Energy management firm Schneider Electric has announced the local availability of PowerChute Business Edition 9.1, which promises to deliver even more efficient power protection than its predecessor.
According to Arlene Nazareth, East Africa territory manager for IT Business at Schneider Electric, version 9.1 provides a new-based agent with enhanced shutdown capabilities and improved usability for the Next Generation APC Smart-UPS.
“Advanced shut down capabilities include turning off different outlet groups for different types of shut downs,” she explains.“Scheduled shut down flexibility enables users to protect critical servers while shutting down less critical equipment and saving energy.”
She adds that by performing a graceful, unattended operating system shut down in the event of an extended power outage, possible data corruption is prevented.
Besides allowing users to customise a schedule for both the shutdown and the reboot of connected equipment and UPSes,the upgraded version also allows users to configure select outlet groups to shut down and turn on in a pre-determined order (for UPSes with switched outlet groups),turn off select outlet groups in a pre-determined sequence to shed less critical equipment and conserve runtime (UPSes with switched outlet groups), and turn on/off, reboot or shut down select outlet groups to save dispatching technicians to remote locations (for UPSes with switched outlet groups).
A new set-up wizard guides users through the initial configuration while a shut down summary enhances visibility.
When it comes to battery management, version 9.1 now also offers users a predicted battery replacement date displayed in the PowerChute user interface as well as seamless ordering of replacement battery cartridges (linked directly online from PowerChute). Also, IPv6-only networks are now supported,
In addition, energy costs can be updated as they change to ensure more accurate energy cost reporting.
“Energy usage reporting is extremely beneficial as it provides a fact-based understanding of the energy usage of protected equipment and the cost of powering this equipment. CO2 emissions reporting also provides users with a tool to monitor the environmental impact of powering protected equipment,” says Nazareth.