Schneider Electric EcoStruxure IT utlises AI and Machine Learning to offer greater management and automated data centre servicing
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Schneider Electric EcoStruxure IT is a vendor-agnostic, Cloud-based Data Centre Infrastructure Management (DCIM) software platform that enables data centre operators and channel partners, including Value Added Resellers (VARs) and Managed Service Provders (MSPs) to proactively monitor, manage and maintain data centre business continuity from remote locations. It makes use of Big Data analytics, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML) and intelligent benchmarking techniques to analyse aggregated data from infrastructure components and deliver detailed insight into the operation of a data centre.
The software leverages Internet of Things (IoT) technology, now commonplace in data centre components and subsystems including racks, uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems and cooling equipment to enable both end-users and partners to proactively anticipate capacity and efficiency problems before they arise’ delivering more secure, resilient and efficient operations.
Using Big Data analytics, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML) and intelligent benchmarking techniques, EcoStruxure IT can analyse aggregated data from a wide variety of sources to provide analytical insight into every aspect of a data centre, or edge computing environments operation.
Recent enhancements to EcoStruxure IT include the addition of Monitoring & Dispatch Services and the availability of a public Application Programming Interface (API). Monitoring & Dispatch Services, powered by analytics from the EcoStruxure IT data lake, allow customers to glean insightful, data-driven recommendations to maintain system uptime and shift from being reactive to proactive in maintaining distributed IT infrastructure.
The approach combines 24/7 expert remote monitoring and troubleshooting by Schneider Electric’s engineers with next-business-day, on-site support, including replacement parts, when necessary. This ensures timely address of maintenance and service issues and simplifies the management of widely distributed IT assets, particularly in Edge data centres with no permanent onsite technical personnel.
The EcoStruxure IT Public API allows partners and third-party software developers to integrate EcoStruxure into their preferred systems, extending the reach of the DCIM platform seamlessly into existing environments. This increases the overall visibility of data centres and edge compute to maintain uptime, detect faults or capacity issues before they become critical. The system offers more insightful, data-driven reporting and makes smarter decisions for more efficient and resilient operations.
As a cloud-based software platform EcoStruxure IT is quick and easy to install, and scalable across distributed data centres. Its standards-based vendor-agnostic approach means that it can be used with equipment from any vendor that is compliant with common industry standards. Real-time updates and status reports can be delivered 24/7 to anywhere via the EcoStruxure IT Expert mobile application, allowing maintenance personnel to monitor the systems remotely and proactively maximise uptime and maintain mission critical continuity, from any location.