Nov 12, 2020

Schneider Electric launches new micro data centre line

Edge Networks
Data Centres
micro data centres
Joanna England
3 min
The new R-series EcoStruxure micro data centres are designed for rugged, indoor environments
The new R-series EcoStruxure micro data centres are designed for rugged, indoor environments...

Schneider Electric, has announced the expansion of its IP and NEMA rated EcoStruxure Micro Data Centre R-Series for rugged indoor environments.

The enterprise, which provides digital solutions for efficiency and sustainability, has developed the IoT-enabled, micro data centre platform to be plug-and-play, with open, interoperable architecture. The equipment works in several environments, including homes, buildings, factories, warehouses and data centres.

Industrial data

Micro data centres are small, containerised data centre architectures created for computer workloads that don’t require traditional facilities. The sizes can vary from rack to container, and a micro data centre can house four servers in a single 19-inch rack. 

Data centres that are "ruggedised" are used in harsh environments where they can resist knocks, bumps and atmospheric changes. According to Schneider Electric, EcoStruxure can withstand harsh indoor environments and applications that contain high levels of dust, moisture, and wide temperature variations.

The solution provides pre-packaged, enclosed rack systems that include power, cooling, security, and management. They save companies up to 40% in field engineering costs, get systems to market 20% faster through AI and machine learning automation, and lower maintenance expenses by 7%. 

The micro data centres also utilise existing infrastructure and can lower capital expenses by 42% over a traditional build. 

Industry demands

According to a recent report by Uptime Institute, the surge of new technologies, from 5G and IoT to artificial intelligence, means the demand for computing and data needed near the point of use, is rising. Small data centre demand is predicted to grow exponentially from 2022.

Industrial operators are using Industry 4.0 technologies to increase productivity, safety, and automation. Micro data centres are therefore being used on-site to address everything from the convergence of IT and OT to the enabling of IIoT applications.

EcoStruxure’s platform, which is equipped with security features that allow it to be operational in unsecured locations, is specially designed for industrial use.

The hardware can be managed remotely by Schneider Electric's portfolio of software and services in locations where on-site IT staff are limited or unavailable. The open, vendor-agnostic platform gives power and flexibility to users to manage critical infrastructure on their own, with a partner, or Schneider Electric's service engineers.

Jean-Baptiste Plagne, Vice President Offer Management, Rack & Edge Systems, Energy Management, Schneider Electric, said; “Advanced automation technologies come with significant cost-saving, safety, and productivity benefits, but to reap the benefits, IT must be located closer to the end point — in spaces that weren't built with IT in mind.”

Plagne explained; “To ensure reliability of IT networks on the factory floor, we are introducing the new IP and NEMA rated R-Series EcoStruxure Micro Data Centre. These micro data centres provide a solution that's simple-to-deploy and simple-to-manage for IT and industrial channels and for end users like manufacturers and distributors.”

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Jun 15, 2021

Sustainability and PUE reduction in data centres

2 min
As green data centre design becomes mission critical, rigid evaporative media can be the key to reducing your PUE and increasing your sustainability. 

The data centre industry is at a crossroads. As demand for colocation, hyperscale cloud, and edge solutions continues to rise, operators and enterprises are also facing up to the reality that sustainable design and operating practice are a mission critical component of the modern data centre. Going green is no longer an optional extra.

Data centres are becoming an increasingly critical foundation that underpins the modern world, and the demand for them continues to grow exponentially each year. Data centres must remain in constant operation in order to provide the services for which customers depend on them. 

This mission critical need, combined with the sector-wide push towards reduced energy consumption and carbon footprint throughout the industry, is making the search for innovative evaporative media solutions that keep systems running at peak efficiency an equally mission critical priority.

The two main sources of energy consumption in a modern data centre are its IT equipment and the cooling infrastructure used to keep that equipment cool. A 2017 study found that energy consumption as the direct result of cooling data centre IT equipment can amount to over 40% of the total energy consumption in a facility. From air cooling to liquid and evaporative chillers, data centre operators, finding the right cooling solution for your facility is a top-of-mind goal for any data centre operator. 

Courtesy of Portacool
Courtesy of Portacool

Portacool: keeping it Kuul 

Based in Center, Texas, Portacool is a portable evaporative cooling solutions firm that has been pushing the boundaries of mission critical infrastructure cooling technology since it entered the market in 1990. 

Through constant embodiment of its five brand pillars - Safety & Liability, Total Cost of Ownership, Productivity & Performance, Sustainability & Social Responsibility, and Life & Comfort Enhancing Solutions - Portacool has grown steadily over the past 30 years, continually reinforcing its reputation for industry-leading cooling solutions. 

Portacool’s solutions have been successfully applied throughout the agricultural and horticultural, manufacturing, industrial, business, entertainment, sports, home, and hobby industries - “anywhere cooling is needed and traditional air conditioning is impractical or cost prohibitive.” 

The company’s sub-brand, Kuul, is Portacool’s answer to the growing need for reliable, sustainable cooling solutions in the data centre sector. Portacool manufactures three series of evaporative media – Kuul Control, Kuul Vitality and Kuul Comfort. Kuul Control is used in data centres, power generation and HVAC systems. Kuul Vitality is utilised primarily in the horticulture, poultry and swine industries. Kuul Comfort is exclusively made for usage in Portacool-branded portable evaporative coolers.

Kuul can help data centre operators lower their PUE dramatically, increasing the environmental sustainability of their facilities significantly as a result of its rigid evaporative media solutions. 

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