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The Future of Data Centres

F.Y. Teng | July 4, 2012
T.S. Khoo of Schneider Electric about the challenges facing information executives running sizable infrastructures in Asia.

It maximises energy efficiency through highly efficient components, advanced energy management capabilities, and right-sized power and cooling.

It adapts quickly to ever changing business requirements - today and in the future - thanks to a data centre physical infrastructure that is inherently flexible, agile, and scalable.

It handles high densities within a small footprint through industry leading precision cooling advancements, scalable three-phase power, HD ready rack enclosures, and "snap in" modular three-phase power distribution units.

It optimises availability and streamlines management by using end-to-end software with a comprehensive view to any vendors equipment within the context of the integrated data centre physical infrastructure.

It reduces both CapEx and OpEx costs through streamlined and efficient design, deployment, operations, and maintenance.

Schneider Electric uniquely provides end-to-end supporting architecture and "all-in-one" management software to ensure that data centres are business-wise and future driven, throughout every phase of their lifecycle, for example-constructing, expanding or retrolifting. With management software that provides full visibility across the end-to-end physical infrastructure, dynamic data centres can help drive both current business needs and also future ones by ensuring the highest availability as well as energy efficiency.

Specifically, Schneider Electric leads the way with their business-wise and future-driven data centres via doing the following.

Boasting the necessary foresight and thought leadership to ensure that the data centre physical infrastructure and services align with customers' business needs today and into the future.

Having a standardised, modular and management approach from building the rack, to making the data centre faster and easier to design, commission, operate, and maintain; allowing customers to focus on their business.

Maintaining a global supply chain to deliver the products, services and spares customers need to keep their business running smoothly.

Offering an all-encompassing management software for data centres, software that brings facilities management, and IT management together from the building to the rack.

Providing services that cover complete lifecycle solutions: design/build, project management, system integration, assessment, operation, and maintenance.

In fact, as an end-to-end system that's easy to deploy and manage, Schneider Electric's data centre physical infrastructure results in: reduced total data centre life cycle costs of 13 percent, and a 30 percent reduction in the data centre physical infrastructure cost over a 10 year period; optimised data centre availability from 99.9 percent to 99.999 percent; faster and easier performance solutions; reduced design and deployment time from years to just weeks; and advanced operations, with energy saving simulation, workflow and lifecycle management.

Essentially healthy data centre operations result from a data centre physical infrastructure. Our data centre layer removes the management silos and interoperability challenges that have plagued legacy data centres for years.


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