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Schneider snags Viridity to see how many watts servers suck

Schneider Electric filled in some boxes in its overall data center infrastructure management (DCIM) checklist with the acquisition of Viridity’s EnergyCenter technology.

The purpose of DCIM in general is to give data center operators and their customers a complete view of costs not only from IT but the facilities side of the shop as well: two camps that don’t always communicate well.

The EnergyCenter addition, announced Tuesday, will bring Schneider’s StruxureWare DCIM suite a fuller and more detailed picture of the energy cost and resource utilization of IT gear including routers, servers and switches. That is an area where Schneider had some gaps, acknowledged Soeren Brogaard Jensen, VP of enterprise software for Schneider.

“We did not have a deep understanding of power and networks before,” Jensen said, although Schneider had worked with big IT vendors including Cisco, (s CSCO) Microsoft (s MSFT) and VMware (s VMW) on this problem.  The EnergyCenter technology compliments this work, Jensen said.

EnergyCenter’s Genome database contains detailed profiles of more than 40,000 devices, according to Jensen. Its addition will bring a better understanding of resource utilization so customers can see which devices aren’t being used to their full capacity, he said.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

DCIM, an area where Schneider competes with companies like Emerson Network Power and Nlyte, is a field to watch as pressure mounts for data centers to get as energy-efficient as possible.