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March 15, 2017

Schneider Electric targets IoT and edge apps with micro data centre

Schneider Electric develops the micro data centre with IoT, edge & cooling products.

By Hannah Williams

Schneider Electric has introduced its Micro Data Centre (DC) Xpress line of connected products, for what it is calling a faster, easier and more effective way to build and deploy micro data centres at the network edge.

Micro DC Xpress is available in 24U and 42U, as well as customisable configurations, which have been testes in the company’s factories to ensure reliability.

Also using Schneider Electric’s Data Centre Infrastructure Management (DCIM) software suite, StruxureWare for Data Centres, is built on its EcoStruxure integrated architecture platform. The service can be integrated into a customer’s larger IT-asset monitoring system or a managed service provider’s RMM and remotely managed via the cloud for maximum uptime and connectivity.

micro data centreChris Hanley, SVP, Data Centre Systems, Schneider Electric said: “In our digitally-connected world, businesses and consumers have a low threshold for interruptions to service.

“Edge computing solves real-time data transmission issues by bringing bandwidth-intensive content and latency-sensitive applications close to the users or data sources to ensure reliable connectivity.”

Read more: HPE, Schneider Electric deliver on micro data centre partnership

It is designed to enable customers to pre-install IT equipment before shipment, and comes with complete data centre physical infrastructure and management software in a single self-contained and secure enclosure.

In addition to this, Schneider Electric also delivered its new Ecoflair Indirect Air Economizer cooling solution, a new system that is able to reduce operating costs by over 60 percent.

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The new system uses a proprietary polymer heat exchanger technology, which provides a cost-effective and highly energy efficient approach to data centre cooling.

Ecoflair is available in 250kW and 500kW modules and is designed to offer flexible and greater customisation, based on the cooling requirement and local condition, simplified installation and associated expenses. This also includes increased serviceability together with lowered maintenance costs.

The rate of the reduced costs enables a greater proportion of data centre energy to be available for powering IT equipment and improving facility Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE).

By being able to reduce cooling costs by a large amount compared with legacy systems based on chilled water or refrigerant technologies, the overall efficiency of Ecoflair has been found to be better than other by between 15 and 20 percent.

This increased efficiency provides customers with options for energy savings such as, increasing the IT load with the same electrical infrastructure and reduction in the overall CAPEX due to a smaller electrical infrastructure needed from a smaller electrical distribution and back-up power requirements.

Its scalable approach is said to make the Ecoflair system to be particularly suited for colocation facilities between one and 5MW (250kW modules) and large hyperscale or cloud data centres rated up to 40MW (500kW modules).

This is developed in order to help data centre owners standardise the cooling architecture of their facilities around the world, with provided designs which speed the deployment and reduce operational and maintenance costs.

The Micro DC Xpress will be available to order in UK, North America and France in April 2017 and to be deployed across Europe later in the year.

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