Schneider Electric expands data centre infrastructure offerings
Schneider Electric has continued to roll out EcoStruxure IT Expert, a cloud-based Data Centre Infrastructure Management solution (DCIM), and introduced its expanded power portfolio and TIER-Ready designs for the data centre industry.
Firstly, the company has released EcoStruxure IT Expert in Australia, which allows secure, vendor-agnostic, wherever-you-go monitoring and visibility of all IoT-enabled physical infrastructure assets.
It operates with all IoT-enabled physical infrastructure assets like secure power and cooling, and addresses the need to simplify how data centres, distributed IT and local edge environments are managed. Providing proactive recommendations and consolidated performance and alarming data, Schneider said IT Expert can reduce alarm noise and improve overall site resiliency.
“EcoStruxure IT Expert harnesses the data generated from any environment — from distributed IT to the data centre — and uses it to deliver intelligent benchmarking and increased visibility to all of your connected devices,” said Andrew Sylvester, Director of Software at Schneider Electric. “In our increasingly cloud-based world, IT Expert delivers a remote monitoring service empowered with real-time data and proactive recommendations to repair and improve system availability.”
Schneider Electric also announced its expanded portfolio of EcoStruxure Ready prefabricated modular power solutions and Uptime Institute TIER-Ready reviewed reference designs. This addresses the demand for a faster and easier way to deploy power, shortens certification time and reduce costs, and offers a broad portfolio of prefabricated power, cooling and IT designs for the industry.
The company stated the TIER-Ready reviewed designs are available as a 90 kW Tier II all-in-one module and a 500 kW Tier III multimodule solution for 400 V regions. Each reference design includes technical documentation, schematics, layouts and equipment all reviewed and approved by Uptime Institute.
“Prefabricated and modular data centres are on a growth trajectory as organisations strive to bring business services closer to their constituents. These services must be delivered with the same level of mission-critical performance seen in larger data centres, but at a dramatically smaller scale which can be deployed in a fraction of the time, all without incurring the traditional risk associated with remote infrastructures. The TIER-Ready design review program dramatically simplifies and speeds up the Tier certification process, while reducing costs by as much as 50% to the end user,” said Phil Collerton, Chief Revenue Officer at Uptime Institute.
The expanded range of prefabricated power modules and skids is capable of up to 1.25 MW in 400 V regions, and will address power needs of large co-locations and data centre markets. The customisable designs feature high-efficiency Galaxy VX UPS with Li-ion battery options, Prisma LV switchboards and are all EcoStruxure Ready.
“Cloud and service providers, as well as our Enterprise customers, are increasingly seeking modular construction methods to improve speed of deployment, standardisation and simplicity, while enabling more predictable and dependable data centre operations,” said Andrew Bradner, Vice President, Prefabricated Modular Data Centres at Schneider Electric. “With our expanded power portfolio and the release of the TIER-Ready reviewed designs, we continue to reduce deployment times and simplify the way data centres are designed.”
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