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Nowadays, almost all business processes are IT-assisted. The retail, financial, tourism and entertainment sectors would be unimaginable without online services. Countless servers in ever-growing numbers of data centres make it possible for such applications to even function. So not only is the number of data centres growing, but also their level of utilisation. No wonder then that power consumption has increased tremendously over the last few years. Together, Rittal and Microsoft now want to make it easier for IT managers to save power.
Rittal, a leading global provider of energy-efficient IT infrastructure, together with software manufacturer Microsoft are now involved in a cooperation aimed at improving the amount of power saved in the data centre. This is the first time that the monitoring of the IT infrastructure from the server enclosure, cooling, power distribution and supply has been integrated with the monitoring of the server itself. The server load and climate control requirement can thus be coordinated flexibly with one another.
This is made possible by the interplay of RiZone - Rittal's new management software for the IT infrastructure - with Microsoft's System Center Operations Manager (SCOM). RiZone is being exhibited for the first time at CeBIT 2009. The software monitors and controls the cooling from chillers, computer room air-conditioning (CRAC) systems, liquid cooling packages and free cooling, power supply (UPS, power distribution, etc.), the energy consumption and other physical parameters such as temperature, access or security of a data centre. The Microsoft System Center Operations Manager monitors the performance of the server and also provides an event display and event evaluations. Rittal and Microsoft have now decided to create a management pack to facilitate the sharing of data between IT infrastructure and servers. Rittal and Microsoft are unveiling the software solution to the public at CeBIT. It will be available from the summer of 2009 as an extension of RiZone."With the integration of RiZone and the System Center Operations Manager in the data centre, customers can monitor the consumption of all their devices. We are also creating further added value for our customers," says Ralph Haupter, Chief Operating Officer at Microsoft. "Companies will be able to save power immediately, and we are helping them to deal even more efficiently with their resources."
"Now, RiZone in conjunction with the Microsoft System Center Operations Manager represents an all-embracing solution making it easier for the customer to save power. We are bringing the IT infrastructure and the server world together for the first time. This is a very big step for Rittal", added Helmut Binder, Rittal's Executive Vice President IT.
RiZone is the consistent development of the overall infrastructure solution from RimatriX5 server enclosure, power supply, climate control, surveillance and monitoring. Previous monitoring solutions from Rittal had been limited to the infrastructure components. Rittal's RiZone represents the first commercial software for monitoring data centres that has a significantly extended performance range.