Schneider Software Prevents Overcooling in Data Centers

May 21, 2015 By Linda Hardesty

Schneider-Electric energy manageSchneider Electric launched a new software module – Data Center Operation: Cooling Optimize – available within its Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) suite StruxureWare. This new capability adds intelligence to existing data center cooling systems.

Data Center Operation: Cooling Optimize enables data center managers to understand the complexity of airflow within their facilities, including all heat sources, cooling influences and dependencies. It is a closed-loop system, 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 center cooling continuously optimized.

Once deployed, Cooling Optimize enables operators to monitor the real-time status of data center health and determine the impact of any cooling event. This also enables situations such as overheating, hotspots and capacity issues to be predicted and avoided. By continuously analyzing use, future capacity requirements can be planned for, and stranded cooling capacity eliminated. Data Center Operation: Cooling Optimize automates a response to changes in the data center environment to reduce hot spots – where load requirement exceeds cooling, and wasted energy – where cooling exceeds what is actually needed.

In a recent case study, the system was retrofitted by a large Pacific telco. Piloted in a single room, the user was able to turn off 13 CRAC units once installation and configuration was complete, saving 37 percent in average power use in the first year of operation, according to Schneider Electric.

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