Schneider Electric has introduced what is thought to be the first and only cloud-enabled uninterruptible power supply (UPS) for distributed IT environments, DCR can reveal.
Launched this week, the APC SmartConnect solution will enable businesses, particularly small and medium sized businesses that have limited IT staff and resources, proactively and effectively to manage the health of their UPS systems.
A Schneider Electric communique warned that UPS battery failure on any piece of equipment is undesirable in any circumstance but in the case of the most business-critical technology, it could mean catastrophic business delays and profit loss. To compound the criticality, today’s IoT-enabled world means these devices are likely supporting onsite and remote edge environments that must function at the same level of availability and security as the largest and most mission critical data centres.
Available as a standard feature with select models in APC’s industry-leading Smart-UPS portfolio of solutions, SmartConnect delivers the power reliability, security and certainty that SMBs need to stay connected to the technology and information that powers their business.
SmartConnect relies on the Schneider Electric cloud-enabled EcoStruxure IT architecture to gather and send data about the health and status of a customer’s UPS devices including battery replacement, warranty renewal and UPS performance notifications and provide a secure, cloud-based web portal where customers can view the status of their UPS, accessible from any internet-connected device.
The system will also send customisable automatic notifications, firmware notification updates and advanced troubleshooting support through an easy-to-use remote monitoring interface.
The company believes that its APC SmartConnect can be deployed ‘right out of the box’ so no configuration is required, making it easy for even non-technical users to install.