Renewed Data Center Design from Schneider Electric Brings in Agility, Predictability

By CIOReview | Monday, June 9, 2014
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WEST KINGSTON, R.I.: Schneider Electric, a company specialized in building products for energy management, has announced a new approach to data center builds and expansions that yield consistency and predictability to data centers as well as the flexibility and agility addressing the cost and time to market challenges. The new design is included in the company’s innovative Reference Design 21.

The major factor contributing to the enhanced performance of the data centers is the new prefabrication, 1200kW facility power skids that house UPSs, switchgear and management software as modules in a compact form, and EcoBreeze air economizers – a modular indirect evaporative and air-to-air heat exchanger cooling solution – voids the need for Computer Room Air Handler (CRAH) or Computer Room Air Conditioning (CRAC).

The facility power skids gives the design the agility of variable configuration with doubled power capacity achieved through a unique output power bus design. Air which is indirect, clean and conditioned is brought into the data center using two different economization modes, this is achieved through a highly efficient cooling plant design.  The result is low Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) - a metric used to determine the energy efficiency of a data center, lower Operational Expenditure (OPEX) and cost benefits for multi-tenant data centers.

This design which stresses on modular building blocks of the components scaling the capacity from 200kW to over 3.6kW can be implemented individually or as a complete coherent system. Components in the system are customizable into layouts fitting into the specific tier, scale, and cost requirements of data center designs. The design is such that it fits into various IT rack design layouts such as slab, legacy raised floor and prefab.

Predictability is achieved through prefabrication and factory testing as design and manufacturing are closely tied to quell the uncertainty, improve compliance, safety and efficiency.

“Today’s increasingly digital business environment is causing a rapidly growing demand for more flexible, scalable and quickly deployable data centers, leaving many businesses asking how they will meet this need while reducing total cost of ownership,” said Joe Reele, Vice President, Data Center Solutions Architects, Schneider Electric. “With this flexible design approach, Schneider Electric provides data center managers with the customizable design guidance they need to quickly right-size their facility without excessive capital overlay or risk, at a cost per KW entry point that is below industry standards.”