Schneider outlines routes to data centre efficiency

New white paper outlines benefits to upgrading, building new and outsourcing

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Schneider outlines routes to data centre efficiency When a data centre is near full capacity, a decision must be made as to where the additional IT equipment is going to be accommodated, the paper said
By  Tom Paye Published  June 24, 2014

Schneider Electric this week released a white paper that outlines ways to increase data centre efficiency.

According to the paper - Considerations for Owning versus Outsourcing Data Centre Physical Infrastructure - when a data centre is near full capacity, a decision must be made as to where the additional IT equipment is going to be accommodated.

The authors said that there are three fundamental approaches to meeting new capacity requirements: upgrade, new build-out or outsource to a co-location provider.

"When a business identifies the need for new IT equipment, thought must be put into where that IT equipment is going to reside," said Kevin Brown, vice president for data centre solutions at Schneider Electric and co-author of the paper.

The report did note that, for existing data centres with available power, cooling and space capacity, the decision is often an obvious one. However, issues arise when capacity reaches its limit, the paper said.

On upgrading physical infrastructures, the paper said that the level of disruption, cost and capacity gain depend largely on the scope of the upgrade project. This may include anything from implementing simple air flow management practices - such as adding blanking panels - to adding high-density pods to increase power, cooling and rack capacity in a low-density data centre, the report said.

On building a new data centre, the paper said that increasing levels of standardisation, modularity and data centre infrastructure management (DCIM) software play an important role in simplifying the way in which facilities are deployed and operated. The paper noted that building a data centre with scalable, pre-assembled and integrated facility power and cooling modules could garner TCO savings of up to 30%, compared to traditional built-out power and cooling infrastructures.

"When evaluating the costs of building versus outsourcing the physical data centre infrastructure, prefabricated, modular data centre approaches need to be considered," said the report.

When it comes to co-location, the paper said that it has garnered great interest mainly due to the fast deployment capability and the providers' core expertise in operating data centres.

Jonathan Duncan, MEA director for integrated solutions and data centres at Schneider Electric, said that such trends needed to be addressed as new IT challenges continue to place strain on traditional infrastructures.

"The Internet and the demand for data storage poses a huge challenge on data centres - whether it is big data storage, software defined networks or cloud computing services," he said.

"Given the constant evolution of this nascent sector, CIOs of managed data centres and enterprises need to remain updated and make informed choices for increasing data centre capacities to best meet the demands of their customers."

The full white paper is available now and can be downloaded for free.

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