According to greentechenterprise, Data Centre Infrastructure Management (DCIM) software company Sentilla has raised $15m in a third round of funding. SingTel Innov8, the VC arm of Singapore telco carrier, joined existing investors and now owns 23.4% of the company.
Sentilla makes software to analyse, control and optimise data centre equipment power use, competing with the likes of Modius and SynapSense. The company maintains that using its software can save 25% on data centre energy bills, produce a return on investment in less than a year, reduce equipment needs by 21% and increase the life of a data centre by 3-4 years.
Sentilla is a good example of a company that started out simply monitoring and managing power use but is moving to a more comprehensive analysis of computing efficiency inside the data centre.
This is becoming an increasingly competitive market as other companies make similar moves, either directly or through partnerships and agreements. There are lots of different hardware and software approaches to data centre IT efficiency and not much in the way of standards, so companies and products are going to have to work very closely together to produce the sort of comprehensive energy monitoring and management solutions that users will be demanding in the future. No one company will be able to do it all.
It’s going to be an interesting market to watch, though, given the spectrum of green IT vendors involved, ranging, for example, from VMware at one end to Schneider Electric at the other.