In case you missed it, just before Christmas energy management company Schneider Electric announced that it had acquired Viridity’s EnergyCenter Data Centre Infrastructure Management (DCIM) Software. Viridity’s methodology for measuring server power consumption will be merged with Schneider Electric’s StruxureWare for Data Centre Operations DCIM suite to provide data centre asset tracking, capacity planning and energy visualisation.
Viridity’s EnergyCenter software provides an analysis of energy use and trends for servers and other devices. The software looks up reference tables for the energy consumption of the equipment it identifies and combines it with utilisation data (based on processor activity) to analyse overall equipment energy used. (Viridity also had a free online utility called EnergyCheck that provided a data centre energy health check and suggested actions to cut power consumption. It doesn’t seem to be available via Schneider’s web site).
Schneider Electric’s StruxureWare is a combination of its DCIM and Data Centre Facility Management (DCFM) software tools. The software gives an integrated view of the physical systems in the data centre. It also gives executives and managers visibility and control over their data centre’s daily operations.
Viridity hasn’t been around long – founded in 2007, it launched its first product in 2010. But it clearly had potential. The company raised $15m in financing from investors (North Bridge Venture Partners and Battery Ventures) and last year won the Uptime Institute’s 2011 Green Enterprise IT Awards (GEIT) in the ‘Outstanding IT Product In a User Deployment’ category. I would guess that the investors got a handsome return.
What’s different about Viridity’s solution is that it doesn’t need any additional hardware or software installed – it just identifies the IT equipment and application and checks its database for energy use. It means it’s fast to implement and relatively inexpensive. That complements Schneider Electric’s more hardware-based approach, focused on the equipment used and management of the facility power. The Viridity acquisition is an attractive option to expand Schneider’s offerings and customer base.
As I’ve said before, the data centre is becoming a battlefield for a range of solutions to monitor and manage power use. I would expect to see an increasing number of acquisitions (and partnerships) in this area in the next year or two.