Based on Intel Virtual Gateway technology, Schneider Electric has developed a Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) software solution that provides vKVM (virtual Keyboard Video Mouse) server access without the need for additional hardware. Data Center Operation: Server Access, as it’s called will be available as a part of StruxureWare for Data Centers from August 30, 2013.
In combining DCIM and software KVM technology, the new server access solution for StruxureWare Data Center Operation allows for managing, troubleshooting and controlling servers directly from the DCIM software, providing a comprehensive “single pane of glass” solution from the facility down to the server level, including a physical model for the location of servers, which enables identification of potential issues such as power or cooling impact.
Schneider Electric and Intel claim that by utilizing software KVM technology and eliminating the need for hardware, its server access solution could reduce technology costs by up to 50 percent.
‘Data Center Operation: Server Access’ provides:
Console access: Remotely control and manage IT devices through software KVM for lights out data centre management.
One-to-many device control: View, configure and control multiple vendors’ IT devices through one console for secure and easy server management.
Power cycling: Access servers remotely, whether they are turned on or off, for instant control and reboot.
Physical location: Provides visibility to exactly where servers are placed within the data centre for an accurate inventory and overview.
Software KVM: Reduce costs by eliminating the need for physical KVM switches in the data centre.
In- and out-of-band management: Reach affected devices by accessing the server operating system through a primary network or utilize a secondary business-critical network accessed through the base management card.
Multi-vendor device support: Provides support for multiple types of IT assets and hardware platforms.
OS access: Connect to the operating system via Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP), Secure Shell (SSH) and Virtual Network Computing (VNC).
Bridging Gap Between IT and Facilities
“Intel and Schneider Electric are bridging facilities and IT by offering vKVM and DCIM in one integrated product suite,” says Jennifer Koppy, research manager for IDC’s Datacenter Trends & Strategies team. “Virtualization and cloud computing disaggregate IT from physical systems and make adding new workloads as easy as deploying a virtual machine. The connection between facilities and IT – enabled by StruxureWare for Data Centers – is critical because these new workloads affect power, cooling and connectivity, and have an overall impact on efficiency and capacity.”
“By partnering with Intel to provide an integrated software KVM and DCIM approach for managing the data center, we’re continuing to bridge the gap between IT and facilities,” says Soeren Jensen, vice president of Enterprise Management and Software for Schneider Electric. “As the first DCIM vendor to offer software-only server access capabilities, we view Server Access as an important component to improving energy efficiency in data centers and facilities.”