APC Enters Enterprise Software Market for IT Physical Infrastructure Management

Company unveils InfraStruXure Central v4.0, integrates data design, monitoring and management applications


"With InfraStruXure Central as the core platform, we have a great base on which to continue to build," said London. "We are delivering the industry's first closed loop system. You can only eliminate inaccuracies by combining design, operation and management. APC is now well-positioned to manage the entire physical layer of a data center through its lifecycle, seamlessly."

Not only are devices monitored and capacities measured within the IT physical infrastructure, but by integrating data from APC's design tools, IT managers can compare what is actually happening to what is supposed to happen. This design and operations data can then be fed to a new capacity management application. Capacity Manager helps eliminate the guesswork of where to place that next server with respect to power, cooling, floor and rack space. Stranded power and cooling capacity is eliminated and space is utilized to its highest efficiency. The new change management application allows easy management and tracking of the workflow and movement of IT equipment. All information from the change and capacity management applications is fed back to the database creating a closed loop system which ensures an updated, accurate model.

APC's InfraStruXure Designer, the result of more than 100 man years of development, provides the design data in the new solution. A sophisticated software system, InfraStruXure Designer provides the most efficient data center layout incorporating power and cooling, as well as floor and rack space. Its intelligence enables a design to incorporate redundancy, model the loads of thousands of different IT devices and even generate 3D visual renderings. The use of advanced power capacity and computational fluid dynamic (CFD) modeling ensures the physical infrastructure design avoids costly over-sizing, while providing the flexibility of a scalable infrastructure to meet the current and future needs of IT department's servers, storage and networking IT equipment.

"With today's high density computing, everything has become extremely complex," added London. "It is now clear that the days of managing the data center by hand are over."

InfraStruXure Central v4.0 is available worldwide and starts with an estimated resale price of less than $10,000. InfraStruXure Designer is currently available worldwide as a no charge service. For more information about InfraStruXure Central v4.0 and APC's other products, please visit www.apc.com or call 800-877-4080.

About APC APC, a leading provider of global, end-to-end solutions for real-time infrastructure, recently combined with MGE UPS SYSTEMS to form the Critical Power and Cooling Services business unit of Schneider Electric. Founded in 1981, APC's comprehensive products and services for home and corporate environments improve the availability, manageability and performance of sensitive electronic, network, communication and industrial equipment of all sizes. APC offers a wide variety of products for physical infrastructure including InfraStruXure(R), its revolutionary architecture for on-demand data centers, as well as physical threat management products through the company's NetBotz(R) division. These products and services help companies increase the availability and reliability of their IT systems. For more information on APC or MGE, please visit www.APC-MGE.com.