Cloud-connected UPS for the IoT

Cloud-connected UPS for the IoT

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By Rich Pell

The Smart-UPS with APC SmartConnect system is a cloud-enabled UPS for distributed IT environments and enables businesses, particularly small and medium sized businesses that have limited IT staff and resources, to proactively and effectively manage the health of their UPS systems.

The increasing use of devices connected to the Internet of ThIngs (IoT) means on-site and remote edge computing equipment has to provide the same level of availability and security as the largest and most mission critical datacentres.

The SmartConnect systems use the Schneider Electric cloud-enabled EcoStruxure IT architecture to gather and send data about the health and status of UPS devices including battery replacement, warranty renewal and UPS performance notifications as well as provide a secure, cloud-based web portal where customers can view the status of their UPS, accessible from any internet-connected device. The software can send customisable automatic notifications, firmware notification updates and advanced troubleshooting support through an easy-to-use remote monitoring interface and can be deployed right out of the box with no configuration required.

This also allows managed service providers (MSPs) to expand their offerings to deliver remote UPS monitoring for business customers. This provides MSPs with a greater opportunity to better serve their customers through value-added power infrastructure services while generating new revenue streams. 

MSPs can easily integrate SmartConnect with leading remote monitoring and management (RMM) solutions such as ConnectWise Automate and Kaseya, or via a mobile ready web portal, so they can manage customer portfolios from a single platform. No coding, Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) traps, or software agents are required, meaning MSPs can quickly deploy their services and begin generating revenue.

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