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Industrial automation in data centers – infrastructure of tomorrow and beyond

May 8, 2019 • Cloud Computing, Features

Industrial automation in data centers – infrastructure of tomorrow and beyond

Industrial automation in data centers – infrastructure of tomorrow and beyond.

The dependence on data, computing power and connectivity is increasing exponentially at an unprecedented rate. We all rely on a data centre somewhere and it needs to run efficiently. The approach to energy is becoming significantly more strategic to data centres and the enterprises they support. The same innovations being applied to the smart grid and to mission-critical industrial plants are finding their way into data centres. For example, data centre operators now require an open platform to manage multiple levels of integration and interoperability among a wide array of components and systems, coordinated controls to automate load shifting and real-time optimization of both facility infrastructure and IT, and two-way distributed generation to balance a data centre’s energy supply and demand.

It won’t matter how robust or technically advanced the IT systems and facility equipment are if a data centre’s infrastructure management (DCIM) capabilities are inadequate for the task. The challenge for data centre operators is to dynamically manage a flexible network to achieve reliability, energy efficiency and maximum utilization from all data centre assets. ABB Ability Data Center Automation can help. At ABB, we help businesses meet the data demands of today and tomorrow. We believe our industrial heritage, broad choice of electrification & automation solutions, as well as our commitment to sustainability, will help grow business.

ABB Ability Data Centre Automation provides a scalable, modular solution that adapts to your data centre. Traditional BMS/PMS/BCM combinations are no longer needed, since ABB Ability Data Center Automation delivers this base-level functionality during the initial deployment. The modular approach allows you to achieve your data centre strategy based on your current data centre investments, instead of being dictated by a vendor’s DCIM product strategy. Moreover, its open platform allows for reuse of infrastructure point-solutions to simplify migration.

The ABB Ability Data Centre Automation solution delivers benefits that encompass these 5 areas of infrastructure and operations that help manage your data centre cost, capacity and control. At ABB, we group the many benefits a good DCIM system delivers into 5 categories:

System availability and performance – Industrial class visibility and performance metering of both IT and facility systems, including status change, energy consumption and environmental data from any location.

Capacity planning and management – Maximize capacity of power, cooling and space through optimized placement of IT assets, ‘current state’ and ‘future state’ resource capacity planning, including what-if scenarios and data centre comparisons.

Resource forecasting and energy planning – Real-time energy market intelligence and analytics to determine $/kWh, $$/MW, transactions/server, PUE, carbon emissions, and other data centre metrics.

Facility & IT automation – Control technologies and process automation of workflow, asset management, and automatic demand response of facilities (e.g., power and cooling) and IT (e.g., load shifting).

Troubleshooting and root cause analysis – Granular performance detail, including time-stamping and occurrences of alerts and alarms, for your entire data centre operations.

Due to data centres having become a critical component of the business enterprise, they can no longer be looked upon as an adjunct to the systems used to manage your office environment. Over time, attitudes about the data centre within the enterprise have adjusted and it is now seen as an integral part to business operations and revenue generation. As a result, data centre strategies are more attuned with business realities.

Contributed by Bradley James, ABB Data Centers Segment Lead

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