US companies Power Assure and Raritan have come together to offer an integrated data centre power monitoring and analytics solution. The solution combines Power Assure’s cloud-based EM/4 Energy Management software and Raritan's intelligent power monitoring products. It’s apparently the only cloud-based Data Centre Energy Management solution allowing management across multiple data centres.
It works by Power Assure’s EM/4 software collecting power usage and temperature data from Raritan’s branch circuit monitoring product and intelligent rack power distribution units. Power Assure’s energy management solution turns it into useful information that data centre managers can analyse for better decision making. According to the companies, it means that data centre managers can use power resources more efficiently, improve uptime and reliability, reduce capital expenditures and save on operating expenses, and provide accurate PUE (Power Usage Effectiveness) metrics and drive green data centre initiatives.
The overall aim is to help users manage their data centres more efficiently and reduce costs, compared with ‘alternative approaches that are more expensive and less reliable’.
It’s another coming together in the fragmented data centre energy management market. This is a green ICT sector awash with various technologies and solutions, from long-established vendors and new start-ups, so consolidation through partnerships and acquisitions is inevitable.
It looks like consolidation may be gathering pace, though. Just last month I reported that Schneider Electric had acquired Viridity. In fact it was ‘a strategic technology acquisition of the Viridity EnergyCenter 2.0 platform’ – primarily the software assets and staff. Despite my comments at the time, rumour has it that although Viridity has an innovative product - the software identifies equipment in use, records utilisation and uses reference tables to assess energy use – company sales had not matched expectations.
It may be that business pressures in the current economic climate are adding to consolidation pressures and starting to speed up the process. We shall see.