APC has announced the availability of its new Capacity Manager and Change Manager software applications. With the launch of these data centre management software tools, APC integrates the three essential elements of data centre design, operations and management in one platform in order to optimise both efficiency and effectiveness in the physical layer.

Capacity Manager aligns the capabilities of the physical infrastructure with the changing data centre requirements in real time, tracking the optimal installation location for new or existing equipment based on that equipment’s electrical load and thermal profile.
Change Manager enables rapid and accurate physical infrastructure changes including installing, moving and decommissioning of IT equipment without unexpected issues or surprises.
“With the current trend of higher power densities, blade servers, virtualisation and increasing energy costs the dynamic data centre environment will benefit from intelligent software tools to make optimum use of existing physical infrastructure,” says John DiPippo, senior vice-president: Management Systems and Software at APC-MGE.
“With the InfraStruXure Central monitoring platform and these two new software modules, APC pioneers the use of real-time data and intelligent software
modeling. Using Capacity Manager and Change Manager, facility and IT professionals now can manage frequent physical equipment changes in the data centre, as well as determine the effect planned changes and growth will have using ‘what if’ type scenarios.”
Through InfraStruXure Central, Capacity Manager measures real-time data on power and APC’s InRow cooling solutions utilization, and computes the impact of proposed changes through design analysis of various scenario models. Intelligently integrating information about physical infrastructure capabilities, actual rack-based power and space consumption as well as server redundancy and availability needs, ensures the most efficient use of the existing physical layer.
“Capacity Manager analyses measured average and peak power consumption to recommend an optimum location,” adds DiPippo.  “Features such as the graphical power gauge and capacity plan enable informed decision making to reduce unplanned downtime often caused by overloading the physical infrastructure and allow knowledgeable planning of data centre expansions. Various graphical views also provide an easy to use and accurate representation of a customer’s computer room floor and rack layout.”
Change Manager combines a physical asset management tool to track the location of equipment with a work order process tool to ensure timely deployment of new equipment changes. Additionally, a mobile device version of Change Manager combines information on data centre layout with the accuracy of barcode scanning to ensure work orders are easy to execute accurately. The ability to track new IT devices from arrival on site using a virtual store room is just one example of the best practices incorporated into both products.
For data centre managers who choose both Capacity Manager and Change Manager the combination of identifying the optimum location and automatically generating work orders tasks ensures fast and accurate planning and deployment of rack equipment.
APC also offers optional software consulting professional services to enable rapid deployment should enterprise customers wish to integrate these new software solutions with existing applications.