Honeywell and Vertiv are joining forces to create more sustainable and efficient data center operations.
This will be the first joint effort to combine intelligent selection of energy resources with centralised visibility of operations and infrastructure to help reduce energy use.
Honeywell, a global leader in connected building, and Vertiv, a global provider of critical digital infrastructure and continuity solutions, will work together to create integrated solutions to optimise data center sustainability, resiliency and operational performance.
“Data centers face similar challenges as other buildings that have disparate systems that were not designed to work together, but they experience these challenges on a greater scale,” said Vimal Kapur, the President and CEO of Honeywell Building Technologies.
The partnership combines Honeywell’s building management systems and operational software, and safety and security products with Vertiv’s uninterruptible power supply, power distribution, thermal management and modular solutions to enable various data center operators to integrate multiple domains of data within a data center.
“We look forward to collaborating with Vertiv to offer integrated solutions that make it easier for data center operators to distill the mountains of data they pull from their equipment into actions that create more efficient and environmentally friendly operations,” added Mr. Kapur.
The companies will leverage building-operations data to drive optimisation of operations, reducing energy use and costs, whilst improving data center performance and sustainability.
Data centers help enable the online applications that people depend on for work, entertainment and communications, but they require significant power to move information around the world.
“There is need and opportunity for data centers to be more efficient, reliable and sustainable,” said Rob Johnson, the CEO of Vertiv.
Keeping businesses online is becoming increasingly critical, especially as many organisations have been forced to digitalise and enact remote working policies due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Business continuity is more critical than ever, with more people working, learning and connecting remotely, driving a simultaneous explosion in data and demand for new data centers,” added Mr. Johnson.
Honeywell and Vertiv will target operators of hyperscale, large enterprise, colocation and edge data centers.
Data centers in 2018 consumed approximately 1% of the world’s energy use. And while the industry has made great strides to reduce and offset energy demands, including increasing the utilisation of renewable energy, more work can be done toward a more sustainable and carbon-neutral future, according to Honeywell and Vertiv.
“Our collaboration with Honeywell will help us to collectively better serve our data center customers. Our offerings complement each other to provide greater value to data center operators,” concluded Mr. Johnson.
Honeywell and Vertiv’s first offering
Honeywell and Vertiv’s first focus will be on microgrid solutions for data centers to enable more efficient integration of alternative energy sources such as solar arrays, fuel cells and batteries, and to provide a scalable approach for operators to quickly enhance functionality and improve total cost of ownership.
This solution will take the form of an intelligent power management solution that features an energy resource management and supervisory control system in a single, integrated platform.
By combining energy storage, analytics, forecasting and economic optimisation, the solution is said to provide data centers with intelligent and autonomous selection of energy sources and grid services to operate a data center load and reduce energy costs while maintaining uptime requirements.
The solution could help data centers meet availability requirements, while optimising energy costs, meeting corporate sustainability goals and reducing overall carbon footprint. It may also allow operators to better manage sustainability targets and account for external risk factors such as weather and grid reliability.
With data centers using a large amount of power for thermal management, building systems and physical security, this can increase the risk of costly and detrimental downtime.
The new scalable and easy-to-implement intelligent power management solution from Honeywell and Vertiv is designed to enable remote monitoring and maintenance, reduce costs, eliminate redundancy and improve power usage effectiveness, for which data center operators strive to meet the ideal 1.0 PUE.