CWHK Awards 2018: Predictive analytics in data center management

CWHK Awards 2018: Predictive analytics in data center management
Schneider Electric, a specialist in energy management and automation, is a fourth-time winner in the DCIM category of the Computerworld Hong Kong (CWHK) Awards. (Photo credit: iStockPhoto)

Award: DATA CENTER INFRASTRUCTURE MANAGEMENT

Winner: Schneider Electric EcoStruxure IT

The data center industry in Hong Kong is growing rapidly in the digital era. To tackle the growing complexity and diversity of data center environments, cloud-based data center infrastructure management (DCIM) and big data analytics are increasingly deployed by businesses to optimize operations.

Schneider Electric, a specialist in energy management and automation, is a fourth-time winner in the DCIM category of the Computerworld Hong Kong (CWHK) Awards.

“The award is a recognition of our comprehensive solutions that address the challenges and needs in managing today’s data centers,” said Fergus Wong, business development and product manager of Schneider Electric Hong Kong.

Cloud-based DCIM

EcoStruxure IT is the latest addition to the company’s EcoStruxure—an IoT-enabled architecture and platform for data centers, buildings, infrastructure and industries.

Launched last September, EcoStruxure IT is a cloud-based architecture purpose-built for hybrid IT and data center environments. According to Wong, it provides visibility across the entire data center ecosystem including in the cloud and at the edge, delivers insights with data-driven recommendations, and enables third-party integrations in EcoStruxure.

As a vendor-agnostic DCIM, EcoStruxure IT provides proactive insights on critical assets that impact the health and availability of an IT environment.

“It has the ability to deliver actionable real-time recommendations to optimize infrastructure performance and mitigate risks,” he said.

With the use of predictive analytics, he said data center operators can understand the conditions of equipment such as which equipment needs maintenance. “This enables operators to implement a more predictive maintenance program for enhanced efficiency and cost saving,” said Wong.  EcoStruxure supports enterprises of different sizes in Hong Kong, ranging from colocation and cloud providers to public utility companies, finance and insurance companies, and higher education institutions. The cloud-based DCIM offering EcoStruxure IT is delivered through a software-as-service (SaaS) subscription model, which is particularly well-suited for SMEs.

“The SaaS model allows SMEs with smaller server rooms or data centers to enjoy DCIM’s benefits,” he said. “They can manage their servers and server room infrastructure remotely using limited IT expert resources.”

Expanding the DCIM portfolio

Schneider Electric has been enabling IoT in data center operations through EcoStruxure. The company will continue to evolve EcoStruxure IT in the artificial intelligence and machine learning space in order to “improve data center performance, predictability, and manageability.”

In September of this year, Schneider Electric will launch another new offering known as EcoStruxure IT Expert. It delivers visibility across the hybrid environment from anywhere with one tap access direct from any computer or smart phone via the Mobile Insights application.

In addition, it enables data center and IT managers to benchmark performance against their own system or those across the industry. “This enables trend analysis, maintenance or failure prediction, efficiency comparisons and other measures,” said Wong.

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