Honeywell launches solutions to optimise data centre performance


Honeywell has launched its Data Center Suite, a portfolio of outcome-based software solutions that is designed to help data centre managers and owners optimise uptime, worker productivity, critical asset health and operational expenses while providing better visibility into sustainability KPIs.

Data centres play an ever more critical role in keeping the global economy productive, while closer to home they support the conveniences of daily life – from working remotely to shopping online. By digitalising, aggregating and analysing disparate critical systems into a unified data lake, the analytics produced by the on-premise Honeywell Data Center Suite provides operators more holistic, actionable information to help boost efficiency and decrease costs. Based on the open architecture Niagara Framework, it combines data from both operational technology (OT) and information technology (IT) infrastructure, enhancing situational awareness at site level as well as global fleet level, and enabling condition-based maintenance to reduce downtime risk and operational expenses.

Given the exponentially increasing demand, data centre managers are often forced to do more with less, while at the same time being pressured to improve uptime, reduce costs and minimise energy consumption. User-friendly tools that automate processes can help reduce the chance for human error, which caused major outages over the last three years among 40 per cent of organisations surveyed by the Uptime Institute, often driven by ignored or inadequate procedures. It can also help improve a data centre’s overall efficiency.

The Honeywell Data Center Suite’s tools include a Data Center Manager that delivers situational site-level awareness of both OT (critical power and thermal assets) and critical IT assets, as well as insights into the site’s energy and carbon use; Portfolio View, which enables data centre owners to monitor global network operations holistically via an on-premise tool, and track critical sustainability KPIs such as power usage effectiveness, carbon usage effectiveness and water usage effectiveness, as well as energy consumption ; and Digitized Maintenance, a software-as-a-service solution that monitors data centre assets and detects early signs of anomalous intrinsic operations before it leads to potentially costly downtime.

“Demand for data storage, transfer and processing is insatiable worldwide, which makes it more challenging than ever to run and scale these facilities effectively from a design, build and operations perspective,” said Chris McLaughlin, vice president of offering management, Honeywell Building Technologies. “Honeywell is expanding its offerings in data centres to allow facility managers to derive actionable insights securely from their own data to help protect uptime, manage maintenance, reduce energy use and achieve scaling agility.”

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