Schneider offers ready-made, modular data centers
- By John Breeden II
- Nov 15, 2013
Agencies looking to expand their computing power can now consider modular and prefabricated data centers as a lower cost, fully controllable option that can be up and running quickly in almost any available space.
Schneider Electric has created several ready-made data center designs with up to two megawatts of capacity. In all, there are 14 new configurations that the firm said it can bring to almost any existing space. They are made up of of 15 prefabricated modules that work together like large building blocks.
Schneider officials said that most designs can be brought on site and be up and running in 12 to 16 weeks, depending on how much site preparation needs to be done and the complexity of the configuration.
“Today’s business environment demands data centers that are increasingly more flexible and scalable with an emphasis on deployment speed,” Kevin Brown, vice president, Data Center Global Offer and Strategy, Schneider Electric, said in a statement.
According to Schneider, prefabrication technology and factory testing reduces human error and on-site construction risks while improving compliance, safety and efficiency. Design and manufacturing are also closely coupled in order to minimize uncertainty, the firm said, which results in a more predictable performance of the data center.
All of the new designs feature a data center infrastructure, including processing modules, power regulation and integrated cooling. Schneider also offers StruxureWare, its software to help manage the data center infrastructure.
John Breeden II is a freelance technology writer for GCN.