Schneider Electric partners with Intelli-Systems to deliver first ever as-a-Service Micro Data Centre
Sydney NSW, Australia
In an industry first, Schneider Electric in partnership with Intelli-Systems has developed a Micro Data Centre as a service solution for the NSW Aboriginal Land Council, set to transform how customers consume and manage edge data centre solutions.
Schneider Electric’s innovative service model delivers Micro Data Centres without the need to own, operate or maintain Power, Cooling and integrated IT Server Racking systems. It responds to the growing global trend to more effectively manage consumption rather than own the assets.
This new solution was signed during NAIDOC Week for the NSW Aboriginal Land Council, which supports over 120 locations Australia-wide, simplifying its operations, improving capital utilisation and freeing internal resources. Designed and implemented in conjunction with Intelli-Systems, the four-year contract will see the council make use of a full suite of digitally enabled Micro Data Centres at an agreed monthly rate, which includes management and support services by Schneider. IT equipment is not included as part of Schneider Electric’s innovative solution.
Howard Bowland, Vice President – Field Services Australia at Schneider Electric, commented, “The as-a-Service solution we have developed for NSW Aboriginal Land Council represents an innovative and sustainable approach to deploying data centres for businesses and organisations.
“The real beauty of the as-a-Service approach is reflected by its flexibility, improved efficiencies, convenience and cost-effectiveness when it comes to Micro Data Centres.”
The number of sites and the secure power, cooling and server racking capacity required can be scaled up or down as needed over the agreement term, all at a pre-agreed cost. This model allows for significant efficiencies in planning and budget management.
The customer can avoid the ownership and responsibility for all Micro Data Centre hardware and software. This new service includes installation, monitoring, maintenance, support, end-of-life management and a commitment to ensuring uninterrupted power quality, cooling, server racks and supporting equipment for the duration of the client’s agreement.
Hany Tayel, NSW Aboriginal Land Council Systems Procurement Manager said, “Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure Outcomes Micro Data Centre as a Service solution is a perfect fit for our organisation and we are very excited to work with Intelli-Systems and Schneider to deliver this turn-key project. This model helps the NSW Aboriginal Land Council to continue focusing on protecting the interests of its members and ensuring a better future for Aboriginal people.
“We can double down our efforts to pursue cultural, social and economic improvements for Aboriginal people in NSW while they manage the Micro Data Centre solution on our behalf as experts in their field. The ability to pay only for what is consumed while being agile with capacity provisioning is critical for our organisation as we transition away from owning and servicing this type of critical infrastructure.
“This innovative solution means that CAPEX requests and the unpredictability around costs or lifecycle servicing requirements are no longer a worry for the NSW Aboriginal Land Council. Our Customer Success Manager will be the key enabler to consult on our organisation’s future critical infrastructure roadmap.
“As a non-profit organisation, efficient allocation of our capital is critically important as our key remit is the sustainable growth in the economic base for Aboriginal communities via land acquisition, commercial enterprise and community benefit schemes. As custodians of the land, our organisation is also cognisant of the environmental factors behind the sustainable acquisition, use, reuse or disposal of this infrastructure. Schneider Electric’s solution greatly exceeds our expectations in this regard.
Intelli-Systems Director, Glen Montgomery has worked closely with Schneider Electric to be the first partner to specify and provision this innovative solution to the NSW Aboriginal Land Council, Glen said: “Our collaboration with Schneider Electric has enabled the customer to transition away from the ownership and management of these Micro Data Centres, accessing their integrated IT supporting infrastructure purely on an as-a-service basis.
“We have worked with Schneider Electric since the inception of our business and are very proud to be key partners in delivering EcoStruxure Outcomes – Secure Power as a Service for our customer. This solution solves issues experienced from infrastructure ownership, eliminating any unexpected costs and disruption to their critical IT, networking and telephony applications. Whether it is aspects of the solution lifecycle or their ability to easily flex up or down capacity, peace of mind is key to the customer.”
The unique solution is also more sustainability friendly. With Schneider retaining accountability for the hardware it can ensure it is serviced regularly and maintained to the proper standards increasing its useful lifespan. It also means when equipment has reached its end of life the business can be confident the proper recycling or refurbishment processes are taken.