ABB pilots automation solution for the next generation of data centres

ABB pilots automation solution for the next generation of data centres

With the rapid growth of data centres across the world come new challenges. To meet these challenges ABB is piloting a new ABB Ability Data Centre Automation offering with one of the fastest growing colocation data centre providers globally.

Optimisation of data centre performance, increased tenant retention, agile communications between operations and upper management, and reduced costs are just some of the benefits available to a leading colocation data centre provider as they pilot a world exclusive cloud solution from ABB.

With its unique holistic data centre approach, the solution provides a detailed insight into how multiple data centres and devices are performing. 

By bringing all the information into one place, it offers a composite and consolidated view of overall data centre performance both locally and globally which enables in-depth analysis and better strategic decisions.    

A strong differentiating factor of the new solution is the increased accessibility provided by the unique state-of-the-art dashboards that display the data in a clear and comprehensive way. The insights result in better operational management providing optimisation of operations and business.

“This is an exciting new ABB Ability Data Centre Automation solution and it is a world first. A leading colocation data centre provider in Singapore was the obvious choice with whom to work not just on the project pilot but also as a partner in development,” said Madhav Kalia, global business manager, Data Centre Automation at ABB.

“Their world vision and leading market position meant that they were able to offer a very valuable, constructive contribution, including helping us to define the minimum viable product (MVP) requirements."

One of the most important challenges faced by businesses today is how to mitigate the impact of data centres on the environment. 

ABB’s new solution enables power, cooling and environmental properties of data centres to be viewed and monitored enabling the identification of opportunities for improvement. 

The increased exposure of performance data to a wider audience including upper management, allows strategic operational decisions to be made based on accurate and up-to-date information.  

By enabling KPI and metrics to be benchmarked and monitored, the new solution also provides insights into how these are changing over time which enables the verification of effectiveness of performance improvements and optimisations allowing any issues to be resolved. 

Colocation data centres need to attract new tenants and retaining existing tenants. By allowing the asset allocation and performance of tenants to be evaluated, ABB’s new solution means that better Service Level Agreement management can be achieved which in turn lead to more competitive offerings and pricing for tenants.