Schneider Electric launches EcoStruxure to boost energy efficiency

Schneider Electric has released EcoStruxure, an IT, buildings and process architecture designed to help companies slash their energy usage.

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Schneider Electric has released EcoStruxure, an IT, buildings and process architecture designed to help companies slash their energy usage.

The energy management supplier, which in 2007 bought APC for $6.1 billion (£3.1 billion), told Computerworld UK that the architecture offers help in reducing power used in datacentres, other buildings, and processes and machines. It is aimed at businesses that are trying to cut their power bills, be greener and provide a consistent energy supply to their facilities.

Many firms still take an uncoordinated approach to energy that is only partially effective, the company said. Obstacles to saving energy, it said, include capacity constraints, poorly designed systems, a lack of standardisation, low adoption of renewable energy, and conflicts between departmental policies.

“Uncoordinated, component-level attempts” by different sections of businesses “can actually inhibit a company’s ability to meet efficiency goals”, explained Aaron Davis, chief marketing officer at the company. EcoStruxure would help firms cut inefficiency, he said, and “make invisible energy waste both visible and actionable”.

For datacentres, EcoStruxure draws on the InfraStruxure architecture that Schneider Electric inherited from the APC acquisition. It uses a “modular, scalable approach” to optimise power and cooling, the company said.

Jim Simonelli, senior VP of the IT business at Schneider Electric, said there was a “room for improvement” in datacentre energy use. Approximately eight percent of the 1,368 Terawatts of electricity, used hourly by datacentres and networks around the world, was wasted because of poor design and architecture alone.

Businesses could save energy in their datacentres by first measuring usage, then fixing the basics. After that they could optimise the facilities through automating processes, and through continued monitoring and improvement, Simonelli said.

EcoStruxure includes datacentre management software, capacity and change systems, and environment monitoring. The systems are aimed at helping businesses measure their datacentre efficiency and availability, as well as monitor how much power and cooling capacity is left in each rack.

The platform provides modelling for different possible future scenarios, and also aims to aid businesses with quickly identifying and resolving power issues as they emerge.

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