London startup IP House is a new entrant to the UK colocation market, having officially opened its Canary Wharf facility earlier this month. The company has selected EcoStruxure IT, the cloud-based data centre infrastructure management (DCIM) platform, to provide 24/7 monitoring of its ISO-accredited facility.
“During the planning stages we chose to utilise software from an industry-leading vendor. One that had a reputation for innovation and a focus on continual improvement,” said Vinny Vaghani, operations and commercial manager, IP House, “One of the biggest drivers for selecting EcoStruxure IT was its vendor-neutrality and ability to integrate with different products to provide detailed data in a single dashboard. As a colocation provider we [must] adhere to the highest standards of uptime and resiliency, monitoring and management is therefore an absolute necessity for our customers.”
IP House’s carrier-neutral data centre has been built to Tier III standards on the edge of London’s financial district. It contains 14,000 sq ft of white space across two technical suites and will be operational later this month. The facility also utilises key components from Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure for Data Centers architecture, including Power Distrubution (PDU), Switchgear, NetShelter Racks and Symmetra PX UPS.
“Our clients depend on both uptime and 24/7 connectivity to business-critical applications hosted within the data centre,” said IP House data centre manager Sean Hilliar. “Having the ability to proactively monitor all elements of the infrastructure with an advanced software solution like EcoStruxure IT will reassure customers that we’re providing them with a secure, competitive and resilient colocation service, that safeguards them against downtime.”
EcoStruxure IT is claimed to be the Industry’s first vendor-neutral datacentre management as a service (DMaaS) architecture, purpose-built for the hybrid IT and data centre environments. It provides global visibility from anywhere, at any time on any device and data-driven insights into critical IT assets, which helps customers mitigate risk and reduce downtime.
“The data collected by EcoStruxure IT is aggregated in the Schneider Electric Cloud and analysed to provide actionable, real-time recommendations, which optimise infrastructure performance and mitigate risk for end-users,” said Kim Povlsen, vice president & general manager, Digital Services & Data Center Software, Schneider Electric. “The software is supported by 24/7 remote monitoring through the Schneider Electric Service Bureau and can be connected to registered Elite Partners, such as UK-based Comtec Power, who are able to provide an additional layer of monitoring.”
Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure for Data Centers solution, which is comprised of three levels; connected products, edge control software, and cloud-based apps/analytics/services. Connected products refer to IoT-enabled hardware such as Symmetra UPS, which are connected to a management network so that they can be monitored and controlled by on-premise software, Cloud-based Web applications, analytics or services. Edge control refers to the software or systems (either on-premise or via the Cloud) that offer monitoring, alarming, and individual device controls and/or configuration for physical infrastructure equipment.
At the top of the EcoStruxure architecture are the “apps, analytics, & services”, which is where the value and promise of the EcoStruxure architecture is delivered. Cloud-based applications and “big data” analytics provide unprecedented insight to reduce risk, simplify operations and increase efficiency.
For more information about DMaaS or EcoStruxure IT platform follow this link to the company’s website.