Concurrent Thinking has a long heritage in the design and implementation of large-scale computing infrastructures and software for High Performance Computing. Our background provides us with a unique perspective on taking a holistic approach to system management and the design of scalable computing products that can meet the requirements of the next-generation data centre. Over recent years we have taken our platform in exciting new directions creating a DCIM solution that not only delivers a real and tangible ROI for the customer, it also has features normally associated with products that cost substantially more for far less capability.
Concurrent Thinking today released Version 6 of their data centre infrastructure management (DCIM) software suite, Concurrent COMMAND. As well as a new and improved look and feel that boasts simplicity and ease of use, the product has been further expanded to make monitoring and controlling data centres and IT assets even easier.
The wealth of information that can be gathered by Concurrent COMMAND’s scalable architecture, and its extensive compatibility with third party systems, means that data centre owners and colocation providers can quickly and easily access meaningful data in order to improve resiliency, increase operational efficiencies and reduce energy costs.
As of 1st July, 2014, the UK’s Climate Change Agreement (CCA) came into effect with increased importance placed on the use of a DCIM (Data Centre Infrastructure Management) solution to achieve effective monitoring of energy use and drive continual improvements in energy efficiency.
What is a Climate Change Agreement?
Climate Change Agreements offer discounts and, in some cases, complete exclusion from paying certain taxes, such as the Climate Change Levy (CCL) and the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC). The agreements define energy efficiency targets that are negotiated between government and energy intensive sectors.
The general concept of Climate Change Agreements has been running since 2001 and already covers about 50 sectors – it has been shown to deliver greater energy savings than conventional policy measures.
Climate Change Agreements accommodate growth by focusing on efficiency rather than net reductions in energy use. Sectors such as data centres are particularly well suited to this approach as they are not only energy intensive, but are fast growing and vulnerable to overseas competition.
New products can deliver first year energy savings of at least 20%, even in legacy data centres
Concurrent Thinking’s concurrentCOMMAND and concurrentCONTROL products offer a comprehensive, easy-to-use and fully scalable solution for optimising the performance of both the physical infrastructure of the data centre and the IT systems operating within it. They provide capabilities for monitoring and managing power at the distribution board, PDU and server level (including power capping); support for environmental sensors; out-of-band server health monitoring; and even OS deployment and performance monitoring.
The new products are designed for all sizes of data centres and are 100% vendor neutral, able to work alongside present-day server and power distribution configurations as well as offering the flexibility and scalability to meet future needs.