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Emerson Network Power Expands Data Center Service
Posted Mon October 27, 2008 @03:41PM
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News Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson and the global leader in enabling Business-Critical Continuity™, today announced a number of changes to its infrastructure management and assessment services to improve data center modeling and management.

Specifically, Emerson Network Power is collaborating with Future Facilities to advance virtual prototyping of data centers and is integrating the company’s 6SigmaDC computational fluid dynamics (CFD) tools with the Aperture VISTA infrastructure management system.


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Emerson Network Power is also expanding the Liebert Data Center Assessment service globally.

“These developments support our strategy to aggressively develop more sophisticated tools and services to help global businesses manage the increasing complexity of their data center infrastructure,” said Fred Stack, vice president of marketing, Liebert Precision Cooling, Emerson Network Power. “The need for capital and operational cost analytical tools, and energy efficiency metrics for the power, cooling and space dimensions of facilities continues to grow in importance and Emerson Network Power is taking steps to address these needs.”

Through the agreement with Future Facilities, the two organizations will leverage Emerson Network Power’s data center experience and expertise together with Future Facilities’ technology in order to advance virtual data center prototyping. Virtual prototyping creates a single, holistic 3D view of the data center that can be used to simulate the environmental impact of equipment loads prior to installation to reduce risk and cost.

“Virtual prototyping is a required practice for the proper design of most mission-critical products from airplanes to medical MRI systems,” said Stack. “With the levels of equipment density and complexity being demanded in modern data center facilities, it is not only appropriate but almost compulsory to extend the same design paradigm from chip to enclosure, and to rack and room.”

The Future Facilities 6SigmaDC CFD tool will utilize customer-maintained asset management inventory files from the Aperture VISTA infrastructure management system, thus allowing easier CFD model updates. This integration enhances the ability to periodically resolve the CFD solution to determine the thermal implication of changes to the room.

“The increase in rack densities combined with the cost of energy has forced senior-level executives within the IT organization to address infrastructure management,” said Steve Yellen, vice president of marketing, Aperture, an Emerson Network Power business. “Our efforts with Future Facilities will improve the ability of IT professionals to economically verify the effectiveness of their cooling systems in an operational data center.”

Hassan Moezzi, CEO, Future Facilities said “the opportunity to manage data center inventory and cooling more effectively will not only ensure that IT equipment has adequate airflow to eliminate hotspots, it will also help the data center manager to operate mission critical facilities with greater energy efficiency. The combination of control and cost savings offered by Emerson Network Power and Future Facilities will help meet current needs to provide increased capacity and density to enable business growth.”

In addition, Emerson Network Power is introducing its Liebert Data Center Assessment Services in Europe, China, India and other key centers in Asia Pacific. The Liebert Data Center Assessment Service, originally launched in North America, combines electrical and mechanical assessments to identify and resolve vulnerabilities that threaten availability, increase data center efficiency and improve planning. This service is supported by Liebert Services, the industry’s largest global service organization.

For more information on infrastructure management technologies and services from Emerson Network Power, visit www.emersonnetworkpower.com. For more details regarding 6SigmaDC software suite and the Virtual Facility©, please visit www.futurefacilities.com.

About Future Facilities
Future Facilities (http://www.futurefacilities.com) is a leading provider of powerful design, optimization and management software for mission critical facilities and data centers. The company’s solutions are applied to ensure all capacity, efficiency and reliability criteria are met throughout all phases of the facility lifecycle.

About Emerson Network Power
Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson (NYSE:EMR), is the global leader in enabling Business-Critical Continuity™ from grid to chip for telecommunication networks, data centers, health care and industrial facilities. Emerson Network Power provides innovative solutions and expertise in areas including AC and DC power and precision cooling systems, embedded computing and power, integrated racks and enclosures, power switching and controls, monitoring, and connectivity. All solutions are supported globally by local Emerson Network Power service technicians. Learn more about Emerson Network Power products and services at www.emersonnetworkpower.com.

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