DCIM: Decathlon rebranded Ability Data Center Automation and offers many new features

With the launch oft the industry-leading digital solutions offering, ABB Ability™, also the new version of ABB’s DCIM solution Decathlon has been upgraded and rebranded ABB Ability Data Center Automation.

DCIM tools allow drill-down to the most detailed levels available from the sensors, from major levels like UPS input, output and batteries, and cabinet power strips, to deeper insight such as individual outlets, or even power used from inside computing hardware.

This new release of ABB’s DCIM solution comes with  many new features for even higher customer value, with new reports, equipment types and engineering tools that make configuring and deploying the product even more streamlined than ever before.
Among the many new features, the auto-aggregation capability allows values to be automatically calculated (aggregated) across layers of physical or virtual equipment. This means that power, thermal, IT, financial or any other data can be automatically calculated even as changes are made to the underlying infrastructure. Energy consumption can be automatically summed up across the whitespace floor. Minimum and maximum temperatures can be automatically collected even as new sensors are added.
Also included in this release is an integration of Intel Data Center Manager (DCM) which provides IT asset monitoring and management capabilities. It provides the ability from within ABB’s Data Center Automation environment to access both the power consumption and thermal information of a server to directly manage efficiency of servers, racks and groups of servers in the data center.

ABB’s Ability is made up of 180 products and services that cover power monitoring and management for diverse industries including data centers, offshore systems and manufacturing industries. It now has cloud monitoring abilities, and improved integration functions betwen modules.

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Watch now: ABB’s PCS120 Medium Voltage UPS (Video)

ABB’s next generation of medium voltage UPS is intended for multi megawatt power protection. Based on the revolutionary ZISC architecture, the PCS120 MV UPS introduces a flexible solution for higher reliability and higher efficiency in critical power facilities.

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Digitalization leads to increasing demand for improving UPS energy efficiency

The critical power and cooling market is projected to reach USD 25.80 billion by 2021, growing at a CAGR of 8.88%, during the forecast period, according to a recent report by MarketsandMarkets.

A rise in digitalization and cloud computing leading to an increase in demand for data centers, an increasing demand for improving cooling efficiency in data centers, a need to reduce anomalies in power supply, and regulations and initiatives by institutes and associations are set to drive the market growth for critical power and cooling market across the world.

The generator segment is estimated to be the fastest growing as a result of the rising demand for data centers, industrial control systems, facility control systems, industrial networks and communication, control rooms, and critical loads in several industries.

On the other hand, data centers, servers, electronic and manufacturing units, and medical equipment, such as MRIs and other imaging equipment, require high levels of uninterrupted power supply. Especially in this segment the authors identify a rising demand for products that fulfill their safety needs and meet the demand for energy efficient operation as well.

As we have already reported, modular UPS systems can particularly benefit from this trend.

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Virtualisation makes data centers a growth hotspot for modular UPS systems

The accelerating shift toward digitisation, Internet of Things (IoT), software as a service (SaaS) and cloud computing is giving a huge boost to the adoption of uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems across different applications. With greater virtualisation, data centers have risen in importance and numbers, creating a vast market for UPS systems. The United States alone has more than 12 million servers in 3 million data centers. As loss of power could disrupt data centers’ globally connected data processors and result in significant losses, high-power UPS systems are enjoying enthusiastic uptake among these end users.

“While data centers propel the above-200 kVA UPS segment, the popularity of modular UPS systems has made the up-to-300 kVA systems the biggest growth segment,” said Frost & Sullivan Energy Research Manager Suba Arunkumar. “Modular UPS’ scalability makes it ideal for backup power in key industrial applications.”

This analysis is based on recent resarch by Frost & Sullivan, that discusses the demand for and usage patterns of UPS across wide power ranges, from below 1 kVA to above 500 kVA. According to the findings, more than 60 percent of the UPS demand is from North America and Asia-Pacific, with the United States, China and India being prominent markets.

The size and potential of the market has attracted numerous players offering small power-range UPS at fiercely competitive prices. This market fragmentation is slowing down the overall revenue and market growth, compelling UPS suppliers to innovate as well as implement expansion strategies.

“Developing countries including Malaysia, Indonesia, Venezuela, Brazil, Colombia, India and China are proving to be high-growth markets due to their power deficits, ageing transmission infrastructure, blackouts and brown-outs,” says Arunkumar. “Significantly, emerging economies adopt UPS of less than 20 kVA, whereas developed countries largely depend on the above-20 kVA range to combat low power quality issues in industrial, healthcare and data center applications.”

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ABB introduces PCS120 MV UPS for mega data centers

ABB’s next generation of medium voltage UPS is intended for multi megawatt power protection. Based on the revolutionary ZISC architecture, the PCS120 MV UPS introduces a flexible solution for higher reliability and higher efficiency in critical power facilities.

Why medium voltage?

The transition from low voltage (LV) to medium voltage (MV) level is a natural progression of power protection for large critical power facilities. The approach offers two main benefits. It increases reliability and reduces costs of the critical power facility build and operation.

Increased reliability is derived from the MV design approach with larger protected load blocks, lower switchgear count and the operating culture of medium voltage systems.

Installing the power protection at the MV level provides the most energy efficient configuration as the lower currents at this voltage result in smaller cables and lower losses.

A PCS120 MV UPS can be installed into the electrical supply to protect the complete supply to the data center or alternatively just server or mechanical loads. Installing the UPS protection at medium voltage provides the most energy efficient configuration and allows the possibility of installation outside the main data center building

What is ZISC?

ABB’s Impedance (Z) Isolated Static Converter ZISC is a revolutionary high performance, high efficiency power conditioning and uninterruptible power supply architecture. It provides protection from a broad spectrum of utility voltage events and supplies continuous clean power.

ZISC architecture is based on an isolating line reactor coupled with the high performance ABB power converters. This simple approach, backed up with advanced control, provides unmatched reliability and performance, with class leading efficiency.

Decoupled from the utility via the isolating line reactor, the power converters continuously condition and filter utility disturbances, such as harmonics and voltage imbalance, without cycling the energy storage. Load related events, such as downstream faults and other dynamic reactive current demands, are managed with ZISCs high overload capability.

The isolating line reactor and the coupling transformer are applied at medium voltage, whereas the power converters and energy storage are at low voltage, thus simplifying maintenance.

Combined with a wide range of the modern energy storage ABB’s ZISC provides autonomies from few seconds to many minutes.

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ABB expands its modular UPS product offering for data centers in North America

ABB has expanded the Conceptpower DPA 500 480V UL offering to include an optimized modular 300kW UPS solution for mid-sized and large data centers, server rooms and other IT infrastructure applications.

Building on the true online, double conversion UPS design of the Conceptpower DPA 500, this compact 300kW system allows for three 100kW module sets within each UPS cabinet, up to four cabinets can be configured in parallel for up to 1.2MW of clean reliable power, adding more flexibility to the specific needs of the installation. Easy to deploy UPS module sets can be added to the system as power requirements grow, thus avoiding the need to over specify the initial design configuration.

“Market trends validate the modular approach to data center design and construction, enabling the right-sizing of infrastructure and reducing the initial capital investment towards meeting future needs,” said Laura Ortiz, UPS Product Manager in ABB’s Power Protection product group. “Conceptpower DPA UPS systems enable data centers to add capacity only when needed, allowing companies to operate in smaller footprints, hence saving on both capital and operational expenses.”

The Conceptpower DPA 500 boasts the lowest total cost of ownership compared to other UPS systems by offering high energy efficiency, scalability and an optimized modular design to enable easy front access only serviceability. A class-leading energy efficiency, with up to 96.5 percent, significantly reduces system running costs and cooling expenses. More importantly, the efficiency is optimized and significant savings are achievable under every working condition. The straightforward nature of the Conceptpower DPA simplifies every step of the deployment process, from planning through installation and commissioning to full use. Flexible setup, with top or bottom cable entry frames and fast maintenance mean lower operating and maintenance costs.

The Conceptpower DPA 500 is part of ABB’s broad range of products and integrated solutions that ensure data centers operate with optimum reliability and efficiency. From power distribution systems to enterprise management and grid connections, ABB provides savings in installation, energy, space and maintenance.

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