Energy management firm Schneider Electric has worked with Intel to offer a power-saving server solution for data centre operations.

Schneider's data centre infrastructure management (DCIM) software system provides server access without the need for additional hardware.

The new module for Schneider's StruxureWare Data Center Operation offering is the result of "leveraging Intel Virtual Gateway technology to provide full server lifecycle access and power cycling for remote management", said Schneider.

“Intel and Schneider Electric are bridging facilities and IT by offering vKVM [virtual keyboard video mouse] and DCIM in one integrated product suite,” said Jennifer Koppy, an analyst at IDC.

Koppy said: “Virtualisation and cloud computing disaggregate IT from physical systems and make adding new workloads as easy as deploying a virtual machine.

"The connection between facilities and IT - enabled by StruxureWare for Data Centers - is critical because these new workloads affect power, cooling and connectivity, and have an overall impact on efficiency and capacity.”

In combining DCIM and software KVM technology, Schneider's Server Access module allows IT managers, data centre managers/operators and facility managers to launch, manage, troubleshoot and control servers directly from the DCIM software.

This provides a comprehensive “single pane of glass” solution from the facility down to the server level, said Schneider, including a physical model for the location of servers, which enables identification of potential issues such as power or cooling impact.

Jeff Klaus, general manager of Intel data centre solutions, said: “The joint effort with Schneider Electric broadens the use of our technology and will help data centres eliminate unnecessary hardware spend.”

KVM (keyboard video mouse) switches provide remote access to servers, and can control multiple servers. By utilising software KVM technology and eliminating the need for hardware, Server Access "can reduce technology costs by up to 50 percent", claimed Schneider.

Soeren Jensen, vice president of enterprise management and software for Schneider Electric, said: “As the first DCIM vendor to offer software-only server access capabilities, we view Server Access as an important component to improving energy efficiency in data centres and facilities.”

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