EcoStruxure IT Expert API Enables Seamless Remote Monitoring and Management of Edge Computing Critical Infrastructure

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The IT landscape has transformed into a hybrid architecture with many geographically distributed edge computing sites. In fact, Grand View Research predicts that the global edge computing market will reach USD 43.4 billion by 2027. As organizations evolve through digital transformation, many will leverage automated, real-time applications, which will further increase their reliance on edge computing sites. Most organizations lack the capacity to manage them all, instead putting IT solution providers in charge of maintaining the sites on their behalf.

Managing thousands of locations remotely can get pretty complicated. Edge computing sites house a combination of compute, storage, and networking infrastructure that cannot necessarily be managed from a single console. Often, administrators have to swivel their chairs between screens to keep track of it all, which is far from ideal.

APC by Schneider Electric is on a mission to help facilitate seamless edge operations, continuously building new capabilities into its vendor-agnostic, cloud-based management platform for distributed IT infrastructure, EcoStruxure™ IT, developing “EcoStruxure-ready” devices, and collaborating with leading IT vendors to create pre-integrated, standardized EcoStruxure Micro Data Center solutions. To further simplify edge infrastructure management, APC took a big step forward with the release of EcoStruxure IT Expert API (application programming interface).

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IT solution providers can now leverage the public API to seamlessly integrate EcoStruxure IT Expert, a power and critical infrastructure monitoring solution, into their existing remote monitoring and management (RMM) systems for better visibility across IT systems. This includes monitoring capabilities for uninterruptible power supplies (UPSs) in edge environments, which act as a “backup to the backup,” preventing downtime when nothing else will. The power infrastructure is the one common thread across the entire IT environment, which is why it needs to be optimized through remote monitoring and management.

This integration drives differentiation and enriches IT solution providers value proposition with the ability to monitor power and critical infrastructure from the same RMM dashboard they use for applications and user devices. The added functionality simplifies management of distributed IT environments, improves visibility, and minimizes the possibility of unplanned downtime. Having fewer screens to navigate makes it less likely that you’ll miss an alarm or network irregularity.

New Remote Monitoring Functionality Improves Edge Computing Management

EcoStruxure IT Expert is designed for efficient management of critical infrastructure though real-time monitoring, assessment, instant fault notification, and data-driven recommendations powered by artificial intelligence. The platform is vendor-agnostic, giving providers the option of monitoring equipment from multiple vendors.

EcoStruxure IT Expert performs three primary functions:

  • Monitor environments and issue alarms for conditions such as high temperature, humidity, and UPS battery health.
  • Configure multiple infrastructure devices and keep firmware up-to-date.
  • Collect and analyze data, allowing administrators to review performance data in real time and use it for actionable insights.

Along with straightforward third-party integration, the EcoStruxure IT Expert API improves visibility into critical infrastructure from your main monitoring console, allowing you to capture a snapshot of current conditions to determine if any troubleshooting or administrative intervention is necessary.

EcoStruxure IT Expert API also improves reporting by letting you collect real-time measurement data as well as alarms and sensor readings to customize dashboards to your needs and those of your customers.

New Business Opportunity for IT Solution Providers

For IT solution providers that have yet to launch power and critical infrastructure monitoring practices, EcoStruxure IT Expert API makes it easier to add the service to your portfolio. The API creates a new business opportunity, enabling you to round out your service offerings with a complete, vendor-agnostic edge management solution that identifies and solves urgent problems for critical infrastructures.

IT solution providers can leverage the EcoStruxure IT Expert API through their own EcoStruxure IT Expert service subscriptions or through their customers. In settings where end customers own the subscriptions, you can obtain authorization from the customer to integrate it into your service offerings. Visit the EcoStruxure IT website to learn more.

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