Honeywell (NYSE: HON), a global leader in connected buildings, and Vertiv (NYSE: VRT), a global provider of critical digital infrastructure and continuity solutions, will work together to create integrated solutions to optimize data centre sustainability, resiliency and operational performance. These solutions are expected to be available in 2020.
The partnership builds on Honeywell’s industry-leading 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 optimization of operations, reducing energy use and costs while improving data center 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 CEO, 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 are need and opportunity for data centres to be more efficient, reliable and sustainable,” said Rob Johnson, CEO, 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.”
Collaboration Improves Power Management for Uptime, Efficiency and Sustainability
Data centres in 2018 consumed approximately 1% of the world’s energy use. While the industry has made great strides to reduce and offset energy demands, including increasing the utilization of renewable energy, more work can be done toward a more sustainable and carbon-neutral future.
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 optimization, the solution will provide data centres with the 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 optimizing energy costs, meeting corporate sustainability goals and reducing the 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.
Resilient Operations Backed by Trusted Brands
A large amount of power used for thermal management, building systems and physical security within a data centre can increase the risk for downtime. The new scalable and easy-to-implement intelligent power management solution from Honeywell and Vertiv is designed to enable remote monitoring and maintenance, reduce costs, eliminate redundancy and improve power usage effectiveness (PUE).
Combined, the companies sell industry-leading product brands that provide best-in-class differentiated support to data centres, including Honeywell’s advanced detection business featuring the VESDA brand of advanced smoke detection technology; Honeywell Forge enterprise performance management platform including Honeywell Forge Energy Optimization; Enterprise Buildings Integrator (EBI) and the Niagara Framework; and the Vertiv™ Liebert® power and thermal management solutions, Vertiv™ Avocent™ monitoring and IT management solutions, and Vertiv™ Geist™ power distribution solutions.