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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May 10, 2021

DEWA, Huawei to build Dubai’s largest green data centre

Harry Menear
2 min
The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority is partnering with Huawei to build a hyperscale data centre powered by 100% renewable energy in the city.
The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority is partnering with Huawei to build a hyperscale data centre powered by 100% renewable energy in the city...

Moro Hub, a subsidiary of the digital arm of the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), signed an agreement with Chinese tech giant Huawei over the weekend to build a new hyperscale data centre in the city. Taking advantage of an abundance of solar power available in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the new facility will be 100% powered by renewable electricity generated by photovoltaic infrastructure located within the Emirates. 

With the potential to reach a capacity of 100 MW upon full buildout, the facility is set to become the largest solar-powered, Uptime Institute Tier III-certified green data centre in the Middle East and Africa. 

The project is part of the Dubai 10x initiative launched by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and will support the Emirate’s goal of developing into “a city of the future, putting it 10 years ahead of other global cities,” according to Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of the DEWA.  


The signing event, attended by HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA, and Mr Charles Yang, President of Huawei Middle East, and signed by Marwan Bin Haidar, Vice Chairman and Group CEO Digital DEWA and Mr Jerry Liu, CEO of Huawei UAE - Courtesy of DEWA

Al Tayer added that the project, “meets our ambition to deliver sustainable digital transformation and anticipate and shape the future,” and “supports the UAE Centennial 2071 to make the UAE the world's leading nation and the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 2030.” 

The facility will, according to Al Tayer, also support Dubai’s efforts to reduce its carbon emissions by 16% before the end of the year, as well as its goal of meeting 75% of the city’s power demands with clean energy by 2050, and “significantly aids DEWA’s progress towards sustainable development.” 

Moro Hub already operates one green data centre in the Emirate, which came online in October of 2020. The facility was the first Tier-III green data centre to come online in the Middle East. 

Charles Yang, President of Huawei Middle East, was also present at the signing ceremony held on Saturday. He commented that the new association between Huawei and the DEWA, “allows us to strengthen our partnership with Moro Hub and take part in fortifying the UAE's sustainable development goals.” 

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