Schneider and Intel Team on Data Center Infrastructure Management
Schneider Electric has teamed with Intel Data Center Solutions to develop the first data center infrastructure management (DCIM) software solution that provides server access without the need for additional hardware. This new product module for StruxureWareâ„¢ Data Center Operation is the result of leveraging IntelÂ® Virtual Gateway technology to provide full server lifecycle access and power cycling for remote management.
In combining DCIM and software KVM technology, Server Access allows IT managers, data center managers/operators and facility managers to launch, manage, troubleshoot and control servers directly from the DCIM software, providing a comprehensive â€œsingle pane of glassâ€ solution from the facility down to the server level, including a physical model for the location of servers, which enables identification of potential issues such as power or cooling impact.
â€œVirtual Gateway is an extension of Intelâ€™s Data Center Manager (DCM) software, and provides important technological advances for our middleware,â€ says Jeff Klaus, general manager of Intel Data Center Solutions. â€œThe joint effort with Schneider Electric broadens the use of our technology and will help data centers eliminate unnecessary hardware spend.â€
KVM (keyboard video mouse) switches provide remote access to servers, and can control multiple servers. However, by utilizing software KVM technology and eliminating the need for hardware, Server Access can reduce technology costs by up to 50 percent.
â€œBy partnering with Intel to provide an integrated software KVM and DCIM approach for managing the data center, weâ€™re continuing to bridge the gap between IT and facilities,â€ says Soeren Jensen, vice president of Enterprise Management and Software for Schneider Electric. â€œAs the first DCIM vendor to offer software-only server access capabilities, we view Server Access as an important component to improving energy efficiency in data centers and facilities.â€