Schneider presents DCIM expertise

01 October 2013

Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management, displayed its expertise in data centre infrastructure management (DCIM) at the IDC Saudi Arabia CIO Summit 2013.

Organised under the patronage of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Saudi Arabia, the event ran from September 17 to 18 at the Intercontinental Jeddah. Themed "Seize the Moment: Transform, Innovate, and Collaborate," the event provided thought-provoking and actionable insights into the functioning of the CIOs in the Saudi market through a combination of presentations and case studies.

As platinum partners to the event, Schneider Electric extended its support to the summit with its representative speaker Syed Akhtar, sales director for software, MEA, highlighting the challenges involved in implementing DCIM. Akhtar additionally focused on the issues of waste elimination, increasing the quality of documentation and ensuring compliance, as well as the advantages of deploying DCIM.

Hesham ABO El Rejal, vice president, IT business, Schneider Electric Saudi Arabia, said the IDC CIO Summit provided an ideal platform to all the CIOs in the country to come together and brainstorm ideas and strategies for the collective development of the communications and information sector. As participants and partners for the third consecutive year, Schneider highlighted creative solutions such as the DCIM technology to help improve industry operations.

Schneider Electric showcased StruxureWare Data Centre Operation v7.2 launched earlier in 2013. It is the DCIM’s software that identifies under-utilised and comatose servers to enable the optimisation of IT equipment within the data centre. Updates to the operation platform include the addition of IT Power Control, powered by Intel Data Centre Manager (DCM), and the inclusion of the Cisco UCS Manager Plug-in.

StruxureWare Data Centre Operation v7.2 helps customers optimise the IT layer of the data centre by focusing on actual IT power consumption. The platform also provides an instant report on top power consumers, presenting data centre managers with a list of servers that are likely options for upgrades, load sharing or retirement. This is in addition to the report on under-utilised and non-utilised servers.

According to IDC, the Saudi IT market, largest in the Middle East, totalled $7.1 billion in 2012, and is expected to surpass $12.4 billion by 2016. Business growth-led IT infrastructure buildout, an increased focus on technology-led efficiencies and improving usage maturity continue to drive IT spending in the MEA region. The market is currently estimated to be $76 billion and is expected to surpass $105 billion by 2017.

The demand for cloud services in MEA continue to increase. The Saudi cloud market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 49.7 per cent and the UAE cloud market 43.7 per cent during 2012-2016.

Schneider Electric has displayed significant progress in Saudi Arabia with 33 per cent growth in workforce in 2012. The organisation is working to put into operation its new facilities. The company implemented its first intelligent transportation system, SmartMobility Road Suite, in Riyadh last year, helping achieve a reduction in accidents and travel time, as well as fuel consumption.

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