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  • New UPS offers high efficiency in large data centres

New UPS offers high efficiency in large data centres

• Provide excellent power quality in demanding electrical environments
• Install and deploy your UPS quickly
• Manage your power anywhere

Johannesburg South Africa, 26 October 2017

Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation, has expanded its Galaxy V-Series uninterruptible power supply (UPS) solutions for data centre and industrial applications, as the digital economy drives an unprecedented data centre growth.

Of critical importance to data centres is the ability to maintain uptime and reliable UPS solutions from Schneider Electric offer this peace of mind with the reduction of downtime.

Galaxy VX’s extended power ranges, available from 500kW to 1500kW, answer the need for high availability by providing complete, versatile power support for a diverse data centre market. This includes mid-to-large and hyperscale data centres that require an increasing amount of power for continuity and reliability of service.

“As cloud computing and co-located IT models continue to expand in the enterprise, there is a growing focus on energy efficiency to support the move to hyperscale data centres globally,” said Riaan de Leeuw, VP for IT Division - Anglophone Africa Schneider Electric. “The Galaxy V-Series global platform offers high efficiency modes, scalability, modularity and Lithium-ion (Li-ion) energy storage integration for high reliability.”

The newest member of the Galaxy V family of power protection solutions, Galaxy VX seamlessly integrates into the electrical, physical and monitoring environments of customers operating data centres, industrial or facilities applications.
Grow with series
Built with growth in mind, the robust solutions feature a modular, distributed-component design that scales power system redundancy and capacity through incremental 250kW-per unit power cabinets. Additionally, by featuring two I/O cabinets, Galaxy VX eliminates the need to change the I/O cabinet when upscaling the power rating, enabling power cabinet internal redundancy. This architecture enhances overall system reliability, reduces mean time to repair (MTTR) and enables higher levels of protection and fault tolerance.

Excellent efficiency encourages prosperity
Galaxy VX is fully managed through Schneider Electric’s StruxureOn cloud-based remote monitoring, as an integrated suite of data centre infrastructure management (DCIM) applications. It enables businesses to prosper, by managing their data centres across multiple domains, providing actionable intelligence for an ideal balance of high availability and peak efficiency.

In addition, Galaxy VX offers three flexible operating modes to optimise IT environments, including:

• Double Conversion Mode: the Galaxy VX reduces switching losses using a four-level conversion technology. The reduced switching stress offers greater reliability and reduction in failure rate and delivers up to 96.4% efficiency.
• Eco Mode: this is a traditional economy mode, which delivers up to 99% efficiency.
• ECOnversion Mode: this offers a hybrid between Eco Mode and Double Conversion Mode, eliminating the need for additional hardware for power cleansing. ECOnversion delivers double conversion performance with up to 99% efficiency.

Lithium-ion for added enhanced protection
Galaxy VX is available with flexible battery storage options including Li-ion, which improves backup storage manageability, reduces maintenance complexity and costs. Optimised for the enhanced charging capabilities of Li-ion, the series can rapidly discharge and recharge extremely quickly in a multiple outage situation.

The Li-ion reduces system footprint and weight, cooling and maintenance requirements and total cost of ownership; it offers double the life of VRLA batteries and improves backup storage predictability and manageability.

Galaxy VX supports local and remote communication via touchscreen, Web interface, Modbus and the Schneider Electric StruxureWare for Data Center Expert solution.

For certain installations, it is available as part of a prefabricated power skid architecture to simplify UPS deployment and installation. The pre-assembled and pretested system incorporates the UPS and all major components of the data centre electrical infrastructure including batteries, Automatic Transfer Switch (ATS) and switchgear to minimise installation time and errors on-site. This provides customers with a simple, integrated solution that enables rapid deployment of new power and compute capacity to support their data centre growth.

For more information on Schneider Electric’s Galaxy V portfolio of power protection solutions, go to

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Schneider Electric is leading the Digital Transformation of Energy Management and Automation in Homes, Buildings, Data Centres, Infrastructure and Industries. With global presence in over 100 countries, Schneider is the undisputable leader in Power Management – Medium Voltage, Low Voltage and Secure Power, and in Automation Systems. We provide integrated efficiency solutions, combining energy, automation and software. In our global Ecosystem, we collaborate with the largest Partner, Integrator and Developer Community on our Open Platform to deliver real-time control and operational efficiency. We believe that great people and partners make Schneider a great company and that our commitment to Innovation, Diversity and Sustainability ensures that Life Is On everywhere, for everyone and at every moment.

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