ABB and FNT collaborate on best-in-class DCIM products, creating an integrated facility and IT operations solution

2016-12-02 - ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, today announced a new business alliance with FNT, a leading provider of integrated software solutions for IT management, data center infrastructure management and telecommunication infrastructure management worldwide.

Signing the contract for future collaboration: Gregor Kilian, Head of the Global Product Group Partners & Projects at ABB and Nikolaus Albrecht, CEO of FNT

Decathlon for Data Centers, based on the ABB System 800xA process control platform, is ABB’s industrial data center solution for monitoring, managing and controlling enterprise, co-location and cloud data centers. It collects data from IT, power, cooling and building systems, and its open environment integrates data center toolsets faster, including uploading assets into tracking tools. Decathlon provides the visibility, decision support and automation technologies on an open platform supporting secure, bi-directional communications with mechanical, electrical and IT systems. Data is routed through the system in real-time to application modules that enable the user to comprehensively manage and optimize the 3 Cs: cost, capacity and control.

With FNT’s 2D and 3D white space floor planning tool FNT Command, the visualization of the inventory and operations at enterprise-, facility-, data hall-, rack-, and system-levels can be easily done in order to identify white space utilization (WSU) and rack space utilization (RSU) to track improvements.

The integration of these two DCIM (Data Center Infrastructure Management) products - ABB Decathlon for Data Centers and FNT Command - creates one comprehensive data center management solution. Customers can now reduce time spent locating assets and enable their IT and facilities staff to collaborate to the highest degree possible. The shared data set supports capacity planning and improves space utilization to defer CAPEX (capital expenditures). Having the systems pre-integrated means that customers can deploy the combined solution with minimal effort, making them more productive more quickly. Additionally, FNT’s workflow tools to support moves-adds-changes functionality for more efficient data center operations complement ABB’s secure real-time power and environmental monitoring and alarming, ensuring up-to-the-second data is always in the hands of those who need it.

“Our customers will benefit from the joint, integrated solutions which pave the way to the industrial data center of the future,” says Nikolaus Albrecht, CEO of FNT. “FNT and ABB are leaders in their sectors. We are looking forward to working together with ABB on joint projects and to developing new ideas. Driven by the innovative strength and global footprint of our two companies, we are well positioned to boost innovation and success for our customers around the globe.”

"FNT software combined with ABB Decathlon for Data Centers will give our customers an advanced, seamless DCIM solution for their data center management, providing them a comprehensive view of their data center operations and enabling them to boost their agility and productivity." said Ilpo Ruohonen, Managing Director of ABB's Control Technologies business unit. "This offering strengthens our portfolio for this rapidly growing industry segment."

With this cooperation, customers can rely on ABB’s extensive experience and technology leadership in power and automation technologies combined with the innovative solutions of the owner-run company FNT.

About ABB Decathlon for Data Centers
ABB Decathlon for Data Centers (www.abb.com/decathlon-datacenters), built on an open platform design, provides the tools to manage power, cooling and IT systems for maximum reliability, energy efficiency and optimal utilization of all data center assets. It is part of ABB’s broad portfolio of integrated solutions, products and services, from power supply and distribution systems to enterprise management and grid connections.

About FNT Command
FNT Command is the centralized management and optimization solution for data centers. From building infrastructure (power, cooling, floorspace, etc.) and IT components (servers, storage, and network) down to the services (software, applications, services, and virtualization), FNT’s integrated DCIM products allow a comprehensive view of all resources and provide transparency for the many complex MAC (move, add, change) processes. This end-to-end view enables data center managers to accelerate day-to-day business processes and achieve greater operational reliability.

About FNT Software
FNT is a leading provider of integrated software solutions for IT management, data center infrastructure management and telecommunication infrastructure management worldwide. With headquarters in Ellwangen / Germany, FNT's innovative software suite FNT Command is used worldwide as an OSS / IT management application for communications service providers, enterprises and governmental organizations by more than 25,000 users since 1994. FNT’s customer base includes more than 500 customers, including a wide range of well-known organizations working in various sectors such as the automotive industry, banks, insurers, chemicals, energy management, airports, clinics, media, industry, telecommunications and IT service providers, as well as public institutions. FNT operates internationally and has subsidiaries in New York, Singapore, Dubai, Zurich, and Moscow. Visit www.fntsoftware.com for more information.

About ABB
ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a pioneering technology leader in electrification products, robotics and motion, industrial automation and power grids, serving customers in utilities, industry and transport & infrastructure globally. Continuing more than a 125-year history of innovation, ABB today is writing the future of industrial digitalization and driving the Energy and Fourth Industrial Revolutions. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 135,000 employees. www.abb.com

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