How converged networks support IoT and building management

Not all that long ago, systems used for different network-based services in buildings would employ a wide variety of protocols and cabling types, often from different manufacturers. Today, however, organisations are increasingly relying on converged infrastructure to consolidate systems, centralise IT resources and boost resource utilisation, and reduce costs.

Increasingly, integrated pools of computers, storage and networking resources are shared across multiple applications using policy-driven processes. By pre-integrating technology components, merging IT resources and automating IT processes, huge efficiency advantages and lower costs can be realised. IoT (Internet of Things) with built-in intelligence and increasing AI integration is rapidly changing Building Automation Systems, helping save energy, increase sustainability, reduce the chance of human error, and enable faster response times and easy customisation. Sensors ensure optimal use of heating, cooling, lighting and ventilation systems. With IoT, highly granular building data from previously separate systems can easily be collected and compared. Advanced analytics and reporting are making buildings more manageable, flexible and future-ready, whilst ensuring ongoing improvement.

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R&M launches new series of informative cabling blogs

R&M is starting a new series of blogs covering several cabling-related topics. As the role of networks changes due to the increased use of mobile devices, 5G, WiFi 6, Edge computing and new application, the role of structured cabling is also changing. Making smart, future-proof decisions has become more complicated than ever. R&M would like to share its long-standing experience and know-how and offer advice and support to anyone facing such decisions, or simply looking for information around a certain subject. The first series of blogs will cover the following topics: chemical resistance, last mile cabling deployment methods, rodent protection, cable shrinking behaviour.

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EcoDataCenter To Deploy World’s First Chassis-Level Immersion Liquid Cooling Solution from Iceotope, Schneider Electric and Avnet

Iceotope cooling technologies has announced in conjunction with partners Schneider Electric and Avnet, it is to deploy its chassis-level immersion liquid cooling technology at EcoDataCenter’s new colocation facility in Falun, Sweden. Once installed, EcoDataCenter, the world’s first climate positive data center, will become the first colocation service provider to offer chassis-level immersion cooling technology for customer’s hosted IT loads.

Developed by Iceotope, the chassis-level immersion cooling solution will enable 46kW per rack, with the core technology capable of scaling to future-proof power densities of 100kW plus. Liquid cooling can improve chip and hard drive reliability by providing a lower stable operating temperature, as well as increasing the available white space by eliminating the requirement for hot aisle/ cold aisle layouts. Importantly, the cooling arrangement enables high-grade heat to be captured for reuse in a local renewable energy scheme.

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Schneider Electric Introduces New Public API to Simplify Management at the Edge

Schneider Electric has announced that it has released a public API (application programming interface) for cloud-based software EcoStruxure IT Expert. The first public API for EcoStruxure IT Expert, it enables IT solution providers and end users to seamlessly integrate a power and critical infrastructure monitoring platform into any preferred management system.
With the introduction of EcoStruxure IT Expert API, Schneider Electric is helping to simplify management at the edge for IT solution providers and end users who are managing distributed IT infrastructure. EcoStruxure IT Expert API builds on the success of EcoStruxure IT Expert, the industry’s first hosted monitoring platform, which is vendor-agnostic and powered by artificial intelligence.

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Implementing and expanding LANs and Structured Cabling in Healthcare

New technologies are helping manage healthcare costs and boost effectiveness and efficiency. As more digital solutions are introduced, bandwidth demands will continue to soar. IoT is an important driver for this, along with innovations such as remote diagnostics and consulting and telemedicine.

More healthcare applications and devices are converging and migrating to IP-based Ethernet networks. These provide an integrated monitoring and control platform supporting data, WAP, VOIP, IPTV, security, video, communications servers, Picture Archiving and Communication Systems, and Hospital / Radiology Information Systems as well as other applications and devices, from ECGs to VPNs.

However, these innovations add very little value if the network can’t keep up with demand for (symmetrical) bandwidth, uptime and latency. In addition to increasing data volumes, healthcare facilities everywhere are facing challenges in the areas of limited budgets. That requires smart decisions.

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Opsview announces strategic partnership with multi-cloud experts UKCloud

Opsview, provider of unified insight into dynamic IT operations, has announced a new strategic partnership with UKCloud, a leading provider of sovereign and secure multi-cloud solutions to the UK public sector, health and defence sectors.
“We’re pleased to on-board UKCloud to the Opsview platform” said Mike Walton, CEO, Opsview. “Through an extensive technical evaluation period with UKCloud, Opsview has demonstrated our deep monitoring capability across their sovereign, secure, hybrid IT estate. We see great synergies in our companies and look forward to extending this partnership further in the coming months.

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Schneider Electric and EcoDataCenter Partner for Climate Positivity

Schneider Electric has partnered with EcoDataCenter to build an ultra-low-carbon-footprint data centre at the heart of their HPC colocation in Falun, Sweden. With the goal of being one of the most sustainable data centres in the Nordics, Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure Building Operation, Galaxy VX UPS with lithium-Ion, and MasterPact MTZ are just some of the solutions ensuring the colocation facility stays on-mission for climate positivity. Additionally, Schneider’s Connected Services Hub provides remote monitoring and 24/7 access to EcoDataCenter’s critical facility.

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Controlling Power and Gathering Data at the Cabinet is Essential

Performance, availability and efficiency in IT infrastructure often seem to be a contradiction in terms. Data centre availability crucially requires a secure power supply, which begins with the feed-in and distribution. Whether core, cloud or edge data centre – the current market drivers require three attributes from data centre infrastructures: to be smarter, more efficient and more secure.

In the expanding world of networked IT, it is estimated that by 2025 there will be up to 75 billion end devices (source: Statista), generating vast amounts of data. According to an IDC study, within five years the global data volume will be 175 Zettabytes (175 x 1021). Operators, managers and designers of data centres face enormous challenges when designing or modernising their IT infrastructure.

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How Covid-19 is affecting you?

Michel Riva, CEO, R&M tells us the measures that R&M have implemented to tackle the issues that the Covid-19 pandemic has created.

The novel Coronavirus that causes Covid-19 is affecting the world in many ways. Our societies and economies are facing unprecedented challenges. The structured cabling and network equipment industry is being directly hit by the fact that existing construction and redevelopment projects are reduced or remain on hold for the foreseeable future, and fewer new projects are being initiated. At the same time, production facilities are closing or slowing down production significantly.

AT R&M, we’ve introduced a number of taskforces to tackle the issues. Measures based on government guidelines were immediately introduced in all regions and are being updated constantly. Each country has its own specific regulations for dealing with the situation, so we’ve introduced a number of standard rules and guidelines that must be applied anywhere in the world. Local managers may make additional provisions, in line with the situation in their regions. Teams are monitoring developments on a daily basis and looking for new solutions, which are discussed and exchanged between countries.

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Schneider Electric Launches New Monitoring and Dispatch Services to Manage Distributed IT

Schneider Electric has announced the launch of Monitoring and Dispatch Services, enabling IT solution providers and end users to optimise resources, improve efficiency, and help prevent downtime by leveraging Schneider Electric to manage the operations of distributed IT infrastructure. By simplifying the management of edge computing sites, the new services are designed to make life easier for IT staff, ensure coverage at any unmanned sites and can provide significant savings over the lifecycle of the infrastructure. Services include remote monitoring, troubleshooting, and on-site, next-business-day remediation, including replacement parts.

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