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New Schneider Electric Whitepaper Provides Guidance on Next-Generation DCIM for Edge Computing

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● Edge data centers are deployed in many locations that lack IT staff on-site 
● Resilience at the edge is crucial; management will often require partnership with expert service providers 
● Next-Generation Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) tools utilize cloud technologies, data analytics and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to deliver increased visibility 
 
 
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, December 30, 2019:    Schneider Electric, the leader in digital transformation of energy management and automation, has announced a new White Paper #281, “Essential Guidance on DCIM for Edge Computing Infrastructure”, available for immediate download at the Schneider Electric website.  The paper provides data center operators, channel partners and Managed Service Providers (MSPs) with best practices for the successful deployment of next-generation Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) software in edge computing environments. Using innovative technologies including AI and Machine Learning (ML), these platforms ensure that distributed IT equipment deployed in remote locations, which lack IT staff, are proactively monitored to drive resilience and uptime.
 
“Next-generation DCIM architectures, such as EcoStruxure IT™, utilize data analytics, open APIs and integration with other vendor applications to provide unprecedented insight into edge and micro data center environments,” said Kevin Brown, senior vice president of Innovation and CTO, Secure Power Division, Schneider Electric. “However, successful DCIM deployments also require organizational buy-in and ongoing cooperation between stakeholders. White Paper 281 emphasizes that to extract the full value of DCIM, it is essential that the right processes are in place and that they are adapted as technologies and operations evolve over time.”
 
DCIM enables greater collaboration and resiliency
 
Next-generation DCIM platforms are defined by five key attributes, which clearly differentiate them from legacy data center management systems.
 
 
1. Relies on cloud technologies for ease of implementation, scalability, analytics and maintenance
2. Connects to a data lake enabling insight & event prediction with AI
3. Utilizes mobile and web technologies and integrates with third party platforms 
4. Prioritizes simplicity and intuitive user experiences in its design
5. Serves as a compliance tool to identify and eliminate potential cyber security risks
 
Through adoption of next-generation DCIM architectures such as EcoStruxure™, today’s facility managers can ensure maintenance upgrades and service schedules perform at optimum levels. EcoStruxure also allows partners and service providers to more easily extend their visibility and manage multiple edge sites across a larger geographical area; delivering real-time alerts and updates that allow users to proactively mitigate unplanned downtime from anywhere, at any time and on any device. 
 
Operations & Maintenance (O&M) programs are essential
 
White Paper #281 also highlights the need for a carefully considered Operations and Maintenance (O&M) program, enabling the software to operate in close collaboration with other similarly structured O&Ms across the edge computing environment. This makes maintenance and management more simplified, allowing automated device firmware, bug fixes and security patches to update proactively, in real-time. 

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