Next Generation InfraStruxure™ Advances Scalable and Efficient Data Centers

Posted by on January 16, 2011

New InfraStruxureTM delivers 25 percent increase in data center capacity utilizing 15 percent less floor space

West Kingston, RI, September 29, 2010 — APC by Schneider Electric, a global leader in data center physical infrastructure today announced the next generation InfraStruxure™, a high performance, scalable and adaptable data center architecture that dramatically reduces cycle time and complexity from concept to design to installation.  InfraStruxure integrates power, cooling, racks, security and management in a modular form factor and is a building block of Schneider Electric’s comprehensive energy management architecture portfolio, EcoStruxure™.

Data center managers continue to face increasing strain on their IT infrastructure systems and organizations are looking for new strategies to improve their ability to match business needs with their IT capabilities. These demands require a data center infrastructure which is flexible and adaptable. InfraStruxure delivers a modular form factor that optimizes power, cooling and floor space within an integrated energy management system to address today’s demands with the ability to scale up for future growth. This new generation of InfraStruxure delivers a 25 percent increase in power and cooling capacity, a 15 percent smaller footprint, all while reducing cost by 15 percent.

“APC pioneered scalable and modular data centers with the introduction of InfraStruxure in 2002 and we continue to invest and evolve the architecture,” said Jim Simonelli, Chief Technology Officer, APC by Schneider Electric. “As data center challenges escalate with increasing server densities, virtualization, and a new focus on efficiency, it has become a priority for data center managers to align their power and cooling infrastructure designs with their IT requirements. This next generation of InfraStruxure makes it easier than ever before to meet these new dynamic challenges while achieving desired availability levels and deliver maximum efficiency.”

Holland Computing Center at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, uses InfraStruxure to run high performance computing for cutting-edge research, including a 21 TFlop supercomputer, shared memory processing, grid computing and legacy support and development of hadoop-on-demand and other custom implementations. “InfraStruxure supports our valuable high-performance computing investments. It is scalable, adaptable and able to grow with the needs of our organization and it’s research projects,” said David Swanson, Director, HollandComputingCenter,University of Nebraska.

A core feature of the InfraStruxure architecture is the InfraStruxure management software which provides an open, vendor neutral management platform for data center physical infrastructure. This portfolio helps companies optimize availability by balancing safety margins and risk tolerance to conserve energy and cut costs.  Active, open, management across all key domains of the data center, including power, cooling, rack systems, and security systems has become imperative in order to avoid unplanned downtime and maximizing energy efficiency.   With full integration capabilities to enterprise and building management systems, the InfraStruxure management software provides a core platform to monitor and manage data center assets.

Additional new capabilities include:
· Symmetra PX 100kW, 250kW, 500kW – Double-conversion uninterruptible power supply (UPS) with internal modular design for easy scaling and reconfiguring without downtime.
· Modular Power Distribution Unit (PDU) – Simplifies the installation and reconfiguration of IT devices. This reduces planned downtime and eliminates the need for new circuit work orders to add IT equipment.
· InRow® OA and Refrigerant Distribution Unit (RDU) – Overhead cooling for medium and high density applications for customers preferring waterless cooling options.
· NetShelter® SX Networking Enclosures – optimized rack systems for high density environments

“InfraStruxure provides data center managers the most scalable and adaptable infrastructure architecture, which not only enables high performance new data centers, but also can significantly improve existing data centers,” added Simonelli. “Scalable, adaptable physical infrastructure reduces total cost of ownership up to 33 percent by eliminating unnecessary capacity and technology. Additionally, the solution can by deployed quickly by simplifying the processes from planning and design through to installation, deployment and maintenance.”

InfraStruxure is a building block of EcoStruxure, Schneider Electric’s solution architecture which enables intelligent energy management solutions for customers seeking to optimize energy efficiencies across multiple domains of their business. EcoStruxure, which was first announced in November 2009, connects five domains of business expertise – power, data centers, process and machines, building control and physical security – within an open and flexible technology architecture that delivers up to 30 percent savings in energy efficiency.  For more information on InfraStruxure, please visit www.apc.com.

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