Siemens Building Technologies has launched the latest version of Datacenter Clarity LC, an advanced software solution that harnesses a combination of real-time monitoring and Computational Fluid Dynamics in one single DCIM platform to enable data centre owners and managers to protect their data centre infrastructure with greater accuracy and efficiency.
The rapid growth in social networking, Internet usage, electronic banking, paperless storage and modern IT services such as virtualisation and cloud computing means the UK’s dependence on safe and secure data centres is paramount to the business continuity of corporations and infrastructures.
Higher levels of security are now required to ensure that data centre facilities are safe and the integrity of the data, buildings and assets involved is assured.
Datacenter Clarity LC is an advanced integrated software platform combining information from vital sub-systems that traditionally operate in isolation into a single, powerful solution that monitors energy and building management, physical security, fire safety, power and communications, zones and raised floors, racks, servers and data storage systems as well as switches and routers.
Importantly, this solution bridges the gap between IT and facilities’ processes, enabling both parties to manage assets and workflows.
The outcome is a complete, real-time dashboard that can represent assets in a state-of-the-art 3D model and deliver a fully-automated and smart data centre environment with resultant cost and energy savings and improvements in manpower resources.
Assessment of critical situations
The data centre market is increasingly demanding technology that will assess critical situations, distribute information, co-ordinate workflows, maximise uptime and manage resources. Siemens has responded by delivering a solution that guarantees a scalable, secure, seamless, resilient and intelligent environment.
The benefits that Datacenter Clarity LC brings include significant reductions in energy consumption thanks to the precision monitoring of data from multiple systems, a wide range of management tools for improved capacity planning, forecasting and simulation, increased asset availability to enable business continuity and the realisation of advanced intelligence and analytics.
The software delivers real-time energy management in server rooms due to its ability to harness Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) analysis technology combined with real-time environmental monitoring to realise a complete set of capabilities for cooling management. Datacenter Clarity LC continuously monitors the air temperature in server rooms and instantly identifies any potential problem areas such as hot spots.
In addition to real-time environmental monitoring, Datacenter Clarity LC also provides predictive capabilities in a virtual 3D data centre model before any equipment is actually purchased by the end user. Having both real-time environmental monitoring and CFD capabilities within a single DCIM platform is unique to Siemens and enables a faster return on investment for the customer.
Multi-dimensional dashboards and KPIs
Multi-dimensional dashboards and Key Performance Indicators provide second-by-second information on data centre performance. Real-time monitoring – as well as alarm and critical event notification with escalation – enable immediate response and corrective action to ensure the protection of sensitive material and irreplaceable data.
Datacenter Clarity LC now includes a browser-based 3D application. This affords an intuitive and portable solution that facilitates deployment, usage and accessibility with no local footprint. This new web client interface is cross-browser and cross-device compatible to include tablets for maximum convenience and ease of use.
Phiippe Heim, portfolio manager for Siemens’ data centre team, commented: “Datacenter Clarity LC will be at the heart of the next generation of data centres. Currently, the major challenge for this critical environment is to reduce costs while improving operations. This new development from Siemens ensures the full protection of assets, better consolidation across all essential services and improved energy consumption to achieve green credentials.”
Datacenter Clarity LC is based on Siemens’ tried-and-tested Product Lifecycle Management software which has a proven 20-year pedigree. Operating in critical environments across the globe, over nine million PLM licenses have been issued to date.