Schneider Electric has announced InfraStruxure for Small IT, the first-ever industry offer enabling small-to-medium sized businesses to design and build their physical IT infrastructures around the power of a comprehensive offering, including both software and hardware. The InfraStruxure offer, which now provides comprehensive solutions ranging from small IT environments up to 2 MW data centers, had previously only been available to large enterprises. This new offer will speed the deployment, configuration and installation of IT infrastructures in small environments, such as a server room, network closet or non-dedicated space.

“The rapid adoption of new business technologies and the influx of increasingly challenging amounts of data have made intelligent IT operations critical to any size business – not just large corporations. But because the industry primarily uses a component approach, current offerings do not address the growing complexity of critical, small IT spaces,” said Dave Johnson, Senior Vice President, Home & Business Networks, Schneider Electric. “We’re excited to launch the first truly comprehensive solution to this problem by developing an integrated, simplified solution that consolidates vendors, reduces man-hours and enables remote device and environmental management.”

This customized solution will bring together the best components necessary to address the pain points today’s small businesses face, such as pressure on human and financial resources; the increasing amount of devices accessing and heavily straining corporate networks; and the lack of space to properly deploy small, smart IT environments.

Businesses will be able to design a tailored combination of UPS systems, server racks, cable management, physical security, PDUs, cooling technologies, management infrastructure and software to elevate efficiency, leverage virtualization and consolidation opportunities, reduce downtime, extend the life of equipment, and slash extraneous energy consumption, waste and emergency shut downs.

The simplicity of this highly scalable solution is found in the comprehensive design tools and solution guides, which educate and help VARs, ISVs, systems integrators and IT organizations smoothly deploy these installations and coordinate them to their respective spaces, technical challenges and growth needs - regardless of the level of IT experience and knowledge on staff. The guides detail specific recommendations to meet challenges, explain various features and benefits, as well as provide the business justification and reasoning for implementation. To help customize each solution, Schneider Electric has developed two, user-friendly design tools, including one to help channel partners configure solutions for customers, and another, publicly accessible web portal to help guide and educate customers on how to best solve their challenges which will be available in mid-May.

After installation, the integration of individual outlet control, energy reporting and other critical management functions into one central dashboard will allow IT managers and system engineers to achieve remote manageability, and in turn, tackle a plethora of chronic small IT management issues via remote monitoring and control of power systems, integrated environmental monitoring, proactive maintenance and alerts, and streamlined management of multiple devices and sites.