Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management, has announced two new facility module power and cooling solutions for the Europe, Middle East and Africa region (EMEA). The new modular units enable data centre power and cooling capacity to be added in 500kW increments, allowing physical infrastructure to be right-sized to the IT load and eliminating a major cause of inefficiency and wasted energy.
With power and cooling product brands including APC and Uniflair in its portfolio, Schneider Electric is uniquely positioned as an end-to-end solutions provider to address the need for fast, flexible, easy and predictable data centre solutions. The new facility modules simplify the process of data centre construction, removing unnecessary complexity as well as saving time, money and other resources involved in field construction and integration.
Tony Day, director of data centre projects and professional services at Schneider Electric says: “Facility modules are a step towards the commoditisation of data centre physical infrastructure. Instead of waiting months, customers can expect to deploy additional capacity within weeks. Because Schneider Electric pre-engineers, configures and tests facility modules prior to delivery ensuring reliability and efficiency, site installation is also made simpler and speedier, reducing associated costs and the risk of human error.”
The new integrated systems from Schneider Electric address contemporary data centre challenges throughout EMEA, with solutions that are:
• Fast – facility modules are verified for compliance for safety, energy efficiency, compatibility and security, reducing design cycles from months to weeks, installation from months to days, and reducing complexity in the whole commissioning process.
• Flexible – facility modules 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 centres in need of additional power and cooling and can be transported to new locations for reuse at the end of the data centre’s lifecycle.
• Easy – facility modules 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”.
• Predictable – facility modules utilise manufactured components limiting product defects and reducing overall design and installation time. The enclosures are purpose-engineered with structural frames to meet data centre requirements – not converted ISO containers. All solutions have software pre-programmed and fully integrated management systems.
These factors combine to make facility modules predictably more energy efficient than typical traditional data centre builds. Other features and benefits for the new solutions include:
Facility Power Modules for EMEA:
• Incorporating high efficiency modular UPS, which are scalable and fault tolerant;
• Featuring hot-swappable power modules to enable users to adopt a pay-as-you-grow approach to power protection, and minimise MTTR;
• Segregated battery room;
• Primary and critical panels;
• Separate cable chambers to simplify hook-up;
• Fully integrated cooling system with free-cooling capability;
• Inert gas fire suppression and aspirating detection system;
• Modules can be stacked vertically or side by side; and
• Delivery using conventional road transportation methods.
Facility Cooling Modules for EMEA:
• High efficiency chillers;
• Integrated free-cooling;
• Wide operating range meeting temperature conditions found throughout EMEA;
• Stand-by integrated management;
• Emergency mode operation;
• Comprise 6x 100kW chiller units to facilitate a scalable approach to cooling;
• Fault tolerant in N+1 configuration;
• Parallel buffer vessels for ride-through protection and rapid return to full cooling capacity;
• VFD control pumps and fans for efficiency; and
• Chiller modules at N+1 are hot swappable.
White Paper 163 from Schneider Electric entitled “Containerized Power and Cooling Modules for Data Centers” compares the cost of facility modules against traditional approaches to physical infrastructure, presents their respective advantages and disadvantages and identifies which environments can best leverage the facility module approach. The white paper can be downloaded at no cost from the Schneider Electric website.
For more details about Schneider Electric containerised facility modules and their application, please visit the Solutions page at www.apc.com/za.