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Honeywell and Vertiv partner for data centre solutions

Data centres 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. Honeywell and Vertiv have announced a collaboration to create more sustainable and efficient data centre operations.

Honeywell, a global leader in connected buildings, and Vertiv, a global provider of critical digital infrastructure and continuity solutions, will work together to create integrated solutions to optimise data centre sustainability, resiliency and operational performance. These solutions are expected to be available in 2020.  

The partnership builds on Honeywell’s building management systems (BMS), operational software, and safety and security products along with Vertiv’s uninterruptible power supply (UPS), power distribution, thermal management, infrastructure monitoring and modular solutions to enable operators of hyperscale, large enterprise, co-location and edge data centres to integrate multiple domains of data within a data centre. The companies will leverage building-operations data to drive optimisation of operations, reducing energy use and costs while improving data centre performance and sustainability. 

“Data centres 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, president and chief executive, Honeywell Building Technologies. “We look forward to collaborating with Vertiv to offer integrated solutions that make it easier for data centre operators to distil the mountains of data they pull from their equipment into actions that create more efficient and environmentally friendly operations.”

“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 centres. There is need and opportunity for data centres to be more efficient, reliable and sustainable,” said Rob Johnson, chief executive, Vertiv. “Our collaboration with Honeywell will help us to collectively better serve our data centre customers. Our offerings complement each other to provide greater value to data centre operators.” 

The companies’ initial focus will be on micro-grid solutions for data centres 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. 

The first offering from the collaboration will be an intelligent power management solution that features an energy resource management and supervisory control system in a single, integrated platform. Combining energy storage, analytics, forecasting and economic optimisation, the solution will provide data centres with intelligent and autonomous selection of energy sources and grid services to operate a data centre load and reduce energy costs while maintaining uptime requirements. The solution can help data centres meet availability requirements while optimising energy costs, meeting corporate sustainability goals and reducing overall carbon footprint. It will also allow operators to better manage sustainability targets and account for external risk factors such as weather and grid reliability. 

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