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Data center solution reduces design cycles

Posted: 13 May 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:data center? modular data solution? IT infrastructure?

Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management, has introduced its first integrated line of modular data center architecture solutions. The company's new power and cooling facility modules complement data center IT infrastructures through manufactured facility systems.

"Constructing a traditional data center from concept to deployment is unnecessarily complex, including the time, money and other resources involved in field construction and integration," said Kevin Brown, vice president for data center global offer and strategy of Schneider Electric. He added that "the introduction of our manufactured facility modules will simplify the data center process, from concept through deployment, in a predictable time and cost-efficient manner."

Systems are verified for compliance for safety, energy efficiency, compatibility and security, reducing design cycles from months to weeks, installation from months to days, and commissioning from weeks to days.

The data systems enable infrastructure to be deployed and scaled as needed to meet demand, instead of upfront deployment with no visibility to future needs. These systems can extend the life of current data centers in need of supplemental power and cooling and can be transported to new locations at the end of the data center's lifecycle.

These solutions also have factory verified operation instead of relying on field testing, have reliable lead times, and are tuned for maximum energy efficiency "out of the box." The systems also utilize manufactured systems limiting product defects and reducing overall design and installation time. All systems have software pre-programmed. These factors combine to make facility modules predictably more energy efficient than the typical traditional data center builds.

The new modular data center architecture provides facility modules that scale in 500kW to match current and future data center requirements. It is said that by providing organizations with deployable facility infrastructure along with a new generation of modular IT infrastructure, many available spaces can now be transformed into highly energy-efficient data centers in a shortened deployment time with predictable results. Schneider Electric's facility modules provide power and cooling infrastructure for scalable and repeatable modular data center solutions, all while preserving 10 to 20 percent of initial capital expenditure spent during traditional data center deployment.

To address varying data center cooling needs, Schneider Electric has two packaged systems to meet the cooling needs of any large data center facility. These are EcoBreeze and Chilled Water Cooling Module. The EcoBreeze is a chilled air cooling module which implements adaptable cooling based on environmental conditions and automatically selects either indirect evaporative cooling or air-to-air heat exchange, depending on external environments. The Chilled Water Cooling Module, on the other hand, consists of six modular high-efficient chillers, two economizers and an integrated pump house that provides cooling solutions in less time with additional energy savings.

The new facility power modules incorporate critical data center infrastructure equipment, which includes APC Symmetra PX UPS, APC InRow cooling, APC NetBotz security and environmental management, Square D QED switchboards, and pre-programmed power management system software. Schneider Electric's new power module also provides power protection, equipment climate control, environmental monitoring and security, configuration of output power to meet various IT load demands, real time measurements for improved planning and reporting, and integrated power train from input to output.

Schneider Electric's facility modules are pre-tested, pre-wired and UL-rated and reduce overall data center design and deployment time, versus a traditional approach that could take months or years to complete. Additionally, the risk of human error is greatly reduced during the construction phase and predictability is increased.

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