IT vendor, APC, has released its StructureWare datacentre software suite as customers demand unified management software products for their datacentres.
The company is known for producing UPS and datacentre products.
StructureWare for Datacentres has been in the works for several years. It combines number of management platforms to give a ‘single pane of glass’ view for datacentre management, monitoring and operations.
Essentially, the suites bring together existing software which had been sold by APC separately into a single offering. These software products, which have now been re-branded, will still be available individually though the vendor is predicting a stronger take-up of the package deal.
“The traditional management strategy, particularly in the medium and large datacentre space has been to run as many as 3-5 management platforms in order to encompass the whole datacentre,” APC pacific sales director, Andrew Kirker, said. “With StructureWare brings them all together into a single pane of glass and is really playing into this whole convergence of IT and facilities trend.”
StructureWare comes in two components: The monitoring part is concerned with cooling and power management while the operational component is focused more on traditional IT functions along with asset, change, capacity and energy management.
The latter is particularly relevant to the datacentre industry now as datacentres are likely to be impacted as energy costs continue to rise in Australia along with the impending carbon tax.
Kirker expected this to boost take-up of StructureWare.
“There will be a huge take up as there is a massive amount of datacentres being built,” Kirker said. “I’ve been in this industry for 15 years and I’ve never seen so many being built which has boosted demand for more efficiency in management, monitoring and operations in the datacentre.”
Existing customers using individual APC datacentre management software will be able to upgrade and integrate systems together through StructureWare.
The software suite is available through channel partners but APC is keen to offer it to select number of resellers qualified through stringent requirements.
“StructureWare is not going to be a mass availability type of thing,” Kirker said. “We want partners that play in the datacentre space so we will focus on integrators in that area.”
APC will be interviewing new resellers and expect to see some interesting partnership as a result of the convergence of IT and facilities.