DCIM tools and the partners that impact the software-defined bottom line

Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure provides a fully integrated building management and energy monitoring system accessible through a single pane of glass. (Source: Schneider Electric)









































































































































































































This week we conclude our series of articles on developing software to measure and manage the data center. In our last article, we looked at some of the most important DCIM attributes. This week, we’ll look at how modern DCIM tools are already having an impact in the data center and hyperscale by diving into a real-world use case.

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For those who own and operate a portfolio of data centers and/or edge sites (distributed, often unmanned, small IT sites at the edges of the network), data center infrastructure management (DCIM) software tools are essential.

Modern DCIM designs also act as security tools to ensure you have a secure and resilient environment. Because DCIM systems consist of software apps, servers, gateways, and critical infrastructure devices, all connected via cellular and IT networks, it is important to ensure that both the provider and the end user are continuously adopting cybersecurity best practices follow. Next generation DCIM should simplify this for the end user by automating the detection and reporting of DCIM gateway and device vulnerabilities. Some DCIM solutions use a threat analysis tool to do this. Users are notified when device configurations (such as using SSH or Telnet) put the device at risk of attack. Devices with outdated firmware are also recognized. This greatly simplifies administration and automates a critical function of the DCIM system.

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Today, DCIM solutions are smarter with data-driven technologies and even AI integration. Additionally, these technologies aim to improve the bottom line of the data center while supporting data center operators and executives.

Let’s pause here and look at a modern DCIM solution that aims to revolutionize how our most critical infrastructures are managed.

DCIM: Innovation at all levels

EcoStruxure is Schneider Electric’s open, interoperable, IoT-enabled architecture and platform. (See graphic above.) This data center management solution adds value in terms of security, reliability, efficiency, sustainability and connectivity.

To evolve the future of data center management, one customer went beyond that when managing their hyperscale ecosystem.

Digital Realty uses the EcoStruxure platform

As Digital Realty continues to expand its footprint, everything from system architecture to end-user reporting needs to be consistent across all locations.

“Over the last year we have strived to standardize our global platform to ensure we can provide consistent monitoring and measurement but have the same look and feel on a global basis.” — Digital Real Estate

Deploying non-standard site-to-site solutions results in operational inefficiencies and inflated costs. With such a diverse customer portfolio, standardizing operations globally is a must, and even at their current reach, it’s a major challenge.

They currently provide colocation data center services to a diverse base of US and international companies in the financial services, cloud and information technology, manufacturing, energy, gaming, life sciences and consumer products sectors. Its 170 data centers serve more than 2,300 customers in 33 wholesale markets on four continents. They are poised for rapid expansion across Europe and Asia Pacific, and building a consistent infrastructure will be key to success. This is where Schneider Electric and EcoStruxure come in.

A single pane of glass

When Digital Realty and Schneider Electric worked together to develop standard solutions and configurations of delivered systems, maintaining the installation standard was a major concern. Different teams in different world regions will deploy the systems and the installation must support a globally oriented design and configuration.

“To achieve global consistency, we need a partner who can offer products on a global scale.” — Digital Real Estate

Digital Realty uses Schneider’s EcoStruxure platform for various installation products and the advantage that EcoStruxure offers is the ability to integrate all moving parts into one large solution. By combining EcoStruxure Building Operation and EcoStruxure Power Monitoring Expert, Digital Realty leverages the specialized and powerful tools within each platform for a more unified and efficient approach to asset monitoring and control. EcoStruxure addresses this challenge by offering a fully integrated building management and energy monitoring system that is accessible through a single pane of glass.
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The solution

Digital Realty and Schneider have worked together to develop standard solutions and configurations to ensure consistency for both existing and new clients. By combining EcoStruxure Building Operation and EcoStruxure Power Monitoring Expert, Digital Realty leverages the specialized and powerful tools within each platform for a more unified and efficient approach to asset monitoring and control. It’s all accessible through a single pane of glass. Digital Realty leverages Schneider Electric’s comprehensive portfolio of infrastructure solutions to support its growing global asset base, including integrated HyperPod rack systems. With HyperPod, Digital Realty has the flexibility to adapt to customers’ varying configurations, with reduced installation time and faster deployment.

Results

Site operators now have the right tools to efficiently run their data centers around the world, and Digital Realty has improved operational visibility, reporting and asset control. By partnering with Schneider Electric, Digital Realty has all the tools they need to successfully implement their vision for the future.

Additionally, Digital Realty experienced the following benefits:

  1. Annual savings of nearly $1 million by leveraging a software-defined bottom line approach to data center management.
  2. Significantly improved operational visibility across primary sites, remote sites, and critical customer infrastructure.
  3. End-user reporting became consistent across all sites. Additionally, Digital Reality has been able to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and improve their ESG posture.

Partnering with Schneider has made it easier for Digital Realty to provide site operators with the right tools to run their data centers efficiently while maintaining the level of resiliency for today’s colocation market demands. With EcoStruxure, Digital Realty has improved access to information, increased productivity, and streamlined plant control—all through a single pane of glass.

“The future of colocation knows no bounds; What you can imagine becomes reality.” — Digital Realty, global engineering and design team

By partnering with Schneider Electric, Digital Realty has a clear vision of the future and the tools to get there. Finally, let’s close the conversation on what to expect from digital infrastructure and how to start leveraging next-generation data center management solutions.

Download the entire The Software Defined Bottom Line document courtesy of Schneider Electric for exclusive content including additional customer spotlights and discussions on the future of DCIM.

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