APC revamps InfraStruxure data center architecture

The company claims the new generation of the platform delivers a 25 percent increase in power and cooling capacity and a 15 percent smaller footprint, while reducing cost by 15 percent.

West Kingston, RI -- APC by Schneider Electric has launched the latest generation of its InfraStruxure data center architecture, a product offering that integrates power, cooling, rack, security and management components in a modular form factor. The company claims the new generation of InfraStruxure delivers a 25 percent increase in power and cooling capacity, a 15 percent smaller footprint, while reducing cost by 15 percent.

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Additions to the platorm, according to the company, include the following:

-- 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

“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.”

According to APC, core feature of the InfraStruxure architecture is the InfraStruxure management software which provides an open, vendor neutral management platform for data center physical infrastructure. The software helps companies optimize availability by balancing safety margins and risk tolerance to conserve energy and cut costs, says the company.

“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 may deliver up to 30 percent savings in energy efficiency. For more information on InfraStruxure, visit www.apc.com.

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