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Agents of Change: APC by Schneider Electric

Jack Loo | Jan. 25, 2013
Singapore’s IDA unveiled its Infocomm Technology Roadmap outlining nine technology trends that will shape the future. We asked various enterprise IT heavyweights for their perspectives on the Roadmap, and next up, we have data centre specialist APC by Schneider Electric.

•           Dynamic power and cooling systems

With cloud computing driving the need to rightsize one's power and cooling infrastructure, businesses today are demanding scalable power and cooling systems that can scale in capacity to reduce fixed losses and increase efficiency. Oversized capacity is inefficient and wasteful and a data centre needs to be scalable to keep capacity more closely aligned with actual demand. In order to achieve this, power and cooling systems need to be standardised and modular in nature so it becomes much easier and less risky to add or remove capacity. Scalable physical infrastructure can help provide the right amount of power and cooling where and when it's needed.

Virtualisation also allows applications to be dynamically moved, started and stopped. This results in loads that change over time and physical location, bringing about hard-to-detect shifts in the room's thermal profile. As such, businesses will require a cooling system that can adapt and match the changing power densities both in location and amount. This is causing a trend towards hybrid cooling i.e. a mix of the room, row and rack methods. In the face of constant evolution, choosing a single cooling solution that will meet the data centre needs today and in the future is a difficult task. For this reason, most data centres will require a hybrid approach to address their unique requirements.

In the year 2013, with cloud computing and sustainability being key industry trends, we will continue to drive innovation and continuous improvement for data centres, and further strengthen our role as a leading data centre advisor.

Here is a quick snapshot of the key solutions and services we will continue to offer in 2013 to help our customers navigate and surmount the challenges they expect to face with the rise of cloud computing and sustainability.

Our latest version of the StruxureWare solution suite, StruxureWare Data Centre Operation version 7.2, provides crucial information that helps when making key decisions on how to run data centres more efficiently. The platform provides data centre managers with the ability to operate, monitor, analyse and optimise the energy usage of a data centre all the way down to the server and CPU levels, gaining significant Capex and Opex savings and extending the data centre lifecycle in the process.

We continue with our focus on educating the industries about energy efficiency by integrating Data Centre University, the globally recognised online resource of data centre courses, with our free vendor-neutral energy efficiency learning programme, Energy University. This brings Schneider Electric one step closer to our goal of supplying comprehensive energy efficiency learning for all segments and industries within the next three years.


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