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Schneider Electric Introduces Imperatives for Data Centers of the Future and New IT Innovations

• Just released ‘Digital Economy and Climate Impact’ report predicts IT electricity demand to increase but emissions to remain stable, as the electricity system decarbonizes
• Schneider Electric discusses key requirements for Data Centers of the Future with new innovations to empower businesses in today’s digital-first world and mitigate emission rises
• New product portfolio offers holistic support to empower digital transformation from the new energy-efficient Galaxy VL UPS, redesigned Galaxy Lithium-ion battery solution, EcoStruxure™ Micro Data Center C-Series 43U and the EcoStruxure IT software updates that for sustainability and resiliency in data centers and edge IT


Hong Kong, July 15, 2021 – Schneider Electric, the leader in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, has released a research report to foster an understanding of how digitized and smart applications will be powered in the future. The report titled Digital Economy and Climate Impact predicts IT-sector related electricity demand is expected to increase by nearly 50% by 2030. Yet, as the electricity system decarbonizes, emissions would not increase by more than 26% by that time. To help mitigate this rise in emissions, the Schneider Electric™ Sustainability Research Institute recommends continued efforts in achieving efficiencies on the IT and energy sides at both the component and system levels.

“The data center industry had already begun entering a new generation of data center management while COVID-19 accelerates the transformation. Businesses have to be future-ready and embrace technology innovations to march into the new era. Schneider Electric is advancing the industry forward by leveraging the power of connected infrastructure that meeting the demands for sustainability, efficiency, adaptability and resiliency, and pave the way to Data Center of the Future,” said Steven Lee, Director, Secure Power, Schneider Electric Hong Kong.

With the vision of Data Centers of the Future, Schneider Electric unveiled a series of new innovations to meet the needs of customers today and the evolving requirements of tomorrow. The new line-up includes the newest addition to the Galaxy family, the Galaxy VL 200-500 kW (400V/480V) 3-phase uninterruptible power supply (UPS), as well as the newly designed Galaxy Lithium-ion battery solution. The company has also expanded its EcoStruxure™ Micro Data Center C-Series with the launch of a new 43U offering which provides the greatest capacity in its commercial and office line of micro data centers solutions and enhanced the software of EcoStruxure IT to reduce complexity in managing hybrid data center and edge IT environments.

Shaping the Data Center of the Future
According to intelligence and advisory firm Arizton, the global data center market will reach US$174 billion by 2023. As digitization and new IoT technologies propel us towards a new, more integrated future, data continues to become more valuable. Schneider Electric believes that the Data Centers of the Future will require these four key pillars:

Sustainability – The Data Center of the Future will be required to integrate into and accommodate a company's entire upstream and downstream supply chain sustainability data footprint. Beyond just tracking company-based emissions, Scope 3 emissions1(or supply chain-based emissions) will need to be monitored, captured, analyzed, benchmarked, and published.

Efficiency – Data center efficiencies, which often encompass only process and hardware performance efficiencies, will soon have to include human resource, capital expenditure (CapEx), and total cost of ownership (TCO) efficiencies. By equipping devices with intelligent sensors, and adding more digital services and remote monitoring capabilities, data centers will be able to drive more efficient human resources workflows, including faster alerting and more precise predictive diagnostics. This will result in reduced unplanned downtime.

Adaptivity – As businesses across the globe scramble to increase flexibility, navigate unorthodox working conditions, and work with unpredictable supply chains, a new mentality for remaining in business has emerged. Businesses are now striving to accelerate the delivery of goods and services, with remarkable speed and precision. As customers adapt to these new marketplace realities, so must their data center facilities. Much more flexible data center designs will emerge – allowing data center owners to pivot and quickly scale up or down as needed to handle the uncertain future.

Resiliency – By bringing in processes, programs, tools, and resources that both minimize exposure to hazards and associated risks and allow rapid response and recovery from unplanned events, data center owners will be in a much stronger position to control their destinies during times of crisis and uncertainty. Powerful AI-based monitoring tools offer new ways to remotely manage at-risk data center assets. For example, Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure IT automatically collects critical infrastructure sensor values and submits that data to a centralized data lake in the cloud.

Latest innovations from Schneider Electric address the vision of Data Center of the Future, empowering the industry to meet sustainability goals while increasing resiliency of IT and data center infrastructure, thus enabling all to capture the opportunities in the new normal.

“Schneider Electric has been focused on sustainability for the past 15 years and was recently named the most sustainable corporation in the world. We have embraced the mindset that future innovation will deliver better efficiency across the broader connectivity landscape,” explains Pankaj Sharma, EVP, Secure Power, Schneider Electric. “By making smart intentional choices, our industry can help mitigate how much electricity and emissions result from the rising appetite for digital technologies.”

Most Compact 3-Phase UPS in its Class: Galaxy VL and Redesigned Galaxy Lithium-ion Battery Solution
The highly efficient, compact 3-Phase UPS offers up to 99% efficiency in ECOnversion™ mode, yielding a full return on investment within two years2(model dependent) for medium and large data centers and commercial and industrial facilities.

With data center floor space at a premium, the compact design of the Galaxy VL is half the size of the industry average3 at 0.8 m2. Its modular and scalable architecture enables data center professionals to scale power incrementally, from 200 kW to 500 kW with 50 kW power modules, providing room to grow as their business demands.

With the pioneering feature Live Swap, the process of adding or replacing power modules is made touch-safe, even while the UPS is online and fully operational. This offers enhanced business continuity and removes the need for unscheduled downtime. Additionally, Live Swap’s touch safe design offers increased protection for employees who no longer have to transfer the UPS to maintenance bypass or battery operation during the insertion or removal of power modules.

The redesigned Galaxy Lithium-ion battery provides a sustainable, high-density and innovative energy storage solution for data centers, industrial processes, and critical infrastructure. The exclusive cabinets are compatible across the full Galaxy V Series.

A Green Premium™ offer, the battery solution meets the international energy storage system standard UL9540A, reducing battery footprint and weight by up to 70%4 while allowing more effective use of space. The new cabinets enable two to three times faster recharge than VRLA solutions as well as faster installation and enhanced system availability with patented redundant self-powered internal power supplies.

EcoStruxure Micro Data Center C-Series 43U with Intelligent Cooling Technology
Featuring intelligent cooling technology for enhanced protection and energy efficiency, the new 43U C-Series is the only solution on the market that automatically switches between three cooling modes depending on the real-time needs of the system.

Helping customers deploy IT simply, securely, and reliably in any edge computing or commercial environment, the new solution is Schneider Electric’s largest, fully equipped model. It eliminates the need for a purpose-built IT room, saving up to 48% on CapEx in 20% less time. In addition, users can save up to 40% in field engineering costs and reduce maintenance costs by 7%.

The new 43U C-Series offers a complete edge management solution that can be remotely monitored with EcoStruxure IT Software and Digital Services. Schneider Electric's portfolio of software and digital services provides the power and flexibility for customers to seamlessly manage critical infrastructure devices on their own, with a partner, or with the assistance of Schneider Electric's expert service engineers.

Latest Software Enhancement of EcoStruxure IT
Increasing demands on digital consumption, create a more complex hybrid environment containing enterprise, cloud and edge data centers. To address the unique management challenges of a hybrid IT environment, Schneider Electric has announced updates to its EcoStruxure IT software for enhanced efficiency and resiliency, including:

Increased remote management capabilities: New granular remote device configuration features enable users to change configurations on one or more devices – including the new Galaxy VL – from one centralized platform with EcoStruxure IT Expert. This update, combined with previously released software insights on device security health, enables the user to identify faulty devices or configurations and address them in a matter of clicks, keeping their hybrid IT environment secure.

Enhanced environmental monitoring: Environmental monitoring systems ensure users to monitor data center and IT deployments from anywhere, anytime. Users can push mass configurations remotely for NetBotz cameras750 and 755 quickly and efficiently increasing security across the critical infrastructure.

Enhanced remote capacity for modeling and planning: With EcoStruxure IT Advisor’s new capabilities, users can remotely compare an unlimited number of racks and easily identify available capacity, view what assets are deployed and their dependencies.

About EcoStruxure
EcoStruxure is our open, interoperable, IoT-enabled system architecture and platform. EcoStruxure delivers enhanced value around safety, reliability, efficiency, sustainability, and connectivity for our customers.
EcoStruxure leverages advancements in IoT, mobility, sensing, cloud, analytics, and cybersecurity to deliver Innovation at Every Level. This includes Connected Products, Edge Control, and Apps, Analytics & Services which are supported by Customer Lifecycle Software. EcoStruxure has been deployed in almost 500,000 sites with the support of 20,000+ developers, 650,000 service providers and partners, 3,000 utilities and connects over 2 million assets under management. From energy and sustainability consulting to optimizing the life cycle of your operational systems, we have world-wide services to meet your business needs. As a customer-centric organization, Schneider Electric is your trusted advisor to help increase asset reliability, improve total cost of ownership and drive your enterprise’s digital transformation towards sustainability, efficiency and safety.
1Corporate Value Chain (Scope 3) Accounting and Reporting Standard, Greenhouse Gas Protocol.
2Based on a market electricity price: €0.11/kWh (Approximately HK$1.01/ kWh). The annual electricity savings are done in comparison with a 94% efficiency standard UPS.
3SE calculation based on available market product information. See Galaxy VL brochure for details.
4When compared to traditional lead-acid (VRLA) batteries.
[From left] Steven Lee, Director, Secure Power, Schneider Electric Hong Kong and Joanne Ng, Product Marketing Manager, Schneider Electric Hong Kong, introduced the latest ‘Digital Economy and Climate Impact’ report, vision of Data Center of the Future, as well as the latest IT innovations ─ the new energy-efficient Galaxy VL UPS, redesigned Galaxy Lithium-ion battery solution, EcoStruxure™ Micro Data Center C-Series 43U and the EcoStruxure IT software updates.

(左起) 施耐德電氣香港關鍵電源業務總監李永堂先生及施耐德電氣香港產品市場經理伍少蓮小姐介紹最新的「數碼經濟與氣候影響」報告、未來數據中心願景,以及最新的創新科技─具能源效益的Galaxy VL 不間斷電源供應系統 (UPS)、配備全新設計的Galaxy鋰離子電池(鋰電池)解決方案、EcoStruxure™ 微型數據中心 C系列43U及EcoStruxure IT軟件更新。
Schneider Electric is advancing the industry forward by leveraging the power of connected infrastructure that meeting the demands for sustainability, efficiency, adaptability and resiliency, and pave the way to Data Center of the Future.

藉著互聯互通的基礎架構,施耐德電氣積極推動行業發展,為企業實現可持續發展、高效率、高適應力及具抗逆力,為未來數據中心鋪路。

施耐德電氣推動未來數據中心發展,以創新科技迎接新時代

• 施耐德電氣發佈「數碼經濟與氣候影響」報告,預示資訊科技的電力需求將增加,但電力系統趨向低碳化,使碳排放量維持穩定
• 施耐德電氣提出未來數據中心應具備的四大條件,並推出創新科技助企業於現時的數碼化世界中蓬勃發展,同時減輕碳排放升幅
• 全新產品系列全面支援企業進行數碼轉型,包括具能源效益的Galaxy VL不間斷電源供應系統(UPS)、配備全新設計的Galaxy鋰離子電池(鋰電池)解決方案、EcoStruxure™微型數據中心C系列43UEcoStruxure IT軟件更新,使數據中心及邊緣運算得以可持續發展及更具抗逆力


香港,2021 年7月15日 — 帶領全球能源管理及自動化數碼轉型的施耐德電氣近日發佈「數碼經濟與氣候影響」研究報告,揭示數碼及智能應用將是未來的大勢所趨。報告提及資訊科技行業相關的電力需求將於2030年增加近50%,但由於電力系統步向低碳化,預期碳排放不會增加多於26%。為減輕碳排放增長,施耐德電氣可持續發展研究所 (Schneider Electric™ Sustainability Research Institute) 建議企業於元件及系統層面持續投放資源,以實現資訊科技及能源方面的發展效益。

施耐德電氣香港關鍵電源業務總監李永堂先生表示:「疫情加快了數據中心行業轉型,邁向新一代數據中心管理的步伐。企業應面向未來、部署創新科技,以踏入新數碼時代。此外,藉著互聯互通的基礎架構,施耐德電氣積極推動行業發展,為企業實現可持續發展、高效率、高適應力及具抗逆力,為未來數據中心鋪路。」

為配合建立未來數據中心之願景,施耐德電氣推出一系列創新產品,以迎合市場所需,助企業應對未來發展需求。新產品包括最新的Galaxy VL 200-500 kW (400V/480V) 三相UPS及配備全新設計的Galaxy鋰電池解決方案。而EcoStruxure微型數據中心C系列43U則擴闊了產品陣容,是現有商業及辦公室應用微型數據中心系列中提供具最大容量的產品,並同時加強EcoStruxure IT軟件效能,有效減低混合數據中心及邊緣運算環境管理的複雜性。

塑造未來數據中心
資訊及顧問公司Arizton指出,全球數據中心市場總值於2023年將高達1,740億美元。數碼化及新物聯網科技應用推動我們步向整合化的全新未來,數據變得愈趨重要。施耐德電氣相信未來數據中心應圍繞以下四個基礎:

• 可持續發展 – 未來數據中須整合並兼容企業上下游供應鏈的可持續發展數據足跡,除了追蹤企業的排放紀錄,未來數據中心亦須監察、記錄、分析、衡量及報告《範疇三溫室氣體》有關供應鏈的排放 (Scope 3 emissions1)等資訊。

• 高效率 – 以往數據中心的效益往往取決於其數據處理及硬件表現。但今後人力資源、資本開支(CapEx)以及總體擁有成本(Total Cost of Ownership, TCO)亦將成為考量數據中心效益的指標。在裝置中配置智能感應器,加入更多數碼服務及遙距監控功能,將使數據中心管理者更有效地編配人手,包括更快作出警報,以及進行更準確的預防性診斷,減低意外停機的時間。

• 適應能力 – 新時代下,全球企業爭相增加靈活性,實現彈性工作模式,因突發情況與不同供應鏈合作,以確保業務能夠持續營運。各行各業正在以驚人的速度及更精確地交付商品及服務。隨著顧客開始適應市場的新常態,數據中心亦必須作出相應轉變,以迎合需求。數據中心將來勢必會出現更靈活的設計,具備迅速擴大及縮小規模的能力,讓企業得以根據其需求作出調整,以應付未來的不確定性。

• 抗逆力 – 數據中心管理者透過完善的流程、程式、工具及資源,以減低隱患及相關風險,並對突發事件作出迅速回應及復原,在遇到事故和不確定性時可作出瞬間反應。強大的人工智能監控系統亦可遙距監控有風險的數據中心資產,如施耐德電氣的EcoStruxure IT則能自動收集關鍵基礎建設感應器的資訊,並將之上傳到雲端的中央數據湖 (data lake)。

施耐德電氣的最新產品實現其對未來數據中心之願景,使企業得以實踐可持續發展,同時提升IT及數據中心基礎架構的抗逆力,在新常態下把握無盡機遇。

施耐德電氣關鍵電源業務全球執行副總裁Pankaj Sharma先生表示:「過去十五年,施耐德電氣一直致力於可持續發展,最近更被評為全球最佳可持續發展的企業。我們深信,未來的創新科技將更具效率且廣泛地實現於互聯互通的世界。透過作出明智的選擇,業界可為減低應用數碼科技而產生的電力消耗及排放出一分力。」

業界體積最小2的三相UPS ─ Galaxy VL與全新設計的Galaxy鋰電池解決方案
高效能且體積小巧的全新Galaxy VL UPS,在ECOnversion™運行模式下,效率可高達99%,並讓管理者於兩年內獲得全額投資回報3 (不同產品型號或有差異) ,適用於並於中、大型數據中心、商業及工業設施。

數據中心空間有限,Galaxy VL機身小巧,佔地僅為0.8平方米,為行業同類產品平均一半的大小4 。其模塊化及可擴充結構讓數據中心管理者可以逐步調節能源,以每次增加50 kW電源幅度,將功率從200 kW逐漸提高至500 kW。企業得以根據業務所需靈活地擴展系統。

Galaxy VL亦同時設有全新的帶電抽換功能 (Live Swap)。即使UPS處於在線狀態及完全運行時,企業仍可透過此功能的安全觸碰設計添換電源模塊,從而讓企業持續營運,避免預期之外的停機狀況。此外,安全觸碰設計亦為系統管理人員提供更強防護,在添換電源模塊期間,毋需將UPS切換至維修旁路或電池供電模式。 全新設計Galaxy鋰電池解決方案為數據中心、工業程序和關鍵基礎建設提供可持續發展、高密度且創新的能源儲存解決方案,配備獨有機櫃更可兼容Galaxy V系列的全線產品。

Galaxy VL獲施耐德電氣Green Premium™認證,符合國際儲存系統標準UL9540A,可減少高達70%5電池佔用空間及重量,讓數據中心管理者能更有效運用空間。新機櫃的充電速度比VRLA (閥控鉛酸) 解決方案快兩至三倍,而安裝程序亦更快捷。同時,獲專利的自行供電內部能源供應模式,亦大大提高了系統的可用性。

EcoStruxure微型數據中心 C系列43U具備智能冷卻技術
最新C系列43U具備智能冷卻技術,以增強防護及提高能源效益,亦是市面上唯一可按系統實時需要,在三種冷卻模式之間自動切換的解決方案。

全新產品43U是施耐德電氣微型數據中心C系列中最大型及配備齊全的型號,助客戶於邊緣運算及商業環境中更簡易、安全及可靠地進行IT部署。企業不但毋需設置專用IT 機房,更可節省高達48%的資本性支出 (CapEx),加快20%投入市場的速度,以及降低40%的組裝工程成本及7%的維修成本

全新C系列43U提供完備邊緣運算管理方案,企業更可透過EcoStruxure IT軟件及數碼服務 (Digital Services) 進行遙距監控。施耐德電氣的軟件及數碼服務產品組合讓企業無論是自行管理、委託合作夥伴,或是借助施耐德電氣的專業服務工程師都能以強大的效能及靈活性,無縫地管理關鍵基礎架構裝置。

最新EcoStruxure IT軟件升級
數碼化的消費模式日趨增加,造就企業內部、雲端及邊緣數據中心的複雜混合環境。為了應付於混合IT環境下應運而生的管理挑戰,施耐德電氣將其EcoStruxure IT軟件升級,進一步優化其能源效益及具抗逆力,具體更新包括:

• 增強遙距管理能力:全新精細遙距裝置操作功能,讓用戶可透過EcoStruxure IT Expert的統一平台於一部或以上的裝置上隨時轉換配置。配合施耐德電氣既有的軟件分析功能,用戶可有效管理裝置的防護與健康狀況,辨別有問題的裝置及配置,同時迅速作出回應,確保混合IT環境的安全性。新功能同時適用於全新Galaxy VL不間斷電源供應系統。

• 進一步提高環境監控管理功能:環境監控系統讓用戶得以隨時隨地管理數據中心及IT部署,從NetBotz 750及 755鏡頭即可遙距推動大型配置,快速而高效能地在關鍵基礎建設上提升防護性能。

• 強化遙距建模及計劃功能:透過利用EcoStruxure IT Advisor的新功能,用戶可以遙距檢視及比較企業內所有數據中心的機架,瞭解已部署的資產及其附屬部件。

關於EcoStruxure
EcoStruxure是一個開放、互通,並支援物聯網的系統架構及平台,為客戶帶來安全、可靠、高效能、連接性及可持續發展的重要價值。
EcoStruxure™透過利用物聯網、流動平台、感應技術、雲端、數據分析及網絡保安的先進技術來實現全方位創新,配合客戶生命周期軟件的支援,致力提供互聯互通的產品、邊緣控制、應用程式、數據分析及服務,目前已獲得超過20,000個開發人員、650,000個服務供應商及合作夥伴,以至3,000間公用事業機構的支持,在接近500,000個設施進行部署,並連接逾200萬個管理資產。由能源及可持續發展諮詢工作,以至優化作業系統生命周期,我們於全球各地均可提供服務,滿足客戶的業務需要。作為以客戶為本的機構,施耐德電氣是您值得信賴的顧問,致力為客戶提升資產可靠度、改善總體擁有成本、並推動企業在可持續發展、高效能及安全方面實現數碼轉型。

1Corporate Value Chain (Scope 3) Accounting and Reporting Standard, Greenhouse Gas Protocol
2相同功率等級
3根據€0.11/kWh (約1.01港幣) 的市場價格,與94%效能的標準UPS就每年的電費差價作比較。
4施耐德電氣根據市場上產品資訊計算,詳情請參閱Galaxy VL的宣傳單張
5與傳統VRLA (閥控鉛酸)電池比較
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