Reducing risk for data centre operation

Reducing risk for data centre operation

Data centre infrastructure management (DCIM) software from Stulz Digitronic has been written to monitor and optimise data centres, helps reduce operating expenditure and maximise performance.

CyberHub ECO.DC, has been launched to help data centre operators identify potential savings, optimise performance and minimise operational risk by safeguarding reliability. Data centres are becoming increasingly complex and the 3D software offers high levels of transparency and visibility, allowing operators to monitor and manage their assets efficiently, while maximising uptime.

The system enables 3D visualisation to assist with planning and optimisation of room layout, as well as mapping of temperature profiles – essential for effective thermal management, protection of critical IT infrastructure and enhancing energy efficiency. Fully understanding the effects of room layout on air flow, when making changes or during capacity expansion, for example, gives operators the confidence they need that cooling performance is assured.     

Other critical features include alarm management with integrated escalation management and individual status reports. Monitoring and managing critical equipment is vital for ensuring business continuity and a wide range of data can be collected via an easy-to-use operator interface – from air conditioning systems, temperature and pressure sensors, UPS systems and PDUs. Rapid access to crucial information enables operators to be responsive to events and avert potential problems before they become an issue – helping to avoid risk of outages, which can result in substantial financial loss and reputational damage.  

CyberHub ECO.DC simplifies the day-to-day tasks of data centre managers, facility managers and air conditioning specialists, it is claimed. It has therefore been designed to be user-friendly and intuitive. The software is said to be simple to implement and has a clearly set out interface. This means users can install and set up the system on their own in just a few hours. Help with implementation and planning is also available, if needed, from a specialist team of engineers from Stulz Digitronic Software.

The package is available in a fully autonomous local server (VM compatible) version, or as a globally available SaaS (Software as a Service) from the cloud. The online solution is hosted in Germany and therefore offers users the security that it conforms to strict data protection regulations. Communication between the base server and the customer interface is encrypted for additional protection. Moreover, the DCIM solution satisfies all the requirements for certification to DIN 50001.

The software has built-in compatibility with a range of protocols that are common in the data centre sector, as well as building management systems (BMS) – such as Modbus, M¬Bus and SNMP. Existing systems can be easily linked to CyberHub using an interface.

Ultimately, the new CyberHub ECO.DC software will provide users with a holistic view of their data centre's performance so that energy, equipment and floor space are used as efficiently as possible – crucial in managing operating expenditure (opex) and operational reliability.

Digitronic Software is a joint venture between Stulz and Digitronic Automationsanlagen, a company specialising in software development and control systems.