Schneider Electric has announced a collaboration with HP to deliver a new converged data center and IT management platform that offers customers the ability to link physical infrastructure assets to business processes for improved analysis capabilities. The joint solution will feature HP's Converged Management Consulting Services (CMCS) combined with Schneider Electric’s data center infrastructure management (DCIM) system, StruxureWare for Data Centers.
“By collaborating with HP to provide a holistic approach to managing IT business process assets and workloads, we are continuing to bridge the gap between IT and facilities,” comments Soeren Jensen, vice president, Enterprise Management and Software, Schneider Electric. “Enabling IT service providers to instantly view the impact of any changes in their data center, as well as the operational costs associated with these changes is an important step towards improving energy efficiency in data centers and IT.”
StruxureWare for Data Center’s ability to provide in-depth visibility, reporting and analysis of data center infrastructure, as well as the facility and the building in which the data center resides, makes this DCIM technology a good complement to HP’s Asset Manager software. Combining the two technologies stands to provide customers with significant energy savings and more efficient management of their IT services and assets, contend the companies.
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“DCIM provides a holistic view of the data center to enable better operational efficiency and capacity planning; however, many organizations lack the unique mix of internal IT, facility and service management expertise needed to make the most of DCIM’s benefits,” asserts Rick Einhorn, vice president, Technology Services, Datacenter Consulting, HP. “HP Converged Management Consulting Services help customers capitalize on Schneider Electric’s top DCIM solution, StruxureWare, by delivering deep expertise in ITSM, IT infrastructure, and facilities, as well as a framework to connect business goals, systems and data center processes.”
Schneider Electric and HP will also integrate StruxureWare for Data Centers with HP’s Universal Configuration Management Database (UCMDB), which will enable communication and reconcile asset data between the solutions platforms for DCIM and IT Service Management (ITSM).
Also, HP will map the functions and features of StruxureWare for Data Centers into HP’s proprietary Converged Management Consulting Framework. This mapping will allow consultants to make informed recommendations around deployment of the solution into customer’s data centers and determine the best way to integrate the overall ITSM and DCIM systems within the environment.