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Schneider Electric Advocates Investment In Data Center As Global Data Market Nears $174bn

Schneider Electric has hammered on the need for companies to invest in data center for optimum benefits in the nearest future. This is coming as a result of Covid-19 pandemic which has put more pressure on industrial operators to accelerate their path towards digitization and automation in order to drive increased productivity, security, performance, and reliability throughout their operations.

According to intelligence and advisory firm Arizton, the global data center market will reach $174 billion by 2023. As disruptive IoT technologies create a spike in demand for data centers, while the essence of data continues to grow, more sustainable, efficient, adaptive, and resilient data center infrastructures will be needed if owners are to cash in on this growth opportunity.

Many companies across the world have already begun their journey in this regard, investing heavily on data center – a pattern yet to resonate with their African counterparts. According to Schneider Electric, for industrial operators to capture the benefits of increased automation, they cannot rely on cloud technology alone to bring the resiliency and speed demanded by artificial intelligence, augmented and virtual reality, machine learning, advanced analytics, and other Industry 4.0 technologies. Local edge data centers, which are IT infrastructure enclosures/spaces/facilities distributed geographically to enable endpoints on the network, are increasingly becoming important.

“As digitization and technological advances bring us hurtling towards a new, more integrated future, not all data center owners will be equally equipped to handle the new levels of operational agility required. However, if risks and shortcomings within existing data center systems and related management strategies are recognized early enough, stakeholders will improve their chances to engineer a smooth transition to the more dynamic future,” said Christophe Begat; Managing Director for Anglophone West Africa at Schneider Electric.

Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure Micro Data Center series are self-contained, single-rack enclosures inclusive of remote monitoring and management, services, physical security, UPS, power distribution, and cooling devices for a fast, simple, and customized way to design, deploy, and manage edge computing solutions in multiple environments

EcoStruxureTM IT automatically collects critical infrastructure sensor values on a regular basis and submits that data to a centralized data lake in the cloud. That data is then pooled with other data collected from thousands of other Schneider Electric customer sites.

Once in the data lake, asset behavior, across many brands of equipment, and across multiple sites is compared. All actions taken in response to alarms are tracked using data pertaining to equipment behavior before and after an incident. This output provides a clear record of actions and their consequences, positive and negative. Such data pool correlation provides a deeper understanding of root causes of problems and can generate predictive reports that advise operators regarding which actions to take before a particular problem results in unanticipated downtime. AI algorithms identify the critical patterns of equipment behavior and output reports are generated for stakeholders, greatly increasing the resilience of the data center.

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