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Schneider Electric’s Cooling Optimize adds intelligence in data centers

May 26, 2015 - Data Center Operation: Cooling Optimize is new from Schneider Electric. It’s an additional software module available within the Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) suite, StruxureWare. It adds intelligence to existing data centre cooling systems, enabling energy and cost reduction, as well as reduced risk of cooling incidents, according to Schneider Electric.


May 26, 2015
By Renée Francoeur

“Most data centre cooling systems are specified to ensure that the hottest racks in the facility have a sufficient cold air supply. This results in a large amount of energy being wasted as the entire facility is over-cooled to provide this legacy design capacity,” said Soeren Brogaard Jensen, vice-president of Enterprise Software and Managed Services with the company. “For the managers of these data centres, it is impossible to consider how to reduce the amount of cooling without introducing risk of thermal shutdowns because they lack the information to do so safely.”
 
Cooling Optimize is a closed-loop system, the company explained, meaning that it learns from any actions such as inlet temperature adjustments, or equipment adds, moves and changes to the IT load, to keep the data centre cooling continuously optimized.
 
The software enables operators to monitor the real-time status of data centre health and determine the impact of any cooling event. It also automates a response to changes in the data centre environment to reduce hot spots where cooling exceeds what is actually needed.
 
Data centre managers can anticipate up 40% reduction in cooling costs, Jensen added.