Schneider Sees Link Between IT and Facilities Management

Sept. 30, 2010
Newest products and expansions focus on bringing efficiency to building and data center management.

Schneider Electric might have built its foundation on power devices, but its recent string of products, updates and expansions has been focused on linking IT and facilities management.

Much of Schneider Electrics expansion has been in the area of building management which it is trying to bring to the cloud along with data center management and organizational focus.

For manufacturers, Schneider Electric released several new products this week, including MachineStruxure, an automation software for industrial machines that is part of the company's EcoStruxure holistic energy management platform.

The platform is based on a new SoMachine software suite, which has features to help companies reduce design time and time to market for new products, optimize machine performance and energy efficiency in manufacturing facilities, and in the process increase profitability.

According to the companys estimates, MachineStruxure can cut design and implementation time by up to 50% by streamlining the controller design and development process.

Schneider Electric has long been associated with circuit breakers and power devices, but now its focusing its efforts not only on power but also efficiency.

APC by Schneider Electric has launched its newest version of InfraStruxure management software, which the company says offers a 25% increase in power and cooling capacity, a 15% reduction in footprint, and 15% lower cost.

Some of the new capabilities in InfraStruxure include a new data center lab application that enables the design and simulation of new data center build-outs or data center upgrades without impacting data center operations.

InfraStruxure Efficiency 1.1, allows IT managers to report on monthly energy consumption of their data center subsystems, including CO2 emissions, power usage effectiveness and data center infrastructure efficiency.

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