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APC harps on data centre efficiencies for improved energy

The Director for the Central and North East African  region of  APC by Schneider Electric, Jonathan Duncan  has said that  data centre is critical for improved energy efficiency.

He said that increasing power densities and rapid changes in IT technology, coupled with growing energy costs and uncertain long-term plans for capacity or density have flagged the data centre as an area of concern from a consumption perspective.

“One area under scrutiny for improved energy efficiency is the data centre, which historically fell within the responsibility of the facilities manager,” he explains” he said.

According to him, for many years, as a continent that had managed to keep its electricity prices fairly low, African businesses did not place the same focus on energy consumption and efficiency as companies situated elsewhere in the world.

“Now, we’re finding that local CIOs are having to work closer than ever before with facilities managers to better understand consumption and close the gap between facilities and business.“Add to this the requirement by cloud computing for applications to be available at all times, and it becomes clear that now is the time to take data centre efficiencies to the next level.”

Through the use of a solution like Schneider Electric’s StruxureWare for Data Centers, companies can address all aspects of the data centre physical infrastructure needed to maximise availability and efficiency.“StruxureWare for Data Centers combines Schneider Electric’s Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) and Data Center Facility Management (DCFM) software tools to provide data gathering, monitoring and automation, planning and implementation functionalities and enabling an integrated and multifaceted view of all the mission critical physical systems of the data centre.

“This offering empowers data centre managers by giving them access to all the data and tools they need to operate data centres that are more reliable, efficient, productive, safe and green,”  Duncan said.

Data centre environments, he said  traditionally rely on siloed management tools that require the knowledge and experience of numerous IT and facility professionals.

Leveraging specialised management dashboards to obtain the information they need.

“StruxureWare for Data Centers provides a toolset from which the data centre manager can


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