May 27, 2021

Tesla Shanghai data centre to localise its data storage

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Tesla has launched a data centre in China to localise its data storage. However, there are concerns around how the company is using the data it collects.

Tesla has announced that it has established a 210-acre data centre in Shanghai, China to localise its data storage, adding that it will continue to add more in the future. The U.S tech company said in a social media post that “all data generated from the sales of vehicles in the mainland China market will be stored domestically”. 

However, this news comes in response to criticism from Chinese authorities over how the company is using the data. The Chinese Army has recently expressed concern over the company’s activities, saying that the cameras equipped to Tesla vehicles could be used for spying at sensitive government locations to the U.S company’s advantage, and has now “banned the company from its complexes”. Tesla’s cars have also reportedly been banned from other government departments. 

Continuing its social media post, Tesla said: “We are honored to have discussions with industry experts about new automotive data security guidelines in the country. Car data security is very important. Tesla will make every effort to implement car data security management and ensure data security”. 

Tesla must comply with Chinese laws and regulations  

Tesla’s Head of Communications and Government Affairs, Grace Tao said in April that Tesla “had already stored local data in China” in compliance with Chinese cybersecurity laws but whether this is at its new Shanghai centre or with a third party is unclear. Tao said in a meeting last month that Tesla China is a company based in the nation, and so “must abide by all Chinese laws and regulations.” She added that the company’s data will be “very well protected” and that Tesla’s Chinese data “will be stored in China”. 

Tesla CEO Elon Musk pointed out that there will be consequences for the company should it be involved in any form of espionage. He said: “If Tesla uses cars to spy in China or anywhere, we will be shut down”. 

Local data storage to become a legal requirement for foreign automakers

Recently, China has introduced a set of rules surrounding automotive-related data, with some, such as the Cyberspace Administration, stating that auto manufacturers should seek their customers’ permission to collect any personal data about them. 

Released earlier this month, the regulations also made clear that data could only be transferred overseas provided the automaker sending it had passed a security assessment conducted by cybersecurity personnel. It will soon become a legal requirement for foreign auto manufacturers to store their Chinese data in China. 

Tesla’s handling and use of its Chinese data sparks similarities to another U.S-based tech giant. Apple was also recently subjected to criticism from the Chinese government after it was accused of storing personal data of its customers with the encryption keys used to access it. Our story on this can be read here. 





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Jun 20, 2021

Schneider Electric reveals new IT Innovation report

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Schneider Electric has released the Digital Economy and Climate Impact report revealing new innovations for sustainability and resiliency in data centres

Schneider Electric has released a new IT innovations report titled “Digital Economy and Climate Impact”, with the aim of gaining an understanding of how digitised and smart applications will be powered in the future. The company says that the report predicts that IT sector-related electricity demand is expected to increase by almost 50% by 2030. 

Despite this, the report also shows that emissions would not increase by more than 26% by the same year, following the decarbonisation of the electricity system. In an attempt to reduce this rise in emissions the Schneider Electric TM Sustainability Research Institute recommends continued efforts in achieving efficiencies on the IT and energy sides at both the component and system levels. 

The report highlights how the rise of edge computing technologies require a “specific focus” due to these systems being less efficient than hyperscale data centres. “When the world locked down, it also logged on and internet traffic soared,” said Pankaj Sharma, EVP, Secure Power, Schneider Electric. 

“It’s misleading to assume that digital activity will inevitably result in a deeply problematic increase in CO2 emissions. The analysis from the Schneider Electric Sustainability Institute puts to rest many of the worst-case scenario claims predicting IT-related electricity use will double every five years. That said, as an industry, we must remain vigilant in finding new sources of sustainability gains while ensuring resiliency as digital keeps life moving forward”, he added. 

As well as the release of the report, Schneider Electric also announced several updates to its EcoStruxure IT data center infrastructure management software, Galaxy VL 3-phase uninterruptable power supply (UPS), introducing an industry-leading single-phase UPS, the APC™ Smart-UPS™ Ultra. All introductions are designed to advance the industry forward in meeting sustainability goals while increasing the resiliency of IT and data centre infrastructure, the company said. 

Managing hybrid data center and edge IT environments

Also showcased in Schneider Electric’s report are the increasing demands on digital consumption. According to the company, these create a more complex hybrid environment inclusive of enterprise, cloud, and edge data centres. Addressing the unique management challenges of a hybrid IT environment, Schneider Electric has announced updates to its EcoStruxure IT software to increase efficiency and resiliency, including:

  • Increased remote management capabilities: New granular remote device configuration features enable users to change configurations on one or more devices – including the new Galaxy VL and APC Smart-UPS Ultra single-phase UPS units – from one centralised platform with EcoStruxure IT Expert. This update, combined with previously released software insights on device security health, enables the user to identify faulty devices or configurations and address them in a matter of clicks, keeping their hybrid IT environment secure.
  • Improved environmental monitoring: Environmental monitoring systems ensure users have eyes and ears on data centre and IT deployments from anywhere, anytime. With this update, users can push mass configurations remotely for NetBotz cameras 750 and 755 quickly and efficiently increasing security across the critical infrastructure.
  • Enhanced remote capacity modeling and planning: With EcoStruxure IT Advisor’s new capabilities, users can remotely compare an unlimited number of racks and easily identify available capacity, view what assets are deployed and their dependencies.

Sharma concluded: “Schneider Electric has been focused on sustainability for the past 15 years and was recently named the most sustainable corporation in the world. We have embraced the mindset that future innovation will deliver better efficiency across the broader connectivity landscape. By making smart intentional choices, our industry can help mitigate how much electricity and emissions result from the rising appetite for digital technologies”.

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