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Schneider Electric and AVEVA team up to simplify data centre operations for hyperscale providers

Written by Tue 19 May 2020

New tie-up to help hyperscale providers efficiently operate their expanding data centre fleets

Schneider Electric and engineering and industrial software company AVEVA are combining their operations and monitoring products into a powerful new solution for hyperscale data centre operators.

The number of hyperscale data centers surpassed the 500 mark in 2019, according to Statista. Despite Covid-19-related disruption, hyperscale providers have expedited construction plans to meet surging demand for cloud resources.

Last week for instance, Microsoft announced a multi-billion pound plan to build new cloud regions in Italy, Poland and New Zealand, following reports the tech giant’s cloud capacity was strained in recent weeks.

As the likes of Amazon, Microsoft, Google and Facebook expand their data centre fleets, facility operations and maintainance is becoming ever more complex. That’s why Schneider and AVEVA have teamed up on new joint solutions that provide hyperscalers with a unified view of engineering, operations, and performance across their facilities, wherever they are in the world whatever their size/profile.

“At a time when the world’s digital infrastructure is being pushed to its limits, Schneider and AVEVA are delivering a comprehensive solution for hyperscale data centres to operate and maintain their critical environments,” said Pankaj Sharma, executive vice president of the Secure Power Division at Schneider Electric.

The two products being combined are AVEVA’s industrial software Unified Operations Center and Schneider’s DCIM solution, EcoStruxure.

In addition to a big picture view, the companies said marrying these two products will offer hyperscale providers “deep and expansive visibility into day-to-day operations” by connecting previously disconnected platforms and datasets. The idea is that armed with a more detailed picture, data centre staff can move faster and optimise asset and operational efficiency throughout the data centre lifecycle.

“The solution can take data that has long been managed at individual data centres, often in siloed sub-systems, normalize it across multiple sites and can ultimately inform and provide enterprise level IT/OT/IoT integration to deliver real-time decision making. The complete solution will deliver operational efficiency and a more reliable data centre fleet,” added Sharma.

Written by Tue 19 May 2020

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