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Viridity DCIM Adds to Schneider Offering

Dec. 23, 2011
Schneider Electric, Palatine, Ill., made a strategic addition to its data center management software offerings this week with a deal to buy the Viridity EnergyCenter 2.0 platform.

Schneider Electric, Palatine, Ill., made a strategic addition to its data center management software offerings this week with a deal to buy the Viridity EnergyCenter 2.0 platform. The software and its support team will be integrated into Schneider’s StruxureWare unit. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Viridity’s data center infrastructure management (DCIM) software provides a cross-functional solution for understanding the connection between physical infrastructure, IT equipment and the applications that run on them, Schneider said in a release. This news does not involve Viridity Energy, a smart-grid company unrelated to the data-center software provider.

Schneider Electric will acquire the intellectual property and software behind the Viridity EnergyCenter 2.0 platform to augment its StruxureWare for Data Center Operations DCIM suite.

StruxureWare for Data Center Operations, Schneider’s existing software suite for data center infrastructure management (DCIM) and data center facility management (DCFM), “is able to provide data gathering, monitoring, automation and planning and implementation functionalities to enable an integrated and multifaceted view of all the mission critical physical systems of the data center,” Schneider said.

The addition of Viridity’s EnergyCenter platform will allow it to create a more comprehensive view of overall data center energy use and efficiency. Among its features, EnergyCenter’s Genome database contains detailed profiles of more than 40,000 devices, allowing customers to see which devices aren’t being fully used.

“We are very pleased to welcome the Viridity team and their award-winning Energy Center 2.0 platform and look forward to incorporating this solution into Schneider Electric’s line of software solutions,” said Jim Simonelli, Schneider’s CTO, IT Business, in the release. “Our entrepreneurial cultures are extremely complementary and we expect immediate synergies in the development of Schneider Electric’s next generation DCIM software.”