For a long time, energy consumption in data centres went unquestioned. Those days are gone. Energy demand here is rising steadily. Yet a potential for savings exists. One lever is the OT (Operational Technology) of a data centre. The optimised management of the OT layer and monitoring of the physical systems is now possible with the new RiZone OTM Suite from Rittal. This solution targets availability, security and optimised energy consumption in the data centre.
Energy demand in the data centre is increasing rapidly and represents a huge cost factor for operators, especially in times of high energy prices. Influencing factors include digitalisation and thus a growth in data traffic, as well as greater use of the cloud. Data centres are also providing more and more power to enable data to be processed faster and more efficiently.
With the RiZone OTM Suite, system provider Rittal is offering a solution that, among other things, aims to reduce energy requirements while ensuring higher availability and security for the OT layer in the data centre. The new RiZone OTM Suite now makes possible the optimised management of the OT layer and monitoring of such physical systems as the rack, power and cooling.
The RiZone OTM Suite enables energy monitoring and thus contributes to increasing the energy efficiency. “Only when there is precise knowledge of consumption can it be optimised and downstream energy management per-formed. With the RiZone OTM Suite, we are boosting transparency by recording and measuring energy data. This data can then be evaluated and analysed in detail. For example, load peaks become visible and suitable energy-saving measures can be initiated. This not only benefits data centre operators, but also the carbon footprint,” says Thorsten Weller, Business Owner Management Software at Rittal.
Future-proof microservice architecture
The RiZone OTM Suite includes multiple modules tailored to the specific needs of data centres, such as OT Device Monitoring, Power Management and Dynamic Cooling Optimisation. Rack-level access management ensures secure operation and auditability for physical data protection.
The RiZone OTM Suite is based on German Edge Cloud’s ONCITE DPS technology.This means it can be easily integrated into existing environments and scaled horizon-tally as needed, thanks to the flexible microservices architecture and APIs (Application Programming Interface). This gives it a high degree of flexibility, putting it well ahead of solutions from competitors who rely on rigid monolithic software architecture.
At Booth E06 in Hall 11 at the Hanover Fair, Rittal will be showing the RiZone OTM Suite in live operation, managing data centre operating technology at Rittal’s Haiger plant.