APC by Schneider Electric has developed a new product called PowerChute Business Edition 9.0, which is the first Uninterruptable Power Supply (UPS) software to provide energy reporting for IT equipment.
PowerChute Business Edition 9.0 moves beyond APC’s safe system shutdown and UPS management to help customers understand their power consumption with fact-based energy, cost, and CO2 emissions reporting on a per Smart-UPS basis.
PowerChute Business Edition 9.0 has the ability to calculate the cost of a Smart-UPS’ power draw in kWh using the appropriate local currency which provides an accurate depiction of how the energy use of protected equipment affects the bottom line. Bringing visibility to the cost and byproducts of their power consumption, PowerChute Business Edition enables customers to maximize the use of all of their Smart-UPS products and truly use their energy better.
“For the first time, our customers can see the energy being consumed, the cost of this energy and the CO2 being produced by equipment protected by our Smart-UPS,” said Dave Johnson, senior vice president, Home & Business Networks, APC. “Customers rely on APC to provide safe, dependable protection from downtime, data loss and hardware damage. PowerChute Business Edition 9.0 goes far beyond that by taking the guesswork out of energy management.”
By using new APC Smart-UPS with switched outlet groups and PowerChute Business Edition 9.0, users can configure the exact sequence by which equipment shuts down and restarts so that more critical servers stay online longer. Users can also power off less critical equipment under certain conditions to conserve runtime. This increased flexibility means greater availability for mission critical equipment. Tremendous opportunities also exist to reduce server running costs and CO2 output by taking simple steps such as powering down servers when they are not in use. Turning off unessential servers outside business hours using the scheduled shutdown and reboot capability in PowerChute Business Edition 9.0 could cover the cost of purchasing an APC Smart-UPS product in about two years.