White Paper #117To stay competitive in today’s rapidly changing business world, companies must update the way they view the value of their investment in data center physical infrastructure (DCPI). No longer are simply availability and upfront cost sufficient to make adequate business decisions. Agility, or business flexibility, and low total cost of ownership have become equally important to companies that will succeed in a changing global marketplace. Read White Paper #117 (PDF 1.3mb)
Data Center Physical Infrastructure: Optimizing Business Value
White Paper #116Failure to adopt modular standardization as a design strategy for data center physical infrastructure (DCPI) is costly on all fronts: unnecessary expense, avoidable downtime, and lost business opportunity. Standardization and its close relative, modularity, create wide-ranging benefits in DCPI that streamline and simplify every process from initial planning to daily operation, with significant positive effects on all three major components of DCPI business value – availability, agility, and total cost of ownership. Read White Paper #116 (PDF 1.3mb)
Standardization and Modularity in Data Center Physical Infrastructure
White Paper #160There is a growing consensus that conventional legacy data center design will be superseded by modular scalable data center designs. Reduced total cost of ownership, increased flexibility, reduced deployment time, and improved efficiency are all claimed benefits of modular scalable designs. Yet the term “modular”, when and where modularity is appropriate, and how to specify modularity are all poorly defined. This paper creates a framework for modular data center architecture and describes the various ways that modularity can be implemented for data center power, cooling, and space infrastructure and explains when the different approaches are appropriate and effective. Read White Paper #160 (PDF 1.3mb)
Specification of Modular Data Center Architecture
White Paper #76Nature proved early on that in complex systems, modular designs are the ones that survive and thrive. An important contributor to this success is the critical reliability advantage of fault tolerance, in which a modular system can shift operation from failed modules to healthy ones while repairs are made. In data centers, modular design has already taken root in new fault-tolerant architectures for servers and storage systems. As data centers continue to evolve and borrow from nature’s blueprints, data center physical infrastructure (DCPI) must also evolve to support new strategies for survival, recovery, and growth. Read White Paper #76 (PDF 1.3mb)
Modular Systems: The Evolution of Reliability
White Paper #111The APC InfraStruxure product line offers an alternative architecture to the central UPS. MTechnology, Inc. used the techniques of Probabilistic Risk Assessment (PRA) to evaluate the reliability of the 40 kW InfraStruxure UPS and PDU with static bypass. The calculations considered the performance of the InfraStruxure in both ideal and real-world conditions. The study also compared the performance of the InfraStruxure architecture to that of a central UPS serving a hypothetical 500 kW critical load in a data center. The results showed that the InfraStruxure architecture was significantly less likely to suffer failure of all loads in the data center, and slightly less likely to experience failure in any one piece of IT equipment. This paper summarizes the key findings of MTechnology's quantitative risk assessment and discusses their implications for facility managers and designers. Read White Paper #111 (PDF 1.3mb)
Reliability Analysis of the APC InfraStruxure Power System
White Paper #174Small server rooms and branch offices are typically unorganized, unsecure, hot, unmonitored, and space constrained. These conditions can lead to system downtime or, at the very least, lead to “close calls” that get management’s attention. Practical experience with these problems reveals a short list of effective methods to improve the availability of IT operations within small server rooms and branch offices. This paper discusses making realistic improvements to power, cooling, racks, physical security, monitoring, and lighting. The focus of this paper is on small server rooms and branch offices with up to 10kW of IT load. Read White Paper #174 (PDF 1.3mb)
Practical Options for Deploying IT Equipment in Small Server Rooms and Branch Offices
White Paper #118IT virtualization, the engine behind cloud computing, can have significant consequences on the data center physical infrastructure (DCPI). Higher power densities that often result can challenge the cooling capabilities of an existing system. Reduced overall energy consumption that typically results from physical server consolidation may actually worsen the data center’s power usage effectiveness (PUE). Dynamic loads that vary in time and location may heighten the risk of downtime if rack-level power and cooling health are not understood and considered. Finally, the fault-tolerant nature of a highly virtualized environment could raise questions about the level of redundancy required in the physical infrastructure. These particular effects of virtualization are discussed and possible solutions or methods for dealing with them are offered. Read White Paper #118 (PDF 1.3mb)
Virtualization and Cloud Computing: Optimized Power, Cooling, and Management Maximizes Benefits
Web-based applications with easy-to-use interfaces designed for use in the early stages of datacenter concept and design development. TradeOff Tools
Reference Design Selector
Browse the Schneider Electric library of reference designs to select, compare and choose the optimal design that meets your data center needs. Reference Design Selector
Micro Data Centers: An Innovative Case of Data Center Design and Operations
This blog discusses how DartPoints embraced a partnership with Schneider Electric to create the unique DartPoints Private Colo™. Micro Data Centers: An Innovative Case of Data Center Design and Operations
Is Converged IT Infrastructure Moving Us Further Down the Prefab Path?
Converged Infrastructure is fundamentally about speed, efficiency, and agility….keeping IT aligned to the business. It’s up to us to help make that happen by making our solutions easy to select, order, deploy, and maintain. Prefab is one way to get there. Is Converged IT Infrastructure Moving Us Further Down the Prefab Path?
Are Micro Data Centers the Engine to Power the IoT (Internet of Things)?
Data is being generated by everything from Coke machines to the 20-30 billion more devices hitting the market (many of them wearable). This large quantity of data will need to be processed and analyzed in real time. The IoT works by connecting these remote devices to a large centralized data center providing information on status, location, functionality, and so on. Read our blog to learn more. Are Micro Data Centers the Engine to Power the IoT (Internet of Things)?
What are the Trade-offs with Converged Infrastructure
Solutions like FlexPod and FlexPod Express with Schneider Electric provide pre-tested and pre-built hardware stacks that remove the need for the hardware testing as it’s been done prior to delivery to customers and thus releases the resource burden in getting hardware ready for deployments. Read this blog post to learn more. What are the Trade-offs with Converged Infrastructure
Cisco, Schneider Electric and the Converged Infrastructure Opportunity
This blog post discusses how Cisco saw their partnership with Schneider Electric brought added value to IT, network and data center customers. Cisco, Schneider Electric and the Converged Infrastructure Opportunity
Video Tour of NetShelter CX Brings Home the Value of the “Server Room in a Box”
This blog post contains a video showing a virtual tour of the NetShelter CX. Video Tour of NetShelter CX Brings Home the Value of the “Server Room in a Box”
Small Enclosures Provide Big Benefit in Locations Without Dedicated IT Space
The Netshelter CX fills a need that is only growing in importance. It is intended to house IT and networking gear that must live in a relatively small space, such as an office environment where there is no dedicated space for such equipment. Read this blog post to learn more. Small Enclosures Provide Big Benefit in Locations Without Dedicated IT Space
How Can FlexPod and FlexPod Express help organizations become more energy efficient?David O'Comin of Schneider Electric explains the key benefits FlexPod Express and FlexPod with Schneider Express bring to customers with respect to improved energy efficiency and manageability.
NetShelter CX Server Room Delivered in an InstantHow simple is deployment of a server room? Well delivery time certainly doesn't account for much. See how simple and easy the NetShelter CX Server Room in a Box cabinet is delivered in this short delivery video.
How does Schneider Electric add Value to FlexPod and FlexPod ExpressDavid O'Coimin of Schneider Electric explains the value that Schneider Electric's infrastructure brings to customers with the FlexPod and FlexPod Express solutions that take a strong product and further enhances it for customers.
Flexpod Wrapped with Schneider ElectricAt Schneider Electric we’ve taken both the FlexPod and the FlexPod Express, and surrounded them with the right value adding Rack Systems elements, which will help position them quickly, into the right environments, growing the value of the sale, and protecting the end-users investment.
World's Smallest Server Room - NetShelter CXThe NetShelter CX is challenging perceptions with it's Secure, Soundproofed Server Room in a Box flexible cabinet solution for open office environments. The CX eliminates the need for costly, large, invasive network closets or server rooms for office environments.