BUFFALO GROVE, Ill., and OAKLAND, Calif. — Siemens and Vigilent announced a reseller partnership in North America to jointly provide customers with a comprehensive and unique thermal optimization solution that addresses data center cooling challenges across the facility’s white space (i.e., usable space allocated for IT equipment) and chilled water plant. The joint effort is aimed at helping data center and IT managers address the cooling challenges caused by shifting IT loads, uneven server densities, and changes in facility configuration.
By leveraging Siemens’ Demand Flow solution and Vigilent’s Dynamic Cooling Management System, the companies said users can significantly reduce energy consumption and improve power usage effectiveness. As a stand-alone application, Siemens’ Demand Flow solution optimizes chilled water plants, reducing their energy consumption by up to 50 percent. Vigilent’s Dynamic Cooling Management System matches cooling to IT load at every critical spot in the white space, significantly reducing the energy consumption of cooling units. This decreases demand on chilled water plants, allowing the Demand Flow solution to further reduce energy. The joint solution ensures optimal efficiency at part load operation, leading to maximum energy savings.
“It’s really a 1+1=3 scenario. Increasing chilled water plant efficiency is one piece of the puzzle and improving cooling performance in the white space is the other,” said Douglas Ryan, head of the North America Center of Competence, Data Centers, Siemens’ Building Technologies Division. “Optimizing both aspects leads to even greater savings than each solution individually. By combining our Demand Flow solution’s strengths with Vigilent’s technology, we provide end-to-end thermal optimization that delivers the next generation of data center cooling technology.”
“As much as 40 percent of data center cooling capacity is underutilized because IT organizations haven’t had all the tools they need to fully understand and optimize cooling systems,” said Dave Hudson, chief executive officer of Vigilent. “Changes in IT load and facility configuration make cooling extremely challenging to manage. Together with Siemens, we can meet this challenge while providing an attractive and easy-to-measure ROI to our customers.”
Vigilent’s Dynamic Cooling Management System uses machine learning software, a wireless mesh network of sensors, and cooling unit controls to automatically match white space cooling to IT load in real time. The system is designed to deliver immediate and measurable improvements in thermal service level agreement attainment, energy use, and cooling capacity. Vigilent also provides prescriptive analytics that inform management decision-making around reliability, efficiency, and capacity.
Siemens offers a comprehensive portfolio of services and solutions that can be tailored to address customers’ data center needs in the areas of power, cooling, energy management, physical security, fire safety, IT, and facility management. Backed by the company’s global expertise, Siemens’ solutions are implemented and supported by local Siemens teams dedicated to keeping data centers up and running 24/7.
For more information about Vigilent, visit www.vigilent.com.
For more information about Siemens Building Technologies Division, visit www.usa.siemens.com/buildingtechnologies.
Publication date: 11/29/2016