Canara has announced that the company has officially rebranded from IntelliBatt to Canara to mark the launch of a next generation end-to-end suite of uninterruptible power supply (UPS) products and services aimed at datacenters and other applications aimed at operators with mission critical power infrastructure.

Canara’s new offerings build on the 20 years of battery monitoring systems and services that the company delivered first as Data Power Monitoring Corporation (DPMC) and later as IntelliBatt. Canara’s offerings now include end-to-end backup power systems and cloud-based monitoring solutions, all supported by a nationwide field services team. New products include branch circuit monitoring and a next generation version of Canara’s cloud-based monitoring portal designed to further improve datacenter visibility, economics, asset utilization and uptime.

“As a company whose reputation and business depend on our ability to keep our critical infrastructure up and running 100% of the time, Cologix views Canara as both a crucial supplier and a strategic partner,” said Grant van Rooyen, CEO of Cologix. “Canara’s innovation within the end-to-end power chain infrastructure is marketleading and we increasingly view their products as operational necessities to reliably deliver our services to our customers. We consider their predictive battery monitoring services to be crucial for any responsible data center operator and their new Branch Circuit Monitoring solution gives us cost effective, granular visibility into power utilization across our customer base, allowing us to better address customer power needs as their business grows. The result is the guaranteed uptime expected by Cologix customers, along with better utilization and management of the power assets in our datacenters.”

Canara’s two decades of expertise in providing predictive technologies and monitoring services helps datacenters extend the lifetime of UPS and battery assets, and ensure 100% uptime of mission critical power. The company has monitored more than 1.2 million batteries and amassed over 1.5 billion data points associated with power systems, power room environmentals, performance, management and failure modes. This unparalleled insight into datacenter power systems and large empirical database has allowed Canara to develop proprietary software and algorithms that serve as the underpinnings for its predictive analytics platform.  

“When I joined Canara almost a year ago, I saw the potential to fundamentally shift the conversation in mission critical power operations from battery monitoring to active power asset management through predictive analytics, branch circuit monitoring, cloud-based multi-facility management and other solutions,” said Tom Barton, CEO of Canara. “We’ve expanded the Canara value proposition immensely by helping our customers better utilize, manage and extend the lifetime of their power assets.”

New additions to the Canara solution set include:

  • Branch Circuit Monitoring—Available in a “Lite” or “Pro” series, Canara Branch Circuit Monitoring enhances visibility into the power infrastructure, enabling load-based cost allocation and improved capacity planning.  When combined with the Canara Monitoring Operations Center, this solution takes additional advantage of hosted monitoring services that ensure 24x7x365 management of circuit-level power usage.
  • Cloud-based Reporting, Monitoring and Management—Canara’s next generation cloud-based power infrastructure monitoring and management platform allows operators to quickly view site-specific, regional and executive reports. Our customers and our 7x24x365 monitoring operations center can securely access the monitoring portal from any Internet enabled device. Each report provides actionable intelligence based on a thorough analysis of data collected on UPS, batteries, power distribution, temperatures and more.   The new monitoring portal was designed in collaboration with Canara’s customer base and sets a new foundation to easily add additional elements of the power chain.  Big data now meets big power.

 “Efficient energy storage and reliable backup power supply are the keys to unlocking the economic potential of a number of markets beyond the datacenter, including grid power management, renewable energy, telecommunications infrastructure and transportation,” said Steve Cotton, founder and executive chairman of Canara. “The power of Canara’s monitoring and analytics platform is that it can be applied to just about any application where power systems performance is mission critical, to help deliver greater reliability and longer asset life.”  

The launch of the new brand and solution suite caps off a series of milestones achieved by Canara over the past 12 months. In July of 2012, the company appointed former Rackable Systems CEO Tom Barton as its new chief executive, adding a seasoned technology executive with experience in taking emerging-growth innovators to market leadership positions. Together with co-CEO Todd Ford, Barton helped Canara close a $22 million round of financing led by Columbia Capital, with participation from CBC Capital and private investors. The company has continued to gain market share in the UPS and battery monitoring market, with large customer and partner wins including Cologix, Digital Realty Trust, Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) and Savvis.

“A single blackout incident can cost millions of dollars in lost revenue to a datacenter operator,” said Sam Jaffe, senior research analyst at Navigant Research. “In many instances, these events are avoidable by deploying backup power system monitoring and management technologies that alert operators to underperforming or failing UPS components and allowing them to replace the assets before they become an issue. With the growth of cloud-based services and the proliferation of big data, we see the market for backup power management solutions growing over the next decade.”