The cabinets that make up the island are also equipped with a device for environmental detection, with sensors to keep the air inlet temperature and humidity values under control. Furthermore, all air conditioning units are equipped with a probe capable of detecting the presence of liquids to signal any flooding. The centralized management system chosen is StruxureWare Central with Capacity Manager and allows centralized management and supervision of all intelligent components of the infrastructure, from cooling to electrical distribution to the racks up to environmental detection. “All this allows us to control the hydraulic and electrical system components that were previously delegated to those in charge of the facility management of the building, on which we in the Information Systems had no visibility”, explains Panizza. “In the event of inefficiencies on the power supply systems on the lines, in the event of insufficient cooling or failure, the risk was to become aware of them too late, when the damage had already occurred or even a serious impairment of the service was already evident. Now, thanks to Schneider Electric, monitoring the availability of the infrastructure is our responsibility and allows us to be more proactive “.
It is a centralized control system that also includes reporting that allows the use of data about the consumption of the entire infrastructure for subsequent calculations on costs and benefits. “We have estimated an energy saving deriving from the greater efficiency of the new systems adopted equal to about 30%”, continues Panizza, “The performance metrics that can be detected in the new architecture, in addition to the active and passive monitoring probes, have made it possible to extend the level of control of the services provided in the Data Center, as well as concretizing the supervision of growth, both from a capacitive and cost management point of view “. But that is not all. “The rationalization of the plant component has brought benefits where there were dedicated lines, inherited from the old mainframe system. Now it is possible for us to carry out capacity planning and configure how much load to put on a single machine or on an entire cabinet. There is an increase in performance on the predictability of the Data Center, against the risk of performance drops and unavailability of services to which we were previously subject “.
All this has allowed Banca Popolare di Sondrio to achieve the objectives of system availability and security of the Data Center, which had been identified in the design phase. “With the redundant power and cooling solutions, produced by Schneider Electric and supplied by Lan & Wan Solutions, we have aligned ourselves with the guiding principles underlying the growth model we had envisaged for technological infrastructures,” Spagnolatti points out. “We have been able to standardize the availability model on higher levels than in the past, with significantly higher reliability guarantees of the plants that minimize the risks and the consequences of partial or total interruptions of the basic services covered by the solutions adopted”.
The opinion on the work of Lan & Wan Solutions is equally positive. “Our technological partner has demonstrated reliability and professionalism in all phases, including the delicate moment of migration from the old to the new infrastructure, which was carried out without any impact on the services that our center provides to the bank’s customers”, concludes Spagnolatti. “We have also already been able to verify the efficiency of their organizational machine also for after-sales services, in conjunction with ordinary or extraordinary maintenance interventions that have taken place in recent months”.