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ABB partners with Ericsson to optimise cloud data centre management

A new collaboration between leading power and automation technology
group ABB and Ericsson, a global leader in mobile telecommunications, will provide
an end-to-end automation platform that optimises physical and virtual resources
for data centres and cloud operators.

By aligning the Ericsson Cloud System with ABB’s Decathlon data centre
infrastructure management (DCIM) system, customers of Ericsson’s cloud services
will gain industrial-grade controls and tools to manage and automate a flexible
array of power, cooling and IT systems.

According to Peter Terwiesch, President of ABB’s Process Automation
division, the maturing data centre market is increasingly seeing a growing
demand from owners and operators for the same control and automation
capabilities available to other complex, mission-critical environments.

Operators of data centres are seeking new operational efficiencies in a
highly competitive market as the management of data centres, their IT systems
and facilities increasingly converge into a more holistic operation.

ABB’s alliance with Ericsson extends the automation of physical,
mechanical and electrical infrastructure right to the heart of IT workload
management by providing the technology for data centre and cloud operators to
optimise IT workloads, saving operating costs while improving reliability and
the performance of their data centres.

The ABB-Ericsson alliance will help data centre operators achieve operational
efficiencies by reducing the need for capital expenditure; enabling more rapid
time-to-deployment of infrastructure resources; and lowering energy and
maintenance costs through better infrastructure management. The new platform
will be standardised and designed for ease of use, efficiency and

Anders Lindblad, Head of Business Unit Cloud and IP, Ericsson explained
that ABB was selected as their partner because the Decathlon data centre system
was the only DCIM solution that could provide a holistic, real-time visibility
and control from service processor to power grid as well as enable the dynamic
automation of data centre physical resources.

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