Honeywell Launches New Suite of Data Center Solutions
Honeywell announced the launch of its Data Center Suite, a portfolio of results-based software solutions that help data center managers and owners optimize uptime, worker productivity, critical asset health and operational expenses while providing better visibility on sustainability KPIs.
Data centers are playing an increasingly vital role in keeping the global economy productive, while closer to home they support the conveniences of daily life, from remote working to online shopping. line. By digitizing, consolidating and analyzing disparate critical systems into a unified data lake, the analytics produced by Honeywell Data Center Suite on-premises provide operators with more holistic and actionable insights to help increase efficiency and reduce costs.
Based on the Niagara Framework open architecture, it combines data from operational technology and information technology infrastructure, securely enhancing situational awareness at the site level as well as the fleet level worldwide, enabling condition-based maintenance to reduce downtime risks and operational expenses.
Given the exponential increase in demand – in April 2022, hyperscale operators planned to build 314 new facilities – data center managers are often forced to do more with less, while being pressured to improve availability, reduce costs and minimize energy consumption. User-friendly tools that automate processes can help reduce the risk of human error, which has caused major outages over the past three years among 40% of organizations surveyed by the Uptime Institute, often driven by ignored or inadequate procedures . It can also help improve the overall efficiency of a data center.
Honeywell Data Center Suite tools include Data Center Manager, which integrates site-level situational awareness of OT data (critical power and thermal assets) and critical IT assets into a vendor-neutral dashboard; Portfolio View, which enables data center owners to monitor global network operations holistically via an on-premises tool across a fleet of data centers and make data-driven decisions to better meet their availability and durability; and Honeywell Forge Digitized Maintenance, a software-as-a-service solution that monitors data center assets and detects early signs of abnormal intrinsic operations before they lead to potentially costly downtime.
“The demand for data storage, transfer and processing is insatiable worldwide, making it more difficult than ever to operate and scale these facilities efficiently from a design, construction and operations,” said Chris McLaughlin, vice president of offering management, Honeywell Building Technologies. .
“Honeywell is expanding its data center offerings to enable facility managers to securely derive actionable insights from their own data to protect uptime, manage maintenance, reduce energy consumption and to achieve scalable agility.”
Improve data center situational awareness, availability and operational efficiency
Data Center Manager enables proactive monitoring and management of critical infrastructure by aggregating OT and IT data – which previously had to be collected manually from disparate systems – into a single source. The solution helps operators diagnose alarms and root causes of issues, run workflows to triage situations, improve response times, and reduce the potential for human error.
Featuring an optimized user experience to minimize technician cognitive load, it proactively generates situation-specific recommendations to better preserve uptime and maintain SLA compliance. It also provides information on the site’s energy and carbon consumption.
Monitor availability and sustainability KPIs across a fleet of installations
Portfolio View integrates with Data Center Manager to allow users to securely monitor a global data center fleet. It allows easy navigation from a fleet-level view to individual sites, generating a KPI-based score for each site that shows metrics such as availability; critical sustainability KPIs such as energy use efficiency (PUE), carbon use efficiency (CUE) and water use efficiency (WUE); space and capacity utilization; and energy consumption. Portfolio View also generates logs and reports to keep the C Suite informed of fleet-wide performance and trends, as well as site-specific anomalies.
Increase predictability, reliability and lifespan of critical assets
Data centers require uninterrupted power and reliable cooling systems to avoid costly downtime. Honeywell Forge Digitized Maintenance introduces a condition-based maintenance strategy to detect early, intrinsic signs of critical asset issues before they lead to system downtime. It can help facility managers improve availability and resiliency, increase asset life, and reduce maintenance and energy costs.
Advanced outage detection analytics provides users with real-time actionable insights into asset performance, pre-outage alerts and benchmarks for zone temperature control, asset availability, energy consumption and service case performance. Additionally, cloud-based Honeywell Forge digitized maintenance can be coupled with remote building management to provide more outcome-based service level agreement performance.