Cloud-enabled UPS for remote edge computing environments

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Schneider Electric has announced the availability of Smart-UPS with APC SmartConnect in the UK and Ireland. The solution is claimed by the company to be the first cloud-enabled uninterruptible power supply (UPS) for distributed IT environments and enables businesses, particularly small and medium sized businesses (SMBs) that have limited IT staff and resources, to proactively and effectively manage the health of their UPS systems.

UPS failures are undesirable, but on the most business-critical technology it could mean catastrophic business delays and profit loss. To compound the criticality, today’s IoT-enabled world means these devices are likely supporting onsite and remote edge computing environments that must provide the same level of availability and security as the largest and most mission critical data centres.

Available as a standard feature with select models in APC’s Smart-UPS portfolio of uninterruptible power supplies, SmartConnect leverages the Schneider Electric cloud-enabled EcoStruxure IT architecture to:

  • Gather and send data about the health and status of a customer’s UPS devices including battery replacement, warranty renewal and UPS performance notifications.
  • Provide a secure, cloud-based web portal where customers can view the status of their UPS, accessible from any internet-connected device.
  • Send customisable automatic notifications, firmware notification updates and advanced troubleshooting support through an easy-to-use remote monitoring interface.
  • Deploy right out of the box – no configuration required – making it easy for even non-technical users to install.

SmartConnect cloud-powered technology also enables managed service providers (MSPs) to expand their offerings to deliver remote UPS monitoring for clients. This provides MSPs with a greater opportunity to better serve their customers through value-added power infrastructure services while generating new revenue streams – all with minimal effort and no additional cost.

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