, the Server Access, is a product module to the StruxureWare Data Center Operation, which leverages on the Intel Virtual Gateway technology. 

This partnership means that Schneider Electric and Intel are integrating the virtual keyboard video mouse (vKVM) and DCIM in one product suite, said Jennifer Koppy, research manager, Datacenter Trends & Strategies team, IDC. 

“Virtualisation and cloud computing disaggregate IT from physical systems and make adding new workloads as easy as deploying a virtual machine. The connection between facilities and IT - enabled by StruxureWare for Data Centers - is critical because these new workloads affect power, cooling and connectivity, and have an overall impact on efficiency and capacity,” added Koppy. 

Cost reduction 

KVM (keyboard video mouse) switches allow remote access to servers, and can control multiple

servers. Schneider Electric said that by using KVM technology and eliminating the need for hardware, ServerAccess can reduce technology costs by up to 50 percent.

“Virtual Gateway is an extension of Intel’s Data Center Manager (DCM) software, and provides important technological advances for our middleware,” says Jeff Klaus, general manager, Intel Data Center Solutions. “The joint effort with Schneider Electric broadens the use of our technology and will help data centres eliminate unnecessary hardware spending.”

This integration also makes it easy for IT managers, data centre managers/operators and facility managers to manage, maintain and control servers directly from the DCIM software. Using a “single pane of glass” solution, infrastructure managers can identify the location of the servers, making it easier for them to resolve issues, such as power or cooling impact. 

The Data Center Operation: Server Access software solution also allows IT managers to view and control multiple IT devices by different vendors. It also eliminates the need for a physical KVM switches in the data centre. 

Data Center Operation: Server Access is available now as a part of StruxureWare for Data Centers. 


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