Wednesday, 28th October 2020

Making remore operations more secure, efficient and reliable

Schneider Electric is advancing the remote management and monitoring of data centres and edge computing deployments with a trifecta of innovations for more efficient and secure operations. Schneider Electric has enhanced its management platform EcoStruxure™ IT Expert with AI-supported UPS battery health assessment, an industry breakthrough of predictive capability.

In addition, to make remote management and monitoring even more accessible to all customers, Schneider Electric is announcing its APC by Schneider Electric Smart-UPS is now available with a pre-installed Network Management Card 3 (NMC3) for advanced cybersecurity. Due to the increased need for remote management in distributed edge computing or hyper-converged IT environments, Schneider Electric is also announcing the NetShelter 9000 Series Switched Rack Power Distribution Unit (PDU), which offers increased remote management reliability in a wider temperature range. Schneider Electric’s three latest introductions make remote monitoring and management more robust and secure for IT operators across the globe.

“Schneider Electric has always been on the forefront of innovation and since launching our EcoStruxure IT platform, we’ve been simplifying remote operations in the cloud and at the edge,” said Jonathan Healey, VP and General Manager, Software and Management Systems, Schneider Electric. “With these enhancements, we are driving forward the latest technology to help data centre and IT customers be more predictive and provide business continuity from anywhere, anytime.”

EcoStruxure IT is Schneider Electric’s next generation data centre management solution featuring remote management from virtually any device – phone, tablet, or home PC – at any time. It enables data centres to maintain operations and availability when minimal or no qualified staff are available on-site.

Schneider Electric’s UPS battery health assessment enables predictive capability

Customers couldn’t know exactly when their UPS battery would fail – until now. EcoStruxure IT Expert UPS battery health assessment provides insight into the UPS with a score card that predicts the end of life for batteries based on the specific conditions of that UPS. This breakthrough into predictive capability also generates recommended actions to improve the health score and the lifetime of the batteries, enabling OpEx savings and avoiding unplanned downtime.

When deriving insights from data, simply pouring data into an AI system doesn’t yield results because it is essential to clarify what data to analyse to solve specific problems. What makes EcoStruxure IT Expert UPS battery health assessment’s predictive capability and recommended actions possible is Schneider Electric’s data lake, which collects data from millions of connected devices. With Schneider Electric’s expertise, the data is normalised and leveraged to uncover valuable, actionable insights.

APC Smart-UPS now with Enhanced Cybersecurity

All APC Smart-UPS™ are EcoStruxure-Ready enabling customers to remotely monitor and manage their physical IT infrastructure at anytime and from anywhere. The latest APC Smart-UPS SMX, which will be available first in North America, can be ordered with the new NMC3 enhancement pre-installed, which provides advanced cybersecurity and improved performance featuring a new processor with a 1GB ethernet connection. Advanced security features like increased password security with stricter credentials and force password policy configurations keep sensitive data secure.

Turn Outlets On and Off Remotely with Switch Rack PDUs The NetShelter 9000 Series Switched PDU is a new, globally-available product designed with edge computing and cloud and service providers in mind. This intelligent rack PDU, featuring NMC3 and industry-first hybrid outlets rated for higher temperatures, enables customers to maintain power while they are operating in environments challenged with higher power densities, temperatures, and additional connected devices. The new PDUs are EcoStruxure-Ready, boast one percent metering accuracy, wireless connectivity, and are able to remotely turn outlets on/off and reboot hung up servers across several devices and multiple sites via EcoStruxure IT Expert, ultimately saving on travel to site or staffing on site to perform the same task.

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